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Started in 2009, our Comp Squad has focused on developing the best young climbers at The Castle Climbing through a comprehensive training and competition programme. The Castle Squad is proud to be sponsored by Prana, Metolius and Evolv.

The Castle hosted the third (and final) round of the BMC Youth Climbing Series on Saturday (20 April). On a lovely day, we had 129 competitors inside cranking it out on three routes and three boulder problems. The Castle Squad put on a great show as usal with a record 5 competitors selected for the National Final in June at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena.  Big congratulations to Jo and Sam who placed first in their categories on Saturday.

I woke up early on Saturday morning and headed off to Reading with my Castle Squad team mates. We were psyched to check out the problems, as BlocFest always delivers amazing climbing. I was in the open category so got a chance to have a good look at all the blocs before I started.

The Reading centre had stripped the entire boulder area of problems so the only routes were the blue Holdz ones. This made it much easier to scope them out.

Last Friday 7th December, The Squad was pleased to open their boxes with their brand new uniform!

Our kit consists of black shorts (and leggings for the fashion-conscious girls) made by Prana, silver chalk bags by Metolius and the latest models of Evolv footwear. With the Tshirt design competition now over, we expect that in January 2013 we will have the coolest uniform in the whole of the South East region.

The Castle Squad

The Castle's elite youth competition climbing team

Castle Climbing Club

The Castle’s weekly climbing clubs for ages 5 to 17 years old.

Last weekend I had the chance to attend the BMC Injury Prevention Symposium in Sheffield. Both Saturday and Sunday were packed with interesting lectures that gave us an overview of the different types of injuries that are common to climbers. We even had the chance to go for a little boulder in The Edge with the mighty Steve McClure.

After a few years of not competing, it was very satisfying to see that I still had it in me to get into a final and do well!  I wasn’t the strongest or fittest competitor, but I was probably the most experienced and it paid off. Here’s a few tips: