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Scottish student Anna Wells competes in nail-biting national climbing contest

Press Release   •   Oct 28, 2010 17:47 BST

Scottish student Anna Wells will be getting out her ice axes to defend a prestigious national climbing title in the city this weekend.

Wells, a mathematics undergraduate, will compete in the third round of the nail-biting Scottish Dry Tooling Series (STS) at Transition Extreme.

Wells is already at the top of the senior women’s leader board after a convincing victory in the second round last weekend.

She is hoping to win the overall five-part series for the second year in a row.

Last year, the 20-year-old beat off tough competition from other top female climbers to become national champion.

Wells, who has been climbing since she was eight, said: “I like the challenge of this indoor competition.

“It’s very difficult and requires a lot of mental focus and physical power.

“I’m still learning a lot but I would love to be the winner again this year.”

The 2010 STS comprises a series of five competitions across Scotland.

Saturday is the third round in the series, and the final will be held at EICA Ratho, near Edinburgh, on November 27.

The competition has attracted climbing pros such as Kev Shields, who has only one hand, and Scott Muir.

Junior stars include Stevie Addison and 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 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 Aberdeen spectators can watch the thrilling contest as climbers bid to complete a range of tough routes on the indoor walls without falling or weighting the 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.

After Aberdeen, the series head to the Ice factor, near Kinlochleven on November 13.

* For further information about the series see www.scottishtoolingseries.co.uk

Note to editors:

For further details about the STS please contact Fiona Russell at fionaoutdoors@aol.com or on 0141 931 9054.

Or the series organiser Neil Silver at nsremote@gmail.com

Pics are also available on request.

 

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