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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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 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.
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.
If you would like to get involved in helping out with the festival please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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)