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Frequently asked questions

  • Who is WCSx for?
    Whilst our flagship events are women-only spaces, we also want to provide events where everyone can gain from the wonderful WCS community. WCSx events welcome people of all genders and non binary folk. Partners, friends, parents, siblings...if you would like to be part of our community, connect with others, develop your climbing and be inspired, then this event is for you!
  • Do I need to be an experienced climber to attend WCSx?
    The event is open to all climbers of all levels of experience and ability. Whether you are very new to climbing or a seasoned climber you will find plenty of opportunities to develop your personal climbing at this event. If you are completely new to the sport then taking a beginners' course at your local climbing wall before the event will enable you to better maximise the coaching workshops at the Women's Climbing Symposium.
  • Can I still attend if I am pregnant/injured/unable to participate in certain activities?
    While our three sessions are primarily practical, we want to ensure our content is accessible as possible and there may be opportunities to modify content for pregnant/disabled/injured participants. Please contact us on ahead of buying your ticket to let us know a little more about your situation so we can discuss options with our coaches.
  • Can children and young people attend the event?
    The Women's Climbing Symposium programme is aimed at over 14s. Climbers aged 14-17 years are welcome at WCS as long as they (and their paperwork) meet the venue's requirements. If in doubt, please contact The Climbing Hangar, Reading directly to discuss this with them. Due to a combination of child protection legislation and insurance (for both coaching workshops and the venue) all junior attendees must be supervised throughout the WCSx by an adult ticket-holder.* As such, both ticket-holders must attend the same coaching workshops. If your young person is below the age of 14 and interested in the event please contact us directly to discuss further. * We understand that not all circumstances are the same. Supporting young climbers to attend WCS is important to us; we wish to include not exclude. If you would like to discuss alternative supervision needs for a young climber then please get in touch.
  • What do I need to bring with me on the day?
    Your ticket covers your activities for the day. We suggest you bring: * climbing shoes (these can be hired at the venue) * chalk (this can be purchased at the venue) * clothes you are comfortable climbing in * food and drink / money for food/drink / pre-purchase your lunch when buying a ticket * a notebook and pen to take down any inspiring ideas! * warm layers * bags of enthusiasm!
  • Will we have exclusive use of the venue?
    Yes! The venue will be closed to the public during the afternoon for WCSx
  • Can I purchase tickets for another person / other people?
    Yes you can... how generous of you! Immediately after purchasing the ticket(s) you will be offered the option to transfer each ticket. We recommend you do this immediately so that the intended guest(s) can complete their registration information and download their ticket(s). Tickets cannot be downloaded until registration is complete. Those with downloaded tickets will receive the workshop booking email as soon as it is available. Please do not complete the registration on their behalf. Each event attendee must complete this themselves.
  • How do I organise a lift / accommodation share?
    For each event all ticket-holders will be invited to join a private facebook group 'WCS: Connect.' You can use this group to reach out to other ticket holders and arrange to share travel and/or accommodation costs. Connecting with other climbers before, during and after the event is a huge benefit of the Women's Climbing Symposium and there is a friendly community out there waiting to help!
  • I can no longer attend, can I get a refund?
    Refunds are possible up to 6 weeks before the event. At this point we need to commit to our overheads so will not be able to refund. You may transfer your ticket to someone else, or, if the event is sold out, we can offer it to be sold on to the waiting list. Thanks for your understanding.
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