Celebrate Tremfest 2018: the climbing, gardening festival

Posted by Elfyn Jones on 28/03/2018
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It's back! Yes, once again it's time for the jamboree that is TremFest 2018. This festival is your chance to give something back to the crags you derive so much enjoyment from, when work and play combine to celebrate all that is good about Tremadog – 21-22 April, put it in your diary!

TremFest is now well established as a fun climbing and crag revival festival. Climbers arrive at Bwlch y Moch in the morning armed with gardening tools, and leave at the end of the day having not only cleared paths, opened up overgrown routes, repaired stiles, trimmed overhanging vegetation and protected rare plants but also having had a great day climbing and won some amazing prizes from the prize draw.

This year's TremFest starts on Saturday 21 April – just turn up at Eric Jones' Cafe, Bwlch y Moch at 10.00am (or the night before if you're really keen), ideally with a pair of gloves, some secateurs and a sickle and you'll be allocated a task to do or a route to clean. 

Craig Bwlch y Moch is one of the crags owned by the BMC on behalf of climbers, and there is also an agreement over the management of the access paths to and from neighbouring Craig Pant Ifan. While these crags are obviously great natural features with amazing traditional climbing, the reality is that they need looking after. Without constant (and occasionally intense) management the approach paths would become overgrown, descent paths would collapse, boundaries would fail, rare plants would become extinct by competition from invasive vegetation, litter would remain uncollected.... and the list of essential tasks goes on!

With the cafe now under the new managment of Gareth and Jo this is a wonderful opportunity for climbers to meet the new owners and show them what a great bunch of people climbers are!

WATCH: All the action of Tremfest 2016 on BMC TV

For those attending there is free accommodation on a first come first served basis at the campsite and the bunkhouse (please contact Eric Jones directly to book this on 01766 5122199). Free camping is also available at the campsite for those attending the clean up. 

After all the work has been done and following the infamous incredible prize draw - overseen this year by none other than the original Tremfest organiser Mike Raine, there will be a free climbing talk in the evening at the cafe by Caradog "Crag" Jones - the first Welshman to summit Everest and the pioneer of some very exciting new routes on the remote islands of the southern oceans.

Oh... did we forget to say that  there will also be free beer for those who've done some work...?

The event couldn't happen without the generous support of numerous local and national climbing businesses and retailers, so please be very nice to them in return and have a look at their websites and maybe pop into their shops to spend some cash.

Amongst the supporters so far are: DMMJoe Brown OutdoorsThe Beacon Climbing CentrePlas y BreninGround Up Climbing GuidebooksCrib Goch Outdoor WorldV12 OutdoorPurple Moose BreweryPete's EatsEric Jones' Cafe, The Climbers Club and the BMC. 


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