BMC Gower Climbing Festival is This Weekend

© Andy Say
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The third BMC Gower Climbing Festival is being held - THIS WEEKEND - the 9th – 11th September. It will be based at Pitton Cross Campsite near Rhosilli, not far from Swansea.

The Festival is an opportunity for you to experience what the Gower has to offer on its limestone cliffs and beautiful beaches. There's climbing for everyone, with trad routes ranging from Diff to E8, sport routes from Fr3 to Fr8b, and a handful of bouldering areas too. It will be the 3rd time this very successful event has been run and there are a few new features this year to keep everyone on their toes.

Everyone is welcome, and the event is free of charge.

Gower  © Andy Say
© Andy Say, May 2009

All the information (accommodation, crags, venues) you could ever want about the event is on the Festival Website

Locals will be on hand to offer advice and full colour topos for the visitor, as well as providing a free breakfast of bacon/egg butties and endless brews. All in all this is the friendliest festival around, and the company is generally agreed to be welcoming, enthusiastic and slightly mad (in a good way).

Events kick off on the Friday night with a cosy gathering at The Countryman, and things rapidly escalate from there on in. The weather has been ordered well in advance and is predicted to be excellent.

Check out what went on a couple of years ago:

VIDEO: Gower Climbing Festival

News Report by Martin Kocsis of the BMC

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3 Sep, 2011
Pitton Cross Camping update: when booking ahead make sure you mention the BMC to get the discount and to put your tent in the same part of the field. Also dogs are welcome, but you need to phone up ahead. Electric hooks ups are available at £3 a night (+£6 for staying on site per person)
5 Sep, 2011
Infact I've just finished a new topo which looks at trad climbing from Diff to HVS mainly S, and new sport climbing 4+ to 6b! Walkable from the campsite!
5 Sep, 2011
Possibly a stupid question, but do you have to be in the BMC to go along to the festival?
6 Sep, 2011
To quote from the OP "Everyone is welcome,".....
8 Sep, 2011
I'm really looking forward to joining the festival and climbing in Gower, both for the veryfirst time. I booked space at Pitton Cross Campsite was but there may be/is one issues which I'd like to raise here. The nice lady at Pitton Cross informed me that I have to arrive before 9:30pm on Friday, before the campsite closes. AFAIK, the festival does not take place every month, but it's annual event, so perhaps it wouldn't be any hassle for the campsite management to extend the opening hours until 10:30-11:00 on this particular Friday only. I guess there will be many of us travelling to Gower on Friday from remotish locations and after work. I will be travelling from South East myself. So, for me it's either to leave work very early and taking off to Gower around 4:30pm or arrive late and do wild camping from Friday to Saturday (the organisers advised to not to do it, what I'd like to respect) or go to Gower on Saturday at 5am, arrive a bit knackered and try to enjoy the Saturday... none of these sounds convenient in any way, I guess. I think many of attenders might have similar concerns. Here is my call to the organisers, perhaps you wouldn't mind and would be willing to negotiate with the campsite management to extend the opening hours. It's only one time in a year, like Christmas. It would be awesome if it's possible. Cheers, Mat
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