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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.

 
Shop manager

We're looking for someone to manage our shop - if you're passionate about climbing equipment and customer service please get in touch! 

 

This is a full time position. You'll be responsible for overseeing the Shops daily operations (from staff recruitment and welfare through to stock management, sales and accounting) and it's on-going development. 


We're looking for someone to do the following tasks:

Ropes

If you're gear obsessed and want to work with other like minded individuals, drop us an email.


The Castle Shop is looking for enthusiastic, gear-obsessed climbers, with experience in retail, to help explain and sell our kit and caboodle.

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

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: 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

 

New blog from the Castle Shop staff!


The North Faces of the Alps.

The storm was due at 6pm, we would wake at 3.30am, get to the start of the route by 6am, then climb the Cassin Route (900 meters) of the Piz Badile by early afternoon. The abseils down the North Ridge would take up the rest of the day, hopefully we’d get most of the way down before we got caught in the rain, thunder and lightening.

 

The Castle Shop is looking for enthusiastic, gear-obsessed climbers, with experience in retail, to help explain and sell our kit and caboodle.

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

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.

E9

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.

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.

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