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The North Face® Climb Festival ~ Friday 12 July & Saturday 13 July

🧗‍♀️🧗‍♂️ Canary Wharf is the place to be for the North Face Climb Festival and a two-day extravaganza of action featuring the best climbers in the world.  Admission is free!  See below for ticket information. 

Taking place at Harbour Quay Gardens & South Dock on Friday 12 July and Saturday 13 July the centrepiece of the North Face Climb Festival in London is a head-to-head competition between the world’s best climbers who will complete on a 16-metre-high climbing wall located over deep water.  Competition format below.

Alongside the elite action the festival will feature climbing workshops from professional athletes, including The North Face climbers Caroline Ciavaldini, James Pearson and Solenne Piret.  There will also be inspirational talks from big wall climbers, a clothing repair space, an immersive retail experience and a live dyno competition.  DJ sets from some of the capitals brightest young artists, including Ross From Friends, Laurence Guy, NiNE8 Collective, Anu and JJESS will shape the sounds of the weekend.  Full festival event schedule below.

London is all set to connect to the culture of climbing.  So whether you’re happiest on the wall or the ground, don’t miss the climbing event of the summer!

👀 Read on for ticket info, full event schedule and travel tips 👇

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TICKETS & TRAVEL 

🎟️ General admission is free.  Secure your tickets via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.  

🚊🚗 Travel tips: Canary Wharf is accessible by Docklands Light Railway, Elizabeth line, Jubilee line, River Bus, bike, bus and car.  Plan your journey using the Canary Wharf ‘Getting here’ guide.

FESTIVAL EVENT SCHEDULE – NORTH FACE CLIMB FESTIVAL LONDON

🕙 Day 1 schedule – Friday 12 July

Climbing takes centre stage as up to 150 athletes compete for just 60 places in Saturday’s finals.

10:30am: Doors open
11am-1pm: COMPETITION QUALIFYING ROUND 1
12pm-1pm: Climb with The North Face athlete James Pearson
1pm-2pm: Embrace the Challenge Talk with Solenne Piret
2pm-4pm: COMPETITION QUALIFYING ROUND 2
2.30pm-3.30pm: Big Wall Talk with Siebe Vanhee
4-4.45pm: Film Screening – “The Traditionalist” with Jacopo Larcher
4.30pm-5.30pm: Climb with The North Face athlete Nina Williams
4.30pm-6pm: COMPETITION QUALIFYING ROUND 3
5pm-5.45pm: Route setting: Art or Science?  Workshop with Lainy and Bouldering Bobat
5.45pm-6.45pm: Climb with The North Face athlete Solenne Piret
6pm-6.45pm: DJ Set – Anu
7pm-8pm: Dyno Competition
8pm-9pm: Headliner Set – Nine8 Collective

🕙 Day 2 schedule – Saturday 13 July

Saturday sees the competition heat up with the top 60 competitors putting it all on the line for the win.

10:30am: Doors open
11am-12.15pm: COMPETITION SEEDING ROUND 1
12pm-1pm: Climb with The North Face athlete Jacopo Larcher
11.15pm-12.15pm: Film Screening – “Kindness” with Caro Ciavaldini
1pm-2.30pm: COMPETITION SEEDING ROUND 2
2.45pm-3.30pm: Climb with The North Face athlete Angelino Zeller
3.30pm-4.45pm: FINALS ROUND 1
4.45pm-5.15pm: The Importance of a Climbing Community  
4.45pm-5.15pm: Climb with The North Face athlete Caro Ciavaldini
5-5.45pm: DJ Set – JJESS
5.45pm-7pm: FINALS ROUND 2
7pm-7.45pm: DJ set – Laurence Guy
7.45pm-8pm: Competition Awards Ceremony + Athlete Gear Raffle Winner Announcment
8pm-9pm: Headliner Set – Ross From Friends

FORMAT OF COMPETITION 

There are 3 rounds ahead of the finals:-

1. Qualifying Round. 150 climbers.  Each Climber gets 1 chance to climb the wall.  Fastest time or highest climb will be recorded.  Top 30 fastest times for men and women move on to the next round.

2. Seeding.  60 climbers.  Each Climber will get 1 chance to climb the wall.  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.    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.

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