Welcome to 2014! To bring in the new year, we're building a live willow dome in the garden on Saturday the 18th of January from 11am to 4pm. Come along to watch, learn and help out. Please email email@example.com for more information or if you are intending to participate as there are limited spaces.
We're also back to the usual volunteer days: Mondays and Thursday between 11am and 4pm if you want to get some fresh air and help out.
Are you aiming to improve your climbing this year? We want to help you make the most of all the great new areas we're opening up and feel great about your climbing with the launch of our new coaching products coming soon in March 2014.
The Castle is launching its new N4 Mini Club to teach young children climbing skills in a fun and safe environment. The club, for 5 to 8 year olds, will be run on Saturday mornings by an experienced, qualified instructor with small group ratios of no more than six children per instructor. The sessions will use games to help children develop their coordination and balance and introduce them to climbing. We know that rock climbing has many benefits for children including the development teamworking skills, increased self-confidence and trust, better motivation and improved levels of fitnes
The Castle are very pleased to present our newest Castle Associate - Mountain Magic. Founded by former Castle instructor Paul Boggis, Mountain Magic offer hillwalking, mountaineering and climbing courses in the Lake District, North Wales and Scottish Highlands. We have a rigorous vetting procedure for all of our Castle Associates and we are confident that you'll be delighted with your Mountain Magic experience. More importantly, we know that you'll be in safe hands.
Gimme Kraft is the new training bible from the trainers & coach of Alex Megos, the new wonder kid to emerge out of Germany with the first on-sight of the grade French 9a. Megos is a testament to the effectiveness of a consistent scientific approach to climbing training.
The concept of bouldering circuits comes from the world famous sandstone bouldering area Fontainebleau just South of Paris, France.The first painted circuit (small colored arrows and numbers are painted onto the rock to signify each bloc) was created in 1947 by Fred Bernick in the Cuvier Rempart area, followed by routes at Les Gorges d'Apremont painted by Pierre Mercier in 1952. The standardization of route color by difficulty (Yellow = PD, Orange = AD, Blue = D, Red = TD, Black = ED, White = ED+) dates back to the 1980s.
Castle setter and British Team member, Leah Crane, has a new video about one of her favourite bouldering areas in the UK: St Bees Head in West Cumbria. This is the first of a a new video series featuring Marmot sponsored athletes. The series, "Hand Picked" features the climbers' favourite places to climb and is part of the publicity leading up to the Kendal Mountain Festival held in November. Leah was at The Castle in October for the Loft Launch event.
The student climbing wall safety seminar which the Castle ran at the end of September was a good success, attracting student leaders from University College London and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, giving us a chance to pass on effective teaching techniques to those who will be supervising and teaching new climbers in the centre. It also provided the students with a perfect opportunity to speak to the Castle Management and raise any issues they have regarding the centre.
The Castle has always been committed to development and research especially when it comes to climbing and facilities. In the name of research in the past years we have travelled to France to participate and network in international events, toured all over the UK visiting the latest walls, and climbed around the country to get a feel for grading and styles. These trips have always been productive: we learnt a lot from others and took steps to implement changes as a result.