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Women's Trad Festival 24-26 July - Leader Applications Now Open! Press Release

Join us for a weekend of trad climbing at the fifth Women's Trad Festival in the Peak District, 24th-26th July 2020! Participate in a unique event and be part of the ever-growing, strong, supportive and psyched community growing around the festival. Learn new skills, develop your climbing and meet and be inspired by other keen climbers. Whether you're new to trad climbing, want to further your skills, or are an experienced trad climber, everyone's welcome, even if you've never climbed before.

© Jessie Leong  © UKC Gear
© Jessie Leong

Leader Applications Now Open

Calling all trad leaders!

We are looking for keen and experienced trad climbers to join us hosting our less experienced climbers. Each leader will take 2 new climbers out onto one of the excellent crags that the Peak District has to offer and develop their trad skills and confidence throughout the weekend.

As a leader, you will be supported by highly qualified and experienced mentors throughout the weekend. This is an ideal opportunity for professional development as well personal progression of your leadership skills. Whether you have professional or personal experience, if you are keen to share your love of climbing by helping others learn, and want to meet other like-minded, enthusiastic climbers and professionals in outdoor leadership we'd love to hear from you.

© Charlie Low  © UKC Gear
© Charlie Low

Become part of our growing community and network of climbers of all abilities and ages and genders by offering your skills introducing new climbers to the wonderful world of trad climbing! We are a gender inclusive event and trad climbers of all genders are warmly welcomed to apply to become a leader.

Find out more about being a leader and fill in the application form here

Tickets: Ballot opening 1st March 2020

All ticket types will be available via a random ballot this year. As tickets sold out instantly last year, we want to make it more accessible. This year you can apply in your own time without needing to be ready at the precise moment tickets are released!

There will be a range of ticket types on offer to cater for those just beginning to trad climb, those wishing to develop their skills, those looking to learn essential self-rescue skills as well as those attending with children.

© Jessie Leong  © UKC Gear
© Jessie Leong

More information on the ballot and details of individual ticket types to follow.

For more news and updates visit: www.womenstradfestival.co.uk Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.

For more information visit Womens Trad Festival

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3 Feb

It's not fully clear whether they are asking for both male and female volunteers as leaders, or just female ones.

In fairness to you it isn't too clear but when I checked the application form there is a tick box for both male and female so I'd assume from that you can apply regardless of your gender. Give it a go!

3 Feb

My recollection from previous years is that they struggle to get enough leaders so the more the merrier (but I may be recalling incorrectly).


Thanks for your questions, it wasn't clear! To be clear, we are looking for leaders of any gender, with the aim of being gender-inclusive also of trans and non-binary folks. With regards to male leaders, we are specifically looking for 10% of the total to be male. Just if anyone is interested in the reasons: We are not short of female leaders, and have a number of reasons for this decision: 1. It inverts the typical (generalised and binary as the data doesn't include non-binary percentages) male:female at outdoor trad crags. 2. Our male applicants are typically instructors seeking to improve their practice and become better instructors for female clients. 3. Men want to help out! And we believe that everyone needs to be on board and play a part for real change to happen when you're working towards gender equity. 4. It's a women-focused space, not women only - and men are absolutely welcomed to be part of supporting and creating that. Thanks for your questions, we have updated the press-release also :)

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