Whilst climbing and mountaineering is a sport long dominated by men, participation levels amongst women have increased and women represent around 25% of all climbers according to the BMC. Women enjoy climbing as much as men (that's official) and the elite women perform quite often as well as the top boys (that's also official).
But, still there are issues. Common questions include:
On Sunday 23 November at 4.00pm at the Kendal Mountain Festival such questions and many more will be discussed in a round table event, A woman's place? when Lucy Creamer will join Steph Davis, Zoe Hart and Karen Darke in a panel chaired by Louise Thomas to talk with the audience about issues relating to women and climbing. Run along the lines of 'Any Questions?'.
YOU can put your own questions to the panel in advance by posting them on this forum topic.
Some women highlights at Kendal Mountain Festivals include:
• Au Dela des Cimes: Catherine Destivelle
Full details and tickets: www.mountainfilm.co.uk