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The 2016 edition of The CWIF will be our 10th celebration of this great event and we will be going bigger and better than ever before. We are very happy to have the Peak district based Rab equipment on board as headline sponsor for this very special year.

Registration & Qualification

We have filled all 450 places for The Rab CWIF 2016

Qualifying session 1: 9am-Noon - This is the classic early bird session for those competitors who will be aiming to qualify for the Semi-Finals and want the holds in perfect conditions.

Qualifying session 2: 1pm-4pm - For those who don't climb well in the morning but are wanting to aim for the Semi's. In 2016 we will also be working with The BMC and athletes to provide some beta and psyche for the younger athletes and youth academies that come to The Rab CWIF. This will be their opportunity to climb with, chat to, and be coached by some of the top climbers.

Qualifying session 3: 5pm-8pm - for those wanting to be part of The Rab CWIF but know they are not making the Semi's. This session will be more fun orientated with live DJ's, off-piste problems and some other special going-ons. We would love people to come in fancy dress as there will be some good prizes up for grabs this year (including spot prizes).


Keep an eye on our social media feeds and this website for more information in the coming month.

Read more about The Rab CWIF New partnerships on our news pages here>>


We couldn't make The CWIF happen without support from these great brands:

Rab / Berghaus / Scarpa / DMM / Axis / Bleaustone / Lapis / X-Cult / Blocz / UKC / BMC


In 2016 we'll proudly be raising funds once again for the charities Climbers Against Cancer and Sheffield Hospitals Charity


The CWIF 2015

THE CWIF 2015 WAS AN AMAZING WEEKEND. Thank you to everyone for coming and watching online. You can read up on the whole event below and re live it through the highlights film below or watch it all again on the IFSC YouTube page.



The CWIF 2015: Highlights from The Climbing Works on Vimeo.


You can read a full report up on our website of The CWIF 2015 which has links to photos, films and gives you an insight and overview of the planning behind the festival.


Catch-up online:

You can still rewatch everything on YouTube IFSC channel, just click on the film below or watch it on YouTube here.

If you want to watch some brief highlights and see some great photos check out our Instagram account>>  

You can also find out more on Twitter #CWIF @climbingworks

You can also view a great selection of photos from the weekend from Dom Worrall at our Google+ page here.

You can view photos from the watching crowd and other photographers on our Facebook page


View the full results from qualifiers right through to the Finals in the links below.


Finals Men>>

Finals Womens>>

View photos from The CWIF Finals on our Google+ pageAll photos by Dom Worrall


Mens Semi-Finals Results>>

Womens Semi-Final Results>>

View photos from The CWIF Semi-Finals on our Google+ page. All photos by Dom Worrall.


The Qualifying results can be found here>>

View some great photos (again by Dom Worrall) on our Google+ page here.




Re-watch the live stream of the CWIF Finals that took place on Sunday at 1800 GMT below. Make sure not to miss out on the 'different' awards ceremony at the end. 


The CIWF 2015: A Brief Overview

On Saturday 7th March we welcomed 350 competitors from all over the UK, Europe and the World as they came to compete at The CWIF. 

Follow all the action that occurred over the weekend (qualifiers & Finals) on our Twitter (@climbingworks #CWIF) and check out athlete profiles, photos, videos and animated analysis of each round on instagram (@climbingworks #CWIF).

There is also content and links to various pages on our Facebook page -


If you want to read what The CWIF is all about before watching the films you can jump straight to it by clicking here>> 

Watch what the qualifying circuit is all about on this short film below:

The CWIF 2015: from The Climbing Works on Vimeo.


Want to get a taster of what The CWIF is all about? Watch the highlights film from The CWIF 2014 below:

The CWIF 2014 - Highlights Film from The Climbing Works on Vimeo.


The CWIF 2014

A fantastic event with 350 entrants representing over a dozen nationalities. The CWIF 2014 registration open & closed within 2 days! It was an unbelievable response for us and showed just how big, and fun, The CWIF has become. We had a full crowd for both the Semi's & Finals of the event and we're already thinking of how we can improve it for 2015.


In the Women's CWIF Final, Shauna Coxsey retained her title for a 3rd year just beating Mina Markovic on the final problem. In the Men's CWIF we had a new champion with Tito Calyeron displaying awesome power and technique to flash all four problems. 

You can read a detailed report, with photos, of the whole weekend on our blog>>

You can see the results from the Mens Final & Semi-Final here>>

You can see the results from the Womens Final & Semi-Final here>>


View a whole raft of photos from Dom Worrall on our Google pages below:

Saturday Qualifiers>>

Sunday Semi-Finals>>

Sunday Finals>>

You can also see plenty of photos on #thecwif including some behind the scenes shots



Watch Shauna Coxsey retain her CWIF 2014 title in this short film below:

The CWIF 2014: Shauna Coxsey short from The Climbing Works on Vimeo.


Watch Tito Calyeron flash problem 4 to win his first CWIF title

The CWIF 2014: Tito Calyeron short from The Climbing Works on Vimeo.



 you can watch the replay of the finals in HD Below 







The CWIF 2014 Qualifier results and news article can be seen here>>


You can watch CWIF films from over the years at our Vimeo page / CWIF album >>



Watch The CWIF 2014 preview below:

The CWIF 2014 Preview from The Climbing Works on Vimeo.

Find out more about the weekend itself on our blog>>



The CWIF 2014 is supported by Scarpa, Adidas, Berghaus, Axis holds & Volx holds. Official media partner is 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 and the British Heart Foundation (in memory of Ian Vincent)


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.

You can  read a report and see the results on our blog>>


CWIF 2013: Highlights Film from The Climbing Works on Vimeo .

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:






You can view the results on the IFSC Website also. Mens here>> and Womens here>>

Qualification results from the Saturday are available here>>



2013 Trailer


The CWIF 2012: Highlights film from The Climbing Works on Vimeo .

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 2013 is sponsored by Adidas Outdoor , Berghaus , Scarpa , Outdoor Research , Axis Holds & Volx Holds . Without their support, The CWIF would be no where near as much fun.


CWIF 2012


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 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 , , 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 2015 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 2014 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:


The Climbing Works YouTube CWIF playlist>>

The Climbing Works Vimeo page>>


The Climbing Works Gallery>>

The Climbing Works Picasa site>>


The Setup


In 2015 the qualifiers will take place on Saturday 7th 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 2015 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 8th March 2015 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 2015 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).

Prize money

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 2014 we raised money for both CAC and the British Heart Foundation with over £4000 being raised

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.

Click here for the rules for the CWIF


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.



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:

Travel information

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

2. Doncaster (also known as Robin Hood airport). Small airport with only a few useful flights but worth checking out 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


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........