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"I can now scale a 60ft wall with a degree of confidence, which is great "

Tom Le Bas from timeoutdoors.com completed an Intro Course here at The Castle.

Read his blog on how he got on:
Part One: Fear & Loathing
Part Two: Getting the hang of it

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Introduction to climbing

There are three types of climbing that you can do at The Castle: Bouldering, Top Roping and Lead Climbing.


Rules of the Game

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.


Equipment

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.

Want to know more? Drop the Castle shop an email or give us a ring (020 8211 1080).

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