This weekend was the date for this years Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show at the Excel in London. I have never been to this show before and always wanted to check it out. However, it's on the same weekend as the MCN Motorcycle Show and at the same place. I couldn't really justify spending out money for both tickets and bounce between the two shows in one day. The past 2 years I have been to the motorcycle show, so this year the Outdoor show got my vote.
I checked out online what was being shown and noticed that over the weekend they had a fantastic collection of speakers giving talks on various adventures and expeditions they have completed. I decided to visit on the Saturday as I noticed Levison Wood was giving a talk. This guy has recently been on the tv with his documentary called 'Walking the Nile' and you guessed it, it's about walking the length of the River Nile. It took him 9 months to walk from the source in Rwanda to the sea in Egypt. Almost 4,000 miles across 6 african nations. Fantastic trip and a world first. Which is brilliant that it was a Brit that has completed it. If you have not watched the four part TV documentary, I suggest you go and watch it. Channel 4 in case you need to know. It was great hearing him answer lots of questions from the audience and telling us of his travels.
The rest of the show was great. Lots of stands ranging from cheese made in Wales to SCUBA Diving courses in Cyprus. There was a lot. Some of which was not to my interest, like the Welsh cheese. I'm sure it's very nice but not really needed at an outdoor show. You could buy a whole host of accessaries for upcoming trips away and a lot of it was at a discounted rate so that was good. Not so good for your bank balance. There was even a swimming pool present to test out wetsuits for taking part in triathlons.
Also at the show was a bouldering competition laid on for the British climbing team. This was great and a real highlight of the day for me. A bar right next to it serving beer and plenty of room to view some of Britons most promising climbers. The likes of Shauna Coxsey doing her thing. Really good to see the crowd supporting and cheering them all day.
This was my first time to this show and I had a great day. I will definitely be going again in the future and I suggest you guys do too. If you're looking for cheaper gear and equipment, or inspiration for planning an adventure you will find it here. For £22 a ticket on the door you can't complain at that.