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ECHO

WOMEN'S

CLIMBING FEST

a woman's place is at the crag

Sep. 23, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EDT
Sudbury, ON

A's TO ALL YOUR Q's

More festival info

 
Uhh... this website is pretty sparse. I need more info!

Hey, we're with you. As the festival is awhile away and as 2020 has shown us, A LOT can change in a short amount of time, so we're keeping just the essentials on the web for now. Don't worry, we'll add more info as it becomes available, and once you register, you will get a lovely festival package via email with all the beta! If you have any specific Q's, please reach out any time.

Climbing in the north

 
I've never climbed in northern Ontario - what can I expect?

You can expect a pristine, well cared for granite crag (and we trust that you will leave it that way) in a gorgeous expanse of boreal forest. Granite climbing features solid rock, sleek face climbing, geometric roofs, lots of crimps + slopers, and some gnarly arrêtes. Lines are clean, and so is the crag. We practice #LeaveNoTrace principles here and expect you to do the same (check out this great Climber's Code from Rock Respect). Northern Ontario climbing is on-the-whole quieter and more remote than southern Ontario. Stay on the established trail, respect the land and each other, pack out your waste, and let nature prevail.

Are there any essentials I absolutely shouldn't forget?

Please bring a refillable water bottle or jug (there will be water refills + electrolytes available onsite). Bring enough food for a camping weekend, but please know there is a grocery store + Tim Hortons 15 minutes from the crag. Autumn weather in Sudbury is a toss-up! Make sure to pack everything from warm layers + your fave puffy to sunscreen + sunnies. The approach can sometimes be wet, so appropriate footwear is key. While we take measures to deal with wasps, they occasionally linger near the crag - if you have an allergy, make sure to pack your epi or anything else you may need.

What alternative options for camping + accommodations are there?

No big deal if you're more of a glamper than a camper. Sudbury's got some great options via Airbnb + local motels. Make sure to drop a message on the Echo WCF Facebook event page, as many of the local attendees may be happy to provide accommodations or backyard/driveway camping free of charge. If you're interested in camping, just not on the festival grounds, please contact Laura below and she can advise you on good crown land for camping based on where you're coming from and whether you'd like to check out any other climbing hotspots during your trip.

Whose land are we climbing on?

So glad you asked! We'd like to acknowledge that we will be holding this festival on land that has been inhabited by Indigenous peoples from the beginning. As settlers, we're grateful for the opportunity to meet here and we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land - for thousands of years. In particular, we acknowledge we are in Robinson-Huron Treaty territory and the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. We recognize and deeply appreciate their historic connection to this place. We also recognize the contributions of Métis, Inuit, and other Indigenous peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and our province and country as a whole.

 

As settlers, this recognition of the contributions and historic importance of Indigenous peoples must also be clearly and overtly connected to our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in our communities, and in particular to bring justice for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls across our country.

Should I bring my trad rack?

Absolutely! There are some really high quality, high fun trad climbs in the area, and trad climbing in the north is totally your answer to a Middle Earth experience. Even better, take a couple extra days off work and explore some of beautiful trad lines off the beaten path. Climb Sudbury has all the beta, and it's very likely Laura or the Climb Sudbury team would be happy to show you around if you'd like some company + recommendations.

Is it OK if I don't sport climb?

Definitely. In order to make the festival as accessible as possible, and show encouragement + a growth mindset for newer climbers or climbers who simply enjoy top-roping, lead climbing is not necessary to enjoy + participate in the festival. If you top-rope only, it is recommended that you have some outdoor climbing experience, and have competence in anchor building. Echo crag features a scramble where the top anchors are readily accessible. While many of the routes feature shuts at the top, we politely ask that you top-rope only off your own gear to prevent unnecessary wear on the fixed hardware.

 

If you are not belay-certified and would like to participate, please use the contact box below and let Laura know - she will make arrangements on demand for onsite belayers so you can fully enjoy the outdoor climbing festival experience. That said, if you would like to learn to belay before the festival, contact ARC Climbing or your local climbing gym and take a course! 

What is Climb Sudbury?

ClimbSudbury.com is a volunteer-driven project to provide Sudbury's local climbers with the most detailed and current information on all known rock and ice climbs in Sudbury and surrounding areas. Climb Sudbury is also active in route establishment and maintenance, and crag access. Echo WCF's founder, Laura, is one-half of the team who created and manage Climb Sudbury. Make the most of your northern climbing experience and hit up some of our other incredible climbing areas! 

Diversity + equity + inclusion

This festival is for "women" - am I included?

We didn't use the 'x' in the name, but we want you to know you're included and welcomed! All women, including trans, trans spectrum, queer, women-identifying, and female-bodied climbers are invited to our festival. And though it has "women" in the title, two spirit, non-binary, trans men, and other gender diverse climbers are warmly welcomed. We invite all festival-goers to specify your preferred pronouns when you buy your tix and we'll have a festival pronoun pin for you in your swag bag. 

What is the festival doing to support anti-racism?

Echo WCF is committed to ongoing work + continual learning in the pursuit of weaving anti-racist initiatives into the structure of our climbing festival, and in community-building activities in the lead-up to festival weekend. We feature an equitable pay structure for all of our creative contributors , and you can expect to see BIPOC climbers + hear BIPOC voices on our platforms. We'll also be sourcing our festival eats + swag from local BIPOC-owned businesses. We recognize that the outdoors isn't truly for everyone until we dismantle the systems of oppression that create so many barriers to BIPOC participation in outdoor sport. We'd like to learn + grow as a community - if you feel we can do better or do more, please let us know.

I have a physical or mental limitation - can I still participate?

This is dependent on your individual needs, but our aim is to make the festival as accessible as possible for any and all women who want to climb. If you require accommodations or have exceptional needs in the outdoor realm, please contact Laura, and she can make an accessibility plan with you, and prepare to have the appropriate staff on hand in advance if you require individual support. 

Tickets + financial

Why is there a tiered pricing structure?

While we're all women, and we're all here to climb, we're not all coming from the same place. While some of us have experienced higher levels of privilege + ease in accessing climbing, some of us have had to surmount major socioeconomic barriers to enjoy the sport we all love. We've designed a three-tier pricing structure in the hopes of alleviating structural hurdles to local womxn's participation in climbing, and an opportunity for those in the presence of abundance to support others in their climbing journey. We politely request your honesty in having your ticket price reflect the level of access + privilege you experience in the realm of climbing.

Our rate tiers:

Community - offers a discounted rate

Sustainer - pays for yourself

Supporter - supports yourself and others

If I purchase a ticket, can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, at this time, we do not provide refunds. As this event is running for the first time, it is essential that we have the working capital to cover the costs of everything provided, including equitable pay for all of the rad humans who contribute. If you need to cancel, in lieu of a refund, we will donate 50% of your ticket price to your choice of: Sudbury YWCA + Genevra House Women's Shelter, Sudbury Black Lives Matter, Reseau Access Network, or Fierté Sudbury Pride.

Do I need a ticket to attend? I'm not interested in workshops + swag, and I have my own food.
Where does my ticket money go? Does anyone profit from the festival?

This festival is for the community, and all funds go toward the hosting of the event, and in support of community-building initiatives throughout the year, and to local non-profit organizations as disclosed. Nobody profits. We are weaving magic with big dreams + small funds, so while we technically can't stop you from showing up at Echo and climbing, the festival pricing is intended for the benefit of the community as a whole, to cover event costs, to support continuation of the event on an annual basis, to pay our creatives, to support other humans + organizations + local businesses, and to provide value-added services for our climbers. If you are in financial need and even the community rate isn't sufficient for your festival pass, please contact laura@echowcf.com.

Involvement

This event sounds awesome. Do you need volunteers?

Short answer: Heck yes! Long answer: There are a variety of tasks + jobs + details to be taken care of, and as this festival is in its early stages, some of these are as yet unforeseen. If you're interested in volunteering for the festival, please use the contact box below and let us know! Make sure to include any skillsets you have that may prove useful, and please indicate whether you are more interested in volunteering during festival prep + lead up, or on the event weekend proper. (We'll definitely need a few kind, give-up-some-climbing, day-of volunteers as well! Compensation may be in vegan chocolate donuts.)

I'm a brand or small business and I would love to sponsor the festival. What's required?
Can I sell my outdoor/climbing retail products at the festival?
WHAT. YES. We would totally love to have you at the festival and appreciate your support of intersectional feminism in climbing! Let’s cut to the chase: for sponsorship, we accept cash donations (our fave by far!), donations of product (either for raffle + game prizes or for swag bags), and donations of services (belayers, guides, first aid providers, child-minding, etc.). Tiered sponsorship deck coming soon - stay tuned!
 
Our requirement is that any marketing + social media + athlete ambassadors visibly and at-a-glance need to reflect the make-up of the country we live in (hint: we’re not all white, a whole lot of us are womxn, and we have a range of body types). A Google form will be coming, but for now, use the contact box below, and expect some follow-up Q’s from Laura about the ownership structure of your business, representation of womxn in management roles and corporate board membership, and what anti-racist work your company is currently undertaking. It's important that the brands we choose to work with share our festival values.
 
In return, we love spraying about our partner businesses on our social platforms, and you can set up in our "retail village" so that our climbers can check out your goods + services. The sponsorship tiers will outline the level of support and visibility from us. If you have other ideas for collaboration + presence at the festival, we are so open to listening + working together to create the best outdoor experience for our climbers. Please get in touch!
I'm a man. Can I still support this event? How?
Ohmygosh, YES. So much yes! Intersectional feminism isn't just a women's issue, and we are SO. STOKED. that you'd like to be involved. The festival itself is a womxn-only space, but there's a lot of work to be done. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Engage with our social media - like, share and comment on our posts, help elevate our voices.
2. Contact Climb Sudbury and see what trail maintenance + access work needs to be done. They always have projects on the go, as well as a committee that works together to ensure our climbing areas are in stellar condition.
3. Volunteer for a behind-the-scenes festival task. Contact Laura below.
4. Donate! Your monetary contributions go so far in the success of this festival + its community.
5. Contribute to our Gear Library. If you replace your gear while it is still safe + usable, please consider donating it to our Gear Library so that women getting outdoors for the first time don't have to make a monetary investment to try out the sport.
6. Mentor women climbers. 
7. Read about anti-racism and intersectional feminism, understand what we're all working towards, and do the work.
8. Purchase swag! We have stickers + men's options for apparel - we would LOVE to see men rocking a festival logo on a water bottle or shirt. 
9. Reflect on how you hold space + create space for the women you climb with to show up as their whole, integrated selves. 
10. Message Laura if you need more ideas!
I can't make it but would love to support the festival by donation. How can I do that?
Oh! We love donations! And it's SO. EASY. Just click our lovely PayPal button right here! 
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