/ Places in central Scotland to practice dry/mixed tooling?

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Zen on 31 May 2013
Hi everyone,

I'm thinking of taking a pair of axes and some gear on a small trekking expedition to the north of Scotland next year. before I go, I thought I'd get some practice in but as I stay in Glasgow I was wondering if there was anywhere nearby to do so? I know the ice climbing wall at Braehead is now open but what about dry tooling/mixed venues or areas nearby?

Also, is there a general code of ethics on what constitutes a 'dry-tooling' climb when you aren't in a mountainous area? Don't confuse my tone, but I really don't fancy using public transport to travel the length of the country every week.

Regards,

Zen
andyinglis - on 31 May 2013
In reply to Zen: Birnam quarry (near Dunkeld) is your best bet. Range of grades there for all. Info on this site, scottishclimbs.com and the new Scottish sport climbing guidebook (just out).

Andy
Zen on 31 May 2013
In reply to andyinglis:

Thanks for the advice, I'll look into it.
Martin W on 31 May 2013
In reply to Zen: According to their web site, the ice climbing facility at The Snow Factor includes a dry tooling wall: http://www.snowfactor.com/icewall/index.php I think you can see it above Dave McLeod's head in the BBC video http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-22720761 at about 45s in.

There's also this place that was being developed in Edinburgh not long ago: http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=495862 (check the OP's links within that thread). Easy enough access from the west if that's the direction you'd be coming from.
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Fraser on 31 May 2013
In reply to Zen:

> Also, is there a general code of ethics on what constitutes a 'dry-tooling' climb when you aren't in a mountainous area?

If in doubt - don't.

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