On 2nd August I went to Rope Race, in Stockport, to do some Dry Tooling. We were made very welcome by everyone.
I didn't know what to expect as my only other experience was at a local wall using ice axe handles with rubber loops. I was pleasantly surprised when the GB Ice Climbing Team Manager, Andy Turner, said that we would be using real ice axes. For those of you that don't know what Dry Tooling is, its the use of Ice Axes on an indoor climbing wall, or outside on certain crags. Usually done indoors with rubber loops.
Myself and several of the GB Paraclimbing Team went along to have a go. There we also met GB Junior Climbing Team Member, Emma Powell.
Thanks Andy. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to learn a new skill. It is a lot about trusting that the ice axe will hold. By the end of the day I felt like I had got into the swing of it. Looking forward to next time.
I thoroughly recommend people going to Rope Race to give it a try.
Another first for me was using an auto belay.