September 11th, 2016 by Matthew Phillips

On August Bank holiday weekend we set off to Exeter for my first DWS competition. I had seen the videos of last years and thought it would awesome to compete in desire there being no ParaClimbing category. 

After registration and briefing it was time to take a look at the routes. They looked difficult and obviously not set for my category. However, I decided that my goal would be to top one route and give the other two a damn good go. 

The first climb was fairly easy on once I started it flowed well and I topped it without too much problem. 

The second climb had a disco ball hanging about half way down which you had to climb up before tackling two huge volumes. I was bound to get wet on this one. I started the ascent got to the disco ball and hung on. To my surprise (and the crowds) I got on the ball and to the two volumes. Playing on these for a while I just could not get my legs up enough and with little to hold on to ‘splashdown’. 

The third route was the toughest and unfortunately I fell only a few holds up but a brilliant competition and great fun. The support from the crowd was unbelievable. The Quay Climbing Centre summed it up with a quote on their Facebook page

“This moment pictured had every single person in the crowd totally engaged and cheering, a fully inspiring moment that we shall never forget!”

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