ABOUT WOMAN UP CLIMBING FESTIVAL
The Woman Up Climbing Festival is a celebration of the incredible women and non-binary folx present in every aspect of rock climbing—from routesetters to weekend warriors to professional athletes and bright-eyed newbies. With this multi-day event, we hope to inspire more people who identify as women or non-binary to join our industry, achieve their personal goals, and find their community.
For all the women and non-binary folx 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-women’s competition is always set exclusively by women 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! We encourage all women and non-binary folx to participate in the competition. 100% of competition and spectator passes are donated to a non-profit that increases diversity in outdoor recreation.
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 the Community Market. 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, the Community Market will have something fun for you!
CLINICS AND WORKSHOPS
Spend time acquiring new skills and meeting amazing women 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, Lead 1 and Lead 2, plus workshops with pros like Beth Rodden, Lynn Hill, Alex Johnson, Nikki Smith, Lisa Rands, and so many more!
Each year we partner with sponsors who look to elevate everyone 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!
LOOKING FOR INFO ABOUT PREVIOUS WOMAN UP FESTIVALS?
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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.