A Big Weekend in Sheffield - ShAFF and CWIF

There is a feast of climbing coming to Sheffield next weekend with the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF) and the Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) taking place. The former is now a regular on the Festival circuit but it is only in the last two years that they have brought together both events to make one great weekend of climbing activity and entertainment.

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

ShAFF Logo 2012

ShAFF boasts a quality line-up of speakers including Steve McClure, Andy Turner, John Porter, Niall Grimes and Simon Yates representing climbing, Charlie Spedding, Angela Mudge and Jethro Lennox representing running, and Chris Akrigg and Richard Cunningham representing biking. Read more about the speakers.

In addition to the speakers, there's a packed live music line up on all three days, plus a great selection of films.

You can see a programme of events here on the ShAFF web site.

Alex Honnold making a rope-less ascent of the famous Separate Reality.  © ShAFF
Alex Honnold soloing Separate Reality from the film On Assignment

Climbing Works International Festival

Dave Barrans came 2nd in 2011. Can he go one better in 2012?  © The Climbing Works
Dave Barrans came 2nd in 2011. Can he go one better in 2012?

Then there is the CWIF which will take place on Saturday and Sunday 10 and 11 March. Now in its 6th year and more popular than ever having filled all the 340 places 2 weeks before the event even begins.

More about the event here.

In all there will be over 30 teams entered vying for the £500 Team cash prize (while others are aiming for the prize for best fancy dressed team). In the individual male and female categories going for the £750 first prize we have the cream of British talent. For the men Ned Feehally, Dave Barrans and Micky Page will be going up against the likes of Chris Webb Parsons, Glairon Mondet Guillaume and Michele Caminati. In the female category there is Shauna Coxsey, fresh from her 3rd place in the American ABS finals, competing against the winner of that competition, Alex Puccio. Add into the mix Mina Leslie-Wujastyk, Leah Crane, Anne-Laure Chevrier & Melanie Sandoz and it looks like being an exciting competition.

To get into the Semi's the competitors will first have to get through the qualifiers on Saturday with 30 blocs from Font 5+ to 7c'ish. These will all be on brand new holds supplied by King Kong and Holdz as well as a few 'interesting' volumes created by the Climbing Works very own Percy 'the Bish' Bishton.

What else is going on?

Each year CWIF supports a charity with raffles, rattling of boxes and team entry all going towards the big fund. This year the beneficiaries will be Edale Mountain Rescue Team and Macmillian Cancer Support. Thanks to Scarpa and Berghaus there will be having a number of raffles over the weekend with one very large prize worth over £1250 for one lucky winner. This will be drawn on the Sunday evening after the final.

There is also a famous free BBQ on Sunday between the semi's and finals.

I really want to see this! Can I?

There will be inside viewing available on a first-come first-served basis for the semi's and final. There will also be a big screen from tdc-av.com for those who miss out on a prime position. The semi's and final will be webcast on the Sunday and you can watch it by going to www.thecwif.co.uk on Sunday at noon.

The CWIF 2012 is supported byBerghaus, Scarpa, UKClimbing.com, Holdz and King Kong Climbing. Without them The CWIF would not be as much fun. A massive thanks for these companies helping to push the UK competition climbing scene.

Tyler Landman competing in the Final in 2011
Getting into the spirit of The CWIF. Fancy dress fun...but not mandatory

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6 Mar, 2012
Rumour has it that anyone who donates a minimum of £1 to this years charities (Edale MRT and Macmillan Cancer Support) will get a free pint of Moonshine*, courtsey of the Broadfiled and Abbeydale Brewery. *only during and after the BBQ. And of course not for U18's
6 Mar, 2012
I discovered on Saturday that Moonshine is quite possible the nicest beer I've ever tasted.
6 Mar, 2012
Ah, but you haven't yet tried ShAFF's special 'White Knuckle' beer from Buxton Real Ale Co ;-)
6 Mar, 2012
Deception from abbeydale brewery is equally nice.
6 Mar, 2012
-) Absolution or it's very close realtive Pale Rider are the best ales on earth but are both a tad strong (5.4 ABV I think) for early evening drinking but Moonshine (and Easy Rider) are less strong (about 4.2 ABV I think). The CWIF/SHAFF weekend is looking pretty good :-)
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