As the saying goes ‘For want of a horse the battle was lost’ and in a similar vain for want of a Colin Kirkus the trad climbing scene may have become a poor imitation of continental rock. It’s commonly believed that rock climbing in the UK started with Haskett Smith’s ascent of Napes Needle in the Lake District. From there onwards a number of luminaries pushed UK climbing to new grounds. Colin Kirkus was one of those who forged a path in the 1930’s. It became his decade.
Mon 24/4/2017 at 13:15 by Amy Yates
Few new climbing grades create myths or monsters, rarely are they game changers, not so with the grade of E9. The first E9 was the legendary Indian Face which made a new leap in boldness. It took the madcap genius of Johnny Dawes to create its fatal mystery. It is a perfect line up one the UK’s most imposing mountain crags and heart stoppingly bold. It’s a crag steeped in history. As the route gets steeper the gear gets worse, the line inescapable and the crux comes need the top. It remained unrepeated for 8 years.
Fri 7/4/2017 at 12:34 by Paul
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.
Wed 11/1/2017 at 17:34 by Claire Lee
“I am a medicinal horticulturalist, not a herbalist”, grins Nick Quinn, the creator of the Castle’s range of lotions, potions, balms, body washes and of course garden teas. Having been part of the Castle garden since the beginning, Nick has developed this organic range which started with a personal mission.
Wed 26/10/2016 at 12:01 by Claire Lee
Buying climbing shoes is always a bit of a mission. ‘Are they too tight?’, ‘Will they stretch?’, ‘What will they feel like on the wall?’ are some of the many questions that pop into our head as we slip our foot into an unknown territory.
Whether you are a first time buyer or a climbing veteran, buying a new climbing shoe comes with a degree of uncertainty. Unlike your street shoe size, different brands have different sizing, and different models within these brands also have different sizing. Phew! The task ahead is to find a shoe that not only fits, but that also performs.
Thu 5/11/2015 at 16:26 by Paul
The Castle Shop is looking for enthusiastic, gear-obsessed climbers, with experience in retail, to help explain & sell our kit and caboodle.
Mon 13/7/2015 at 17:02 by Rosa
The Castle Shop is looking for enthusiastic, gear-obsessed climbers, with experience in retail, to help explain and sell our kit and caboodle.
If you can use your previous retail experience to:
Wed 4/3/2015 at 18:23 by Paul
The very popular Scarpa Vapor V rock shoe has had an upgrade and we've just taken delivery in the Castle Shop of this great shoe.
Thu 13/11/2014 at 10:43 by Paul
Evolv rock shoes will be holding a boot demo on Tuesday 18th November at the Castle. The shop will also be running a 20% discount on Evolv shoes if purchased on the night. It's a great opportunity to try out Evolv shoes to see if they suit your feet.
Wed 12/11/2014 at 10:59 by Paul
This is a write up of the Cuillin Ridge which I did in September 2014. I've put together a PDF download which contains some useful hints and tips on how to get the most of your trip and the climbing gear and other equipment that you might need for the traverse.
Above is the first part of the ridge approaching the TD Gap and Sgurr Alasdair.