/ Dry Tooling on the White Cliffs of Dover
Just a few quick questions:
1.) What is the legal status of this? I would have thought it would have been a big no no
2.) What is it actually like to climb on? In terms of protection the limited information available says that wharthogs are mainly used.
Does the potential damage to an iconic image of England not cause problems? If not I am surprised it is not more popular?
See great white fright on Hard XS. Legal, inform the coast guard so that they don't try and rescue you. Protection varies between rubbish and non existent and the climbing varies between tools and hands dependent on route and height up the route.
The skeleton ridge on the isle of white seem to get climbed pretty regularly and is hands rather than tools.
'Vertical Pleasure' by Mick Fowler has a chapter on chalk climbing. It's a very entertaining book and well worth tracking a copy down.
Aleister Crowley did some stuff at Beachy Head in the 1890's. Not much else was done until the late 1970's and ealry 80's.
Dover gets winter grades...
Beachy Head gets rock grades...
there you go. aleister crowely started drytooling. proof that its the devils work.
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