Ice axes at the ready for Scottish businessman in national climbing competition

Press Release   •   Oct 28, 2010 17:52 BST

Not content with being the headline sponsor of a prestigious national climbing competition, Perthshire businessman Simon Yearsley also got out his ice axes to compete.

Yearsley, who owns Big Tree Campervans, based in Perthshire, has put up six major prizes for winners of the Scottish Dry Tooling Series (STS).

Male and female champions of three age categories will each receive a three-day hire of a Big Tree Campervan. For juniors there’s a climbing rope prize.

And last weekend, the energetic boss also decided to take part in round two of the thrilling indoor climbing series.

Yearsley, 48, didn’t disgrace himself either. The dad-of-two came fifth in the veteran male category at Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore.

Yesterday, Yearsley, who is a keen outdoors rock climber and passionate Scottish winter climber, said: “I had a really great time at the Scottish Tooling Series 2010.

“We are sponsoring the series this year and so I thought I’d take the opportunity to join the competition, too.

“There were some awesome climbers competing so I was thrilled to pull off a reasonable effort coming fifth out of 10 in my age group.”

The 2010 STS comprises a series of five competitions across Scotland. The prestigious competition has attracted climbing pros such as Kev Shields and Scott Muir.

Junior stars include Stevie Addison, Dylan Mackenzie, Jonathan Field, who are both members of the British Junior Climbing Team.

The STS, now in its third year, tests climbers’ skills as they scale indoor climbing walls using ice axes and winter climbing boots, instead of bare hands and rock shoes.

Dry tooling is a climbing discipline that is more often utilised outdoors on rock.

It has developed because there are times when climbers need to move from ice, where axes and crampons are most useful, to sections of rock face.

On the rock they must be proficient at finding the right nooks, crannies and holds to make secure moves while still using the axes and crampons.

And like so many winter sports, the discipline has been turned into a competition.

On Saturday, Glenmore Lodge spectators watched the thrilling contest as climbers bid to complete a range of tough routes on the indoor walls without falling or weighting the rope.

This Saturday (oct 30) the third round will be held at Transition Extreme in Aberdeen, then on November 13 it heads to the Ice factor, near Kinlochleven.

The final will be held at EICA Ratho, near Edinburgh, on November 27.



Notes for editors

Simon and his wife Sarah Yearsley run Big Tree Campervans.

The hire company has a fleet of two-to-four berth campervans has been designed to the Yearsleys’ own specifications and offer a truly modern, easy-living environment. Each campervan boasts lots of storage space, a powerful heating system, a two-ring cooker, a sink and a powerful fridge. They also come fully equipped with a home-from-home quality kitchen equipment.

Big Tree Campervans pride themselves on their fantastic customer service, and in offering excellent advice about all aspects of campervans, they guarantee that at least a little bit of their passion and excitement about campervans will rub off on you.

Their aim at Big Tree Campervans is simple: To help you to create your own adventure – and experience an unbeatable holiday exploring all the fantastic places in Scotland.

Simon Yearsley

Simon describes himself as “a passionate climber, alpinist, husband and father (but not always in that order!), and now the director of a fab campervan rental company – Big Tree Campervans, which is the fifth passion of my life”.

He’s been climbing for more than 32 years, and with his regular climbing partner Malcolm Bass, he has been on numerous successful trips to the Indian Himalaya and Alaska, as well as the Canadian Rockies and French Alps in winter.

But he still loves coming back to the real test that is Scottish winter climbing. He’s contributed some fine additions to the Scottish winter scene, and as well as occasionally frequenting his local dry tooling venue at Newtyle, he specialises in big adventures in remote places, such as “The Long March” (VIII,8) on Foinhaven’s Lord Reay’s Seat; “Wonderland” (VII,7) on Beinn Bhan; and “The Road” (VI,6) on Seana Bhraigh.


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