As autumn arrives the Castle is becoming increasingly busier and lively. In the next few weeks you may see a lot of fresh faces and keen novices hanging off the walls. Every October universities from around London, such as UCL,LSE will be bringing new climbers to the Castle to let them try climbing for the first time. We are delighted that they have chosen the Castle as a space for their new climbing club members to have a go and learn the ropes in a safe environment.
At the Castle we work closely with the clubs to make sure there is minimum disruption to the centre due to the large numbers of new climbers. We want to also keep our current customers, you guys, in the loop about this.
Starting the end of September we invite the supervising members of each university club to attend safety seminars on how to teach best practice to novices. These sessions will be run by the wonderful instructor and duty manager Julie to cover the important aspects of teaching people how to belay. After this the clubs will come in on dedicated days with their new climbers and experienced supervisors. During this time we close off the quarry.
The quarry area will be cordoned off for the students on the following dates & times:
Wednesday 4th October 2-6pm
Friday 6th October 5-9pm
Wednesday 11th October 2-6pm
Friday 13th October 5-9pm
We also expect the Centre will be very busy with more groups on Wednesday 27th September. Please be patient with new climbers and we'll try keep disruption to a minimum.
Why do we choose to close an area for this?
This makes it easier for the duty managers to keep an eye on those new to belaying. We all remember what it is like to learn this fundamental skill, it can be daunting with many things to remember, and at the Castle safety is our number one priority.
It minimises chaos in the centre. We are expecting up to 100 or so new climbers on these dates. It will make the centre busier, but with an area roped off for them our current customers can climb in all the other areas in peace.
Climbing is not just a sport, it is a great way to socialise and meet new people. We hope these new climbers will not only fall in love with climbing, but also make new friends and can start their new term with a sense that they are trying something new and empowering.