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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.

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.

The Castle are hosting a climbing wall safety seminar aimed at student climbing club leaders who are going to be supervising and teaching new climbers in the centre, once the new academic year begins. Although the seminar is aimed at students, anyone with an interest in supervising novice climbers is welcome to attend. The first session will be run by The Castle's Managing Director, Audrey Seguy.

What is it? A two hour workshop for student club leaders who are going to be teaching/supervising new climbers.

Meet our new staff member!

The Castle is proud to support YES Outdoors, a charity that engages with at risk youth through adventure based mentoring (including climbing). The climbing team is led by Castle climber Sergeant Tony Quinn and he is leading the charge to recruit new volunteers to work with young people on a one-to-one basis. All volunteers will receive formal training.

After two successful years at the Climbing Hangar (Liverpool), the Women's Climbing Symposium is coming to London. Coaching, lectures and stories led by not just the who’s who of Britain’s elite women climbers, but people you don’t know whose stories you need to know.  As always, WCS 2013 promises to be an essential diary date.

This is a unique event bringing together coaching expertise from Britain's top female climbers with relevant talks about our climbing experiences.

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