Workshop tickets

New this year, we are offering four types of workshop ticket:

Learn to lead workshop with Mountain Training

Breaking barriers workshop with Association of Mountaineering Instructors

Rescue Course with DMM

Crack climbing workshop with DMM


These are for climbers who already have some experience, allowing them to gain valuable new skills over the course of the weekend. These workshops tickets are two-day courses with highly experienced instructors, focussed on honing specific skills. Requirements, ratios and more information are within each course description.

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Breaking barriers


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Rescue Course

Who is this ticket for?

This ticket is for you if you:
- Can lead climb and want to improve your climbing confidence, grade or enjoyment. 
- Want to support to work through both physical and psychological barriers.
- Hope to move beyond potential plateaus in your climbing.

Who is this ticket for?

This ticket is for you if you fit any of the following:
- You’re an experienced trad climber and wish to learn the skills, rope-work and techniques needed for self-rescue. 
- You climb in mountains, on sea cliffs, and in remote locations where these skills could save lives. 
- You work as an RCI/SPA instructor and want to develop your practice. 
- You volunteer or take friends out climbing, especially multi-pitch or anywhere remote and wish to have the skills needed should an accident happen.


You MUST be able to lead climb and want to improve. However, there is no grade requirement for this workshop. You should already have your own harness, helmet, rope and rack Any other technical equipment will be provided by your instructor.


You MUST be able to lead trad climb competently and confidently.

What's included?

This advanced two-day workshop is for anyone who can lead climb and wants to improve their climbing confidence, grade or enjoyment. The two days will be geared towards giving you specific individualised coaching, with two experienced, MCI qualified instructors working with a maximum of 4 people each. 

This small-group workshop over two days is a fantastic opportunity to really dive into gaining specific skills that will increase you physical and psychological skills and confidence, in a fun and supportive environment. 

What's included?

2 days of expert tuition, in a maximum ratio of 1:4 with experienced instructors, intensively focused on learning and honing the skills required to get you and your climbing partner out of potentially life-threatening situations. The course covers both single and multi pitch settings, mountain and sea-cliff environments. The instruction is very practically focused and you will go through scenarios and get experience carrying out practice rescues. 



What is covered over the weekend will very much depend on you, however topics can include the following:
- Climbing movement coaching, 
- Lead coaching and lead climbing tactics 
- Head game coaching: visualization and self talk 
- Fear of falling 
- Working routes and rigging ropes for this
- Physical training and stretching for climbing 


- Rescue tools, knots & procedures
- Lowers, prussiking, abseils
- Multi pitch evacuation
- Leader and traverse rescues
- Assisted hoists
- Unassisted hoists
- Improvised chest harness
- How to get out of the system to attract help


Crack climbing workshop


Learn to Lead


Who is this ticket for?

This ticket is for you if:
- You can lead climb confidently at any grade
- You want to learn or develop your crack climbing skills


You need to be able to lead climb and lead belay confidently. However, there is no grade requirement for this workshop. You should already have your own harness, helmet, chalk, rope and rack. Any other technical equipment will be provided by your instructor. 

What's included?

This fun-filled workshop is all about cracks and more cracks! You will spend the weekend with highly experienced DMM instructors and athletes in a 1:5 ratio learning the joys of crack climbing. This will include learning different jamming techniques, how to climb wide, narrow and all different sized cracks, and even how to wrap your own tape crack gloves. 

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). 

What's included?

2 days of expert tuition in a 1:3 ratio with an experienced and qualified MCI 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.

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All ticket types will have the opportunity to try out gear from our sponsors, such as shoes, or a new piece of gear you’re considering purchasing. They all include Friday and Saturday night camping, a brightly coloured and ethically produced WTF2021 t-shirt and a sustainable goody bag filled with surprises from our sponsors.

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. Van tickets will be available at an additional cost of £15 for anyone attending in a campervan.

Price: £165

You can fill in the ballot by clicking the button below. You will receive an email by 23rd May as to whether or not you. have been selected for a ticket for WTF2021. Please note that ballot selection is completely random.

The WTF2021 ballot is now closed.

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.

Climbing Skills

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.

Technical Skills

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.

Environmental Knowledge

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.