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We're re-developing the Mezz! This bouldering area will be closed until the end of the month. During this time there will be some disruption while we carry out works. This will be kept to a minimum and the majority of work will occur during our off-peak hours.

 

Find expert advice here on everything from training for climbing, nutrition, injury prevention, outdoor skills and more.

Anoushé Husain

Following our sponsorship announcement last week, this is the first installment in a series of blogs written by Anoushé Husain. Each blog has been thoughtfully written to inspire you - in this first blog Anoushé tackles body confidence and perceived barriers to entering sport. 

Red & Matthew
Photo: Dan Clemson

Another cracking blog post from Red Szell on his latest ambitions for Masua Bay - including a glowing report of Dan one of our long standing members of staff.

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 two here and here.

Red Szell - Darren Lennard
Photo: Darren Lennard

Part 2 of Red Szell's blog feature's Am Buachaille, a 10 mile tandem bike ride and 30m swim, followed by the prospect of getting stranded on top of this iconic sea stack. 


Following from my last blog, I can now reveal the second project that Matthew and I hope to tackle this year.  

Photo: Ed Wong

Want to start projecting*? Check out GB team member and Castle crusher Jo's tips for finding the perfect project!

*For those of you starting out, projecting is the process of finding a climb at or near your limit and slowly chipping away at it... Until you successfully complete the climb. Go crush.

This season we are looking for two volunteer trainees for our garden!

  • Herb trainee (Mondays)
  • Kitchen garden trainee (Thursdays)  

Work with the Castle garden team, learn to manage a productive and fun food growing project and grow vegetables, fruit and herbs for a commercial kitchen and café.

Photo: Dan Clemson

Rock Climber, Adventurer, Author and first blind person to climb 'Old Man of Hoy', Red Szell has many stories to tell. Four years after his ascent of this iconic stack Red hasn't lost his Blind Ambition. 


I don’t do New Year’s resolutions.  Nevertheless each year, the first week of January is the time to put my money where my mouth is, as far as climbing is concerned.

The old way top revive ice screws was a little laborious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-CQbOM35oY

With the winter season in full swing if you feel the need to sharpen your ice screws please feel free to pop into the shop and you can borrow our Petzl LIM'Ice sharpner.

https://www.petzl.com/INT/en/Sport/Anchors/LIM-ICE

Happy Ice Climbing from the Castle Shop

 

Jo Neame
Photo: Alex Messenger
18 year old GB team member Jo is determined to leave her mark on the UK climbing scene. Well versed in competition climbing, Jo's giving us some top training tips for those of you pushed for time!
 
Accessible Climbing

Over the past five years The Castle has built up a reputation for delivering a quality inclusive service for people with disabilities. With a growing work base we are now recruiting for an instructor to work in our Inclusive Climbing Programme.


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

BMC Paraclimbing Series 2017

Round 2 of the Paraclimbing Series will take place here on Tuesday 17th October. 

Open to all aspiring paraclimbers, the BMC and Climb Scotland Paraclimbing Series is a friendly competition aimed at giving people an authentic competitive experience. This series is organised by the BMC, Climb Scotland, Manchester Climbing Centre, Newcastle Climbing Centre, Edinburgh International Climbing Arena and the Castle Climbing Centre, London.

The series will also act as a basis for talent identification and selection for the GB Paraclimbing Team.

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