Welsh trad climbing: join the BMC International Meet 2019

Posted by Becky McGovern on 04/12/2018
Photo: Dave Rudkin

Connect with international friends, climb with like-minded people, go wild over Welsh trad: the BMC International Meet 2019 is returning to North Wales.

Our International Meets are week-long gatherings of climbers from all over the world. The aim is to showcase the uniqueness of British climbing and connect climbers from across the globe. The 2019 Meet will be located at Ynys Ettws, the Climbers' Club Hut in Llanberis Pass.

During the week, approximately 25 international climbers from all over the world will be teamed up with UK climbers to experience the delights of Welsh trad climbing. This year we're welcoming guests from 20 different countries including Slovenia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, India and South Africa.

Places for international climbers and UK hosts are now full. 

However you can still come along for a taste of this event......as part of our 75th anniversary celebrations we’ve added three extra events to the final weekend of the meet so that you can come join us. Places on these three events are limited and must be booked in advance, please see booking links below each event.

1 Emma Twyford talk

Friday 17 May | Caban Café | Brynrefail |9pm to 10pm

Join us for an evening with Emma Twyford, Britain’s reigning trad queen.  Cool headed Emma has headpointed three E9s and climbed stacks of E8s.  Emma has also climbed 8c and could well be the first British woman to climb 9a.

Price: £5 BMC members | £10 non-members
Places are limited and must be booked in advance

Book tickets forn Emma Twyford talk

2 Celebration Party

Saturday 18 May | Ynys Ettws Climbers’ Club Hut | Llanberis Pass | 7.30pm

Join the celebration party on the final night of the international meet where 50 climbers from all over the world will be rejoicing having spent a week Welsh trad climbing.  Tasty evening meal, live music from feel good band Banda Bacana, and fun disco-house with DJ James Williams. 

Places are limited and must be booked in advance
Price: £10 BMC members | £15 non-members

Book tickets for the celebration party

3 Trad climbing workshops

Saturday 18 May | Llanberis Pass | 10am to 4.30pm

Hone your climbing skills with one of our workshops and who knows, maybe you’ll play host to international climbers on a future BMC International Meet.

Outdoor climbing skills workshop

This workshop is for indoor climbers wanting to gain skills for climbing outside. Skills covered will be trad climbing equipment, placing good anchors, building belays and top roping.  One instructor, four participants.

Price: £50 BMC members | £70 non-members
Places are limited and must be booked in advance by 26 April

Book on the Outdoor climbing skills workshop

Trad climbing rescue skills workshop

This workshop is for regular trad climbers who want to learn rescue skills.  It's especially useful for people who are considering climbing sea cliffs.  Skills covered will include escaping the system, ascending and descending ropes using prusiks, and hoisting. One instructor, four participants.

Price: £50 BMC members | £70 non-members
Places are limited and must be booked in advance by 26 April

Book on the Trad climbing rescue skills workshop

WATCH: Nick Bullock climbing King Wad (E5) at BMC International Meet 2015 on BMC TV

BMC International Climbing Meet Date

The BMC International Summer Climbing Meet will run from Sunday 12 to Sunday 19 May 2019.  Arrival evening is Sunday 12 May, climbing days are Monday 13 to Saturday 18 May, departure Sunday 19 May.

Venue

The Meet will be held at Ynys Ettws, the Climbers’ Club hut in Llanberis Pass, North Wales.

Programme

  • Each day an international guest will be paired with a host climber to go out climbing.
  • Partnerships will change every few days so that you get to climb with different people.
  • There will be several evening presentations throughout the week by the UK & international climbers.
  • On Saturday 18 May we will have a final party with DJ to celebrate the week.

Further information

Please contact Becky McGovern at the BMC by email or telephone 0161 438 3302.


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