A major Scottish climbing competition is offering a host of top prizes for the winners.
While a podium finish at the Scottish Dry Tooling Series (STS) will be the aim for competitors – both pros and amateurs – the triumphant men and women will win a fantastic campervanning holiday.
Four winners – male and female in two age categories – will walk off with a three-day hire of a Big Tree Campervan.
Big Tree Campervans, based in Perthshire, is the generous headline sponsor of the prestigious Scottish climbing series.
Owner of Big Tree Campervans, Simon Yearsley, said: “I am passionate about climbing myself and we wanted to give our support to this major Scottish climbing event.
“For climbers a campervan offers both transport and accommodation and we think it’s a great way to visit a host of Scottish climbing locations.
“Now the best climbers at the STS will have a chance to escape on their own campervanning adventure by wining one of the top prizes.”
A host of world-class climbing stars will compete in the five-event STS which launches in Glasgow this weekend (Oct 9).
The series has attracted climbing pros such as Kev Shields, Scott Muir and defending champion Steve Johnston. Leading junior climbers, including Stevie Addison and Jonathan Field, will also be taking centre stage in the contest that is set to offer nail-biting viewing.
The national competition, now in its third year, will see the UK’s best, as well as many amateur climbers, scaling indoor climbing walls using ice axes and crampons, instead of bare hands and booted feet.
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 in winter.
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 Scottish Tooling Series launches at Glasgow Climbing Centre, Govan.
The climbers, competing in gender and age categories, will bid to complete a range of tough routes on the indoor walls without falling or weighting the rope.
The three-day Big tree Campervan holiday prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female winners in age categories 16-40 and 40. For juniors there’s a climbing rope prize.
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 takes place at EICA Ratho, near Edinburgh on November 27.
For further information about the series see www.scottishtoolingseries.co.uk
For further information about Big tree Campervans see www.bigtreecampervans.com
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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 also available for interview.
The Scottish Dry Tooling Competition is now in its third year.