Tooling, Now South of the Border

by Jack Geldard – Editor – UKC Were you inspired by the recent Scottish Tooling Series? Looking for somewhere to go ´tooling´ south of the border? Drytooling is now available in Blackpool. From the BMC Website: “TheGeorge Bancroft Climbing Towers in Blackpool, which have played host tothe British Lead Climbing Championships for the last two years, nowhave two legs of the south tower dedicated to drytooling!” Dry tooling has been a big hit in Scotland recently, with the tooling series being covered in depth on competitor Rhys Dobbs wrote an excellent article for back in March:Competitions – A Personal Journey. The article concentrates on Rhys´ entry to various competitions, culminating in the Ice Climbing World Cup, it´s well worth a read. You can read all about the current tooling series in these UKC feature articles: Why Is The Scottish Tooling Series A Success? Scottish Tooling Series – THE FINAL Other Winter Content On UKC: However if dry tooling doesn´t float your boat and you´re looking for some different winter fun, why not take a peek at our article Scottish Winter Climbing & The Tyranny of Success by Patrick Roman. Patrick is a keen soloist, but in this article he emphasises the need for caution and to build up experience slowly. Chris Craggs has also put together a fantastic winter article, taking us to winters past in his photo article Winter – wow! The deep winters of the 1970´s are shown in all their glory. We have more winter articles scheduled for the coming weeks, including a full run down of winter climbing clothing by Toby Archer, watch this space… Until then, why not have a look at our Crampon article and our Walking Axe article, both by Paul Lewis. Paul gives an overview of what to look out for when using or choosing both these essential pieces of kit.