Local Climbers Take Up ‘Axe’-Factor Challenge

Wall-climbing enthusiasts from across the North-east descended upon the university last week to take part in a drytooling challenge.

Drytooling comp 1Taking place at RGU: SPORT throughout the day on Saturday 24 September, the event featured workshops and a competition for drytooling - the branch of climbing involving the use of ice axes, crampons and rock shoes.

The workshops were open to a wide cross-section of climbers with routes suitable for beginners and the more experienced.

The headliner of the day was the competition which acted as a warm up for the Scottish Tooling Series which commences in October. The challenge saw experienced drytoolers pit their skills against one another on the advanced routes which were been specially created for the day.

On the day, pole positions in the male and female categories were taken by the 2010 Scottish Tooling male and female champions.

The results of the competition are as follows:

1. Steve Johnstone - 150 points
2. Michael McGhie - 142
3. Scott Grosdanoff - 140

1. Fiona Murray - 107
2. Naomi Moran - 24

Prizes on the day were sponsored by Craigdon Mountain Sports with the winner of each category receiving a £50 voucher. The workshops also proved popular with only a handful of places remaining at each session.

Drytooling comp winnersAlly Flett, Clerical Assistant & Climbing Coordinator at RGU: SPORT was one of the organisers of the event. He said: "The competition was a huge success and it came as no surprise that last year's Scottish Tooling champions won our competition. We were also pleased with the turn out for the workshops which had an emphasis on fun, introduced people to the sport and taught them new skills and techniques.

Pete Hill is joint-coordinator of the Scottish Drytooling Series and has won the prestigious ‘Scottish Mixed Masters' climbing competition. He added: "It is great that RGU hosted this event. Drytooling is a very up-and-coming sport indoors and many climbers are starting to see both the training and the fun benefits of taking part."



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The winners from the RGU: SPORT Drytooling Challenge: (from left) Scott Grosdanoff, Micheal McGhie, Ally Flett, Steven Johnstone, Fiona Murray and Pete Hill.

Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer | Faculty of Health and Social Care

Robert Gordon University
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Tel: 01224 262389