Women's Trad Festival 2021 Leader Application Form
After a year off, Women's Trad Festival is back and looking for leaders! Come and join us hosting our learners at Women’s Trad Festival on 6-8th August 2021.If you are an experienced trad climber with an RCI (SPA) level qualification or higher, and are passionate about sharing your love of climbing by helping others learn, we'd love to have you join us this year!
**PLEASE NOTE: leader requirements have changed. Read these carefully below, even if you have already attended WTF as a leader. We are also offering increased mentorship support, so read that section carefully too.**
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BEING A WOMEN'S TRAD FESTIVAL LEADER
Women's Trad Festival aims to be a personal, supportive and enjoyable learning environment. Leaders teach learners by taking them out to one of the excellent nearby grit crags to improve their skills and build their confidence throughout the weekend.
As a leader you will be paired up with two learners of a similar experience levels. They may be competent indoor climbers, they may have a little trad experience, or they may be completely new to climbing altogether. You will need your own gear and ropes.
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SUPPORT AND THANKS
All leaders receive a free weekend ticket. This includes camping on Friday and Saturday night, a WTF2021 tee and a goody bag. We will also make a contribution towards your travel expenses. This will be a set amount based on your home postcode.
New this year, you will be supported and mentored, on a 1:3 basis, by a highly qualified and experienced MCI (MIA) instructor. They will offer personalised advice and mentorship at the crags and support on any safety concerns. They can also give you advice around further professional development if desired. These mentors will be professionals in the industry, and primarily women. We believe that this increased mentor presence, better supports women in outdoor leadership, one of our three festival aims.
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1. **NEW THIS YEAR** Our insurance requires leaders to be RCI (SPA) qualified by the date of the festival. We very much regret that this excludes a cohort of extremely experienced and brilliant trad climbers, many of whom have attended WTF as leaders in the past. We have worked incredibly hard to not go down this avenue, and this move was not taken lightly. Unfortunately it was essential for us to insure the festival.
(To those without the required qualification, we are working on offering the possibility of you working with an RCI leader in a supporting role, so please do apply if this might be of interest to you. This could be especially supportive to those wanting to go into outdoor leadership or considering qualifications in the future.)
2. All attendees of Women's Trad Festival must be a member of the BMC. If you are not already a member, you will need to purchase membership once you are accepted as a leader, and share your BMC membership number with us.
3. We are looking for leaders who are enthusiastic and passionate about sharing your love of climbing, who have patience and understanding of different abilities and comfort zones, and are willing and able to create a supportive, fun and nurturing learning environment. It is also important that you are sensitive to this being a female-focused, yet widely inclusive event and that you are supportive of our inclusivity and are aligned with our aims and values (see
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Please note that photographs and footage will be taken throughout Women's Trad Festival 2021. By applying as a leader, you are consenting to any photos or footage taken during the festival being used for marketing, publicity and in social media by us, our sponsors, and any other third party publication.
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More information about Women's Trad Festival:
Date of birth:
Prefer not to say
How many years have you been climbing?
What trad grade are you comfortable leading with an inexperienced belayer?
Severe - HS
Please list 5 climbs you have led in the Peak District in the past 2 years (or elsewhere if you have not climbed in the Peak District before).
What experience (personal and/or professional) do you have teaching others to climb?
Which, if any, climbing qualifications do you hold?
Trainee RCI (SPA)
Trainee MCI (MIA)
Wilderness/Outdoor First Aid (2 day course)
What do you hope to get out of the festival?
Are you happy teaching someone to lead climb? (within the remit of your qualification)
Have you been to previous Women's Trad Festival's before?
As a leader
As a climber
As a learner
If you a member of Mountain Training please enter your membership number below.
If you are a BMC member please enter your membership number below.
Are you planning on bringing a dog?
Please provide any other information or comments you think would be helpful to your application.
If you know someone who may be attending as a learner who you wish to be paired with, please put their name in the box below.
Please let us know below if you are planning on sleeping in your van at this year's festival, as there are a limited number of van spaces available.
I am planning on bringing my van
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