by Mick Ryan – UKClimbing.com Long range forecast looks good this winter, if you trust such things. There´s even a 25% chance of a white Christmas for northern Britain according to some! Still, if the freeze is a little slow, or even not, here´s a chance to hone your tooling technique with the first, Scottish Tooling Series 2008 organised by Glenmore Lodge. It´s not just for experts, the routes at the five venues involved also include routes for beginners. There will be a series of 5 one day events being held over 6 weeks, at 5 different host venues as follows: Avertical World – Dundee: Nov 8th Edinburgh International Climbing Arena: Ratho, – Edinburgh: Nov 15th Extreme Dream Climbing Wall- Aviemore: Nov 29th Glenmore Lodge- Aviemore: Dec 6th Ice Factor – Lochaber: Dec 13th More details at Scottish Tooling Series 2008 Now there is much talk of this years Kendal Mountain Festival, just as important are the two forthcoming Scottish Mountain Film Festivals. First off is the EDINBURGH MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL held 17-19 October. There´s a whole host of films, master classes, a literature contest and speakers including Sir Chris Bonington, Mark Beaumont, Chris Townsend, Niall McNair, and Justine Curgenven. WORLD PREMIERE – Echo WallIncluded at the Edinburgh Festival is the world premier of Claire and Dave MacLeod´s film, Echo Wall, documenting Dave´s ascent of the route that is ?harder than Rhapsody or anything else I´ve been on?. Details and tickets: www.edinburghmountainff.com Then 26 to 30 November is the 26th DUNDEE MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL The line up: Toma? Humar on Wednesday evening, Dave MacLeod on Friday evening, Reinhold Messner appearing on Saturday evening and Dave „Heavy“ Whalley on Saturday afternoon. More details to follow as their programme develops over the next few weeks Details and tickets: www.dundeemountainfilm.org.uk