Rites of Passage. Despite memory being a fickle thing, some climbs live long in our memories. They are moments so powerful that they remain recognisable in our minds forever. They are the rites of passage that make us into the climbers that we are, and into the climbers that we’ll become. It may be our first climb, disorienting and fumbling or breaking into a new grade; it may be pushing our limit or taking that first big leader fall; or it may be ticking all the classics at our favourite crag or aspiring to the next challenge.
Mon 27/3/2017 at 18:03 by Amy Yates
An energetic wind was present on Saturday 18th March. Children, grabbing pencils and paper set off with parents in tow, eager to explore and search for signs that the garden is gearing up to spring; birds building nests, buds, blossoms, and bees. Of course for some it was necessity to see how many worms, woodlice and other creatures under logs they could find as well! As is tradition, they all discovered a well-earned treat at the end of the trail.
Spring has arrived and the amount of new salad leaves now being harvested is testament to that!
Mon 13/3/2017 at 15:30 by Amy Yates
Great follow up from the Castellers about their recent event held in our Garden... Here's what they had to say:
'Can you think of a better place to perform a human towers workshop and having a calcotada than in the garden at The Castle Climbing Centre? Neither could we!
Last weekend the Castellers of London had a great opportunity not only to show off our towers, but to invite new people to take part with us. Besides, the Castle had kindly allowed us to have a very special barbecue, a calçotada, afterwards!
The Castle is proud to be hosting the third round of the London & South East North Youth Climbing Series (YCS) on 25th March. The routes will be harder than before and competitors will be putting in their best efforts to see if they can gain a top three placing overall which will have them heading to the Grand Finals in April up at Ratho Edinburgh. Here's the low-down on how it works and what happened in the past two rounds.
Wed 1/3/2017 at 17:04 by Lauren Ballard
Castle Wild after-school sessions are starting again this week.
They are fun and informal forest-school type sessions, for 7 to 13 year olds.
Each session is structured to include games, activities such as arts & crafts, bushcraft skills, free play / self-directed time, and time at the end to reflect and share around the fire.
Mon 27/2/2017 at 14:40 by Amy Yates
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:
Mon 27/2/2017 at 12:32 by Amy Yates
In Castle tradition we kicked off the start of the year with a wassail; marking the beginning of the orchard harvesting year and welcoming good fortunes for the year ahead.
Thu 16/2/2017 at 10:36 by Amy Yates
Blokfest returns to the Castle for its 5th season on Saturday, 4th of March!
And as always it brings exciting innovations in climbing, lots of fun blocs, spectacular finals and much more. If you have missed previous Blokfest events, are interested to find out what’s new this season or want to know how the event will affect general climbing, read on and your curiosities will be satisfied.
What is Blokfest and who is it for?
Tue 14/2/2017 at 10:49 by Amy Yates
An exciting opportunity has opened to become…
Castle’s TRAINEE ROUTE SETTER
The Castle Route setting department is looking for a keen learner with little or no route setting experience but strong enthusiasm for the sport of climbing to join our team as a part-time trainee route setter on a three-year learning programme. You will work 20-28h a week and will hold a number of duties and responsibilities within the route setting department while learning how to route set to a high standard.