If you have never spectated at an indoor climbing competition then the 2010 Scottish Dry Tooling Series (STS) is a must-see.
The national competition series, set to launch in Glasgow this weekend (Oct 9), offers nail-biting viewing.
For climbers, including some of the UK’s best, are required to scale indoor climbing walls using ice axes and winter boots , instead of bare hands and rock shoes.
If this sport sounds precarious to you, and not a little bonkers, then you’d be right.
Dry tooling is a discipline of climbing rock 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, the first in the prestigious five-contest Scottish Tooling Series launches at Glasgow Climbing Centre, Govan.
Head along to the competition and you’ll have the chance to see some of the UK’s best climbers in action as they bid to complete a range of tough routes on the indoor walls without falling or weighting the rope.
During the series you can see some of the top climbers, including Scott Muir, Kev Shields and defending champion Steve Johnston, show off their amazing skill and strength.
Junior superstars include Stevie Addison and Jonathan Field, who are both members of the British Junior Climbing Team.
Have-a-go amateurs will also take part in the contest that is sure to offer many thrills and falls.
Thanks to secured ropes and harnesses the contestants can climb without fear of plummeting to the ground.
But there will be times when the contestants may make a wrong move or slip – and that’s when they will fall from the wall stopped only by a rope.
As well as bidding for a podium position in one of three age categories for both male and female climbers, a host of great prizes are up for grabs.
Headline sponsor Big Tree Campervans is offering the overall male and female winners in age categories 16-40 and 40+, a three-day hire of a Big Tree Campervan. For juniors there’s a climbing rope prize.
Rob Watts, of Glasgow Climbing Centre, said: "We are delighted that the prestigious STS series will be launching in Glasgow and we are looking forward to seeing some of the UK's best climbers, as well as a host of great amateurs, in action."
After Glasgow, the series heads to Glenmore Lodge, near Aviemore on October 23, followed by Transition Extreme in Aberdeen on October 30 and the Ice factor, near Kinlochleven on November 13.
The final event and series prize-giving takes place at EICA Ratho, near Edinburgh on November 27.
For further information about the series see www.scottishtoolingseries.co.uk
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Some of the top names in climbing such as Kev Shields, defending female champion Anna wells, and promising young climber Stevie Addison are available for interview.
The Scottish Dry Tooling Competition is now in its third year.
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