Get yourself to the BMC Gower Climbing Festival

Posted by Elfyn Jones on 12/08/2019
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The BMC Gower Climbing Festival 2019 is now in its 11th year, making it the longest continuously running climbing meetup in the UK. Regular attendees from all across the UK will confess to the delights of the Gower climbing, the fabulous scenery and the much-appreciated morning bacon rolls (veggie options available too!).

The BMC Gower Climbing Festival is well established, and this year's event will be held on the weekend of Friday August 30th to Sunday Sept 1st. The festival base this year will be at Moorlakes Wood Activity Centre, a private woodland next to Swansea Airport. It has camping fields, plenty of trees for hammocks, hard ground for campervans and a bunkhouse for those who don't have a tent.

The BMC Gower Climbing Festival is well established and this year's event will be held on the weekend of Friday August 30th to Sunday Sept 1st. The festival base this year will be at Moorlakes Wood Activity Centre, a private woodland next to Swansea Airport. It has camping fields, plenty of trees for hammocks, hard ground for campervans and a bunkhouse for those who don't have a tent.

Activities will start Friday afternoon, kicking off the festival with a BMC Hills 2 Oceans beach clean up at Swansea Bay.

On Friday evening Tom Livingstone is giving a talk at The Climbing Hangar, where you'll be able to hear the dramatic tales of his epic ascent of Latok 1. We will be kicking off Saturday with a free yoga class and a fresh bacon and/or egg butty from local sources (for a small donation to a charitable cause). There’ll also be some friendly chit-chat and advice for those who want it for a fun day of climbing ahead of them.

Photos: Tom Ripley and Dan Lane photography

For those new to outdoor climbing, local aficionado and qualified climbing instrutor, Matt Woodfield will be running a free morning workshop introducing sport climbing and leading.

The evening will be spent in the pub with a family-friendly pub quiz and a showing of the climbing film Blood Moon.

Sunday will see a free kids outdoor taster session at local crags after the morning meet to get the kids off the plastic and on to some real rock. Then for those who want to learn a bit more about sport leading, Matt is running the full length learning to lead sport workshop. More experienced climbers can come along to a session on how to bolt.

More information on how to join in these activities (booking required for some events) on the Gower Climbing Festival website or join the Facebook group for the latest updates.

There is something for everyone, so whether it’s your first time climbing on real rock or you’ve climbed for years, come and enjoy a fun weekend on Gower. 

Watch: Tom LIvingstone sample the delights of some of best routes at Gogarth


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