Women's Trad Festival 2019
Women's Trad Festival 2019 was held 2nd-4th August 2019 in the Peak District. Climbers of all ages and abilities gathered to climb on gritstone edges, learn new skills, and meet new climbing partners. Read bout this year's festival.
"Now in its fourth year, Women's Trad Festival is fast becoming a landmark and highly sought-after date in the climbing diary. Last year's 3-minute sell-out was - unbelievably - topped this year by tickets being snapped up immediately. In the time it took to refresh the page, the tickets for Women's Trad Festival 2019 were already sold out!"
"The fourth annual Women's Trad Fest took place in the sunny Peak District last weekend. It’s a festival largely aimed at beginners and learners, many of whom can already climb but want to learn trad skills in a safe, friendly environment. This year it was run as a BMC event to deliver what must be one of the bigger climbing festivals of its type to be found anywhere."
"It was really the incredible energy with everyone there. It’s a very huggy festival. I must have had about 300 hugs over the weekend.
We aim to create a great space for people to realise the possibilities that trad climbing affords them, free from the typical expectations of what a festival event is about."
Over 300 women (and men!) attended the fourth annual festival, with a plethora of
new ticket types available.
These tickets are aimed at a range of abilities, from those who have never climbed before, to women who may have some indoor experience, or even some trad experience but want to build confidence.
Learner ticket holders are be paired with another learner and taken out trad climbing by an experienced leader in the Peak District.
These tickets are for women who can confidently lead trad, but do not have enough experience to attend as a leader, or would prefer a more casual weekend.
They spend the weekend climbing with another climber ticket holder, and also attend a 3 hour crack masterclass run by Libby Peter and Harriet Ridley, two DMM athletes.
These tickets were for a new course that teaches climbers the vital skills of improved and self rescue in both single and multi-pitch environments.
It was run by Rock & Sun, and supported by DMM, and it's inauguration was a great success!
Parent & child
These tickets were also new for 2019. They enabled a parent to attend as a learner, and their child would climb each day in a group with other children and two of our lovely core volunteers.
We had four children climbing over the weekend, from as young as 10 years old.
As well as a range of ticket types, there are several other supporting roles which we would not be able to
run the festival without:
These lovely ladies and men take our learner ticket holders out climbing. They all either have at least five years of experience climbing and teaching others to climb, or hold their RCI/SPA or above.
They will spend the weekend teaching gear placements, building anchors, building confidence and some may get their learners leading.
All of our mentors are MIA, and are headed up by Cath Wilson, who is our safety-coordinator.
They spend the weekend at the crags supporting our leaders and climbers, giving advice and assistance where needed. They also give a leader briefing in the mornings.
We couldn't run the festival without these special people. They support us as organisers in making the festival the best it can be for everyone attending by keeping the site looking fabulous, running registration, selling mugs and raffle tickets, and being generally brilliant all weekend.
Some more photos from this year's festival: