Last weekend saw the Outdoors Show at the NEC in Birmingham. The show is a collection of stands, events, lectures and have-a-go walls, with a bucket full of bargain gear being sold off.
The main event from a climbing point if view is of course the SkyMasters competition organised by X1 Sports.
This year saw a strong field of competitors with a few visitors from abroad also taking part. Saturday was qualifying day and each competitor climbed twice, with their combined time deciding who would qualify for the head to head climb-offs on Sunday.
16 men and 8 women got through to Sunday's event, and the speed increased to a lightning pace.
- The winners were: Shauna Coxsey and Robert McKenzie.
(The full results list from Sunday's climbers are listed below)
Climbing stands were out numbered by more general outdoor stands, but there were a few climbing specific brands out in force. Both Beacon Climbing and King Kong were selling holds and finger boards. The DMM stand was the climbing focal point, right next to the SkyMasters competition wall and the BMC had a stand making their voice heard to the thousands of visitors.
Leo Houlding and Joe Simpson were amongst the "celebs" giving lectures and Gaz Parry gave some master-classes on the Friday.
Sunday's Semi Finals and Finals Overall Results
|Women - Name||Position||Men - Name||Position|
|Shauna Coxsey||1||Robert McKenzie||1|
|Katy Piddock||2||James Garden||2|
|Kitty Wallace||3||Adam Watson||3|
|Charlotte Garden||4||Dave Barrans||4|
|Catherine Whiteman||5||Gaz Parry||5|
|Naomi Buys||6||Jordan Buys||6|
|Alice Waterhouse||7||Dan Bradley||7|
|Susie Zitter||8||Mark Croxall||8|
PHOTOS: The Outdoors Show 2010