Since our founding in 2016, the Women's Trad Festival has grown year after year in size, heart, and
impact. It has provided a space for learning and connection to thousands of attendees, outdoor
professionals, and volunteers. Throughout this time, our ambition has remained constant: to help
beginners transition from indoor to outdoor climbing, support women and other marginalized genders in outdoor leadership, and help create an inclusive network of trad climbers.
Learners at WTF have the opportunity to develop a range of skills, tailored to your previous experience and personal goals.
These tickets are aimed at a range of abilities, from those who have never climbed before, to those who have some trad experience but want to build confidence.
Our workshop tickets are for climbers who already have some trad climbing experience but would like to develop their skills.
Examples of workshops we've run in the past include Crack Climbing, Self Rescue, Learning to Lead, RCI Support and Breaking Barriers (focused around working through physical and mental barriers).
Parent & child tickets
Our Parent and Child tickets give parents the opportunity to attend the festival with their child or children, aged 8 to 18 years old.
Our 2021 workshop was focused on helping you and your children develop the skills to trad climbing together safely and independently after the festival.
The ticket ballot
After our 2019 festival sold out in under a second, we wanted to make buying a ticket more accessible. Moving to a ballot system means that folk can sign up in your own time, even if you’re at work, have your hands full with children, or for whatever reason can’t be there at a specific time. Ticket buying won’t be a typing race anymore!
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 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 AMI (the Association of Mountaineering Instructors) instructors who have their MCI (Mountaineering and Climbing Instructors Award). They spend the weekend at the crags supporting our leaders, in a 1:3 ratio.
We couldn't run the festival without these special people. They support us by making the festival the best it can be by keeping the site looking fabulous, running registration, selling mugs, and being generally brilliant all weekend.
Where is WTF held?
Women's Trad Festival is held at Clark Farm in the Peak District: