It’s back! Lancashire’s biggest and best climbing festival is just around the corner, and will be held on Saturday 1st September in the fantastic Wilton Quarries. Originally founded by the late Nick Bond, Wilton Fest is now in its 6th year.
Last year Wilton Fest was massively popular and is now well established with many local clubs, groups and organisations. Hopefully the weather gods will be kind to us and we’ll exceed even last year’s attendance figures. This year’s proceeds will be going towards Bolton Mountain Rescue Team (BMRT), who are celebrating their 50th anniversary. BMRT have been invaluable this year in helping out on Winter Hill during the fire, and have on several occasions helped stop the fire from spreading into the quarries - a much appreciated endeavour!
With thanks to the landowners (Bolton Rifle & Pistol Club), once again we will be based in Wilton 2 on Saturday 1st September, kicking things off at 11am.
What’s on this year?
Once again we have a load of instructed sessions again this year - some are free and some have a small entry fee which goes to Bolton Mountain Rescue Team. All sessions should meet next to the BMC stand at the basecamp area in Wilton 2:
1100-1200: Outdoor climbing taster session with RockOver Climbing instructors. FREE - no booking required, but under 18’s must be with a parent or guardian.
1100-1300: Professional coach John Kettle is running a 'Fundamentals of Trad Climbing' session aimed at anyone climbing up to Severe and wanting to improve their skills. Bring your own rack and ropes. Limited places - £20 per person.
1200: Get Nimble with Nathan - free yoga workshop with Nathan Rostron. This is ideal for a warm up before starting climbing for the day and is open to all. FREE - no booking required.
1230: Trail Run with Never Stop Manchester. FREE - booking required.
1300-1400: Outdoor climbing taster session with RockOver Climbing instructors. FREE - no booking required, but under 18’s must be with a parent or guardian.
1300: Andy Shaw's Beginners Bouldering workshop (linked to his technique Facebook page) will be setting off from basecamp. Covering pad placement, spotting and movement on the rock it's perfect for anyone making their first steps or relatively new to bouldering outdoors. Limited places - £5 per person.
1400-1600: A second 'Fundamentals of Trad Climbing' session from John Kettle, aimed at anyone climbing HS and above and wanting to improve their skills. Bring your own rack and ropes. Limited places - £20 per person.
1400-1600: Emily Pitts from Women Climb will be hosting a Developing Climbing Confidence workshop. The workshop gives an introduction to the tried and tested techniques that you can employ to become more self-aware and develop your confidence as a climber. It is an off-the-wall session which will take place away from the crag, with no climbing, so come prepared to discuss, to reflect and with an open mind to consider new ways of thinking. Limited places - £5 per person.
1500-1600: Outdoor climbing taster session with RockOver Climbing instructors. FREE - no booking required, but under 18’s must be with a parent or guardian.
1500: Hike with Never Stop Manchester. FREE - booking required.
1830: Evening entertainment - stay tuned for more details and dont forget to bring your own seat!
BMRT will be here again, this time showing us their skills as a rescue team, not their fire fighting skills. Several companies will also be hostinjg stands in Wilton 2 including Moon, Campcraft, Cockerel Books and Crusher Holds amongst others (bring cash and expect some bargains!)
WATCH a short film of the 2016 WiltonFest on BMC TV:
Food & Drink
Throughout the day tea and coffee will be available for a small donation.
1730-ish: As always at WiltonFest, later in the afternoon we will be firing up the BBQ and cracking open beer donated by our friends at Rockover Climbing and The North Face. Food and beer will be available for a small donation to BMRT.
This year in an effort to reduce the amount of single use plastics at the event, we are encouraging festival goers to bring a re-useable cup or mug with them to use for brews and beer. Smaller minimum donations will be requied for anyone using a reusable cup/mug, so help save the planet and get more drinks for your money - a win win!
Where is it?
The Wilton quarries are just behind the Wilton Arms (BL1 7BT), just north of Bolton off the A675 Bolton – Preston road.
Wilton 2 & 4 will be open for parking, as well as the laybys just off Scout Road and the BMC car park next to the Wilton Arms.
W2 is base camp as usual. Come here for all stalls, refreshments, courses and info.
See you on Saturday 1st of September!
The Access and Conservation Trust
The BMC's charity – the BMC Access & Conservation Trust – promotes sustainable access to cliffs, mountains and open countryside by facilitating education and conservation projects across the United Kingdom and Ireland.
By educating climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers to enjoy outdoor recreation while minimising their impact on the landscape, conserving the UK’s upland resources, and campaigning for improved access rights, ACT enables future generations to continue to enjoy outdoor activities and the physical, mental and social benefits they bring to individual lives and society in general.
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