To celebrate International Women's Day, we have drawn together some of the key women's climbing and mountaineering initiatives for 2020. From the 99-year-old Pinnacle Club, to the 10th Anniversary Women's Climbing Symposium to some brand new additions, the women's climbing scene is going from strength to strength with many diverse events all across the country...and further afield! This is just a sample, and there are many wonderful local clubs and meets going on too. So whether you are a beginner or experienced, whatever flavour of climbing you are into, we hope you will find inspiration, fun and fellowship here!
Check out Keri Wallace's article for International Women's Day celebrating the strides made towards greater female participation in the outdoors:
BMC TV The Big Bang Film Tour with Emma Twyford
Bethesda, Manchester, Sheffield, Bristol, London
Hear from the first British woman to climb 9a before watching the film of her three-year battle with The Big Bang at Lower Pen Trywn.
BMC TV and Womenclimb Women in Adventure Film Screening and Awards, Workshop and Panel Event at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival
Come and watch the shortlisted BMC Women in Adventure film competition entries and be the first to see who are crowned the 2020 winners. 30 fantastic female-led adventure films were entered into the sixth annual BMC TV and Womenclimb competition.
1-4Womenclimb Big Welsh Weekend
Multiple venues, North Wales
Back by popular demand, this is a hut-based weekend of multi-pitch climbing for competent climbers.
Womenclimb is the UK's biggest female climbing community. We're passionate about all things climbing, and aim to provide an inclusive, welcoming and friendly space which supports women in their climbing journey. We run meetups throughout the year, all around the UK, helping people to connect with each other to find climbing partners, to share skills to lead outdoors and boost their confidence.
8-10Arc'teryx Big Mountain Weekend
Langdale, Lake District
As part of a wider event aiming to educate, share and improve the skills necessary to enjoy the mountains and crags safely, Katy Whittaker is organising two women's specific clinics:
• DMM Women's Introduction to Trad Climbing: Build your confidence learning key skills, helping improve your 'Trad' climbing whilst also developing your personal ability to move on rock securely.
• Women's Fine Tune Your Lead Climbing: Coaching from some of the best in the business in helping you fine tune your lead climbing skills to help with confidence to tackle the next grade.
15-17Pinnacle Club Introductory Meet #1
Thorpe Farm, Hope Valley
Established in 1921 to encourage the development of rock climbing and mountaineering amongst women, we bring together those who are interested in these pursuits over the course of about 30 meets a year. Introductory meets are an opportunity for potential future members to get to know us. Trad leaders welcome!
29-31Womenclimb Sport, Trad & Surf weekend
Rhossilli Bay, South Wales
A fabulous combination of sport climbing, trad climbing and surfing on the beautiful Gower Peninsula in South Wales, with options for instructed and social sessions.
27-28Women's Rock Festival
The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland
An all female trad climbing festival on the west coast of Ireland to celebrate and encourage women in the outdoors. A jam-packed weekend of climbing, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and lots more…!
Click here for tickets and information.
24-26Women's Trad Festival
Bridging the gap between indoor and outdoor climbing, we welcome climbers of all abilities, ages and genders. Behind Women's Trad Festival lie three core values - sustainability, accessibility and mental wellbeing - these underpin everything we do.
15-17Womenclimb and Scones
Another brand new event for 2020. With the winning combination of climbing, camaraderie and cake, what's not to like? Keep an eye out for further details coming soon.
The Women's Climbing Symposium's French language sister event is back for a third year, with a second venue.
Notre but est d'influencer positivement le monde des grimpeurs en connectant, en inspirant, et en aidant chacun dans son développement personnel. Au cours de la journée « grimpeuses » nous rassemblons des oratrices et des coachs venant d'horizons variés pour proposer aux participantes des idées nouvelles, intéressantes, motivantes.
5-12Women's Alpine Adventure Club Summer Meet 2020
We want to make alpine experiences available to more women. Growing together through adventure and supporting each other in a community of like minded friends to achieve our lofty dreams.
Alpine peaks, huge mountain multi-pitch rock climbing routes, single pitch in a mountain environment, via ferrata, easy walk-ins thanks to chair lifts and incredible views. Not to mention wine, gelato and pizza!!
18-20Pinnacle Club Introductory Meet #2
Star Cottage, Matlock
A second opportunity to get to know us, with a focus on younger women.
18-20 tbcWomen's Bouldering Festival
We aim to promote excellence in climbing and perpetuate climbing ethics by creating a network of mentorship and support. We believe that outdoor recreation inspires confidence and helps in building skills transferable to other areas of life. We promote outdoor conservation and best practices in the Forest of Fontainebleau. All our actions are rooted in an intersectional feminist framework adopted to advocate for social equity and environmentalism.
Latest news and tickets from our website.
19-21Grimpeuses La Capelle
Nous invitons des grimpeuses /oratrices qui font rêver par leurs aventures, leurs choix de vie et leur bagout. En plus de ces présentations, nous proposons des ateliers-discussions et des coaching en petits groupes adaptés au niveau et aux besoins de chacune. Mais avant tout, « Grimpeuses » est l'occasion de rencontrer, d'échanger, et de grimper dans le cadre incroyable qu'est la petite forêt de La Capelle et son labyrinthe de blocs de grès.
10The 10th Anniversary Women's Climbing Symposium
The Climbing Hangar Liverpool Matchworks
It feels hard to believe that WCS is 10 years old! After touring the country for a decade with a mission to connect, develop and inspire women in their climbing, we are returning to our roots and Liverpool, where the very first event took place in 2011. We hope you can join us to celebrate. Keep an eye out for some exciting new WCS events throughout the anniversary year in partnership with adidas TERREX and adidas Five Ten!
Tickets and further information will be posted on the WCS website.
Also in 2020
BMC Women Rock Exhibition
A touring exhibition tracing the history of British female climbers from 1861 right up to the present day. The women featured have all broken barriers whether its First Ascents, First Female Ascents, First Female-only expeditions, smashed grade barriers or the likes.
Click here for schedule.
A hub for women in the mountains that brings together a range of information sources, inspiration and course opportunities for all women who have been, are or want to be inspired by the mountains. Find information and inspiration, mountaineering, rock climbing, walking, chat to or meet other like-minded women, join us for courses or simply look through a lot of fun pictures!
Visit the website for more details.
Girls on Hills
Based in Scotland, Girls on Hills is a guided trail, fell and skyrunning company, designed specifically for women. They also offer navigation and mountain safety and hillwalking courses for beginners.
Check out the events page for more info.
Women in Mountain Training
Closing the gender gap on completion of leadership, instruction and coaching awards in climbing, walking and mountaineering, Mountain Training are trying to influence their corner of the outdoor sector to transform more women's lives.
For the latest stats and news, check out the Facebook group.
Wonderful Wild Women
The Wonderful Wild Women community aims to inspire all women no matter their age, experience or ability to get into the outdoors and get active. We are passionate about adventures of all scales and the positive effects being active in nature can have on both your physical and mental well being.
Julie Tullis Memorial Award and Alison Chadwick Memorial Award available for Expeditions in 2021
Grants to assist deserving female mountaineers or any disabled climbers or mountaineers, both male and female, to achieve their climbing or mountaineering ambitions.