People gathered around the fire to sing songs led by the Castle Choir whilst children made recycled musical instruments and helped to hang cider soaked toast in the apple trees for birds. A Wassail is a traditional celebration of orchards, the rituals performed help to ensure a good and plentiful harvest for the coming year.
Now that the dust has settled on the New Year and many people’s resolutions are starting to flag, we thought we would come up with something to reinvigorate everyone’s good intentions – a series of clinics where you can pick up key tips and tricks on specific techniques from our experienced climbing coaches and have all your technique questions answered!
As autumn arrives to mark the end of our Indian summer, 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, 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.
For over ten years The Castle has organised climbing holidays in Northern Spain with Climb Catalunya. Catalunya is graced with excellent weather and a wide variety of crags from adventurous multi-pitch, hard-core tufa-filled caves and friendly single-pitch venues all in the midst of stunning scenery.
Bespoke coaching is well known as the most efficient way to improve your performance in most sports and climbing is no different. Once basic rope-work has been taught, very few people seek out any other instruction and bad habits tend to creep in. Whether you’re working towards a specific goal, such as a certain grade, route or trip, or you just want to develop better technique, fitness and correct bad habits, coaching will be the quickest and safest way to get there.
For people with a desire to learn to climb or those who wish to improve their climbing, but do not have the time available to attend our programmed courses, a private session with an instructor may be for you.
Your private session will focus on the instruction of technical climbing and/or safety skills you want to concentrate on.