The Climbing Works International Festival          




The CWIF will return in 2017 on the 18th & 19th March. 

Get the dates in the diary - our 11th cwif will build on everything we've done before. watch below and get excited.




Watch the below three films shot by Nick Brown for BMC TV over The Rab CWIF weekend. They showcase the exciting talents of Molly Thompson Smith, Jim Pope and of course Shauna Coxsey.


Shauna Coxsey at the Rab CWIF 2016


Jim Pope at the Rab CWIF 2016


Molly Thompson-Smith at the Rab CWIF 2016


Rab CWIF - Report

An incredible weekend was finished off by an amazing Final which had some incredible moments. Grab a seat, a beer and get ready to watch some amazing competition climbing.

Want to watch the whole competition again? Scroll below or go to our YouTube page - links below:




Rustam Gelmanov on Men's Problem 4:

What. A. Move! On the buzzer, last go, Oh my god! The crowd went wild for this and it's easy to see why as it is one of the most crazy moves you will see in any competition. Rustam pulled it out of the bag and secured 2nd place at The Rab CWIF 2016

Rustam Gelmanov: The Rab CWIF Final 2016 from The Climbing Works on Vimeo.


Sean McColl on Men's Problem 3:

The only finalist to figure this problem out, it was a contortionists dream as Sean twisted and moved through this Men Problem 3. The crowd went wild as he finally broke through the crux and headed towards the top. Sean's reaction says it all at the end

Sean McColl: The Rab CWIF 2016 from The Climbing Works on Vimeo.


Shauna Coxsey clinching her 5th!! Rab CWIF title

Shauna Coxsey delivered an imperious performance during The Rab CWIF Final showing why she is one of the World's best competition climbers. Here is she crushing problem #4 in the Final, the only lady to top this very tricky problem


Shauna Coxsey: The Rab CWIF Final 2016 from The Climbing Works on Vimeo.


rab cwif FINALs

Rewatch the whole of the grand Final below. The first 50 mins is a highlights package of everything that went on the day before at The Rab CWIF Qualifiers (Sat 12th March):


Mens Finals


Womens Finals




Rewatch the whole Semi-Finals below:


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full semi-final results







U18 MALE>>


The above Top 20 from Male & Female after all 3 qualifying rounds Saturday 13th March went through to the Semi-Finals of The Rab CWIF.




For The 10th CWIF we went bigger and better and this year we had our first 'CWIF Social Hub'. This was a massive room that had many of our sponsors offering great one-off deals to those who come down to compete / watch The Rab CWIF. The room had a chill-out area, Cafeology Cafe, BMC Bar (in collaboration with Thornbridge brewery) and a ShAFF TV - showing classic adventure films - throughout the weekend. 


The Rab CWIF was part of Sheffield's Weekender event as part of its Outdoor City campaign


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

Big thanks to Norman Gilman at for creating such amazing CAC Glasses for the Winners.



In 2016 we proudly raised funds once again for the charities Climbers Against Cancer and Sheffield Hospitals Charity



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.

The Rab CWIF 2016 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. 


The Setup


In 2016 the qualifiers will take place on Saturday 12th March. There will be 3 sessions on the same set of circuit problems. 

What to expect:

In 2016 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 £1000! 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 13th March 2016 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 3 men & 3 women problems to decide The Rab CWIF 2016 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 Rab CWIF 2016 prize money is shown below:

1st place = £2000

2nd place = £1000

3rd place = £500

4th place = £300

5th place = £200

6th place = £100

Team prize

1st Prize: £1000.

2nd Prize: £600

3rd Prize: £200

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 2016. 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 our charities - Climbers Against Cancer & Sheffield Hospital 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 ; )


Click here for the rules for the CWIF


So what else is happening at the rab CWIF?

- The Rab CWIF Social Hub: A new part of The CWIF will be this large area which be comprising a cafe, bar, retail and chill out area. We'll also be showing some classic ShAFF films over the weekend. The retail area will have Rab & Scarpa showcasing new products and some amazing one-off deals!

- A FREE BBQ on the Sunday (c.3pm) with meat from Roneys Butchers and a selection of veggie burgers.

- We've also been given a load of giveaways from our sponsors Rab, Berghaus & Scarpa which we will be dispensing throughout the weekend.

- We're also hosting a raffle with some great prizes, again donated by our sponsors, which will hopefully get some much needed cash in the charity boxes. There will be 3 prizes with well over £1000 worth of kit up for grabs




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, or the amount we get from people coming through the door - altogether that will cover maybe 1/2 of the costs associated with running a massive climbing competition. 

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.

Whether you compete or just watch we hope you really enjoy your weekend at The Rab CWIF 2016