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In 2011 we reduced our waste to landfill by 78%. We now have just one 240L bin a week going to landfill. That’s as much as most households, but it’s still too much for us. We’re aiming for zero waste to landfill by 2015.

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Glossary of Climbing Terms


Abseiling - Lowering oneself down a fixed rope using a belay device. (“rappelling” in American English)


Aid Climbing - Ascending a wall by using protection points to make progress (as opposed to free climbing).


Belaying - Securing a roped climber with a friction device (aka belay device).


Beta - Information


Bloc - Boulder problem


Bouldering - Climbing on short walls without ropes. There are safety mats under the walls to make the landing more comfortable. Bouldering is done both outdoors and indoors.


Carabiners - A metal loop with a sprung gate. Screwgate carabiners have locking gates. (also spelled karabiner)


Dry tooling - Like mixed climbing but without the ice.


Flash - Leading a route without stopping on the first attempt with prior knowledge about the route (eg seeing someone else climb it).


Free climbing - Ascending a wall by climbing (without using protection points for progress). When people talk about climbing they usually mean free climbing.


Free soloing - Free climbing without protection or a belayer. Note that free soloing is not allowed at The Castle!


Headpointing - Leading a route in one go after top rope practice. This is generally used in hard trad climbing.


Leading - Roped climbing where the rope is not already in place. The climber must pass the rope through protection points (runners) placed on the wall.


Mixed climbing - (Outdoors) climbing a route with ice axes and crampons that mixes rock and ice.


Multi-pitch climbing - Climbing a route with more than one stop at a belay station.


On-sight - Leading a route without stopping on the first attempt with no prior knowledge of the route. Generally the protection must be placed on lead for a genuine on-sight.


Quickdraws - A short sling with carabiners on either end.


Rainbow - Using all available holds to climb a route.


Redpointing - Leading a route in one go without stopping with prior practice on the route.


Route - Roped climb.


Runners - Short for ‘running belays’. These are protection points along a lead climbing wall. Climbers connect the rope to these points using Quickdraws (carabiners and sling).


Seconding - When someone climbs up the route that has been led, taking out the protection as they ascend.


Solo aiding - Advanced rope technique where a climber ascends by aid climbing without a belayer.  The climber generally fixes a rope to an anchor below them.


Solo climbing - Climbing without a belayer. See Free Soloing and Solo Aiding.


Sport climbing - A type of outdoor climbing where fixed protection points (staples, bolts) are fixed into the rock.


Spotting - A technique to help a boulderer control their fall.


Trad climbing - Short for traditional climbing.  A type of outdoor climbing where the climber places removable gear (nuts, cams, slings) on lead.


Traversing - Bouldering sideways, low to the ground.


Top-roping - Roped climbing where the rope is already in place through anchors at the top of the wall.


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What's On

Big Wall Courses

with Andy Kirkpatrick
Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th May

If you’re planning a big wall adventure or interested in the techniques and systems involved in aiding and big wall climbing, this may be the course for you.

FREE Garden Events

Thursday 17th April
11am to 4pm - Family Easter Crafts Day
Join us for this free family craft day to explore our garden and turn your hands to some Easter creativity!
6pm to 8pm - An Evening of Foraging
From nettle beer to water mint ice cream, come and find out what is at your finger tips when it comes to eating in the outdoors with John Rensten.


We're Filming!

Thurs 17th and Fri 18th April

The filming will take place in and around the centre's climbing areas, cafe, outdoor boulders and the garden. The primary use of the film and images will be for promotional use on the Castle Climbing website, associated social media and advertising campaigns.

If filming is going on in the vicinity of where you are and you do NOT consent to the use of your image being used for marketing purposes, please let the filmmakers know and they will not film you.

The Castle offers a commitment to only allow said pictures and film to be used appropriately and sensitively.




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