We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors for supporting us. They have shown so much generosity over the years, many right from the very start, and some of them joining us along the way. We have chosen our sponsors carefully, working closely with them so that they can be an integral and valuable part of what we offer as a festival.
We aim to work with brands who best align with our values. Many of our sponsors are independent brands, some are locally-based around Sheffield, and they all make and offer high-quality products and services. Many are aligned with our sustainability ethos, and all have a real desire to support women in the outdoor industry. Each sponsor is intentionally chosen to represent a specific area, and offer something unique to the festival.
DMM provides all things gear! The highlight is a personalised carabiner laser etched with ‘WTF2021’ for each participant. They bring harnesses, helmets and gear for learners to borrow, and for workshop-goers or leaders to use. The Rescue Course and Crack Climbing workshop tickets are supported by DMM.
Rab uses the festival as an opportunity to learn more about what women want from their clothing and often brings new products to the event to gain valuable insight and give women the chance to speak directly to the designers. Rab also commissioned the WTF2019 film ‘Over The Edge’.
Lowe Alpine, the independent pack specialist based near our home in the Peak, will be joining us this year to support our 2021 festival. We look forward to welcoming them at this year's event. They will be bringing along their pack range designed for climbers and offering advice on the correct fit for comfort.
Pertex are coming on board this year and are partnering with Dirtbags to create fantastic goody bags made from upcycled climbing rope off cuts. Pertex are experts in lightweight fabrics used by mountaineers and climbers in beautiful environments, and they share our belief that we have a responsibility to do all that we can to minimise our impact on these environments.
The Association of Mountaineering Instructors have stepped in this year to play a key role, offering professional advice and guidance in relation to all things climbing. Our 20 mentors will be AMI members, and the majority of these will be women. In this, AMI are working with us on our aim of supporting women in outdoor leadership. AMI will also run the ‘Parent & Child’ and ‘Breaking Barriers’ workshops. In addition, AMI will be supporting RCI-trainees towards getting their RCI qualification. Learn more about AMI here.
Supporting us from the beginning, Beta Climbing Designs, based in Sheffield, offer shoes, chalk and skincare. A whole range of Tenaya shoes can be tried on and tested throughout the weekend. They offer loads of advice too.
La Sportiva will be joining Tenaya in offering a range of climbing shoes to try on at the festival. Learners with no shoes can borrow some, and anyone else can also test out a pair for the weekend!
Mountain Training support leadership, careers and advice, working closely with us to support women in outdoor leadership roles. They offer an advice clinic to our leaders and aspiring leaders on outdoor careers and next steps. They will be running the Learn to Lead workshop and will be on hand to answer any of your questions about qualifications.
BAM Clothing will be joining us this year as our wellness partner. Champions of sustainability and founded on a passion to find the best the human spirit has to offer, we can’t wait to welcome them into the WTF family and tell you all more about what they have in store this year.
The BMC have supported our festival right from the start. This year they will be on hand for information and advice. They will also be offering discount climbing travel insurance to festival-goers and sharing information about the Women In Adventure Film competition.
Dometic are a new sponsor of WTF for 2021. They are well known for their motorhome and campervan equipment, but are also now venturing into the outdoor industry with a range of coolboxes and drinkware. They will be on hand to chat about all things campervans and their new range.
New this year, the amazing Dirtbags will be making each participant’s goody bag. They will be upcycled from old climbing rope, into fun bags for you to take home with you and use for many more years!
Jackery are a new sponsor this year, and their power banks and foldable solar panels mean we can keep our festival powered completely off-grid! The Jackery Explorer portable power stations will keep our cameras and laptops charged, and our fairy lights twinkling into the night.
Outside Shop in Hathersage have supported us as our retail partner since the very start. They offer discounts, brews and cake and are the perfect place to buy your first trad rack! They are also hosting the BMC film night for us this year.
UKClimbing supports us running articles, advertising the festival and together with Rockfax, gives each of the core volunteers a brand new guidebook of choice to thank them for their hard work at the weekend!