The Climbing Works International Festival
The CWIF 2014
The 8th Climbing Works International Festival will be held on the weekend of:
15th & 16th March 2014
The CWIF 2014 qualifiers are now full.
We opened registration on Monday 10th February and closed it at 10pm 12th February. 350 places filled in a record time! We expect a few places to come up as people drop out due to factors beyond their control. We will announce any free spaces in the days & weeks leading up to The CWIF so keep an eye on keep an eye on our Facebook & Twitter accounts (as well as this page) for more details as we release them. Be in no doubt that The CWIF 2014 will be bigger and better than ever before and we look forward to continuing the friendly and fun atmosphere of The CWIF.
Watch The CWIF 2014 preview below:
If you are wishing to just spectate at The CWIF please note that on the Saturday we will have no specific seating and minimal space for spectating as the whole centre is used for the qualifying. Spectators are not allowed on the matting during the qualification session. On Sunday 16th we will have seating in front of the Berghaus competition wall on a first come basis for both the Semi & Grand Final. In 2013, every seat in the house was full 1hr before the final so we encourage people to come down early. We will have our traditional FREE BBQ on the Sunday afternoon as normal so a good reason to be here early. We will also show the final on a big screen within The Climbing Works so if you are unlucky to not get a good seat at least you can be part of the atmosphere.
If you are a climber wishing to enter from outside the UK and need assistance in finding accommodation or need more information, please feel to contact us
The CWIF 2014 is supported by Scarpa, Adidas, Berghaus, Axis holds & Volx holds. Official media partner is UKClimbing.com. Without these companies The CWIF just wouldn't be as much fun!
We shall be raising money during The CWIF 2014 for Climbers Against Cancer.
THE CWIF 2013: HIGHLIGHTS FILM
Held on the weekend of the 2nd & 3rd March 2013 The 7th Climbing Works International Festival was the biggest CWIF we've ever held. The best way to get a taste of what the CWIF is and why it is so special is to view the highlights film below.
Below are the results from the final of the CWIF 2013:
You can also watch The CWIF 2013 champions, Jakob Schubert & Shauna Coxsey, send each of their final problems in the short films below:
You can also re-watch the Finals & Semis on the IFSC Youtube below:
Qualification results from the Saturday are available here>>
This was its 7th year and as always we went bigger and better than ever before. The basic structure was the same as in previous years with an open qualifying event (over 2 sessions - One in the morning & one in the afternoon) on a brand new circuit on the Saturday 2nd March. These started off easy (Font 5+/6a) and went up to very hard (Font 7c'ish). This circuit was used to whittle down the 300 or so competitors to the 20 Men & Women who will took part in the Semi-Finals on the Sunday morning. The top 6 went through to compete in the Grand Final which will take place early Sunday evening.
This year our chosen charity for The CWIF was Climbers Against Cancer . Over the weekend we managed to raise over £6k for this great charity.
Keep reading below for reports from previous years, films, photos and all the information you will need to get the most out of The CWIF.
The CWIF 2012 was a massive success and we would like to thank everyone who came to compete, watch, help out and generally have a great weekend. We raised over £3,000 for Macmillian Cancer Support & Edale Mountain Rescue Team over the 2 days so a massive thank you to the routesetters who donated their fees and the public for donating so generously. A big thank you also to Scarpa & Berghaus for generously giving so many prizes for raffles and giveaways.
Read all about it :
We have a number of articles that you can view to get an idea about what it was like to compete, spectate and be involved in the 2012 CWIF.
The Climbing Works own full report on the CWIF 2012>>
Dave Mason's detailed article on what The CWIF is all about as a climber>>
Climb Magazine article on what's it like to watch The CWIF and what makes it unique>>
A UKClimbing.com article on the CWIF & ShAFF weekend in Sheffield>>
You can also watch the highlights film & trailers for CWIF 2012 below:
The CWIF 2012 was supported by Scarpa , Berghaus , UKClimbing.com , King Kong Climbing and Holdz . These companies help make The CWIF what it is. Without this support, The CWIF would not be as much fun.
Overview of the C.W.I.F
What Is the CWIF?
Well it is a bouldering competition...but with a difference.
NO ENTRY FEE, no isolation for the qualification round, the chance to climb alongside some of the best climbers in the world on problems set by some of the world's best route setters. You don't just come to watch, you come to take part.
CWIF 2014 will be held over 2 days giving you a competition that will push the competitors to the limit. It's open to every climber that wants to come have fun. In 2013 we had 350 competitors for the 2 qualification sessions, closing registration almost 2 weeks before the event.
The CWIF is an absolutely amazing event and one of the best climbing competitions to be held in the UK. You can see more photos and films from previous CWIF's through the links below:
In 2014 the qualifiers will take place on Saturday 15th March. There will be 2 sessions (morning and afternoon) on the same set of circuit problems. Competitors will be assigned a qualification session which will be viewable online from the Monday before the competition. Competitors can select a preferred session when registering online but please note that this does not guarantee that you will be assigned that session.
What to expect:
In 2014 the first part of the competition will be a circuit of 30 flash problems. All these problems were on the normal circuit part of The Climbing Works. The circuit is the informal part of the day with the scores being self marked with the circuit starting off easy (Font 5+/6a) and getting very hard toward the end.
This part of the day also includes a Team competition (4 people which are mixed gender) with the highest team score winning £500! You don't have to be part of a team but it makes it a more fun day climbing with your friends.
The highest individual scores from the circuit part of the competition qualified for an on-sight semi final and final on the Berghaus Competition Wall.
The Semi-Finals will take place on Sunday 16th March 2014 and take part on the Berghaus Competition Wall with 20 men & women challenging themselves on 8 set problems. These problems will be judged independently. The 6 highest men & women scores will progress to the finals
The big final will again take place on the Berghaus Competition Wall with the whole wall being reset between the semi's & the finals. There will be 6 men & women problems to decide the CWIF 2014 overall champion.
Junior category is U18. N.B. Please note there will be NO specially set problems for children. They will compete on the qualifying circuit as set for adults. Although the competition is a fun day, it is set for adults so please be aware of this if bringing your child along. There will be a prize for top Male & Female Junior (TBC).
Equal prizes for male open and female open.. The CWIF 2014 prize money is shown below:
1st place = £750
2nd place = £500
3rd place = £300
4th place = £200
5th place = £100
6th place = £50
Team prize £500. Teams consist of 4 climbers which must be mixed. The Team prize is based on the scores from the qualification round.
You can register your team on the day or in advance on the registration form.
The Team event is a fun part to the day and can really add to the experience as you climb with your mates. For the last few years we have had a prize for the 'best dressed' team and we will do the same again in 2014. Best dressed can be anything from evening wear to your most imaginative fancy dress. The prize will be 'tailored' to the winning team (pun fully intended)
Register, turn up and pay the normal Climbing Works entry fee , get your score sheet and off you go.
International licenses are NOT required for the CWIF.
To enter a Team we ask that you donate an entry fee of £10 per Team - this will be donated to a Climbers Against Cancer, our favourite charity. This donation is not compulsory but there's a very good chance that you will not win anything if you feel like the donation is not in your interest ; )
In 2013 we raised the ridiculous sum of over £6000 for CAC. Wow, well done everyone, including the route setters who all donated their wages.
In 2012 we raised money for the Edale Mountain Rescue Team and Macmillian Cancer Support. We'll have a number of raffles with over £2000 worth of prizes to give away over the weekend. Please bring your wallet and give generously!
For 2011 our chosen charity was Andy's Rehab Support Exchange - in case you didn't know ex British Champion and World Cup winner Andy suffered a stroke in December 2010. In 2011 we raised approx £1000 to help Andy recover. HUGE thanks to everyone who contributed.
So what else is happening at the CWIF 2014?
We'll update this more as we get closer to the event but as in previous years expect a FREE BBQ on the Sunday with meat from the Peak District and a selection of veggie burgers. We've also been given a load of giveaways from our sponsors Adidas & Scarpa which we will throw into the crowd during the Semi's & Finals so make sure you get yourself a good seat. We're also planning to have a raffle with some great prizes, again donated by our sponsors, which will hopefully get some much needed cash in the charity boxes. Scarpa will also be here over the weekend with some special weekend deals on climbing and approach shoes so keep an eye on Twitter & Facebook and we'll announce these deals before the weekend.
PAST CWIF WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS:
Want to know more about The CWIF and what's it all about? Why it's regarded as the best competition held in the U.K.? Watch the quick montage from 2011 and then the extended highlights film from the weekend:
CWIF 2011 main film:
If you want some more motivation then have a look at a great selection of photos from the event on our Picasa Page . There's a great album from Alex Messenger to view and a superb selection of shots from Dom Worall from the finals. There's also a 2011 CWIF report you can read here>>
You can relive the past years through the photo slideshow below (all photos Alex Messenger).
All the other things you might need to know:
Sheffield does not have an international airport. The nearest airports are:
1. Manchester. Major international airport served by most airlines including some budget airlines. Approx 80km from Sheffield with a direct train line from the airport to Sheffield. For train details see www.nationalrail.co.uk/
2. Doncaster (also known as Robin Hood airport). Small airport with only a few useful flights but worth checking out www.robinhoodairport.com/ About 40km from Sheffield. Get the bus to Doncaster Interchange and then a train to Sheffield
3. Nottingham East Midlands. Approx 50 km from Sheffield served by budget airlines. No direct trains to Sheffield - you would need to get a bus to Derby or Nottingham and then a train to Sheffield. There is a direct National Express Bus service between East Middlands airport and Sheffield, one hour journey. Check their website for times.
4. Leeds-Bradford. Approx 80km from Sheffield served by budget airlines. No direct trains to Sheffield - you would need to get a bus to Leeds and then a train to Sheffield.
For details of all of the budget airlines that fly go Britain go to www.thebigproject.co.uk/budget/index.htm
Why is it all free & why is The Climbing Works hosting it?
Why free? Well it's not because of the huge amounts of sponsorship we will receive, that may just cover the BBQ costs. CWIF 2013 cost us about £10,000 to put on and we will get, at most, a third of this back in sponsorship and a bit of increased footfall on the day
We do it simply because we want to give something back not only to our customers but to the competition scene in the UK. We want to create a competition that will attract not only the best climbers in the UK but also the best from Europe and further abroad. Percy and Graeme have been involved in the competition scene for many years and are both disappointed that some aspects of the scene seemed to be dying in the UK. Our aim is to try and reverse this, along the way have a competition that is fun, enthralling and entertaining.
The CWIF IS a competition with a difference, you can climb alongside some of the best climbers in the world while enjoying testing yourself at what ever level you climb. The semis and final should hopefully get you psyched & motivated enough that you'll send your projects next time and more importantly, enjoy your climbing that little bit more.
Remember Carlsberg don't do climbing competitions but if they did........