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The BMC Leading Ladder is a fun lead climbing competition running at 28 UK walls from 2 November 2013 to 23 February 2014. Each participating wall will set ten BMC Leading Ladder routes ranging from F5+ to 8a.  You will have two weeks in which to climb these routes. At the end of the series there will be a Grand Final on 22 March 2014.  To be considered for the final you must compete in at least two rounds.

Taking Part
There will be four age/gender categories:  Female / Male under 16 and Female / Male 16+

Hi there!  It's coming to that time of year again...

Our Castle Garden bonfire this year is on Sunday, November 3rd.  Join us in the garden from 2pm to help tidy the garden and build the bonfire and wickerman.  We will light up the bonfire around 4pm.  There will be cob fired pizzas on sale in the roundhouse.

Hope to see you there!

The Castle Garden Team

P.S. This event is weather dependant.  If it's looking really bad, we may need to postpone the event. Please check the website the day before just to be sure.

The student climbing wall safety seminar which the Castle ran at the end of September was a good success, attracting student leaders from University College London and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, giving us a chance to pass on effective teaching techniques to those who will be supervising and teaching new climbers in the centre. It also provided the students with a perfect opportunity to speak to the Castle Management and raise any issues they have regarding the centre.

 

The Castle has always been committed to development and research especially when it comes to climbing and facilities. In the name of research in the past years we have travelled to France to participate and network in  international events, toured all over the UK visiting the latest walls, and climbed around the country to get a feel for grading and styles. These trips have always been productive: we learnt a lot from others and took steps to implement changes as a result.

The Castle are hosting a climbing wall safety seminar aimed at student climbing club leaders who are going to be supervising and teaching new climbers in the centre, once the new academic year begins. Although the seminar is aimed at students, anyone with an interest in supervising novice climbers is welcome to attend. The first session will be run by The Castle's Managing Director, Audrey Seguy.

What is it? A two hour workshop for student club leaders who are going to be teaching/supervising new climbers.

The world’s best paraclimbers are set to compete at the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Paraclimbing Cup in London this weekend (21-22 September).  The competition is being organised by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and will be held at the Westway Climbing Centre.

On the 21st and 22nd of September, visitors will have unprecedented access to The Castle and its gardens with guided tours. This year, London's biggest architecture festival, Open House London, coincides with the New River's 400th anniversary and Capital Growth's Edible Gardens Open Day.

After two successful years at the Climbing Hangar (Liverpool), the Women's Climbing Symposium is coming to London. Coaching, lectures and stories led by not just the who’s who of Britain’s elite women climbers, but people you don’t know whose stories you need to know.  As always, WCS 2013 promises to be an essential diary date.

This is a unique event bringing together coaching expertise from Britain's top female climbers with relevant talks about our climbing experiences.

Want to relive the best moments of the Garden Party? Maybe you couldn't make it and want to see what the fuss is about... Ben Grubb's latest video captures the great vibe of the day. We also have a photo gallery of the event.

 

Camera: Ben Grubb and Christian Lund
Edited by Ben Grubb

www.bengrubb.co.uk

Five Ten and DMM are running a demo eveing on Tuesday 3rd September, the highlight of the evening will be a free coaching sessions from Shauna Coxsey. There will be two sessions for ten people on each from 7-8pm and from 8.30-9.30pm. You need to sign up on the evening for this.

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