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Reporting our progress on the latest Castle Developments - new climbing walls, new boulders, better facilities... there's always something happening!

Written by Kornelija Langley - Route Setting Manager

We have recalibrated our bouldering grades! This means that the difficulty of the sets has not changed, but the grades we give the problems are different. Even the circuits are staying the same difficulty, although the tags will show changed grades.

 

The process behind this decision was a lot more involved than may be immediately apparent. Read on if you are curious about different grading systems, want to know why we use V grades and understand the reasons behind the recent changes. 

Mezzanine Design

In this Castle developments blog we interview Mike Langley – Castle Climbing Development Manager. Mike has worked for the Castle for over 10 years in various roles and is now in charge of all wall design, builds, and refurbishments amongst his other responsibilities at the Castle. We caught up with Mike to get the lowdown on the exciting plans in store for May with news on roped walls, more traversing and a completely refurbished Mezz bouldering area. 


The Castle seems to always be building, what’s in store this time around? 

 


The Castle is a market leading climbing centre - one of the biggest and best in Europe... 

Do you have the vision and drive to ensure that the Castle provides a continually evolving, comprehensive, customer focused climbing experience?

We are looking for a CLIMBING DEVELOPMENT MANAGER with the foresight and strategic application to take us there in the ever-evolving world of our sport.


You will be tasked with:

So we’ve dragged ourselves into the 21st Century and developed a mobile phone app for The Castle!

We've had lots of customers asking about our new lead walls so in this blog we've tried to answer a few of them....

Part of the Castle's drive to improve both the climbing and the facilities for all who visit the centre is to make some improvements to the women's changing rooms and toilet facilities, which are long overdue. 

At the moment we are still in discussions with the designers and to be able to direct the refurbishments in the way we would like we would really some input from you ladies as you're the ones who will benefit from the improvements.

August to October 2016

Café

Part-time Community Food Grower

Are you an experienced gardener and horticulturalist? Have you worked with volunteers, especially growing food? Are you a practical, hands on sort of person? Do you work well in a team?

The Castle is looking to recruit a part time Community Food Grower to work 2 days per-week in its 1-acre kitchen garden (Mondays and Thursdays).

 

Changes are to take place next week to the ground floor Boiler House with more top rope routes available.

As most of you will know, in the past couple of years we have worked hard to create more (much needed) tall lead walls. Whilst we have a quite a number of lead routes on the shorter walls (8m) downstairs in the Boiler House, these have never been as popular as the tall lead walls (12.5m) upstairs in the Engine House next to the café.

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