Regular sessions during term time are Wednesday afternoons (5pm-8pm) and Friday evenings (6-9pm). Outside of these sessions, there is no set time. There will usually be club members at the Castle on most days of the week.
Top-roping – Climbing using ropes attached to anchors on the top of the wall. Basic belaying experience required – see “Climbing experience” section. Example
Lead climbing (Leading) – A form of roped climbing where the climber ascends, periodically placing protection along the way. Does not require a pre-placed anchor at the top. Example
The types of climbing involved in the taster sessions are bouldering and top-roping. You will be taught how to do these safely by experienced members of the club.
The Fresher’s trip is a couple of weeks after the beginning of term around October/November. The usual destinations include Cheddar Gorge and Portland. This trip is always within the UK.
The Easter Trip takes place for one week during Easter break around March/April. In the past few years we’ve been to El Chorro (Spain), Geyikbayiri (Turkey) and San Vito lo Capo (Italy). This trip is usually somewhere warm and sunny.
The Castle does however offer student discount. Click here for more info.
Clothes and gear
During the winter bring a warm top, the centre can get cold.
The Castle shop has shoes, harnesses, belay devices etc. to rent for a small fee. These are highly recommended.
We will lend you the necessary gear on our official trips, and you can also borrow gear for your personal trips (this is free, but you will need to leave a deposit to our gear secretary).
If the gear is very old or you don’t know where it’s been, eg. you’re borrowing it from a parent or it’s been in a cupboard for years, it is best to get it checked out by a gear expert before use, as it may be unsafe.
– Weekly evenings at the local pub (The Brownswood) on Fridays after climbing.
– Sports Night on Wednesday at Phineas
We also usually have a Freshers’ meal, Christmas meal and End of Year meal.
Other events are organised by the Social Sec and will be communicated via the facebook group and emails.