Five Summer Climbing Festivals

by Mick Ryan It is climbing festival season. Pack well: toilet paper, a rainproof, sunscreen, your drum, lots of food, be prepared to line up for the portapotty and don´t forget to pack your climbing gear. CRAG ATTAK, CHEDDAR, July 1st On July 1st, Cheddar Caves Crag AttaK will take place at High Rock in the Cheddar Gorge. This is a major climbing festival and will raise money for charity and celebrate the successful first year of the new climbing regime.Crag AttaK features The record-breaking largest-ever first ascent of a new climb. An open speed climb. An ?unclimbable climb? challenge. The weirdest and wackiest ascent ever (fancy dress and fancy behaviour!). A fit volunteer is needed for a record-breaking continuous climb challenge (possibly 36 hours). Website: CLIFFHANGER, SHEFFIELD,July 14th & 15th Next up is Cliffhanger ? Sheffield?s Outdoor Event for Outdoor People at Graves Park over the weekend of July 14th & 15th. Cliffhanger, organised by Sheffield City Council & Heason Events, features the British Bouldering Championships and a whole host of activities for everyone to enjoy and also you can support the Marie Curie Cancer Care by participating. Events include: Three free Come And Try It rock climbing towers for all ages. Speleo-Olympics ? a free caving obstacle course! The planetFear Ultra Sprint. An Alpine Beer Festival. A farmers´ market. A Guinness World Dyno competition with £1,000 in prize money, open to all Website: THE GLORIOUS FIRST FESTIVAL, GOGARTH,August 4th & 5th Gogarth´s first festival. Adam Wainwrigh writes, ” In Llanberis August 1st has traditionally been a day of celebration.Throughout the 80´s and 90´s the day the bird ban lifts from our bestsea cliffs has always marked a procession across Anglesey by climbersyoung and old to do battle with South Stack, armed with little more thana rack of RP´s.On the first weekend after 1stAugust (the 4th and 5th), as the first happens to fall on a Wednesday andwill be classed as a local day for local people we will gather ourselves into a loose group of disorganised Gogarthcampaigners and make the most of this new phase in Gogarth´s life.” We will give more details nearer the time. DEEP WATER SOLOING FEST, PEMBROKE, August 11th & 12th This years Deep Water Soloing Festival will take place in Pembroke over the weekend of the 11th and 12th of August. More details as we get them but the venues are Newton Head on Saturday and a new area, Barrel Zone (a great introductory area for DWS neophytes).HARD ROCK FEST, DEVON, August 18th & 19th You may have heard of this summers Hard Rock Challenge where Mark Steveson and Rich Mayfield are attempting to climb all the routes in Ken Wilson´s Hard Rock, first published in 1974 (see That´s sixty routes spread all over the UK and the boys are attempting to do it in five weeks starting Friday 13th July 2007 at Cheddar Gorge. They´ll need a party after all that and you can join in at theHard Rock Fest a weekend of climbing and partying fun over the weekend of 18-19th of August at The Mill Adventure Centre, North Devon.Activities include: Speed, diffuculty and bouldering competition for all. Slack Line Competition. Slides shows by Mike ´Mikey´ Roberston and the Hard Rock Challenge Team. An After Party. Trade show and gear demonstartions. Climbing Master classess by Johnny Dawes and Mike Roberston. Climbing Film previews…..including a taster trailer for Hot Ache´s new film, Committed. A charity auction for mountain rescue. Website: If you know of any more climbing festivals this summer, make sure it gets up on the´s events listing (click here) and send us full details of the event if you want a more comprehensive listing, and you can further publicise your event, and support by taking out a Premier Post (click here) at the the best and most popular climbing forums in the world.