Every year we try to make the Women's Climbing Symposium better and more creative, and also to be as inclusive as possible. Here are 3 things we are particularly proud of this year - we hope you can join us!
1. Carbon offsetting and responsible travel
At WCS, we are committed to protecting the environment and reducing our carbon footprint. This year we are partnering with Mossy Earth, who will be planting trees to offset the travel of our guest speakers and cover the energy consumed in running the event.
Mossy Earth is a social enterprise on a mission to bring true wilderness back to Europe. Through the framework of rewilding and reforestation, they offer individuals, schools and businesses the possibility to reduce their carbon footprint while planting native forests and restoring key ecosystems across Europe.
Caroline Ciavaldini, Hazel Findlay, Emily Harrington and Alex Honnold all regularly offset their travel with Mossy Earth!
This year participants are also challenged to travel responsibly, lift share and reduce their carbon footprint.
2. Reaching out to new communities
Alongside Mossy Earth, we are proud to be partnering with the Grit & Rock Foundation to support teenage girls aged 13 to 15 from inner city backgrounds to develop greater grit, determination and self-confidence though a year-long mountaineering programme. Two Grit & Rock Foundation instructors will be attending WCS and we look forward to welcoming girls from the programme on scholarship places in future years.
For a full list of #WCS18 partners, visit our website.
3. Sharing the love
We are delighted to have such a top line-up this year, and want to work to find ways to share it more widely. So...
This year's after party will be held at HarroWall on Saturday 6th October with entry open to all (yes, men too!) for £5 from 7-10pm. Enjoy a social atmosphere, street food vans and the first shot at a special legacy comp circuit set by Shauna Coxsey and Leah Crane.
Our special guest speakers and coaches (Beth Rodden, Anna Stohr, Nina Williams, Caroline Ciavaldini, Petra Klingler) will join Shauna Coxsey for a panel discussion on the main stage from 8-9pm.
For those who can't get to London, we will be live streaming the evening panel discussion on Red Bull Adventure. You can post questions in the comments during the stream and we'll answer as many as possible. Head to facebook.com/redbulladventure to tune in.