From daring to wear trousers in the mountains to knocking on 9a, the story of British female climbers is one of rebels and disrupters, trailblazers and game-changers. And now the stories of these women who rock are headed off on tour and may be coming to a climbing centre near you!
The exhibition on display at Kendal Mountain Festival last year
Ever since its premiere at the Kendal Mountain Festival last year, we've had so much enthusiasm and positivity surrounding the exhibition that we want to keep spreading the word.
The BMC exhibition traces the history of British female climbers from 1861 right up to the present day. The women featured have all broken barriers whether its First Ascents, First Female Ascents, First Female-only expeditions, smashed grade barriers or the likes.
Since Kendal, the exhibition has been on the road with us and has been showcased at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, Women's Trad Festival, the BMC AGM and the Rendez Vous Hautes Montagne meet. Now it's heading to a climbing centre near you!
Gwen Moffat in action
Where to find the Women Rock exhibition
The tour will kick off on 7th October at the Castle Climbing Centre in London for the whole of the month. A centre with a whole lot of history itself, you'll be able to climb amongst the exhibition and take on some inspiration for your next send.
Next stop you'll find it out in North Wales at the Beacon Climbing Centre. Wales being the backdrop for many adventures undertaken by these women of the ages, we thought it was a fitting location for the exhibition in November.
Then in December it will be moving down to The Depot, Birmingham where it will be on show for the Women's Climbing Symposium and staying for the festive season.
In the New Year you'll find it at The Climbing Works in Sheffield, a favourite training ground for many top British climbers and where you see aspiring BIFF champions congregate annually.
Women Rock Tour 2019-2020
December - The Depot Birmingham
January - The Climbing Works, Sheffield
February - Boulder Hut, Chester
March - The Climbing Hangar, Plymouth
April - Redpoint, Bristol
May - Bouldershack, Southampton
June - The Tide, Cornwall
July - Boulders UK, Cardiff
August - Awesome Walls, Liverpool
September - Climb Newcastle
October - The Edge Sports Centre, Leeds
Where next? Want your centre to host the exhibition in 2020? Email email@example.com to make it happen!
We're also offering support on organising your own Women in Adventure film night to accompany the exhibition or if you'd like to run it as a separate event - perfect for clubs, activity centres or even host hostels! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
Social Media Exhibition
Throughout the year on our social media channels we've been running a digital version of the exhibition with the hashtag #WomenRockWednesdays. We're half way through and you can follow along on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
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