ABOUT WOMAN UP CLIMBING FESTIVAL
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 two-day event, we hope 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, featuring routes by premier female routesetters and designed for both seasoned comp climbers and anyone who’s ever been intimidated by climbing competitions. The following day we’ll be hosting clinics, panels, and presentations by top athletes, routesetters, and industry leaders, all geared towards encouraging participants to acquire new skills and open up conversations about womxn in climbing.
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:
Our all-womxn’s competition is always set exclusively by female 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!
CLINICS AND WORKSHOPS
Spend the day 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 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 Beth Rodden, Lynn Hill, Alex Johnson, Nikki Smith, Lisa Rands, and so much more!
Each year, our Woman Up Panel is an opportunity to open up conversations about the outdoors and the climbing industry with unique perspectives from womxn throughout the field, from community leaders to routesetters to pro athletes. The panel theme changes from year to year, but the goal remains the same: to amplify womxn’s voices and experiences in our sport. These panels are livestreamed and recorded. See previous years here: 2018 | 2017.
We like to end the festival with a presentation by 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.
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!
LOOKING FOR INFO ABOUT PREVIOUS WOMAN UP FESTIVALS?
You can find comp results and event information about Woman Up 2018 here.
To everyone who attended the 2018 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 magic with our highlights reel: