Join us for the BMC Stanage Festival 2014

Posted by Will Harris on 13/05/2014

The BMC is 70 years old in 2014, and as part of our birthday celebrations we are hosting a festival of climbing and walking at Stanage on the weekend of 28-29 June.

Stanage is one of the UK's best known and most loved crags, an iconic gritstone edge offering everything from classic routes to cutting edge boulder problems. With great hillwalking options and easy access, including by public transport, it is an obvious venue for this event bringing together climbers and walkers from across the UK.

Masterclasses

Wild Country athletes Pete Whittaker, Katherine Schirrmacher and Naomi Buys will deliver masterclasses on Saturday 28. Thornbridge outdoors will also be running an outdoor climbing day for 14-17 year olds. All classes cost a bargainous £10, see here to find out more and to book your place. 

Free Barbeque

There will be a BMC tent with a free barbeque in the Plantation car park from 4 - 6.30pm on Saturday 28. why not top off a great day out on the crag with a burger and beer on us?

Free lecture

Jordan Buys will be delivering a free lecture at the Outside Cafe in Hathersage from 7.30pm on the Saturday evening. Tickets will be available on the day on a first come-first served basis from the BMC tent at the Stanage plantation car park.

Climbing Challenge

Our local experts have put together a points based challenge to aim you in the direction of some of Stanages more esoteric jems. With a handicap points system making sure that you can't cheat your way to victory by being good at climbing, the prizes kindly donated by Wild Country are there for the taking. Find out how to give it a go.

Wild Country crack machine

Wild Country will also be bringing their infamous Crack Machine along to the Stanage Plantation car park where you can get some Crack tips from Pete Whittaker, grab posters and stickers, enter their raffle and even have a go at the Crack Machine Challenge!

Guided Walks

Guided walks led by Peak District National Park Rangers will be taking place on both days of the festival.

On Saturday a 'Stanage figure of eight' will take walkers on a tour of iconic local landmarks. Expect expert knowledge of local flora, fauna, geology and history, along with breath-taking views. Booking is recommended though people turning up on the day will also be welcome. More information is available here: Stanage Figure of Eight.

Then on Sunday for those who are interested in climbing but would rather admire it from afar a 'walk through climbing history' will explore the rich heritage of climbing along the area's gritstone edges. More information is available here: Walk through climbing history.

If being taken on a guided walk isn't your thing, walkers are of course free to walk on their own and join others for the barbeque or lecture.

Camping

Camping will be available at the North Lees campsite.

Join us for a weekend of outdoor activities and social events at one of our greatest crags.

Parking

Where possible, please park inside the Plantation car park to help to keep the road clear. The Peak District National Park Authority will not be enforcing parking payment on the day, but will accept parking donations at the BMC tent. 

Get involved

If you would like to get involved in helping out with the festival please contact will@thebmc.co.uk

 

More BMC festivals this summer

Can't make it to Stanage?
Come along to one (or more) of the other festivals being organised by local BMC volunteers in the North East, the North West, the South West and South Wales:

Cornish Climbing Festival (4-6 July)

North East Climbing & Walking Festival (11-13 July)

Bristol Climbing Festival (26 July)

WiltonFest (6 September)

Gower Climbing Festival (12-14 September)

Crag Lough Clean-up Festival (13 September)
 



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1) Anonymous User
27/03/2014
The PDNPA is going to enforce car parking payments talks with Derbyshire County Council double yellow lines Hollin Bank opposite car park and various other places, ALL TO HELP THE BUDGET.
2) Anonymous User
27/03/2014
PRIVATATION is here
3) Anonymous User
05/05/2014
NATIONAL TRUST will be running north lees within 2 yrs
4) Anonymous User
14/05/2014
Is there anything on offer that I've missed for talented young climbers? (I saw the intro to climbing but that's not appropriate.) The masterclasses would be excellent for my daughter who boulders 7a/V6 but only indoors and wants to develop her outdoor skills. Might you make an exception to the over-18s only rule?
5) Anonymous User
22/06/2014
Is it a free event or do you need to buy tickets in advance?
6) Will Harris (author comment)
23/06/2014
Hi, the event is free, with the exception of climbing masterclasses which must be booked in advance at a cost of £10.

7) Anonymous User
27/06/2014
To anonymous 1)
Next time you are there have a look at the state of the sides of the road due to people parking outside the carparks
i have tried to drive down at busy periods and got stuck due to cars narrowing the road to a single lane
Also you try to move to one side and with the erosion on the sides of the roads you can drop down and even ground your car!
Someone will still have to pay for all the road repairs, so sorry if you find this offensive

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