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When you start a new sport and have an endless stream of motivation, it’s hard to imagine the psyche will ever run out. Down the line, most climbers will recognise it’s common to have the odd motivational slump. Fear not, in this instalment, Anoushé provides us with her top tips to tackle the times when motivation runs low. 

Photo: Ben Grubb

Anoushé

In the build up to Paraclimbing London's next public event, we're releasing two incredible articles from Anoushé Husain, the groups founder and Castle sponsored athlete. In this article Anoushé explores what (and who) motivates us to climb. 


Why did you start climbing?

I started because a friend of mine thought it would be a great way of rehabilitating myself following cancer treatment. When I ask other climbers how they started, it’s often because someone they know is already climbing or they have come upon the sport without planning to and decided to try it out.

Rope

The Castle Shop is looking for enthusiastic, gear-obsessed climbers, with experience in retail, to help explain and sell our kit and caboodle.


Is this you? Then we want to hear from you!

Red is a Rock Climber, Adventurer, Author and first blind person to climb 'Old Man of Hoy'. He's recently been sharing his exploits with us through a series of blog posts. You can find the past three herehere and here.

 

In this installment Red revists his Extreme Blind Triathlon - Am Buachaille. 

Staff

An opportunity to be part of our lively reception team at The Castle has arisen! 

We are looking for a receptionist to work on our busy front desk 20 hours a week. Flexibility is essential as the shifts are varied and cover weekdays, evenings and some weekends. 

A friendly open manner, enthusiastic attitude towards excellent customer service and a high standard of written and spoken English is essential. The ideal candidate should be computer literate and have previous experience in customer service roles. An interest in climbing and sustainability is an advantage.

Young Guns

Thank you to all the young guns who got involved last weekend and made it a great day! Returning for it's third year on Saturday 14th July the day was full of laughs - featuring crazy bonus challenges, a bouldering pad raffle and lots of pysched climbers.


Below are the final scores from both the Finals and Qualifiers. Final scores are best off the former IFSC system: Tops > Attempts > Zone

Garden Party

A huge thanks to everyone that came down and took part in the Garden Party Comp last weekend - you can find your score here. You may have noticed we've done something a little different this year and not ordered the scores - this competition is all about having a go and challenging yourself. We hope you'll join us next year for another fun comp. 

THE CASTLE  CAFÉ  IS LOOKING FOR an enthusiastic, staff member to join our fantastic team.


Is this you? Then we want to hear from you! 

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. 

This month's garden event is about taking some time to observe, be present, and connect with our playful, joyful, creative wild selves. 
 
You'll discover self-led activities and workshops throughout the day, to restore calm and balance, and nurture wellbeing. These include:

- mindfulness in the garden activities 

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