Mourne Youth Trad Fest 2020

Date: 27-28/06/2020
Venue: 42 Trassey Road, Bryansford, County Down BT330QB
Mountaineering Ireland and the Mourne Youth Climbing Club are seeking experienced adult trad climbers to volunteer at this year’s Mourne Youth Trad Fest on the 27thand 28th June 2020.  'Trad Fest' is a volunteer lead weekend for keen young climbers to experience the joys of rock climbing in the Mourne Mountains.  Hosted by Oisin and Emma Hallissey and the Mourne Youth Climbing Club, volunteer’s travel expenses will be covered by the club as well as lunch and dinner. 

The format for the weekend is for two or more experienced adult rock climbers to team up and bring a small group of young climbers out trad climbing in the Mournes.  The ethos of Trad Fest is one of sharing in the fun and experience of rock climbing in the Mournes – classic routes, multipitches, friction slabs, rounded grooves, epic walk-ins or short approaches…each team will have their own adventure and meet up back at the Hallissey home in the evening for dinner and the craic!

If you’re interested in attending as a volunteer please contact

If you’re interested in attending as a young climber please complete the following online application form:


Young climbers should have at least two years climbing experience, be 12 – 17 years of age and competent at lead climbing and lead belaying and fit for a big couple of days on the hill.

The price for the weekend is £40 for Mourne Youth Climbing Club members and £70 for non MYCC members.  Cost includes food and camping accommodation for the weekend as well as travel from/to Newry bus station if needed.  The MYCC will be in contact regarding payment before the end of April 2020 upon successful application, which is dependent on volunteer availability and meeting the essential application requirements listed above. 

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre run a week long Youth Mountaineering Meetevery August for young climbers to build their trad climbing skills.  Please click on the link above for more detail on this instructor lead week (12th – 16th August 2020) at Tollymore.

The Mourne Youth Trad Fest and Tollymore’s Youth Mountaineering Meet are proudly supported by Mountaineering Ireland's Youth Development Program for Northern Ireland.


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