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results and round-up – bmc ycs 2017 round 2!

Monday, February 27th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

Youth TeamThe Youth Climbing Series (YCS) is run by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and gives youngsters aged between 7 and 17 the chance to compete in a fun series of competitions within their region.

This competition series is a great way to introduce young climbers to the thrills of competitive indoor climbing. The emphasis is on fun, with the selection of routes ranging from “easy” to “hard” and getting progressively more difficult the higher up the climber gets.

These events rely hugely on volunteers to act as Belayers, Judges and Chaperones. Without the willing support of these volunteers (more often than not these are parents of competitors) the events would not be possible so a big thank you to everyone that gets involved!

For Round 2 we had 7 Craggy Youth Team members and a great number of Youth Squad members also in attendance. It’s always great to see you all in action and Saturday was no exception – We are so proud of all of you!

Ella Griffith – Youth B Girls – 1st place (Youth Team)

Matilda Collins – Youth C Girls – 1st place (Youth Team & GB Development Squad)

Toby Roberts – Youth C Boys – 1st place (Youth Team & GB Development Squad)

Jonas Mueller-Doblies – Youth E Boys – 1st place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Katie Roberts – Youth D Girls – 2nd place (Youth Team)


Rhys Conlon – Youth D Boys – 2nd place (Youth Team)

Joshua Bruyns – Youth B Boys – 3rd place (Youth Team)

Hannah Toward – Youth D Girls – 4th place (Youth Team)

James Harwood – Youth D Boys – 4th place (Youth Squad, Sutton)

Gemma Lees – Youth B Girls – 6th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Madeleine Grainger – Youth C Girls – 9th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Alexia Coburn – Youth B Girls – 10th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Camden Jones – Youth C Boys – 17th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

If your child has been missed off the list above, please contact Danie below so they can be included.

Full results for all regions can be see here.

Round 3 will be hosted at White Spider, Tolworth on Saturday 25th of March 2017.

For any media or sponsorship enquiries regarding the Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team, please contact Team Manager, Danielle Rushmer.

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NEWS: Cafe & Changing refurbishments!

Friday, February 17th, 2017 - Posted by Danie


The new mezzanine Changing Area. Including toilets and showers.

The Cafe at Guildford will be closed from 19th February. 

Plans for the final stage of the centre redevelopment will commence on 20th February and last for approx 6 weeks. This will include moving the cafe to the ground floor and the changing area up to the mezzanine.

Phase one will see the cafe closed and the mezzanine area  cleared. New male and female changing rooms will be created, each with a shower and toilet. The viewing gallery will remain with comfortable seating for those wanting to enjoy the view!

Phase two will commence with completion of the changing area and this will include building a new cafe with a cafe seating area being created where the current changing area is located.

All work is expected to be completed with the new cafe opening on 1st of April 2017!


The new “Bart’s Cafe” – opening 1st of April 2017!

Under New Management:

Management of the cafe will be provided by Bart Hilla Trading as Bart’s Cafe. Bart is a regular climber here at Craggy and will be known to many of our members, he is currently working on a new menu and has plenty of exciting  ideas up his sleeve!

Please note: Hot drinks, cold drinks, crisps, chocolate and sweets will be available to purchase from Reception throughout the refurb. Seating will be limited but we very much appreciate your patience whilst we carry out these improvements.

Party Food: If you have booked a Birthday Party with food during this time then rest assured, your party food will still go ahead as planned. Please contact Marv Smith, Centre Manager, at marv@craggy-island.com if you have any questions.



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Guildford CLOSED for YCS on Saturday 28th of January 2017!

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 - Posted by Danie

Closed-Sign-1Our Guildford centre will be CLOSED on Saturday 28th of January 2017.

We are hosting Round 1 of the BMC Youth Climbing Series. You can see more info about this Regional competition series for youngsters by clicking here.

There will be no Kids Clubs, Mini Kids, Craghoppers or Member Entry on this day.

There will be route setting taking place all of the week prior to the event so some areas of the centre will closed off at various times. If you are planning a special journey, please be sure to call us on 01483 566880 to confirm that the area of the centre you intend to use is open and available.

The centre will be open as normal again on Sunday 29th of January and we look forward to welcoming you then.

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New ABZone for Guildford!

Friday, January 13th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

TrublueThere are changes a foot at Guildford this year starting with conversion of the ‘icebox’ to the ‘ABZone’, not just a name change, AB stands for Auto Belay – with 6 new TruBlue auto belay stations ready to install, the area is destined to become a mecca for endurance training and a new party venue for, well anyone who wants a party!

We will be painting this area to mimic the artists impression below, fitting a new range of volume (shapes) and adding new climbing holds throughout, creating a whole new exciting area of climbing.

For members – you’ll get a new area for endurance training or just the ability to climb on your own on a full range of graded routes. This is in response to our members suggestions highlighting a need for more activities when arriving alone, either when waiting for a climbing partner to arrive or for a complete session and by grouping all the auto belays in there own zone we’re hoping it will become an area where people will hook up with other climbers looking for a belay.

ABZone-VisualFor parties – we will now have a bookable party zone, where people can book the area for upto 12 kids (or adults) without the need for ropes training at the beginning of the session. You’ll be able to just clip on to the auto belay and off you go – which means you’ll get a lot more climbing done in your party.

We are looking to have the ABZone ready for use in the 2nd week of Feb. This means the area will be closed off for the week beginning 30th Jan.

Other developments are in the pipeline too so watch this space!

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What will your New Year’s Resolutions be…?

Monday, December 19th, 2016 - Posted by Danie

I’m sure that it’ll come as no surprise that the two most common resolutions every January are: Exercise more and lose weight!

Every year, hundreds vow to change their lives with the New Year. Claiming that “this year will be different” and discovering the timely motivation to get to the climbing wall, say no to the chocolate and give beer a wider berth than normal… Achieving these resolutions can be easier by remembering a few steps:

Set Specific Goals

Everyone wants to get fit and lose weight but specific and realistic goals are easier to accomplish. Keep from making excessively difficult goals and ones attained too easily. Detailed goals like losing five pounds or going to the wall two times a week allow for plans to be made. This way you can change your diet and plan on eating lighter dinners every night. Creating a plan helps meet daily and ultimately larger goals.

Stick to the Plan

Forming new habits can be challenging. That unexpected slice of cake may sabotage your diet. Going climbing becomes a struggle after a long day at work. Challenges happen and faltering is impossible to avoid. However, it’s imperative to return to the goal as soon as possible. Missing multiple days creates a new habit that keeps you further from your goal! The hardest part of realising these goals is sticking to them.

Reward Yourself

Reinforcing positive habits makes changing easier. If you want to climb more, reward yourself with a new pair of shoes on your tenth day climbing. If you want to lose weight, buy a cookbook that details tasty meals. Encourage the habits that move you towards your goal. Challenge yourself with your resolution and reward yourself when you succeed.

Whatever your goals may be in the New Year, we’re happy to be a part of the process! 

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Craggy’s Guide to Fighting the Festive Flab!

Monday, December 12th, 2016 - Posted by Danie

champersAnyone that has the misfortune to spend lots of time with me will know how excited I get about all things festive…  Especially the food!

There are always the lovely presents, catching up with old friends and endless family parties that we love so much too.  However, don’t you just hate that Boxing Day feeling of having eaten and drunk waaaaaay too much…  So much that the thought of squeezing your belly into a harness and attempting to lift your own body weight is something that can’t even be considered until the New Year.

Avoiding gaining weight over Christmas could actually be one of the best gifts to give yourself this year.

Let’s start by looking at what you might eat on Christmas day alone…

  • Bowl of muesli:  150 calories
  • Cheeky treat of smoked salmon on toast:  300 calories
  • Glass of mulled wine whilst basting the Turkey:  250 calories
  • 3 mince pies as a mid-morning snack:  700 calories
  • Handful of nuts:  200 calories
  • Stealing a couple of sausages wrapped in bacon whilst your mum’s not looking:  200 calories
  • Roast Turkey with all the trimmings:  1000 calories
  • Christmas pudding with a dollop of brandy butter:  600 calories
  • Couple of large glasses of wine:  200 calories
  • Two glasses of Baileys:  250 calories
  • Handful of chocolates:  300 calories
  • Big wedge of Christmas cake:  500 calories
  • Cheese and biscuits when you feel peckish in the evening…:  300 calories

That’s a grand total of…  4950 calories!

santaThat’s nearly 3 times the recommended daily intake for the average woman and double a man’s recommended daily intake.  It’s pretty easy to see why most of us pile on an extra couple of kilos during Christmas and the New Year really…

It’s thought that we’ll eat at least an extra 500 calories a day on top of our “normal” intake.  That’s approximately 7500 calories that is going to sit on our hips unless we do something about it.  In climbing terms…  That’s going to take you about 12 hours of climbing your little butt off to reverse it’s effects.

So, let’s not dwell on the facts as let’s face it, we don’t actually want to avoid eating ourselves silly we just want to avoid the weight-gain!

Here’s our survival guide:

1. Don’t get started too early in the day.  Treat breakfast as normal – you don’t need all those extra treats usually, remember!

2. Alternate every alcoholic drink with two glasses of water.  This will not only slow you down but will also keep you hydrated and help you to stay feeling fresh.

3. Drink lower calorie alcohols like wine and water them down like a spritzer.

4. Avoid creamy sweet liqueurs which are packed with calories and fat but sooooo easy to drink!

5. Eat a good sized, healthy snack before you go to any Christmas party.

6. Negotiate with yourself before each party – only one naughty treat and stick to it!

7. First, fill yourself up with low-fat, low-calorie options so there’s less room for the empty carbs.

8. Use smaller plates.  Trust me, it really does work!

9. Get mingling and get dancing!  The more you socialise, the less you’ll be thinking about those pesky sausage rolls and the more you dance – the more calories you’ll burn!

10. Eat slowly.  It takes about 20 minutes for the message that you’re getting full to get through.

11. Look for low-fat and low-calorie options to incorporate in to your cooking.

12. Say “NO” to the little extras…  A couple of spoonfulls of Cranberry Sauce will set you back 50 calories, Bread Sauce 200 calories and Gravy 120 calories.

13. Avoid unnecessary taste-testing whlist cooking!  Remember, you’re tasting to make sure it’s seasoned just right – it’s not a starter!

14. Don’t dwindle the exercise – do a minimum of 30 minutes every day, including Christmas day.  Keeping up your regular climbing sessions during the festive period will mean that climbing won’t come as a shock after 2 weeks of eating, drinking and partying!  Why not bring the family as a treat and get everyone active?

15. Buy and ask for activity-based presents.  These will be beneficial both during and after Christmas and will help to re-motivate you once New Year arrives.

16. Get plenty of sleep.  If you go to be late and get up early then your body will start to crave energy-boosting high-calorie snacks!

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Craggy climber makes 1st Ascents in the Karakoram!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 - Posted by Danie

Drew (Left) during a previous expedition to the Karakorum in 2015

Drew (Left) during a previous expedition to the Karakorum in 2015

Regular Craggy climber and all-round adventurer, Drew Cook, is part of a small team from the British Alpine Club that have just made 2 first ascents in the Eastern Karkoram in Ladakh Northern India.

‘Lak Kangri’ (Eagle Ice Peak) 6266m (Alpine AD) and ‘Thrung-Ma Kangri’ (Protector Ice Peak) 6341m (Alpine AD).

All members of the party are safe and well. They’re currently resting in Leh, the capital of the province, before returning home to the UK soon.

Watch this space for an interview about this expedition with Drew coming soon.

He goes away on another expedition to Nepal in mid October so we’ll be speaking to him as soon as he’s back home and settled in.

Drew climbs regularly with us on Tuesday evenings – well, when he’s not away in the mountains that is! Feel free to say hello and have a natter if you see him. He used to also work as an instructor for us in the early days so who knows, he might have even taught you to climb!

Drew, we wish you and the rest of the team a safe journey home and look forward to hearing about all of your adventures.


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New Volumes for Guildford!

Monday, September 26th, 2016 - Posted by Danie

Centre Manager Marv and his team of Duty Managers have been working hard to create these beautiful new volumes for us over the past few weeks!

We’re absolutely delighted with them and I’m sure you will be too when you get to climb on them.

We don’t like to waste things here at Craggy and these volumes have been made from some of the old panels that were removed when the centre was re-vamped last Summer. Makes us feel good to have recycled the old walls into lovely new ones again!

They’ll be featured on the new Comp Wall set which is happening this week at Guildford.

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Sutton Job Vacancy: Part Time Receptionist x 2

Thursday, July 14th, 2016 - Posted by Danie

Want to work as part of a great team in the sport you love?

We are looking to recruit 2 new members of staff to join the already awesome Craggy Sutton Team.  We are looking for a Weekend Receptionist and a Part Time Receptionist to fulfill vital roles within the centre.

As a Receptionist you will be responsible for assisting in the smooth running of the centre; serving customers and ensuring that everyone who comes in to the centre is kept safe and, most importantly, has a great time!

Full in-house training will be given on all aspects of the job including our bookings and membership system.

Are you….

  • Passionate about climbing?
  • Fun to be around and a great team player?
  • Eager to share climbing with others?
  • Keen to work in a bright, healthy environment?
  • Very excited about being able to climb and train for FREE?!

If this sounds like you then please get in touch by sending your CV and covering letter to gareth@craggy-island.com

Closing date for applications is Friday 29th of July 2016.

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Craggy Sutton: Under new Management!

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 - Posted by Danie

GarethAs any regular visitors to Sutton will already know, we’re delighted to have Gareth Davidson, our new Centre Manager now firmly in place!

We caught up with Gareth so you can find out a bit more about him and what his plans are for the centre:

So Gareth, how does it feel to be the new Centre Manager at Craggy Sutton?

It feels awesome. The past couple of months have been a baptism of fire, getting to know the crew and understanding the centre and the business as a whole. But I can honestly say I am relishing the challenge of this long term project that is Craggy Sutton.

Out with the old!What are your plans in the short-term?

My short term plans are to put things in place to enable us to build the long term vision I have for this centre and Craggy Island as a whole. The team have been decorating, brightening up the centre and making it more inviting for members and visitors – we have new tunes on the sound system and Yorkshire tea in the cafe!

And what about longer-term?

My longer term view is to make Craggy Sutton a hub for the community. The centre can mean so many different things to different people. But the one common thing we all have is our joy and passion for climbing. There has already been a few changes to the centre, I see these changes as laying the foundations for the BIG ideas I have for the centre as a whole. So watch this space!

New seating overlooking the climbing areas!What were you doing before taking on the Centre Manager role?

Before taking on the role as Centre Manager, I was working for Snow and Rock in the Buying and Merchandising team. I have quite a broad experience in my working life, having worked in the retail, public and the private sector. Also, being self-employed in the health and fitness industry.

How did you get in to climbing?

Well, before climbing I was a keen skateboarder and generally into sports. But I had a horrific injury which basically tore my left knee apart. I couldn’t do any sports, so my eldest brother took me climbing. We regularly traveled up to Stanage and also frequented different indoor walls. I took a break from climbing due to work commitments and having a family, but then the climbing bug gripped me again and I’ve not looked back since.

More new routes than ever due to a re-designed setting schedule!Tell us about your climbing, what do you enjoy and what are your goals?

For me, I love the process you go through that enables you to progress through your climbing. From sequencing the movements to teaching yourself different ways to approach and combat the problem you’re faced with. It’s a humbling process, and I can’t think of a better activity to fully immerse yourself into. The social side of climbing is also great, meeting people from all walks of life, brought together by the love of climbing and the outdoors. Climbing is hard, but that’s why I do it and keep coming back for more. I’m an advocate for good technique, I’d rather dial a movement or get the technique right. My goals, the goal is the same in whatever I do, just to get better in all that I
do… and have fun.

Anything else you want to tell us?

Come to Craggy Sutton for a warm welcome a friendly team and top notch bouldering and a mug of the finest Yorkshire Tea!

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