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Tradfest originated from an idea by DMM and was first held in 2005, then in 2014 V12 and DMM collaborated to bring you the format that we have today. With the help of other like minded companies it has become the festival to go to as far as trad climbing is concerned. Held just up the road from the DMM factory and from V12 Outdoor's retail premises, it is the perfect location to showcase some of the best trad climbing that can be had in Britain. We're set up at the campsite opposite the Vaynol Arms Pub in Nant Peris where we take over one of the fields. Here you will find a large marquee which is the base for all the activities of the weekend.
The ticket price includes a goody bag which will have a limited edition Tradfest T shirt, limited edition Tradfest DMM item, a discount voucher for the weekend at V12 Outdoor, a food ticket for Saturday night, a beer voucher, access to all talks and test equipment plus some other goodies to boot! The ticket price does not include the cost of camping, this is paid separately, directly to the campsite during your stay.
Things start to happen on the Friday evening, when people begin to turn up for the weekend ahead. There is a quiz to kick things off, rumour has it that this year, it will be hosted by King of the climbing quizzes, George Smith. This is followed by a talk around 10pm by Dan Macmanus, which will include hw he got into trad climbing along with some of his adventures to Yosemite, big wall climbing, not one to be missed if you can make it. Due to the fact that some people don't arrive until later, or on the Saturday, this turns into quite a special affair and has developed a reputation for being the talk to try and see due to it's conspiratorial nature.
Saturday morning sees breakfast available in the form of bacon and egg baps, along with tea and coffee to help get you started (not included in the ticket costs) followed by test gear being handed out to those that wish to try it. DMM will have test gear available and their staff and sponsored climbers will be around to answer any questions you may have. Scarpa will have a bunch of test shoes for you to try. The BMC will be on hand to offer help and advice and V12 will be offering a discount to all Tradfest ticket holders for the weekend of the festival. Saturday is then yours to do with as you wish, there will be plenty of people around to offer help and advice of where to go and the possibilities of what to do.
Saturday evening sees food available as part of the ticket costs followed by the headline talk of the weekend. This year in an exclusive that we are very excited about, DMM will be hosting an evening with one of the most accomplished trad climbers there is, James McHaffie or 'Caff' as he is widely known. With a list of hard trad routes that a group of decent climbers would be lucky to put together, including the coveted E9 grade, Caff rarely does any kind of talk, hence why we are even more excited, especially when you consider he is fresh from putting up Moonrise Kingdom, E9 on Skye. It should be a rare and fascinating evening. Served along with a free drink to whet your whistle! By this time you'll be ready for bed, and then it's the same format for Sunday but with a gear return and finish time around 6pm before you head home after a great weekend.
Tradfest is renowned for it's relaxed atmosphere and easy going nature, but unfortunately, there is one area where we cannot apply this same ethos! For insurance purposes you have to have valid 3rd party insurance cover. Being a member of the BMC, the CC or a BMC affiliate club means you are covered BUT WE DO NEED TO SEE PROOF OF THIS MEMBERSHIP. Otherwise we are unable to allow you on to the site. This is a question of insurance and is, unfortunately, not negotiable.