The Women's Trad Festival 2017

Posted by Peter Burnside on 06/04/2017

Women's Trad Festival is back for a second year for another awesome weekend of trad climbing in the Peak District. Even if you’re completely new to the sport, everyone’s welcome regardless of age, ability, and gender! Find out more now.

What is the Women's Trad Festival?

The Women's Trad Festival (WTF) 2017 is a BMC-supported two-day trad climbing festival in the Peak District, helping to bridge the gap between indoor and outdoor climbing. By attending you will have a chance to learn to lead in a friendly and positive environment, on even just try climbing on rock for the first time!

Whether you’re new to trad climbing, want to transfer indoor skills to the outdoor rock, or you’re already an experienced trad climber, everyone’s welcome, even if you’ve never climbed before! We are an inclusive event: we welcome climbers of any age, of any ability and of any gender – that means men and children can come too!

It's a great initiative that the BMC is proud to support, as its core values resonate greatly with the interests of our members and the work which the BMC continues to do to promote them. Aside from encouraging inclusivity and participation for everyone, let's find out what the core values of the WTF are:

WTF's three main aims

  1. To help beginners transition from indoor to outdoor climbing.
  2. To support women in outdoor leadership
  3. To create a network of female climbers

Currently only around 25% of climbers are women, and this figure is lower among trad climbers in particular. With the Women’s Trad Festival we hope to support the growth of female participation within climbing, particularly at a beginner level transitioning from indoor to outdoor climbing.

As of 2015, only 19% of award holders within the Mountain Training scheme were female. We want to encourage and support the number of women in leadership roles within the climbing community. In 2016, many volunteers attended Women’s Trad Festival with the specific aim of gaining experience for their Mountain Training awards, and we want to continue supporting women in leadership this year.

In gathering female climbers across the country together for a weekend of climbing in the Peak District, we hope to help create a network and a community. This will be not only for beginners, but also for female instructors, leaders and more experienced trad climbers to share knowledge and inspiration, and support each other. We hope that in bringing women of all levels together, they can find role models and mentorship opportunities that can help them feel more confident in pursuing climbing as recreation or a career, at whatever level.

WATCH: The WTF 2016 video below

Women's Trad Festival 2016

Women's Trad Festival took place for the first time in the Peak District this August. It brought together over 65 climbers from all over the country, of all abilities, ages and genders, aiming to help bridge the gap between indoor and outdoor climbing and get more women into trad climbing. There was a great atmosphere of sharing, learning and fun, as experienced trad leaders introduced new climbers to the joys of Peak gritstone trad. Although for many this was their first outside climbing experience, by the end of the weekend at least 20 women had completed their first lead climbs. A huge thanks to our sponsors: 3RD ROCK DMM Climbing Outside Mountain Equipment Rab Video produced by Sharp End Films

Posted by Women's Trad Festival on Wednesday, 24 August 2016

When is the festival?

5pm Friday 18 August to 5pm Sunday 20 August 2017.

Where is the festival?

The festival is based at Eric Byne Memorial Campsite near Bakewell, in the Peak District.

Where do I sign up?

Unfortunately, the Women's Trad Festival 2017 sold out in less than 24 hours! The response was amazing and it’s exciting to see so many people wanting to go to the festival. 

If you missed out on buying a ticket but you would still like to come, sign up on the waiting list below. If anyone is no longer able to come, we will contact the people on the list. We will also look into the possibility of releasing some more tickets.

TICKETS WAITING LIST: Sign up here

Due to an unbelievable response, leader applications have also closed already. If you have not yet had the chance to apply as a leader, please do so as you will be put on a waiting list in the case that any leaders drop out. Big thanks to everyone who has already applied.

LEADER WAITING LIST: Sign up here

 

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