There are two types of 'learner' ticket available at the Women's Trad Festival, our classic 'Learner' ticket and the new 'Learn to Lead' course. Read on for more information about who these tickets are for, and what's included.
Learn to Lead
Who is this ticket for?
This ticket is for you if you fit any of the following:
- You’ve never climbed before.
- You’ve climbed indoors and want to try climbing outdoors on rock.
- You have sport climbing experience and would like to try trad.
- You have trad climbing experience but are not a confident leading and wish to build your skills and confidence.
There are no requirements for this ticket type.
2 days of bespoke guidance with an experienced trad leader, in a 1:2 ratio alongside one other learner of similar ability to you. You will have the opportunity to borrow any gear you may need from our sponsors, including shoes, harness and helmets.
Who is this ticket for?
This ticket is for you if you:
Have experience seconding trad and/or leading indoors or sport climbing, and wish to focus intensively on learning to lead.
Hope to go on to other qualifications within Mountain Training.
You must have belayed on at least 20 occasions
Have seconded a minimum of 20 outdoor rock climbs at VDiff or above
Have led 20 sport climbs (indoor or outdoor).
2 days of expert tuition in a 1:3 ratio with an experienced and qualified MIA instructor, intensively focused on learning and honing your leading skills. You will have the opportunity to borrow any gear you may need from our sponsors, including shoes, harness and helmets.
See the bottom of the page for the full syllabus of this course.
Both ticket types include Friday and Saturday night camping, a brightly coloured and ethically produced WTF2020 t-shirt, a sustainable goody bag filled with surprises from our sponsors, exclusive access to discounts with an independent retailer, Outside, and the opportunity to take part in various workshops and conversation sessions throughout the weekend.
PLEASE NOTE: We are an off-grid festival! You will need to bring a tent/camping equipment and be ready for a weekend without hot water, showers or anywhere to charge your phone. We encourage you to use the festival as an opportunity for a digital detox. We have private cold water washing facilities and gender-neutral loos on site. A limited number of van tickets will be available at an additional cost of £20.
The ballot for tickets will open on 15th March. Please check back then to apply for a ticket.
Learn to Lead syllabus
Background and Planning
Selecting suitable venues and routes, how to use guidebooks and mobile devices to find crags and routes, crag etiquette, the importance of the climbing partnership and the work of the mountaineering councils.
Safe and assured movement when leading climbs and optimising natural rests for placing gear.
Ropes and technical equipment for lead climbing, contents of a lead rack and how to carry it, selection and function of gear.
Selection and placement of suitable gear to protect leader and second, choosing anchors, effective ropework, attaching to multiple anchors, belaying, holding leader and second falls in a controlled environment.
The impact of climbers at the crag, ethics and environmental considerations for climbers.
Hazards and Emergency Procedures
Identifying hazards, decision making and managing risk, understanding common injuries, what to do in the event of an incident, managing common problems, how to get help and learning how Mountain Rescue works.
By the end of the course you can expect to:
- Have covered the course content in a safe and enjoyable outdoor environment and classroom-style setting;
- Have climbed outside for a good proportion of each day on an appropriate crag;
- Be in a stronger position to lead trad routes on rock, using appropriate techniques and safe practice.