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In 2011 we reduced our waste to landfill by 78%. We now have just one 240L bin a week going to landfill. That’s as much as most households, but it’s still too much for us. We’re aiming for zero waste to landfill by 2015.

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Glossary of Climbing Terms


Abseiling - Lowering oneself down a fixed rope using a belay device. (“rappelling” in American English)


Aid Climbing - Ascending a wall by using protection points to make progress (as opposed to free climbing).


Belaying - Securing a roped climber with a friction device (aka belay device).


Beta - Information


Bloc - Boulder problem


Bouldering - Climbing on short walls without ropes. There are safety mats under the walls to make the landing more comfortable. Bouldering is done both outdoors and indoors.


Carabiners - A metal loop with a sprung gate. Screwgate carabiners have locking gates. (also spelled karabiner)


Dry tooling - Like mixed climbing but without the ice.


Flash - Leading a route without stopping on the first attempt with prior knowledge about the route (eg seeing someone else climb it).


Free climbing - Ascending a wall by climbing (without using protection points for progress). When people talk about climbing they usually mean free climbing.


Free soloing - Free climbing without protection or a belayer. Note that free soloing is not allowed at The Castle!


Headpointing - Leading a route in one go after top rope practice. This is generally used in hard trad climbing.


Leading - Roped climbing where the rope is not already in place. The climber must pass the rope through protection points (runners) placed on the wall.


Mixed climbing - (Outdoors) climbing a route with ice axes and crampons that mixes rock and ice.


Multi-pitch climbing - Climbing a route with more than one stop at a belay station.


On-sight - Leading a route without stopping on the first attempt with no prior knowledge of the route. Generally the protection must be placed on lead for a genuine on-sight.


Quickdraws - A short sling with carabiners on either end.


Rainbow - Using all available holds to climb a route.


Redpointing - Leading a route in one go without stopping with prior practice on the route.


Route - Roped climb.


Runners - Short for ‘running belays’. These are protection points along a lead climbing wall. Climbers connect the rope to these points using Quickdraws (carabiners and sling).


Seconding - When someone climbs up the route that has been led, taking out the protection as they ascend.


Solo aiding - Advanced rope technique where a climber ascends by aid climbing without a belayer.  The climber generally fixes a rope to an anchor below them.


Solo climbing - Climbing without a belayer. See Free Soloing and Solo Aiding.


Sport climbing - A type of outdoor climbing where fixed protection points (staples, bolts) are fixed into the rock.


Spotting - A technique to help a boulderer control their fall.


Trad climbing - Short for traditional climbing.  A type of outdoor climbing where the climber places removable gear (nuts, cams, slings) on lead.


Traversing - Bouldering sideways, low to the ground.


Top-roping - Roped climbing where the rope is already in place through anchors at the top of the wall.


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What's On

The Castle is turning 20!!!!

So we've decided to have a Halloween themed UV fancy dress party!
Saturday 24th October - from 3pm
9pm - 1am: A mix of UV lights, funky costumes & amazing Halloween decor this promises to be a huge party with DJ's & licensed bar


Sunday 18th October - from 2pm
Top rock climbers James Pearson & Caroline Ciavaldini will be running masterclasses before presenting a special screening of Redemption: The James Pearson story. More information available on our Events Page



Castle Tour

Take a tour of the Castle Climbing Centre and discover what we're all about!

Castle Climbing Center - A Day in the Life from Tim Ewins on Vimeo.




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