How will I be refunded for the cancellation of the 2020 Women’s Climbing Festival?

Canceling the festival represents a major financial loss to our small grassroots company, owned and operated by women of color, in view of our contractual obligations to the festival venues, caterers, local partners, speakers, and many others. Though we are facing large losses, we will be offering a partial refund of 50% of all registration and clinic fees to all participants, although this may take a few weeks to process. Alternatively, we’d like to ask registered participants who are able, to consider donating their registration fees to Flash Foxy to help offset our non-recoupable expenses. We would greatly appreciate this generous support. Please email us at arianna@flashfoxy.com

However, we recognize that some folks feel very strongly about receiving a full refund and as such, if you are in need of a full refund, please email us at info@flashfoxy.com. We will graciously ask folks to only utilize that if you truly need the full refund – as part of the women’s climbing community, any support you can offer us during this incredibly stressful time is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

What is the Women’s Climbing Festival?
WCF is a three-day event that will bring together and celebrate the growing community of women climbers. 2020 will be our fifth year in Bishop, CA. We hope that the Women’s Climbing Festival will not only reach veteran female climbers but also provide a safe space for beginner climbers to come and learn more about all that climbing has to offer!

When is the festival?
The festival is March 20-22, 2020

Where is the festival located?
The festival is located in Bishop, California. Festival events will be occurring in several locations throughout the town of Bishop as well as at several climbing locations.

Do I have to be an experienced rock climber to attend the festival?
Not at all! We welcome women of all climbing experience levels – including none. There will be several intro and beginning clinics and workshops. The festival will be a great opportunity to try out climbing in a safe and supportive environment.

Do I need to register to attend the festival?
Yes. Registration is required to attend the festival and the number of participants is limited to 275. The past two years,  we have sold out in one minute so please register early! More registration information can be found here.

What is included in the cost of registration?
Entrance into all scheduled events on the festival is included EXCEPT clinics and workshops. This includes select meals. Please see the Registration page for more detail.

What isn’t included in the cost of registration?
Clinics + Workshops, transportation + lodging, and climbing equipment rentals are not included in the cost of registration. Please check our Lodging and Services page for more information on lodging and transportation options.

Do you need to be registered for the festival to sign up for a clinic or workshop?
Yes, clinics and workshops are only open to registered festival participants.

Are scholarships available?
Yes! Please see more information on our Registration Page

Who can attend the festival?
WCF welcomes all women (cis and trans) and enbies to join us at the Women’s Climbing Festival. This is also an all-ages event and young girls are encouraged to attend with a guardian. If you are a guardian for a young female climber who wants to attend, please email us at arianna@flashfoxy.com

Our goal is to create and maintain a safe and diverse space where consent and respect are our first priorities. Harassment of any kind (unwanted contact, verbal or physical abuse, racism, homophobia, transphobia, body-shaming, etc.) will NOT be tolerated and will lead to being asked to leave.

What if I purchased a festival pass and no longer can attend?
Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee refunds. Provided we have women willing to purchase a ticket from the waitlist, we will be able to facilitate a refund. Usually the closer we get to the festival, the harder it is for people to make accommodations with work and travel. March 6th is the last day for refunds and March 16th is the last day to transfer your ticket. If you purchased a pass and are no longer able to attend, please email us at arianna@flashfoxy.com. Thank you!

How does the waitlist work?
People are taken off the waitlist in the order they were added to the waitlist. When someone alerts us that they can no longer attend, we send an email to someone on the waitlist and they have 2 days to redeem the ticket.

Is this event rain or shine?
Yes, our event is rain or shine! Regardless of the weather, we will have a good time!

Don’t see your question? Please email us at arianna@flashfoxy.com or fill out our Contact Form. Thank you!

2019 PRESS

While press is still forthcoming, here is some coverage of the festival:

Try-Hard Faces from the Women’s Climbing Festival
Vikkie Glinskii, Outside Magazine. March 2019

How the Climbing Community Became an Inclusive Space for Women
Tyler Wetherall, Conde Nast Traveler. March 2019

How to Overcome Climbing Fears: Smart Ways to Strengthen Your Mental Game
Josie Mckee, Outside Magazine. April 2019

A Festival for Females
Stephanie Kamm, Scarpa. April 2019

How to Overcome Climbing Fears
Josie McKee, Outside Magazine. April 2019

Exposure: 8 Women Who Are Changing the Climbing Community
Sasha Turrentine, Outside Magazine. April 2019

Also, if you have time, take a moment to check out the #womensclimbingfestival hashtag for personal recounts from participants and athletes.

2018 PRESS

5 Reasons We’re stoked for the Women’s Climbing Festival
Outside Magazine. March 2018

2018 Women’s Climbing Festival
Gripped Magazine. March 2018

WCF – Women Powering Women
Abbey Smith, La Sportiva Blog. April 2018

Heroes of the Women’s Climbing Festival
Julie Ellison, Outside Magazine. April 2018

Playing to Her Strengths
Jaymie Shearer, She Explores. May 2018

Meet the Women Who Are Helping Create a More Inclusive Climbing Community
Julie Ellison, REI. May 2018

Flash Foxy’s Women’s Climbing Festival
Lina Adams, Mountain Hardwear. March 2018

Meet Us at the Women’s Climbing Festival in Bishop
3rd Rock, March 2018

Hey Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival
Faith E. Briggs, The Athletic. May 2018

2017 PRESS

Get Psyched on the Women’s Climbing Festival 
Colette McInerney, Black Diamond. November 2016

A Climbing Festival for Women, By Women
Abby Wise, Mountain Project. November 2016

Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival: No Excuses
Kayleen Castelli, Outdoor Women’s Association. December 2016

Get Psyched for the 2017 Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival 
Natalie Siddique, Moja Gear. November 2016

Ladies, here’s why you should consider going to this festival.
Leslie Hittmeier, Teton Gravity Research. December 2016

In Her Words: The Women’s Climbing Festival
Abby Wise, Mountain Project. March 2017

A Recap of the 2017 Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival 
Natalie Siddique, Moja Gear. March 2017

Finding Like Minded Souls at the Women’s Climbing Fest
Colette McInerney, Black Diamond. March 2017

Girl Beta in Bishop: A Weekend with Flash Foxy
Annie Lawson and Kayleen Glaser. Outdoor Women’s Alliance. March 2017

The Women’s Climbing Fest in 9 Photos
Vikki Glinski, Mountain Project. March 2017

After the Women’s Climbing Fest: Let’s Talk about Barriers
Jenny Abegg, Verticulture – Outdoor Research. March 2017

Video: Women’s Climbing Festival – Day One
Never Not Collective, March 2017

Video: Women’s Climbing Festival – Last Day
Never Not Collective, March 2017

Podcast: Abby Wise Dispatching from the Women’s Climbing Fest 
Abby Wise, Dispatch Radio. March 2017

Celebrating Women, Climbing and Community
Kristina Ericson, The Cliffs at LIC. April 2017


2016 PRESS

A Look at the 2016 Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival — A Celebration of Female Climber
Natalie Siddique, Moja Gear. January 2016

What I Learned at the Women’s Climbing Festival
Julie Ellison, Climbing Magazine. February 2016

A Recap of the 2016 Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival and What It Means for Female Climbers
Natalie Siddique, Moja Gear. February 2016

The 2016 Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival
Kim House, Gripped Magazine. February 2016

Why It Matters: One Story of the Women’s Climbing Festival
Sasha Turrentine, Flash Foxy. February 2016

The Women’s Climbing Festival: A Perspective
Carrie Cooper, La Sportiva Blog. March 2016

Flash Foxy | Women’s Climbing Festival
Colette McInerney, Five Ten Blog. March 2016

The Women’s Climbing Festival: Just the Beginning
Jessi Allen, The Cliffs LIC. March 2016

Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival 2016- A Review and After Thoughts
Valarie Tes, Valarie Tes Blog. February 2016

One Story of the 2016 Women’s Climbing Festival
Cauri Hammer, Fringes Folly. March 2016

Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival: Family I Never Knew I Had
Paisley Close, The Inspired Climber. February 2016

Thoughts on Last Year’s Women’s Climbing Festival
Vikki Glinksi, The RV Project, February 2017