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TradFest was the brainchild of DMM and was first held in 2005, then in 2014 V12 and DMM collaborated to bring you the format we know today! With the help of other like-minded companies it has become the festival of choice for trad climbers. 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. The hub for all things TradFest is set up in the campsite opposite the Vaynol Arms in Nant Peris. 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 the incredibly desirable Tradfest tee (designed by DMM and made by dewerstone), a piece of Limited Edition DMM hardware commemorating the event, exclusive weekend offers at V12 Outdoor, BBQ and a pint on us for the Saturday night, access to talks and demo equipment plus pick the brains of AMI professional guides regarding safe and proper practises at the crag. The ticket price covers all this but does not include the cost of camping, this is paid separately, directly to the campsite during your stay! £6 per person, camper vans may vary.
Things start to happen on the Friday evening, when people begin to turn up for the weekend ahead. There will be a quiz to kick things off; the theme, you guessed it, climbing! We will throw some general knowledge in there for good measure. This will be followed by a film around 2130, so watch this space. Due to the fact that some people don't arrive until later, or the Saturday, this turns into quite a special affair and has developed a reputation for being the film or talk to try and catch.
Saturday morning breakfast will be available. Most likely, in the form of bacon, sausage and egg baps from the supremely capable Mafon cafe team, along with tea and coffee to help get you started. These are not including in the ticket price but make them no less effective at fueling your day! Test gear will be available to those that wish to try it. DMM will have demo kit available and their enthusiastic staff and sponsored climbers will be around to answer any questions you may have. Be sure to look out for the fabled Dragonfly! Beta climbing will be on hand with Tenaya test shoes and beta products for you to test and drool over. Hopefully, our good friends at Scarpa will have a bunch of test shoes for you to try on the crags, as well, should the Italian fit suit you more. AMI guides will be on hand with workshops on safe belaying, self rescue, proper anchoring techniques and more. Ourselves at V12 Outdoor will be offering a discount to all Tradfest ticket holders for the weekend of the festival, exclusive to attendees. Saturday is then yours to do with as you wish, there will be plenty of people around to offer help and advice on where to go and the possibilities of what to do. If you're feeling like you want some more structure and guidance ask about TradQuest and our Instagram challenges! Winners of both will be chosen before the Saturday night talks.
On the Saturday evening we make sure the grill is lit before you all start filtering back in off the crags. As part of the ticket cost you will get your grub and first pint included, followed by the headline talk of the weekend! This talks are yet to be confirmed for 2019 but athletes from both DMM and Montane are waiting in the wings. The talks will be served up along with a free drink to whet your whistle in the main marquee. 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 an immense 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.