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“For me, La Sportiva are the only climbing shoe brand that matter. The designs are funky and wacky, the shoe comfortable and the rubber is precise and ideal for all kinds of wall; slab or overhanging. I made my first Youth Climbing Series (YCS) finals in a pair of Katana’s and climbed my first 8a in Futuras. I have tried many other shoes: Five Ten, Scarpa, Evolv but none of them have performed as well for me as La Sportiva.”

This year’s Events Series started with a free Easter garden day;

We have a Boreal boot demo scheduled for 26th March.

In her latest contribution to our Comps Blog, Junior Coach Grace Spence-Green gives her take on what it takes to perform well in (and enjoy) competition. Grace narrowly missed on a place in the finals, finishing 6th in the final round of Blokfest at The Castle. Photo: Molly Thompson-Smith getting ready to let loose on a finals bloc. (photo taken by Rob Russell)

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 garden@castle-climbing.co.uk 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.

See our Garden Events page for upcoming garden events.

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

PETZL have produced a fantastic short video highlighting poor practice. This is worth watching, even if you're a very experienced climber.

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
Reviewed by Ben Berisha (shop staff)

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.

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