Workshop tickets

This year we are offering four types of workshop ticket:

Learn to lead workshop - sponsored by Mountain Training

Breaking barriers workshop - sponsored by Rab

Rescue Course - sponsored by DMM

Crack climbing workshop - sponsored by 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.

Requirements

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.

Requirements

You MUST be able to lead trad climb competently and confidently. You should already have your own harness, helmet, rope and rack Any other technical equipment will be provided by your instructor.

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. 

As we are an inclusive event, there will be a few male leaders and mentors at the festival, however, this workshop will most likely be led by two female instructors.

What's included?

 In this advanced workshop, you will receive two days of expert tuition, in a maximum ratio of 1:4 with up to three experienced instructors, This workshop is 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.

 

As we are an inclusive event, there will be a few male leaders and mentors at the festival, however, this workshop will most likely be led by two female instructors. 

Syllabus

Syllabus

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

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Crack climbing workshop

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Learn to Lead

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Who is this ticket for?

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

Requirements

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 MCI instructors 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. 

As we are an inclusive event, there will be a few male leaders and mentors at the festival, however, this workshop will most likely be led by two female instructors.

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.

Requirements

You must have belayed on at least 20 occasions   
AND 
Have seconded a minimum of 20 outdoor rock climbs at VDiff or above 
OR 
Have led 20 sport climbs (indoor or outdoor). 

You should already have your own harness, helmet, rope and rack Any other technical equipment will be provided by your instructor.

What's included?

This ticket gives you two 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.

See the bottom of the page for the full syllabus of this course.

As we are an inclusive event, there will be a few male leaders and mentors at the festival, however, this workshop will most likely be led by two female instructors.

 
 
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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 WTF2022 t-shirt and a sustainable nut sack 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 £20 for anyone attending in a campervan.


Price: £175 per person

A number of subsidised places are available for those who may be in need of financial help to attend the festival. You will be able to select this option below.

The ballot for WTF2022 is now closed. If you have applied, you will hear back on 15th April as to whether or not you were successful. Thanks!

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.


Equipment

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.