Let’s Boulder! CWIF 2017

The Climbing Works International Festival

The 11th edition of The Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) promises to have one of the strongest line-ups ever assembled on the 18th-19th March.

The CWIF traditionally announces the start of the IFSC Bouldering World Cup season, providing viewers a forerunner of who is in form leading up to the start of the season. The CWIF also presents athletes the opportunity to have competition practice under World Cup rules ahead of the start of the season in April.

What to look out for:

• Bouldering World Cup Champion Jongwon Chon leads all-star line up for Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) 2017.

• Joined by previous CWIF champions Alex Megos, Sean McColl and Jakob Schubert for all-star match up.

• No Shauna Coxsey this year means first new female CWIF champion in six years. Petra Klingler and Melissa La Neve lead a strong field.

• Located in the heart of Sheffield as a part of the Outdoor City Weekender, celebrating Outdoor Sports in the UK’s Adventure Sports capital.

Semi-Finals and Finals will be streamed live on Climbing Works YouTube channel and on the Climbing Works Facebook page.

Big give-aways of Berghaus gear at the event and online. Make sure to follow Berghaus on Instagram for a chance to win.

Champion of Champions

Current World Cup Champion Jongwon Chon from South Korea leads an impressive male line-up for this year’s competition including past CWIF champions Alex Megos, Sean McColl & Jakob Schubert.

As Shauna Coxsey is still rehabilitating from an injury picked up at the end of the last World Cup season, this means that there will be a brand new women’s champion for 2017. Petra Klingler, Melissa La Neve and Sol Sa lead a strong female pack.

Unique Format

The CWIF is much more than just an elite competition. It has a unique qualification format on the Saturday that allows everyday climbers the chance to compete amongst athletes at the top echelon of the sport. 450 competitors are split into 3 qualification sessions that then get whittled down to 20 Semi-Finalists.

During the qualification sessions all climbers attempt the same problems meaning regular weekend warriors can climb at the same time & challenge themselves on the same problems as the climbing elite. For those who don’t want to take it too seriously there is a fancy dress competition and special off-piste problems during the 3rd session for those who want to wait until darkness falls to show off their special costumes.

Climbing Gear

The Climbing Works will have a dedicated area for sponsors during the CWIF weekend with plenty of deals and giveaways from brands such as Berghaus and Scarpa. Make sure to follow Berghaus and Climbing Works on Instagram for a chance to win.

There will also be a raffle to raise funds for Climbers Against Cancer & Sheffield Hospital Charity, with a great selection of prizes donated by the sponsors.

The raffle winners will get their prizes in between the semi-finals and the finals on the Sunday. Make sure you get down to the climbing works for a chance to win hoodies and down jackets from the Berghaus Extrem range.

We’ll miss you Molly

Unfortunately Berghaus sponsored athlete Molly Thompson Smith will not be able to make the CWIF 2017. All of her followers on Instagram will no she is currently on her own adventure – travelling the world hitting many climbing walls on the way.

However numerous other member of the GB Climbing team will be there to represent Britain and Team Berghaus will be heading down to cheer them on.


If you can’t make it to the event on the day The Climbing Works have partnered again with leading livestream specialists Technative. In 2016 Technative brought a quality to the filming and streaming of The CWIF that raised the level of showcasing climbing competitions. Technative are keen to once again raise the bar for 2017 CWIF.

You can find links to the live streams here.