Scottish Tooling Series - THE FINAL

© Glenmore Lodge
Dave Macleod and Andy Turner were two of the entrants to the final event in the Scottish Tooling Series which was held at The Ice Factor on Sat 13th Dec. They both agreed that if they had been in the country over the last months, they would definitely have taken part in more. The atmosphere and challenges were great.

Leap of Faith  © Glenmore Lodge
Leap of Faith
© Glenmore Lodge

Fiona Murrey when asked for here comments said, 'Absolutely brill! Different venues with different styles of problems, different people, old friends and so sociable. It has been really well attended so it is obviously what climbers want.' Fiona took part in 4 of the 5 events and was an outstanding contender and duly won her category.

Rebecca  © Glenmore Lodge
© Glenmore Lodge

Sam Doyle and Miles Hill have been travelling up from Wales each weekend just to take part. When asked why, they said, 'We have been coming up for the Scottish winter but these comps have been fantastic and great training for those icy cracks!' Jamie Bankhead co-ordinated the day at The Ice Factor and it consisted of 5 hours of boulder problems, top rope problems, ice problems and of course they got the swinging logs in there too. Thanks to the Ice Factor routesetters - Donald King, Kenny Grant, Blair Fyffe and Chuck Stevens. Really brilliant.

Sam Doyle and Miles Hill have been travelling up from Wales each weekend just to take part. When asked why, they said, 'We have been coming up for the Scottish winter but these comps have been fantastic and great training for those icy cracks!'

The finals were a spectators' dream and everybody stayed to watch Macleod and Tony Stone fight it out in the super finals. Dave won but Tony was on his tail and got some full volume support from the audience. Stevie and Nikki Addison wowed the crowds with their power screams and ability to make this sport look almost elegant ( both under 13 years of age). The vets were like gladiators in their competitive spirit, tempered with huge banter and good sportsmanship. In the series Ruaridh McKenzie came first and George McEwan came second.

Tony Stone, torquing.  © Glenmore Lodge
Tony Stone, torquing.
© Glenmore Lodge

There was lots of back slapping and problem move simulations going on all day and into the evening.

Everybody stayed for the Prize Giving as there were prizes for the one day event but it was also the Scottish Tooling Series Final. Pauline Sanderson from Glenmore Lodge, who co-ordinated the Series, awarded the prizes on behalf of the sponsors of the series. She thanked the venues for putting so much time and effort into each event. It is a well know fact that these events are not run for the money, they are run by people who want to support and develop the sport.

Bill Davidson warming up!  © Glenmore Lodge
Bill Davidson warming up!
© Glenmore Lodge

George McEwan said 'The whole series has been a tremendous success. It has given climbers a forum to show that they are a great bunch of people of all ages and abilities having a laugh doing what they love best....climbing. As well as that, I now feel more ready for winter climbing than ever.'

The series has welcomed novices to professionals and all of them have, learnt more, made more climbing friends and enjoyed it. A small community of climbers has left this series feeling inspired by other climbers. Perfect!

Ellen Barbour  © Glenmore Lodge
Ellen Barbour
© Glenmore Lodge

We hope to have another Scottish Tooling Series next year as long as we can maintain the support of both venues and sponsors. Without whom it would have been impossible to organise. Results below.

Watching the finals.  © Glenmore Lodge
Watching the finals.
© Glenmore Lodge


MALE JNR: 1st Stevie Addison / 2nd Dillan McKenzie

FEMALE JNR: 1st Ellen Barbour / 2nd Nikki Addison

FEMALE SNR: 1st Fiona Murray / 2nd Anna Wells

MALE SNR: 1st Mark Musgrove / 2nd Rob McKenzie

MALE VETS: 1st Ruaridh Mckenzie / 2nd George McEwan
More results at:

Emma Hogate  © Glenmore Lodge
Emma Hogate
© Glenmore Lodge

Thank to the hosts: Avertical World - Dundee, Edinburgh International Climbing Arena:Ratho, Extreme Dream Climbing Wall - Aviemore, Glenmore Lodge - Aviemore and the Ice Factor - Lochaber.

BIG THANKS to the Scottish Tooling Series Sponsors: Tiso, Marmot, Grivel, Petzlcharlet, Climber Magazine, La Sportiva and the support of The MCof S.

Tooling Sponsors

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