We are so excited to be bringing Woman Up to Cliffs of Id in Culver City September 22nd + 23rd! Expect a gym full of problems all set by womxn, a womxn-only climbing comp, athlete clinics, workshops, vendor village, prizes, games, and so much more. Keep an eye on this page, as we’ll be updating it with more details closer to the event. In the meantime, mark your calendars and tell your friends! We can’t wait to see you there.


Touchstone + The North Face are proud to present our second annual Woman Up Climbing Festival at Cliffs of Id! This two-day event on September 22 + 23 is designed to both celebrate the incredible womxn present in every aspect of rock climbing—from routesetters to weekend warriors to professional athletes—and to inspire womxn to join our industry, achieve their personal goals, and find their community.

The festival kicks off with an all-womxn’s comp on Saturday, featuring routes by the premier female routesetters in the country and designed for both the pros and anyone who’s ever been intimidated by climbing competitions. On Sunday, we’ll be hosting clinics, panels, and presentations by top athletes, routesetters and industry leaders, all geared towards acquiring new skills and opening up conversations about womxn in climbing.

Last year, hundreds of womxn joined us at Dogpatch Boulders in San Francisco to celebrate all that we bring to the sport. The energy was electric and truly inspiring. This year, we are focusing on how to maintain the momentum of the movements we started together and sustain the relationships we’ve built. 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.

COMPETITION: September 22nd, 9am–7pm

Our all-womxn’s competition on September 22nd will be set by premier female routesetters from around the world. 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 will take place from 11am to 4pm, is open to all levels, and will be broken down into age categories (16 and under, 17-35, 36-49, 50+). This is 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 in the Finals for a $5,000 cash purse! Open competitors will climb on 10 judged Qualifier problems from 9am to 12pm in order to qualify for Finals at 6pmThere is a mandatory 8:45am rules meeting for Open competitors, so be sure to arrive at the gym by 8:35am at the latest.

This competition is open to all womxn. Men are encouraged to spectate, cheer, and support the ladies, but are not able to participate in the comp.

Register for the Comp

Check out our Comp FAQ for more details.

Citizens Pricing

Includes a swag bag for the first 300 registrants, competition entry, discount at the food trucks, and beer.

Pricing BEFORE September 1st Pricing AFTER September 1st
$5 Members $15 Members
$20 Non-Members $30 Non-Members

Open Pricing

Includes a swag bag for the first 300 registrants, competition entry, discount at the food trucks, and beer.

Pricing BEFORE September 1st Pricing AFTER September 1st
$40 Participants $50 Participants

Spectator Pricing

Includes a discount at the food trucks and beer.

Pricing BEFORE September 1st Pricing AFTER September 1st
$0 Members $0 Members
$10 Non-Members $10 Non-Members

Still have questions? Our Comp FAQ may have the answers you’re looking for!

VENDOR VILLAGE: September 22nd, 10am–6pm

You can be sure that all of your favorite brands will be at Vendor Village the same day of the competition, September 22nd. Cruise around and check out gear, apparel, and more as well as snag some tasty food and beverages from local food trucks and Touchstone Brewing. Whether you’re taking a break from the rock climbing action or just came to spectate, Vendor Village will have something fun for you!

CLINICS AND WORKSHOPS: September 23rd, 9am–3pm

Spend the day acquiring new skills and meeting amazing womxn in climbing. We have some truly incredible clinics and workshops lined up for you on September 23rd, hosted by leaders in the climbing industry. Clinics include 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 Alex JohnsonEmily HarringtonNikki SmithKatie Lambert, Lisa Rands, and so much more!

Clinic List and Registration

PANEL: September 23rd, 4pm–6pm

The theme for this year’s panel is Taking Care of Each Other. This is the lens through which we’ll be examining a variety of topics. How do we maintain relationships and traction from movements we started last year? How do we honor and celebrate each other across different experiences, identities, & perspectives? We’re honored to have Alex Johnson, Beth Rodden, Emily Harrington, Jackie Hueftle, Maricela Rosales, Shelley Sella, & Summer Winston in conversation with us.

Meet the Panelists

KEYNOTE: September 23rd, 6pm

Closing out Woman Up 2018 will be our Keynote Speaker, Beth Rodden! Beth is one of the most accomplished rock climbers, with a number of 5.14’s under her belt in sport, trad, and big wall style. Her Yosemite route Meltdown (5.14c) is one of the hardest trad climbs in the world and has yet to see a second ascent. She’s currently focused on her hardest pursuit yet: motherhood. We are thrilled to have her with us this year to share her story and talk about her relationship to climbing.





To everyone who attended the 2017 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.

Relive the event and check out The Faces of Woman Up 2017!

You can find the scores for the Citizens Competition here, and the Open Competition here.