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The North Face® Climb Festival
July 12‍-13 ‍2024
London

Unfortunately we are now at capacity and we cannot guarantee access today even with a ticket. Please contact support@tnfclimbfest.com for more information.

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Get ready to watch the very best climbers from around the world race in a head-to-head competition held over deep water. There'll be DJ sets, local eats, freestanding boulders and famous guests. So whether you're happiest on the wall or on the ground, don't miss the climbing event of the summer.Get ready to watch the very best climbers from around the world race in a head-to-head competition held over deep water.

Event schedule


12TH FRIDAY —
DWS QUALIFYING ROUNDS
Climbing takes centre stage as up to 150 athletes compete for just 60 places in Saturday's finals.
  • 10:30 AM
    DOORS OPEN
  • 11:00-1:00 PM
    COMPETITION QUALIFYING ROUND 1
  • 12:00-1:00 PM
    CLIMB WITH THE NORTH FACE ATHLETE
    JAMES PEARSON
  • 1:00-2:00 PM
    EMBRACE THE CHALLENGE TALK
    WITH SOLENNE PIRET
  • 2:00-4:00 PM
    COMPETITION QUALIFYING ROUND 2
  • 2:30-3:30 PM
    BIG WALL TALK
    WITH SIEBE VANHEE
  • 4:00-4:45 PM
    FILM SCREENING - "THE TRADITIONALIST"
    WITH JACOPO LARCHER
  • 4:30-5:30 PM
    CLIMB WITH THE NORTH FACE ATHLETE
    NINA WILLIAMS
  • 4:30-6:00 PM
    COMPETITION QUALIFYING ROUND 3
  • 5:00-5:45 PM
    ROUTE SETTING: ART OR SCIENCE?
    WORKSHOP WITH LAINY AND BOULDERING BOBAT
  • 5:45-6:45 PM
    CLIMB WITH THE NORTH FACE ATHLETE
    SOLENNE PIRET
  • 6:00-6:45 PM
    DJ SET: ANU
  • 7:00-8:00 PM
    DYNO COMPETITION
  • 8:00-9:00 PM
    HEADLINER SET: NINE8 COLLECTIVE
13TH SATURDAY —
DWS finals
Saturday sees the competition heat up with the top 60 competitors putting it all on the line for the win.
  • 10:30 AM
    DOORS OPEN
  • 11:00-12:15 PM
    COMPETITION SEEDING ROUND 1
  • 12:00-1:00 PM
    CLIMB WITH THE NORTH FACE ATHLETE
    JACOPO LARCHER
  • 11:15-12:15 PM
    FILM SCREENING - "KINDNESS"
    WITH CARO CIAVALDINI
  • 1:00-2:30 PM
    COMPETITION SEEDING ROUND 2
  • 12:15-1:00 PM
    EXPLORING ANTARCTICA + REPAIR WORKSHOP
    WITH XAVIER DE LE RUE
  • 2:45-3:30 PM
    CLIMB WITH THE NORTH FACE ATHLETE
    ANGELINO ZELLER
  • 2:30-3:15 PM
    SPILLING THE TEA
    WITH MARION HEARTY
  • 3:30-4:45 PM
    FINALS ROUND 1
  • 4:45-5:15 PM
    THE IMPORTANCE OF A CLIMBING COMMUNITY
    WITH ROTIMI AND CLMBXR
  • 4:45-5:45 PM
    CLIMB WITH THE NORTH FACE ATHLETE
    CARO CIAVALDINI
  • 5:00-5:45 PM
    DJ SET: JJESS
  • 5:45-7:00 PM
    FINALS ROUND 2
  • 7:00-7:45 PM
    DJ SET: LAURENCE GUY
  • 7:45-8:00 PM
    COMPETITION AWARDS CEREMONY + ATHLETE GEAR RAFFLE WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT
  • 8:00-9:00 PM
    HEADLINER SET: ROSS FROM FRIENDS

Event sitemap

What's going on?

Discover everything happening during the festival.
STALLRepair
Station
WORKSHOPClimb
With Athletes
WORKSHOPBig Wall
Talk
WORKSHOPEmbrace
The Challenge
WORKSHOPRoute Setting:
Art Or Science?
WORKSHOPThe Importance
Of Building A
Climbing Community
WORKSHOPFilm
Screenings

Meet the athletes who'll be in London.

Nina WilliamsTHE NORTH FACE ATHLETE
One of only a few female boulderers to climb V13, Nina is based in Boulder, Colorado and has a knack for highball bouldering - taking on problems that are six metres or higher.

Molly
Thompson-Smith
THE NORTH FACE ATHLETE
Born in London and now based in the climbing heartland of Sheffield, Molly is a five-time UK national lead climbing champion and a key advocate for inclusion within the sport.

Jacopo LarcherTHE NORTH FACE ATHLETE
Initially hooked on sport climbing and competitions, Jacopo has gradually gravitated to other aspects of climbing. He’s most at home in his van, scouting new lines in remote mountain areas.

Solenne PiretTHE NORTH FACE ATHLETE
With two climbers for parents, Solenne grew up amongst the crash pads, chalk and quickdraws of Fontainebleau. Since making the sport her primary focus in 2017, she’s won four world titles.

James PearsonTHE NORTH FACE ATHLETE
Hailing from the climbing heartland of the Peak District, James combines a naturally elegant style with dogged determination as he scours the planet for ever more demanding routes.

Caro CiavaldiniTHE NORTH FACE ATHLETE
Born on the tropical island of La Réunion, Caro has made her home in colder mountain climes, ticking off super technical routes all over the world from Ethiopia to Japan.

Angelino ZellerTHE NORTH FACE ATHLETE
A World Cup winner and three-time world champion, Austrian paraclimber Angelino is pushing the limits of what a climber can achieve using only their hands and arms.

Siebe VanheeTHE NORTH FACE ATHLETE
Born in the flatlands, made for the mountains. Siebe is multi-talented climber noted for his first free ascent of 'Riders of the Storm' on the central pillar of Patagonia's Torres del Paine.

Nathaniel ColemanTHE NORTH FACE ATHLETE
An Olympic silver medalist and four-time US national champion, Nathaniel is based out of Salt Lake City. He built his reputation in bouldering but is now also a leading competition climber.

Angie ScarthJohsonTHE NORTH FACE ATHLETE
The first Australian woman to climb a grade 9a. Angie was a climbing phenom from an early age with an unprecedented three 9a ascents before the age of 18.

Brette HarringtonTHE NORTH FACE ATHLETE
A bold alpinist, calculated soloist and expert ski mountaineer as well as a big wall sender and graceful mixed climber, Brette's calling card is her extraordinary versatility.

Matty HongTHE NORTH FACE ATHLETE
The fourth American to climb 5.15b. Matty combines his extraordinary talent as a climber with another for filmmaking, producing legendary titles including Break On Through.
Discover the lineup for the festival.

Ross from FriendsARTIST
Otherwise known as Felix Clary Weatherall, Ross From Friends burst onto the electronic scene with his nostalgic house-inspired sound and has earned critical acclaim with his debut album 'Family Portrait'.

Laurence GuyARTIST
Artist, DJ, and producer, Laurence Guy is renowned for his critically acclaimed house music. Emerging from UK clubbing institutions like Cable and Fabric, he's crafted a signature sound by blending original compositions with samples.

AnuARTIST
An NTS regular, Anu's diverse artistry spans music, illustration, and advocacy. Rooted in London's underground scene, she has also made a global impact through residencies and tours.

Nine8 CollectiveARTIST
Nine8 collective, including Lava La Rue, Biig Piig, Mac Wetha, Bone Slim, LorenzoRSV, and Nige, extends its reach from visual arts to music, celebrating diverse subcultures in London and beyond.

JJESSARTIST
Hailing from London, DJ JJess graces dancefloors around the world while touring with PinkPantheress. As the founder of Dancefloor Theory, she has crafted mixes for Crack, NTS, and No Signal.
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FAQs


General admission is free. Just download the DICE app and search for The North Face Climb Festival to secure tickets. Tickets are non-transferrable.
There are 3 rounds:
1. Qualifying Round. 150 climbers. Each Climber gets 1 chance to climb the wall. Your fastest time or highest climb will be recorded. The top 30 fastest times for men and women will move on to the next round.
2. Seeding. 60 climbers. Each Climber will get 1 chance to climb the wall. The top 16 fastest times for men and women will move on to the next round.
3. Semi Finals. 32 climbers (16 men and 16 women) compete for top time or height competition ending in a head-to-head competition. 16 Men and 16 Women compete for top 4 slots per gender.

Finals. 4 Fastest time per men and women will compete for top 2 times or height. The 3rd fastest time or height in this heat wins 3rd place. Top 2 times compete head to head for 1st and 2nd place.
The competition wall is for registered competitors only. Your can register at https://link.dice.fm/fcff04242cc2. There will be opportunities for the general public to climb onsite throughout the duration of the festival.
Amateur climbers 18+ are allowed to enter the competition. Competition athletes should have a climbing level of 5.12+, and must be able to swim. Get your competition entry ticket at https://link.dice.fm/fcff04242cc2
Dogs are allowed on the Canary Wharf estate, but for the safety of the animals and guests, pets are not permitted on barges or in event activation areas.
Yes.
Food and drink concessions including alcohol will be available onsite via local vendors. Additional food and beverage options are available to VIP guests on board designated vessels.
There are 3 rounds:
1. Qualifying Round. 150 climbers. Each Climber gets 1 chance to climb the wall. Your fastest time or highest climb will be recorded. The top 30 fastest times for men and women will move on to the next round.
2. Seeding. 60 climbers. Each Climber will get 1 chance to climb the wall. The top 16 fastest times for men and women will move on to the next round.
3. Semi Finals. 32 climbers (16 men and 16 women) compete for top time or height competition ending in a head-to-head competition. 16 Men and 16 Women compete for top 4 slots per gender.

Finals. 4 Fastest time per men and women will compete for top 2 times or height. The 3rd fastest time or height in this heat wins 3rd place. Top 2 times compete head to head for 1st and 2nd place.
You should bring the following (* in clear bags only):
1. As many climbing shoes and chalk bags as you want/require
2. Chalk for refills
3. Change of clothes, as many as you need
4. Food and water
5. ID for check-in
There are 2 judges per climber as well as a head judge (5 total).
Bathrooms, showers to rinse and secure storage during active climbs will all be available on-site.
There’s a place to change and dry off once you exit the water. If moving on to the next round, it’s recommended to bring a different pair of dry shoes and chalk to change into. While dropping into the water is inherently risky, there is a water safety team and medic on standby for any potential issues.
The climbs will range from 5.12+ to 5.13+/5.14- depending on round and division.
There are two ways:
1. You can jump into the water below.
2. Competitors can down climb to a lower point, hang and drop.
Top competitors will receive the following:
1. £5,000
2. £3,000
3. £2,000

Repair
Station

OPEN TO ALL
12th & 13th July
Got some much-loved gear in need of repair?

You've come to the right place. The North Face Renewed will be on hand throughout the festival to offer a free repair service on apparel from any brand. Arranging a repair is easy – just tell us what you need, come back later and your gear will be ready for more adventures.

- Limited to one repair per person
- Gear from all brands welcome
- First come first served basis
- Standard apparel repairs only – tears, holes, buttons etc.
- Excludes leggings, footwear, equipment and safety gear

Climb
With Athletes

OPEN TO ALL
ATHLETES:
James PearsonNina WilliamsSolenne PiretJacopo LarcherAngelino ZellerCaroline Ciavaldini
12th July
12:00-1:00 PM - JAMES PEARSON4:30-5:30 PM - NINA WILLIAMS5:45-6:45 PM - SOLENNE PIRET
13th July
12:00-1:00 PM - JACOPO LARCHER2:45-3:30 PM - ANGELINO ZELLER4:45-5:45 PM - CARO CIAVALDINI
Join one of our casual and friendly climbing sessions to pick up tips and tricks from members of The North Face Athlete Team.

Try a new move on the bouldering wall or ask the question you’ve always wanted answering and our athletes will do their best to share their unique experience and help you improve.

There’s a range of sessions hosted by different athletes.
Take your pick.

Big Wall
Talkwith Siebe Vanhee

OPEN TO ALL
12th July
2:30-3:30 PM
Fresh of the back of Siebe and his team’s highly anticipated first free ascent of ‘Riders of the Storm’ on the central pillar of Patagonia’s Torres del Paine in February, Siebe takes us through his journey.

From initial scouting missions to the final push, get the inside line on one of the most significant ascents in modern big-wall history.

Embrace
The Challengewith Solenne Piret

OPEN TO ALL
12th July
1:00-2:00 PM
Climbing isn’t easy, but that’s why we love it. In this Speaker Series event, The North Face Athlete Solenne discusses the power of embracing challenges in order to achieve your potential.

Drawing on personal experiences within and outwith the climbing world, she will discuss what it takes to break down barriers of we think is possible.

Route Setting:
Art Or Science?with Lainy and Bouldering Bobat

OPEN TO ALL
12th July
5:00-5:45 PM
Lainy Anklam and the Bouldering Bobats sit down to discuss the true creativity behind route setting.

With many years of experience between them, each have their own approach to creating intricate and challenging routes balancing every aspect of bouldering and climbing skill with a fun and refreshing attitude.

The Importance
Of Building A
Climbing Communitywith Rotimi and CLMBXR

OPEN TO ALL
13th July
4:45-5:15 PM
Over the last five years, Rotimi Odukoya has created CLMBXR from the ground up. The climbing community’s foundation is built on encouraging black and underrepresented communities to get involved in the sport of climbing.

With weekly climbing sessions in London and trips further afield, CLMBXR only continues to grow. Join Rotimi at the Basecamp stage where he talks about the importance of building a community and what it takes to get there.

Film
Screenings

OPEN TO ALL
12th July
4:00-4:45 PM - JACOPO LARCHER
13th July
11:15-12:15 PM - CARO CIAVALDINI
Join us for exclusive screenings of two films featuring The North Face athletes.

Sit back and witness Caroline Ciavaldini’s incredible feats in "Kindness" and join Jacopo Larcher on a global exploration of trad climbing in "The Traditionalist".