Splash into the August Bank Holiday at Exeter’s Quayside with the UK’s only climbing wall on water

Glad to be at the top

Glad to be at the top - Credit: Photo: Simon Fowler

Deep Water Solo returns to Exeter’s historic canal basin for beginners and experienced climbers alike

GB finalist 2014 Ed Hamer

GB finalist 2014 Ed Hamer - Credit: Photo: Mark Jefford

The UK’s only climbing wall on water returns to Exeter’s historic canal basin from 28 to 31 August. The Rock Up Splash Down at Deep Water Solo Exeter competition aims to simulate the adrenaline rush of deep water soloing on sea cliffs. Unaided by ropes, climbers either fall and tumble into the depths below or succeed and reach the top.

Replacing a sea cliff with a wall, the competition offers the only climbing wall to be erected on an inland waterway. Deep Water Solo Exeter is one of the first of its kind not just nationally, but also internationally as Exeter is only the fourth city worldwide to host such an event.

Bringing hundreds of climbers from across the UK to the South West, the event attracts well-known names in the sport such as Neil Gresham, Steve McClure, Emma Twyford and GP Para Climber Dave Bowes.

Ed Hamer, GB team climber and 2014 finalist, said: “I’m super excited about DWS 2015. DWS 2014 was one of the best competitions I have ever participated in – perfect setting, great ambience, superb organisation and great fun for everyone!” Last year’s event proved very popular, drawing in over a thousand spectators.

The event will be opened for non-competitors to climb for the first time this year. There are a limited number of competitor places available.

On bank holiday Monday 31 August, the wall will be open to anyone. The public can climb the 12 metres wide and 7 metres tall wall for 30 minutes as part of Rock Up Splash Down at the Quay Climbing Centre. Spectators are also welcome.

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“This is a real opportunity for people to find out what Deep Water Solo climbing is all about and experience the thrill of climbing on a wall hanging over water,” says Paul Russell, Event Director.

“You may reach the top but participants are just as likely to fall into the canal water below, hence the name: Rock Up Splash Down.”

There will also be the opportunity to participate in other activities based on the Quay piazza, including climbing the auto belays in the Quay Climbing Centre and slacklining with Devon-based social enterprise RU Slack.

To find out more and to register to attend the event, visit the Deep Water Solo website. Footage from last year’s event can be found here.