Just wanted to thank you and all the fab people - café, front desk, instructors, all - at the Castle for a super day. We were so well looked after and everyone enjoyed it immensely. I'd have no hesitation at all in recommending it to others. (Charlotte)
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Climbs are created by bolting resin holds and wooden or fibreglass volumes to the wall. You can climb the walls using all the holds (rainbow), but once you’ve mastered that you’ll want to challenge yourself by climbing a designated route or bloc using only a certain colour hold for your hands and feet. You are generally allowed to use the natural features of the wall (edges, corners, cracks) unless otherwise stated on the route board at the bottom of the route.
All of our routes and blocs are graded so you can keep track of your progress and push yourself. We change our routes and blocs on a regular basis to ensure that you don’t get bored climbing the same thing. With over 450 routes and 8 different bouldering areas you won’t run out of things to try even if you climb here several times a week.
You don’t need much equipment to climb indoors. You can start bouldering with just a pair of rock climbing shoes. If you want to top-rope you'll also need a harness, belay device and a locking carabiner. Most climbers also have a chalk bag to keep their hands from slipping on the holds. You can hire all of this equipment from The Castle Shop. Helmets are also available to hire from the shop.
When you start lead climbing you’ll need to supply your own rope. The Castle Shop often has special deals on wall ropes. These are ropes that are shorter than usual (30m instead of 70m) reflecting the shorter height of most climbing walls.
If you climb outdoors you’ll need more equipment: slings, carabiners, quickdraws, nuts and cams. You’ll also need a longer rope than indoors. 70m is the recommended minimum length for sport climbing in Europe.
Climbing shoes will be the most important thing that you purchase, so we recommend that you try on several different pairs to get the best fit. Climbing shoes are designed for climbing, not walking so they’re not as comfortable as approach shoes. They need to fit tightly around your toes to give you the support you need to stand on small foot holds. How long will your shoes last? It depends on how good your footwork is and how often you climb.
A three event climbing and bouldering competition series. While the events have a fun, festival atmosphere to them and are suitable for beginners, they are also essential for selection onto the British Team.
Saturday 29th March - BMC YCS - London & SE: Round 3
The BMC Youth Climbing Series offers fun climbing competitions for young people from 7 to 17. Extremely popular, these comps are suitable for you, whether you're new to climbing, or already have some experience.
New Year Deals on Courses & Gear!
Discounts for Bouldering Only members & those new to the sport on Introductory Climbing Courses - from 6th January to 28th February 2014.
Duty Managers Wanted
The Castle is looking for enthusiastic, flexible people to join our Duty Managing team. Duty Managers have responsibility for the operation of the centre during opening hours and act as the designated First Aider when the centre is open. They provide a reference point for all the day’s activities for both staff and customers; they ensure that safety procedures are followed and they provide a friendly, efficient service for our customers while supporting the staff in the centre working in their specialist roles.