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This year we’re teaming up with the ‘Get Kids Out Learning’ campaign to encourage more families to drop the smartphone, step away from the laptop and head outside! 

We believe that learning activities go way beyond the classroom and want to inspire families to explore the amazing world around them. This could be climbing (of course we’re a little biased!) or loads of other activities available right from your doorstep. 

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.

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.

Castle Climbing Route Setting

An exciting opportunity has opened to become… 

Castle’s TRAINEE ROUTE SETTER

The Castle Route setting department is looking for a keen learner with little or no route setting experience but strong enthusiasm for the sport of climbing to join our team as a part-time trainee route setter on a three-year learning programme. You will work 20-28h a week and will hold a number of duties and responsibilities within the route setting department while learning how to route set to a high standard.

This season our Garden is looking for two volunteer trainees:

  • Monday: Herb trainee
  • Thursday: Kitchen garden trainee

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.

Families from Tower Hamlets attended a fun day, in spite of a morning of gales and downpours, focussed on health and well-being. 

The day combined climbing sessions, with a nature discovery walk along the local New River path to the London Wildlife Trust’s recently opened Woodberry Wetlands, yoga, and garden activities - exploring the Castle Garden, seed sowing, harvesting leaves and herbs, making pizzas with healthy garden grown toppings, firing them in the cob oven and eating together at the end!

Sean Hearn will be running a Sustainable Beekeeping Course at the Castle, on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July.

To give you a sense of the course's approach, here's a link to his blog

If you have any questions or would like to book a place please contact: seanhearn@hotmail.co.uk

Our garden manager, Ida, and fitness trainer and lower back specialist, Janos, will be running a Garden Fit workshop for Grow Well, Feel Well Day. 

Saturday 9th July
2 - 4.30 pm

The session will look the best way to approach repetitive tasks in the garden and how best to use garden tools to minimise injury and improve your fitness.

The Wave re-set will take place next week so if you're working on any projects you need to get them dispatched by Monday 25th April.

 

Reset with Ned 'The Champ' Feehally and Castle Head Setter Mike Langley

 

Stripping will take place next Tuesday (26th) and setting on Wednesday (27th)

 

The Wave will re-open at 6pm on Wednesday.

Movement & Technique

The Movement Course is an introduction to climbing techniques and course is designed for climbers wishing to develop a solid skill base and will change the way you think about climbing.

If you are already climbing at V4/6c+ or above, you may want to consider 1:1 coaching.

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