The Castle is pleased to announce that Wild Country* climbers Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker will be visiting us on Saturday 27th October when they will be running 2hr Crack Climbing masterclasses followed by a talk on their recent trip to America to climb some of the world’s hardest offwidth cracks.
15.30pm - 17.30pm
Designed for climbers of all abilities, from those who know next to nothing about crack climbing to those who want to add new techniques to their crack repertoire, these masterclasses have something for everyone. The guys will cover all widths of crack: Fingers, Hands, Fists and Offwidths, using specially designed problems built specifically for these sessions.
Tom Randall says: 'Crack climbing well is a fantastic feeling and learning how to climb cracks opens up a world of routes, and indeed some of the best routes in the world: from Brown and Whillans' classics in the UK (try doing Cenotaph Corner or the Sloth without being able to jam) through to Yosemite and Indian Creek in the USA.
2hr masterclass: £45 per person
American offwidth climbing has spawned a counter-culture of rough and tumble characters who aren’t afraid to bleed their way up a route. So when two proper British lads, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker, crossed the pond to eat up the gnarliest wide cracks in the US, including the first ascent of the world’s hardest offwidth known as Century Crack.
Tom and Pete talk about their journey, the training, the routes and the failures, culminating in the awe inspiring 1st ascent of Century Crack. If this doesn’t get you psyched to start working on your crack climbing skills, nothing will!
£10 a ticket
*Wild Country will also be here all day with the ‘Crack Machine’ and giving a boot demo. If you fancy giving it a go, come along and hopefully pick up some tips from the experts.