Deep Water Soloing returns to Exeter this August Bank Holiday weekend, once again taking place in Exeter's canal basin, right next to event organiser The Quay Climbing Centre. The awesome Entre-Prises UK designed wall will be back, still standing at 7 metres high by 12 metres wide this time it will have an extended overhang to add a little more spice to the routes!
The competition routes will once again be set by leading UK setters and Blokfest veterans, Gaz Parry and Mike Langley - routes will start at V3/4 and work up to V14! The wall will float out and 3 competitors will climb simultaneously - adding to the visual spectacle of the event and increasing the splash count for those watching on the large piazza opposite.
This year the competition will open on Friday 28th August just after 4pm wtih the Under 16 boys and girls qualifiers. Saturday 29th will see the Open Male and Female qualifiers, with the Semis and Finals taking place on Sunday 30th. Once again a team of sponsored athletes will be joining the event - but this time they will be invited to join at Qualifying stage.
When & Where
The Quay Climbing Centre, Exeter
Deep Water Solo Exeter 2016 is being managed and organised by The Quay Climbing Centre Exeter. The event was the brainchild of the team at the Quay who launched the inaugural competition in August 2014. The team have worked closely with Entre-Prises UK Ltd who have designed and manufactured the wall. They have also been supported by the team behind the highly successful Blokfest Competition, Gaz Parry, Mike Langley, Gav Symonds and Ben West, who have provided advice and support for the competition format and will be setting the routes for the event.
The Quay Climbing Centre opened in September 2011 and is now one of the premier climbing walls in the country as well as one of the largest in the South West. The centre is located in the heart of Exeter's quayside area, close to the city centre and less than 15 minutes from the main M5 corridor north and south. Exeter's canal basin is situated right outside the centre - making it a unique location for an inland DWS competition in the UK. The team at the Quay have over 20 years experience in the outdoor activities industry and are very excited about the prospect of continuing to grow the unique and exciting event that is DWS Exeter.