With the race for the overall series titles hotting up after Round Two, Saturday saw Round Three of NIBS take place at the new Resistance Climbing wall in Dunedin. This is the first time Dunedin has hosted a NIBS event and the new facility, built by one of the series sponsors Uprising Industries, was a great venue for the local hopefuls to pit their skills against the challenges conjured by the routesetters. All three qualifying rounds again booked out, just as in the previous rounds and showing that this format of event is in high demand everywhere.
Saturday was Christchurch's turn to host a NIBS round and what a round it was. The team at Uprising did a magnificent job pumping through a record 350+ entrants, this was maximum capacity despite the addition of extra qualifying rounds. Word is that this makes it the biggest climbing competition to ever take place in New Zealand.