I hope that you’ve been enjoying the new facilities that we’ve developed this year: the New Lead Area, Comp Wall, Outside Boulders and, of course, the long-awaited Loft Wall and Loft Boulder. I know that I’ve been enjoying it! We’ve also built a Roundhouse in the Garden and developed our new website. I’ve had so many people come and tell me how great they think the new areas are and how proud to be part of the Castle because of its atmosphere and its values. That encouragement means a lot to me- thank you.
Tim Emmett, one of the most psyched climbers of all time, was recently at The Castle Climbing Centre on behalf of Mountain Hardwear delivering drytooling masterclasses in The Quarry and later giving his talk 'The Perfect Storm'. Tim has waived his fees so that we can donate profits to the Breathtakers OB Trust charity.
The garden was a hive of activity with herb and vegetable production increasing, volunteers harvesting, youth groups experimenting with earth building, lectures, courses and parties!
In June the flowers were out in force and the bees were working overtime! Our garden was alive with colours; huge purple poppy heads, gentle mustard flowers, towering hollyhock and everything in between.
Gimme Kraft is the new training bible from the trainers & coach of Alex Megos, the new wonder kid to emerge out of Germany with the first on-sight of the grade French 9a. Megos is a testament to the effectiveness of a consistent scientific approach to climbing training.
Our bees have been working hard this year... and now we've got some honey to show for it. Because our garden has a huge diversity of plants, our bees make particularly tasty, organic honey! This is a lovely treat for anyone and makes a nice Christmas present. Jars are on sale in the Cafe for £7.50.
The concept of bouldering circuits comes from the world famous sandstone bouldering area Fontainebleau just South of Paris, France.The first painted circuit (small colored arrows and numbers are painted onto the rock to signify each bloc) was created in 1947 by Fred Bernick in the Cuvier Rempart area, followed by routes at Les Gorges d'Apremont painted by Pierre Mercier in 1952. The standardization of route color by difficulty (Yellow = PD, Orange = AD, Blue = D, Red = TD, Black = ED, White = ED+) dates back to the 1980s.
Kids Company is on a mission to provide 4,500 Christmas gifts for the children and young people they support to make their Christmas a happy occasion. Many of these children would otherwise be alone or without food and presents if not for Kids Company. The festive season, far from being happy, for them is a sad time of shame, loneliness and hunger.