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The Pinnacle Club – the UK’s national club for women rock climbers – is 100 years old this year! The Club is all about providing a friendly and supportive space for women to climb together and have a good time. To celebrate our centenary, we wanted to do this in a big way, not just for our members but for women climbers across the UK, focusing on the kind of climbing we love best: trad.
So we’re organising a week-long women’s trad climbing meet in Snowdonia, open to up to 100 women climbers who are experienced and competent at multi-pitch trad, at whatever grade: the Women’s Trad100.
And where better than Snowdonia to hold it? North Wales offers such a wide range of climbing and you can usually find dry rock somewhere, whatever the elements throw at you: quartzite sea cliffs at Gogarth, limestone test pieces on the Orme, scary slate in the quarries, dolerite classics at Tremadog – all before you even start on the wonderful mountain crags in the Llanberis Pass, Ogwen Valley and beyond.
We did something similar back in 2016 – a hugely successful international meet that brought women climbers together from 24 different countries (you can read about it on UKC here). WT100 is going to be just as good!
When & where will it take place?
The meet will run from Saturday September 4 to Sunday September 12, 2021. You can join us for the whole week or any part of it. It will be based at the Snowdonia Parc campsite in Waunfawr. We will have exclusive use of the entire campsite, which also has an on-site pub serving food and its very own brewery.
What about Covid restrictions?
We had originally planned to run the meet in late June. By postponing it until September, we’re optimistic that restrictions will have lifted enough for us to have a proper get-together. But we also know that things may still not work out that way. We’ll make a final decision in late July as to whether the meet will happen or not. If we do cancel, you’ll get a full refund minus a small admin fee – more details on refunds below.
Who can come along?
Because the best climbing in North Wales is multi-pitch, whether in the mountains or on sea cliffs, the meet is open to any woman climber who is experienced and competent at multi-pitch traditional rock climbing, at whatever grade you’re comfortable with. If you don’t feel you meet these criteria, but would still like to come along, a limited number of places are available for ‘improvers’ – women keen to develop their climbing skills. If you come on the meet as an improver, you’ll need to book one a course with one of the experience women instructors we’ve partnered with. See here for more details on the courses available.
What will happen during the meet?
We’ll have a ‘welcome’ get together on the first Saturday night so we can meet old friends and make new ones. Whether you come with climbing buddies or on your own, we’re a friendly bunch and you’ll be able to find people to climb with. Waunfawr is situated on the western edge of Snowdonia, well placed for accessing all the main climbing areas and we’ll be encouraging car sharing as much as possible. We’re hoping that we’ll be climbing every day – weather permitting!
There’ll be at least one evening event during the week, and of course – the campsite pub will be open for us to get a meal or a drink and talk over our exploits and plans for the next day. We’ll also have a small marquee on the campsite and exclusive use of one of the pub’s function rooms as a space to get together indoors. And we’ll finish the week off with a final night party on the last Saturday night. More details on that to follow.
What will I need to bring?
This is a self-catered camping meet so, unless you choose to find alternative accommodation, you will need a tent and all associated camping equipment. There’s a small shop in the village and supermarkets a short drive away. For climbing you will need to provide your own gear, both personal (harness, boots, helmet etc) and shared (at least one half-rope plus a full trad kit).
Otherwise just bring yourself, be ready to climb, share the laughs and have a good time!
What will it cost?
The campsite costs £12 per person per night and there will be a registration fee of £20 to cover the overheads of running the meet. Payment for anything else (e.g. optional events such as the final night party), we’ll ask for on the first day you arrive.
What about cancellations and refunds?
Our aim is to keep the risks as low as possible for everyone:
If we have to cancel the meet at any time, we’ll refund you for the registration and camping you’ve booked, minus £5 which covers the admin fee we are charged to handle payment
If you have to cancel your place for any reason before July 31, we’ll also refund in full, minus the £5 admin fee.
After July 31, if you cancel your place, we’ll give you a full refund if we can fill your place from the waiting list or at our discretion.
We can’t provide a refund for any cancellation after August 21, unless you have confirmation of a positive Covid test.
How can I apply for a place?
If you’re a competent multi-pitch climber, click here for the application form (link will go live on May 7).
If you’re a competent single pitch trad leader, but don’t yet have experience or confidence on multi pitch, then you can apply for an ‘improver’ place, but you’ll also need to book a course with the experienced women instructors we’ve partnered with. Find more details on the courses here.
Click here for the improver application form (link will go live on May 7)
Once we receive your application, we’ll be in touch to confirm your place – or, if the meet is full, to let you know you’re on the waiting list. Make sure you get your application in fast: places on the meet will be limited, and all applications will be taken on a strictly first-come first-served basis. We’re expecting the meet to be popular!
If we allocate you an improver place, it will be held for you until you’ve organised your instruction. Once you come back to us with confirmation of your instruction, you can then book your place on the meet.
If you have any questions, please get in touch at email@example.com