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Crackfest 2022

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After a legendary debut event in 2020, the world’s only crack climbing festival returns for the second time, brought to you by Depot Climbing and Wide Boyz.

Whether you’re already a crack fan, or just curious to give it a try – this unique event is a cheeky gem in the UK climbing calendar.

Crack Fest will involve a circuit of crack-based problems, challenges ranging from the perplexing to the ridiculous, and the massively popular Wide Boyz Crack School. We’ve also got lots of prizes up for grabs from our sponsors, and the Crack Off final will determine who will be crowned Crack King and Queen 2022.

Crack Fest tickets cost £30 and include:

  • All-day climbing at Depot Sheffield
  • Entry and scorecard for the crack circuit and challenges
  • The chance to win a FREE ‘Intro to Crack’ School workshop spot
  • A roll of tape with ‘how to’ taping instructions
  • A Crack Fest competition T-shirt*
  • A raffle entry for the chance to win one of the amazing prizes on offer

To Book:

For the quickest and easiest way to book your spot, hit the button below. You can also book tickets at the reception desk at Depot Sheffield or book over the phone by calling 0114 327 1948.
For any questions, please email [email protected]

*T-shirts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis so make sure you arrive early!
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The festival is open to all climbers aged 18+, and those aged 14-17 that have been signed off to climb unsupervised at Depot Climbing centres. While some general climbing experience is helpful to make the most of the day, you certainly don’t need to be a seasoned crack expert.

Book online for the quickest and easiest way to secure your spot. You can also book tickets at the reception desk at Depot Sheffield or book over the phone by calling 0114 327 1948.

For any questions, please email [email protected]

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What’s the crack?

If you aren’t familiar with crack climbing, this sub-genre of the sport involves following cracks in the rock using specialized techniques, such as jams, locks, and laybacks. Crack Fest will see the centre transformed into a crack climbing wonderland, with special holds and volumes being used to create some of the world’s most imaginative indoor crack climbing. Here’s a run-down of the day’s highlights:

Crack Circuit

This is a fun circuit of boulder problems, with a crack-based theme. Think of it as an off-the-beaten-track set of boulders; jamming with hands, feet, knees, heads, bottoms, bodies – anything goes in this comp!

The problems are suitable for all abilities, starting easy and gradually getting harder, right up to ‘pretty techy’. If you haven’t jammed before, enter the draw to win yourself a place on a free ‘Intro to Crack’ School class, which will be happening on the day. There will also be at least 2 crack coaches available on the mats – your chance to get tips and tricks from the pros!

The male and female with the most points from the crack circuit, combined with their score from the feature challenges, will be crowned Crack King and Queen 2022.

Feature Challenges

There will be a number of different Feature Challenges to test your strength, stamina, technique and pain threshold, with individual prizes up for grabs for each challenge.

‘Intro to Crack’ Schools

There will be five 1-hour FREE ‘Intro to Crack’ schools running throughout the day. These will be run by Wide Boyz crack coaches Tom, Pete or Harriet, and they are the ideal place to get your crack foundations down.

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a free place, just select the option to enter the draw when making your booking. Places will be drawn at random and allocated to specific timeslots on the day.

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