WOMAN UP EVENTS | 2020 | 20192018 2017 |


It is with great sadness that we are announcing our cancellation of Woman Up 2021. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, we have spent a lot of time at Touchstone thinking about Woman Up’s mission to support, celebrate, and encourage womxn throughout climbing. With an uncertain future before us, the one thing that remains clear is our commitment to taking care of our community. We think it best to postpone our fourth Woman Up Climbing Festival and come back stronger than ever in 2022.

Thank you for your support of this truly special event. We are already brainstorming how to make next year bigger and better than ever, and can’t wait to be in touch about Woman Up 2022. In the meantime, stay healthy and take good care.

All the best,
The womxn of Touchstone Climbing


The Woman Up Climbing festival is a celebration of the incredible womxn present in every aspect of rock climbing—from routesetters to weekend warriors to professional athletes. With this multi-day event, we hope to inspire womxn to join our industry, achieve their personal goals, and find their community.

The festival kicks off with a keynote presentation and all-gender party to start the weekend. After that is our all-womxn’s comp, featuring routes by premier womxn routesetters and designed for both seasoned comp climbers and anyone who’s ever been intimidated by climbing competitions.

For all the womxn who’ve ever felt like they’ve had to justify themselves at the crag or the gym, this festival is a chance for us to remind each other that we CAN reach that hold, we CAN make that dyno, we CAN lead that pitch—and we can lead the industry, too.

Meet the women behind Woman Up:


We kick off the festival with the Woman Up Keynote Speaker, a guest of honor who comes to share their story with us. Previous keynote speakers include Lynn Hill and Beth Rodden.


Our all-womxn’s competition is always set exclusively by womxn routesetters, and is the only event of its kind. Whether you’re an actual pro or you’ve never competed before, you’ll find high-quality problems and tons of fun at every grade!

The Citizens Comp is open to all levels and is broken down into age categories (16 and under, 17-35, 36-49, 50+). This is a chance for everyone to try their hardest in a supportive and inclusive environment.

The Open Comp is for advanced climbers who are ready to throw down for a chance at Finals and a hefty cash purse! Open competitors must first climb in our Redpoint Qualifier round. The top six competitors will advance to Onsight Finals. Check out our Comp FAQ for more details.


You can be sure that all of your favorite brands will be at Vendor Village. Cruise around and check out gear, apparel, and more as well as snag some tasty food and beverages from local food trucks. Whether you’re taking a break from the rock climbing action or just came to spectate, Vendor Village will have something fun for you!


Spend time acquiring new skills and meeting amazing womxn in climbing. Every year we offer clinics and workshops on a variety of topics hosted by leaders in the climbing industry. Clinics have included an all-day routesetting clinic led by the same crew who set all the problems for the Woman Up comp, womxn-only Lead 1 and Lead 2, plus workshops with pros like Beth Rodden, Lynn HillAlex JohnsonNikki Smith, Lisa Rands, and so much more!


Each year we partner with sponsors who look to elevate womxn in the outdoors and the climbing industry to help us make Woman Up the best event it can be. If you’re interested in becoming a Woman Up sponsor, drop us a line!


Click the year you’re interested in the header or footer of this page.

To everyone who attended the 2019 Woman Up Climbing Festival, THANK YOU! Seeing you all climbing, supporting one another, and smiling from ear-to-ear filled our hearts with so much joy. We hope you all had as much fun at the festival as we had organizing it.

WOMAN UP EVENTS | 2020 | 20192018 2017 |