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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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Monday 21st of March: Greg Conlon – Sports Injury advice

Monday, March 7th, 2016 - Posted by Danie

UntitledGreg Conlon’s speciality is in Athletics injuries. Being a top athlete himself (ranked in the World Top 10 for Masters Pole Vault!) he is very used to managing injuries and also dealing with the mental, as well as physical, symptoms of injuries.

With a son that’s mad keen on climbing (Rhys Conlon for those of you that know the tiny powerhouse) Greg’s attention was turned to managing climbing injuries in addition to his vast experience of athletic ones.

Greg will be coming in to do a consultation & massage clinic at Craggy Guildford on Monday 21st of March from 7pm til 10pm. During this clinic he will provide free advice and injury assessments so you can better understand what’s the problem and receive advice on what you’ll need to do about it.

You don’t need to book but please be aware that Greg will see people on a “first come first served” basis.

Can’t make it that night? Drop Greg a message via his Facebook page and he’ll be very happy to offer advice.

Greg offers 20% off to 3 Star members – please contact him directly to arrange a consultation and make sure you have your 3 Star card when you arrive for your appointment!

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What is the story of Craggy Island?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 - Posted by Danie

Look at all that SPACE!We were recently asked, how did Craggy start? What is the story behind the business? It’s a very good question and well worth telling the tale…

First, a bit of background. Just 12 years or so ago, the indoor climbing world was much smaller. Certainly in the South East there were only a couple of large climbing walls. . . Westway in London and Calshot in Hampshire being the main ones and that’s about it! Further north there were a few more but climbers still had to travel far and wide to find somewhere to climb indoors.

It is also fair to say the industry was not well established and had, well, a bit of a grimy and unapproachable kind of feel to it.

The beginnings of our Craggy!In step Rob and Steve… Both in their 40’s and having a long career in the creative industry, were long term friends and had recently found indoor climbing as a new sport. Add to the mix that they were both looking to find a new business to capture their attention and Rob realised there was a lovely new, large, empty and most importantly, tall industrial building behind his photographic studio in Guildford!

The next day was an evening round Rob’s house where a plan was hatched over a few beers and a scribbled A4 sheet of paper and the concept of Craggy Island was born.

They just couldn't wait to climb it.From that day on it is fair to say both just picked up the project, and simply made things happen. The concept started to form and expand until, in literally just a few weeks, it had exploded to building one of the largest indoor climbing centres in the UK at that time.

There was a daily mix of property agents, landlord meetings, planning consultants, council officers, councillors, banks, more banks, finance houses, climbing wall designers, climbing wall suppliers, other climbing walls, accountants, consultants, local climbers, the local public and their dog and the steady realisation that to do it all properly was going to cost money, a lot of money, no. . . a huge amount of money!

But we were going to reinvent indoor climbing. It was going to be new and fresh! No more grey imposing walls, it was going to be welcoming and inclusive to all ages and abilities. What could possibly go wrong? Well, the realisation that the banks needed you to put everything you had on the line for them to loan you the money sharpens the mind. If it did not work they would take your house, your car and and quite possibly in Rob’s case, his record collection.

And then it was done... :o)We looked carefully at the spreadsheets, took a deep breath, and pressed the button.

From that moment we lined up the entire business plan and building designs and worked all hours to get things right, and after a few months of negotiating and wrangling and downright blagging, it all boiled down to convincing a planning committee one dark evening in Guildford in 2003 that it was a jolly good idea and they should allow us to build it.

By that time we had contacted the climbing community and were able to fill the council room with all kinds of supporting souls. We had both very carefully prepared speeches (and even had someone coach us as to how to present them!) and had tried to line up as many councillors as possible on our side against a chief planning officer who was dead against it for a variety of reasons. The entire project would live or die on a simple show of hands. . . can you imagine the tension?

Our case came up and a series of councillors, interested members of public and a very nervous Rob and Steve gave their views. The chairman then asked for a show of hands and we had 100% support. Suffice to say, there was cheering from the terraces! We later found that a unanimous vote was very rare indeed. . . which was nice.

Later in the pub, the realisation of what had just happened hit home and the following days were a whirlwind of signing contracts, leases and mortgage guarantees in blood with the bank. There was simply no going back – not that we wanted to in any case – and it was all hands to the pump to get open as soon as possible.

The actual building and opening of Craggy Island Guildford deserves its own story so you will have to wait for that but now you have an inkling of how it all started…

Thanks for being a part of Craggy,

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Tufa Madness at Guildford…!

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 - Posted by Danie

An outbreak of tufa madness at Craggy Island!

Our route setters are busy creating a host of new adventure climbs ready for the Christmas Holidays and the New Year.

In response to the popularity of the long diagonal climb across the front of the comp wall, Mark and Howard are creating something similar but completely different on the back of the new cave wall.

This climb will ask you to traverse across the entire section of wall between the tufas and will be a mid grade adventure experience and will be open tonight.


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Christmas Opening Times!

Monday, December 14th, 2015 - Posted by Danie


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Annual 3 Star Membership Offer!!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 - Posted by Danie

Want to get the best possible deal on 3 Star Membership…?

During December we’re offering 12 months for the price of 10 when you take out an Annual 3 Star Membership with us.

Standard – £420.00

Student/Forces 3 Star – £315.00

Junior 3 Star – £200.00

Parent & Child – £770.00

Family – £920.00

Our Annual 3 Star Memberships offer unlimited climbing at a reduced price at both of our centres with nothing more to pay for a whole year!

You can either call us on 01483 566880 or chat to us next time you’re in.  The process to set up a 3 Star Membership is very simple and our Reception team will be happy to advise on the best option and answer any questions you have.


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Refurb of Reception at Guildford!

Monday, December 7th, 2015 - Posted by Danie

Please note that there will be some disruption to Reception up until Christmas whilst we carry out a total refurb of that area!

You will be directed straight in to the changing area when you arrive where we will have a temporary reception set up. Our membership and booking system will still be working normally so there will be no additional disruption to your check in process.

Many thanks for your patience during this exciting time! 

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It’s nearly all NEW at Guildford!

Friday, December 4th, 2015 - Posted by Danie

Over the last year Craggy Island have been renewing the Guildford centre, which has now been brought up to date with new lead and top rope walls, 2 new bouldering areas, a new traverse wall and now a training mezzanine featuring a Moon Board.

Actually the process started 2 years ago when we built the stack and the new walls at the back of the centre using EP’s Mozaik wall system. This system designed on computer allows you to realise shapes and structures that would otherwise be extremely difficult to construct. Once designed it is then precisely cut by machines and then can be quickly installed on site like a massive 3d jigsaw. The success of these new walls has been their continuing popularity with our climbers as their near seamless shapes and angles are perfect for route setting and, being flat panels, are very suitable for alteration with the use of volumes and the wide range of climbing holds that are now available.
So successful were the new areas that we had a good look at the rest of the wall and decided that it was time to change other areas too. Starting with the bouldering wall, we found that we could push this back all round and improve the space by approx 15%. Mark Croxall then got involved with the design to the point that he made a 3d model from card and drove it up to the EP offices in Yorkshire. Then, with the engineers at EP, we discussed the idea of adapting Mozaik so that the joins became truly seamless without the bevel edges so useful as crimps and toe holds for all you hardcore climbers out there.

We then redesigned the arch to be a cave on one side and a semi steep wall on the other – effectively doubling the amount of overhanging lead climbing available. Another part of the wall that was missing was a steep slab; the ideal spot for this was opposite the woody and the opportunity to replace the unpopular profile section was irresistible. This opened up the woody corner for redevelopment. We had loads of climbing but could do with some more bouldering especially as the new bouldering wall was mostly steep. The perfect spot for some easier boulders and a mezzanine above would offer a great space for a proper Moon Board and training area.

The build did not go as smoothly as was ideal and the problems we had with the spiral stairs and their installation will go down in Craggy legends! However, all’s well that ends well and now all the planned improvements in the climbing arena are complete and replete with thousands of new holds and hundreds of climbs.

We’d like to thank all our customers for their loyalty and patience during what became a prolonged build period and hope you enjoy these fantastic new walls for many years to come!

One last bit of disruption however will be a temporary reception set up downstairs from 7th – 19th of December while we fit a brand new reception. During this period the Rock On shop will still be operating as normal with access from the stairs on the climbing wall side.

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