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Toby Roberts – 1st at National Finals!

Monday, May 8th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

Toby Roberts, 1st in Youth C BoysA big congratulations to Toby Roberts who came 1st in Youth C Boys at the BMC Youth Climbing Series Finals at EICA Ratho, Edinburgh last weekend!

We had a total of 6 Youth Team members and 2 Squad members who qualified having competed and come top 3 within our Region.

As always, all of our young climbers trained hard, tried hard and were wonderful ambassadors for Craggy Island. We’re very proud of all of you!

Our climbers all contributed to London & South East (South) winning the Team competition and maintaining their title as best Region.

Results below:

1st – Toby Roberts, Youth C Boys (GB Team and Craggy Youth Team)

4th – Matilda Collins, Youth C Girls (GB Team and Craggy Youth Team)

5th – Hannah Toward, Youth D Girls (Craggy Youth Team)

7th – Rhys Conlon, Youth D Boys (Craggy Youth Team)

8th – Joshua Bruyns, Youth B Boys (Craggy Youth Team)

14th – Jonas Mueller-Doblies, Youth E Boys (Guildford Youth Squad)

20th – Ella Griffith, Youth B Girls (Craggy Youth Team)

23rd – James Harwood, Youth D Boys (Sutton Youth Squad)

Full results for all competitors can be found here.

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Craggy Kids head to National Finals!

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

EICA Ratho8 members of the Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team and Squad are heading to National Finals at EICA Ratho this weekend to compete in the British Mountaineering Council’s Youth Climbing Series!

The youngsters, aged between 8 and 14, qualified over 3 events run in January, February and March 2017 at various different walls, including Craggy Island, Guildford. They all ranked in the top 3 for their Region (London & South East (South)) which in itself is an incredible achievement. The events attract over 130 competitors with only 15 boys and 15 girls going through to the Grand Final in Edinburgh.

We wish you all the very best of luck for Saturday!

Team and Squad Members – Qualifying position into Finals:

1st – Matilda Collins (GB Climbing Team & Craggy Youth Team) – Youth C Girls

1st – Toby Roberts (GB Climbing Team & Craggy Youth Team) – Youth C Boys

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

2nd – Ella Griffith (Craggy Youth Team) – Youth B Girls

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

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

3rd – Hannah Toward (Craggy Youth Team) – Youth D Girls

3rd – James Harwood (Sutton Youth Squad) – Youth D Boys

Full results for all competitors can be found here.

 

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Bart’s Cafe – OPEN NOW!

Friday, April 14th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

BartWe are delighted to announce that the cafe in it’s brand new location in the climbing arena under Reception is now OPEN!

Not only that, but we have a new proprietor who will be running the cafe as his own business, trading as ‘Bart’s Cafe’. Many of our customers will know him already but for those who don’t I asked Bartosz Hilla a few questions about his climbing and his ideas for the cafe…

So Bart, when and where did you start climbing? (and how did this affect your lifestyle)?

I always loved mountains and as teenager I was hiking in the Tatra Mountains in South of Poland. As I was growing up by seaside I didn’t have much opportunity to climb so I am quite new to climbing. I actually started climbing here at Craggy 3 years ago after I came for taster session with my work mates :)

Do you get to climb outside?

I do but like everyone, I wish I could go outdoors more. I went few times to Portland, Harrisons Rocks, Swanage and Cheddar (My PB – Stoned to Death 6a at The Tsunami). So I do mostly sport climbs. I tried a bit of trad in Jura Krakowsko-Częstochowska (pronounced Yoora) just north of Kraków, Poland. It’s great limestone not far from this popular tourist city. This spring I went to El Chorro in Spain and really enjoyed it.

Do you prefer bouldering or routes?

I try to mix it a bit – once a week bouldering and once ropes. If I could squeeze in a 3rd session, it would be ABzone for endurance.

Have you always lived in Surrey (when did you arrive)?

I came to UK in 2004 just for a few months…;) Since then I fell in love with the Surrey Hills (I lived and worked in Ripley for many years) and now I cannot imagine living anywhere else (if only we had a bit of rocks outside of the house LOL)

Tell us about your work in Ripley…

I used to work in a fine dining restaurant now called The Clock House (previously Drake’s Restaurant) for 10 years. It was a great experience working within such a professional and dedicated team. It helped me to find out what I am actually passionate about. I worked as a Sommelier and also looked after the cheese board and making coffees. And now all my passions in life start with the letter C (C for cheese, coffee, cakes and recently climbing).

Have you always worked in catering?

Pretty much. I have a Master degree in Tourism and Hospitality and started working during my uni years as a waiter at my friend’s restaurant and after that I worked in hotels until I started working at Drake’s 10 years ago.

What attracted you to taking on the cafe at Craggy?

I saw the potential in creating a social hub here and I’ve had plenty of ideas about serving proper food and great coffee.

Have you always wanted to run your own business?

It has been in my mind for some time now. Looks like it’s getting real and I’m very excited about it!

What is your vision for the cafe (how do you see it as part of the indoor climbing experience)?

Coffee is great because it gives the opportunity for people to connect and be social. As us climbers are a friendly bunch of people it is kind of natural to share our experiences over a cuppa. And that is where Bart’s Cafe comes in. I wanted to create a place where people can meet and have a chat over a nice cup of coffee and grab a bite to fuel up before or after their session and also where parents can spend an hour waiting for their children whilst climbing.

What sort of things do you intend to provide in the cafe?

Since I started to climb I started to look at what I eat and how I fuel my body more closely and try to avoid processed food. We will try to encourage climbers to have a healthy salad or a hearty sandwich made from locally sourced ingredients (bread from the Christmas Bakery, sausage and ham from the Village Butchers, coffee from Surrey Hills Coffee). We will also make our own nutty granola using honey instead of refined sugar. But of course we must have some very naughty cakes so that people can indulge in something nice after a hard day at work or at the weekend. We are going to bake our cakes here on site – my wife Rita is damn good at coming up with good cake recipes so watch this space.

Are you going to introduce us to any Polish foods?

It might be interesting to bring something different to the menu – maybe our famous sour soup – Żurek, but we will start with a British menu and bring some flavours from around the World as we go along. We are planning to change the menu frequently and happy to listen to people’s suggestion.

When are you hoping to open for business?

I am hoping to open during the Easter weekend and hopefully will see a lot of familiar faces enjoying our food and drinks.

 

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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

Changing

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!

Cafe

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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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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