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~ Skymasters ~

Skymasters, in case you haven’t heard of it, is a completely unique comp in which climbers climb across wall features that are suspended from the ceiling of a huge warehouse.  In 2008, the first year, it was sponsored by Ford, and they hung a car from the ceiling near the end of the route.  Here’s a video that explains the concept.  You can see a video of a guy climbing that first route here – Skymasters 2008, and one of a woman here – Beth Monks Skymasters 08, and a really commercial one with highlights here – Ford Skymasters Challenge 2008. The winner of 2008, Dave Barrans, was one of the British competitors at this year’s Bouldering World Cup in Vail.

In 2009 they kept the suspended structures but updated the concept to a speed/difficulty event.  Here is a video of a guy named Drew climbing not-so-fast through it – Skymasters 2009.

In 2010 they kept the speed race and suspended structures, but added a second set so there would be a head-on race instead of just a timed difficulty event.  The results were undoubtably more exciting from a spectators standpoint.  The walls were made by Walltopia–the same company who created our new wall!  It’s amazing what they are capable of with their fiberglass molding techniques.

Check out the video!

I’m sharing this because I think it’s awesome that more people are trying to think out of the box with climbing competitions.  This one looks like it’d be fun for the competitors and the spectators–who wouldn’t want to climb on swinging boxes hanging in the air?  Of course, we all think that deep-water-soloing on hanging suspended boxes would be even better, but one step at a time…

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