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Job Vacancy at Guildford: Full Time Duty Manager

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 - Posted by Danie

Location: GuildfordCrew

Position: Duty Manager

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Line Manager: Centre Manager

Application closing date: Sunday 29th of May 2016

Duty Manager Job Description:

To be a Duty Manager you will be passionate about climbing. This vital position will mean you are ‘hands on’ in the responsibility of running a high quality public sporting venue. You will report directly to the Centre Manager.

Your duties will involve a variety of back-office and customer facing tasks to ensure the smooth running of the centre for both staff and the public. This is a varied role with the opportunity to promote climbing as a fun and exhilarating sport to be enjoyed by all.

The centre is staffed on a shift basis seven days a week and therefore we require someone who can work as part of a team and on their own initiative. Hours to include evenings and weekends. We offer training on all our systems and all staff have access to free climbing at both our Craggy Island Climbing Centres. Salary is £16,477.50 pa for a 37.5 hour week.

If you are interested in applying for this position please send your C.V. and a letter letting us know why you want to be part of our crew to Marv Smith, Centre Manager at marv@craggy-island.com.

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Dealing with wrist injuries

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 - Posted by Danie

The most common wrist injuries are RSI or Repetitive Strain Injuries.  This is the most likely thing for a climber to suffer unless there is a fall onto the wrist or other type of impact.

Again, I must first highlight that I am far from a doctor and that if you are worried about an injury, you should always seek professional medical attention.  The information listed here is just some general advice from previous experience that will hopefully help you better understand some injuries and help you to spot them before it’s too late.

WristRSI symptoms gradually develop and do tend to become more severe over a period of time. Initially the symptoms tend to only occur whilst performing the aggravating activity, however with no rest or treatment they will progress, to be present even at rest. Symptoms include wrist pain which may be a dull ache or throbbing sensation. Tingling and numbness may also be present.

RSI or repetitive strain injury is caused by repetitive movements of the wrist or fingers. This might be due to only working one particular style of climbing – I personally suffer with it if I spend too much time working wide sloper problems on the boulder wall.

Causes

As already mentioned, RSI is caused by repetitive movements. The problem is usually exacerbated by factors outside of climbing, or vice-versa, depending on your priorities! Such as poor posture, inadequate wrist support or desk set-up.

Treatment

The first thing to do is rest from the aggravating activity. This can be easier said than done if a work-related activity adds further strain to the injury. However, making modifications to your workspace or work responsibilities may be possible.

Take more regular breaks from activities that put it under strain – move about and stretch the arms and wrists.

The use of a wrist brace or support can help in the early stages to provide additional support and comfort but can often be cumbersome when climbing and soon discarded.

Apply ice when it is stiff or painful and use anti-inflammatories but only after climbing! You will do yourself no favours by climbing whilst on painkillers.

Click here for some Strengthening & Stretching Exercises

Returning to climbing

It can be a bit daunting when returning to climbing after an injury of any sort.  The most important thing to remember is that you do have a weakness.  You need to be kind to that weakness and build it back up again slowly.  Just because you were bouldering 6b before you hurt yourself does not mean you can get straight back on and climb at that level during your first session back!  The only likely outcomes of that are disappoint and re-injury.

Start off by gently warming up – something which you should complete at the beginning of every session – not just when you’re coming back from injury.  Make sure that you incorporate all hold-types and shapes at a low level during your warm up so that your body knows how to react to them.

Ensure that you stay focused during your warm up and think about every movement you make.  This will help you to identify whether there is pain during certain movements and when using certain holds.  If you do experience pain then ease back off.  Remember, you’re trying to get back in to climbing again – not cause yourself to be out of it for even longer.

Providing you experience a relatively pain-free warm up then start climbing a little harder.  Again, just build it up very gradually and avoid anything that causes discomfort.

If you feel it necessary, ice your wrist after climbing.  This will do it no harm and will help to reduce any inflammation that has built up during your session.  Avoid anti-inflammatories at this stage as it’s important that you understand what your body is feeling so you can treat it right.

 

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Ever thought about becoming an Instructor…?

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 - Posted by Danie

If you have ever thought about becoming an instructor then now is your chance to get on the first step of the ladder with our site specific instructors course.

No previous instructing experience is needed but you must fit the following criteria:

– Be over 18

– Have passed the registration test at Craggy Island, Guildford

What you will be doing:

During the Site Specific Training you will learn the basics of instructing at Craggy Island.  We will give you a thorough introduction to the wall and the equipment available for your use when working with our groups at the centre.  There will also be the opportunity to practice group management skills and exchange ideas with other instructors.

Date: Friday 21st of June 2013

Time: 10:30-16:30

Cost: £25.00 payable at time of booking

How to book:

Please call reception on 0844 880 8866.  Places are limited to 14 and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

What Happens after the Course?

Once you have completed the course you will then be required to shadow our instructors for a set amount of hours determined at the end of the training. When these hours have been completed you may then book an assessment and providing that you pass you will then be qualified to work with us here at Craggy Island, Guildford.

If you would like any more information or have any questions then please contact Shona Hanmer via shona@craggy-island.com

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Holiday fun at Craggy2 this Easter!

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 - Posted by Cliff Hanger

Cave & Climb Sessions:

If you want your kids aged 5+ years to have a go at caving and climbing here at Craggy2 this half term then why not book them onto one of our fun Junior or Mini Cave & Climb sessions? It’s a great way for them to burn off a bit of energy and experience a fantastic activity.

Our instructors will kit them up, give them a full safety brief and then take them on a supervised caving and climbing experience throughout the whole centre. Whilst we are taking the kids climbing you can relax with a cup of coffee and enjoy the peace and quiet!

Ratio: 1:6 (ages 8+)
Ratio: 1:4 (ages 5 – 7)

Length of session: 1 hour

Price: £18.00 per person (includes all safety equipment).

Private Tuition:

If you’re looking for something more specific; perhaps you want to learn to boulder too, give the kids a tougher challenge or simply want your instructor’s undivided attention then a Private session is the thing for you!

You can book each session for up to 4 people and it will be completely tailored to your requirements.

Ratio: 1:up to 4

Price: 1 person – £30 per hour, 2 people – £40 per hour, 3 people – £45 per hour and 4 people – £60 per hour (includes all safety equipment).

All of our sessions run daily but please book early to avoid disappointment!

Please speak to a member of the Reception Team or call us on 0844 880 8866 to book your place!

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Craggy2 Autumn 2012 Boulder League Round 2 Results!

Friday, November 9th, 2012 - Posted by Cliff Hanger

Here it is people. In all it’s glory the  Craggy2 Autumn 2012 Round 2 Boulder League results. Try saying that after a flapjack or two..

                 
Hard Category
Position First Name Surname Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Total Average
1 Wayne Garcia 118       118 118.00
2 Archie  Cameron-Blackie 114       114 114.00
3 Nat McAleese 35 20     55 27.50
3 Andy Carroll   55     55 55.00
4 Ashley Scott   8     8 8.00
                 
Medium Category  
Position First Name Surname Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Total Average
1 James George 95 88     183 91.5
2 Peter Boughton 80 87     167 83.5
3 Matt Wilson 68 88     156 78
4 Robert Hepburn 61 81     142 71
5 Jason Hawksworth 60 78     138 69
6 Chris Kinally 57 74     131 65.5
7 Thomas Foschini 107       107 107
8 Paul Highams   100     100 100
8 Chris Tolley   100     100 100
9 Nicholas Mills 86       86 86
10 Neil Lansdowne 84       84 84
11 Dan Gothard   81     81 81
12 Storme Biggs 80       80 80
13 Duncan ??? 70       70 70
14 James Barry 65       65 65
15 Ross Bensley 56       56 56
16 Rob ??? 50       50 50
17 David Cordwell   47     47 47
18 Olivia Hawksworth   44     44 44
                 
Easy Category  
Position First Name Surname Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Total Average
1 Jonathan Stubbings 130 150     280 140.00
2 Mark Stubbings 137 141     278 139.00
3 Kyle Hepburn 121 100     221 110.50
4 John Gould 118 84     202 101.00
5 Tomas Sarik 150       150 150.00
6 Luke Stanley   147     147 147.00
7 Andrew Lawson 144       144 144.00
7 Mike W 144       144 144.00
8 Ollie Rooke 140       140 140.00
9 Dave R 135       135 135.00
10 Matt Sweatman 134       134 134.00
10 Jon Hofheiz 134       134 134.00
11 Hannah ??? 130       130 130.00
11 Jamie Wood 130       130 130.00
12 Duncan O’Hehir 124       124 124.00
13 Jimmy Nicholls   90     90 90.00
14 Jimmy ??? 60       60 60.00

Congratulations to all competitors and see you all on Thursday 29th of November at 18:30 for a Comp room crushing Round 3.

Remember that there’s a month’s free climbing up for grabs for the overall winners of each category, plus prizes for each round,  so there’s everything to climb for ;0

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Craggy2 Boulder League Round 1 results!

Monday, October 29th, 2012 - Posted by Cliff Hanger

For those that have been waiting in eager anticipation for the Craggy2 Boulder League Round 1 results here they are:*

Hard Category
Position First Name Surname Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Total Average
1 Wayne Garcia 118       118 118.00
2 Archie  Cameron-Blackie 114       114 114.00
3 Nat McAleese 35       35 35.00
4 Ashley Scott 1       1 1.00
                 
Medium Category  
Position First Name Surname Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Total Average
1 Thomas Foschini 107       107 107.00
2 James George 95       95 95.00
3 Nicholas Mills 86       86 86.00
4 Neil Lansdowne 84       84 84.00
5 Peter Boughton 80       80 80.00
6 Storme Biggs 80       80 80.00
7 Duncan ??? 70       70 70.00
8 Matt Wilson 68       68 68.00
9 James Barry 65       65 65.00
10 Robert Hepburn 61       61 61.00
11 Jason Hawksworth 60       60 60.00
12 Chris Kinally 57       57 57.00
13 Ross Bensley 56       56 56.00
14 Rob ??? 50       50 50.00
                 
Easy Category  
Position First Name Surname Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Total Average
1 Tomas Sarik 150       150 150.00
2 Andrew Lawson 144       144 144.00
3 Mike W 144       144 144.00
4 Ollie Rooke 140       140 140.00
5 Mark Stubbings 137       137 137.00
6 Dave R 135       135 135.00
7 Matt Sweatman 134       134 134.00
8 Jon Hofheiz 134       134 134.00
9 Hannah ??? 130       130 130.00
10 Jonathan Stubbings 130       130 130.00
11 Jamie Wood 130       130 130.00
12 Duncan O’Hehir 124       124 124.00
13 Kyle Hepburn 121       121 121.00
14 John Gould 118       118 118.00
15 Jimmy ??? 60       60 60.00
                 

So congrats to all competitors and see you all on Thursday 8th of November at 18:30 for Round 2 to take advantage of the route set in the Rock Room.

Remember that there’s a month’s free climbing up for grabs for the overall winners of each category, plus prizes for each round,  so there’s everthing to climb for ;0)

* finally

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Craggy half-term student entry

Thursday, October 25th, 2012 - Posted by Cliff Hanger

It’s half-term just around the corner so that means a week off from hour upon hour of relentless study with no opportunity to take a break from cramming your brain with knowledge. Or something like that…

So if you’re a student with a fiver to spare you can come and climb all day at Craggy Island Guildford & Craggy2 Sutton from  Saturday 27th October through until Sunday 4th of November*. Which means you’ve the opportunity to do so much leading, top-roping, dry-tooling, bouldering and caving the mind boggles.

*Usual Student entry rules & regulations apply i.e. you must be a registered climber, be a Student etc etc (please check with reception for full details).

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Craggy2 part-time Receptionist vacancy

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 - Posted by Cliff Hanger

Looking for a part-time job?

We might just have the one for you.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be one of the ‘Craggy Crew’ at Craggy2 Sutton, come and talk to us.

We are looking for a permanent part-time receptionist to work in our busy reception. Hours to include evenings and weekends.

Your duties will be to work with the other Craggy Crew, liaise with customers in person and on the phone with regard to the services we offer. Use our automated booking system and take payment by card and cash, ensuring accuracy at all times, and other general administrative tasks. In-house training will be provided.

The job will suit bright and lively people who want to work in a healthy, uplifting, buzzing and social environment. Being a climber is not essential but an interest in an active lifestyle would be an advantage.

Hours: from 15 to 19.5 hours a week part-time (hours negotiable)

Salary: £13,750 pro rata

Starting date: 2oth August 2012 TBC

Ask in reception for more information or send a CV and covering letter explaining why you would like to work for us to gareth@craggy-island.com

Please note that the closing date for applications is Monday 6th August 2012

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Student Summer returns to Craggy Island!

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 - Posted by Cliff Hanger


Can’t face another whole day in bed?
Bored already with another 11 weeks of holiday still to go?
Realization slowly creeping in that you might be forced to get a summer job if you don’t do something?
Don’t be like this little guy ->

Let the Craggy Island Student Summer brighten your days! Whether you lead, top-rope or boulder we’ve got something for you to climb and at both Craggy Island Guildford and Craggy2 Sutton you can climb all Summer for only £5.00 entry per person per day.*

So no excuses for not spending the whole summer climbing and going back to studies completely ripped and climbing like a God/Goddess/Deity.

Gareth :0)

*Usual Student entry rules & regulations apply i.e. you must be a registered climber, be a Student blah blah blah  (please check with reception for full details)  and the Craggy Student Summer runs from 19.06.2012 -> 21.09.2012

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Craggy2 Rock Room reset 23-26.04.2012

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 - Posted by Cliff Hanger

It’s that time again and next week it’s the turn of the Rock Room here at Craggy2 for a reset by our lovely set of setters…

Mark ‘locks’ Croxall*

GB climber Mark Croxall

ably assisted by Mike ‘I’m a Pantene man myself’ Hadcocks

Mikey Ready to set!

As usual they’ll be creating another room full of fiendishly lovely problems across the four days. The room will be closed for public climbing each day until approx 18:30’ish, though we’ll endeavour to get it open asap.

This therefore means it’s the final round of our hotly contested Winter Boulder League on Thursday 26th April – see you there!

Gareth

* Mark ‘may’ have changed his hairstyle since this photo was taken.

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