"A word on the spot is worth a cartload of recollections"
James Maggs, Southwold diarist 1797-1890

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Dry-tooling at the Westway

Last night we participated in a Fig Four dry tooling competition at the Westway. Nick's friend Ramon had signed us up to take part. Somehow we'd got the impression that this was just a bit of fun and that plenty of the participants were, like us, new to dry-tooling. So our hearts sank yesterday when we read on the Westway website that the competition would feature "elite climbers" and take place on the "super-steep" outside wall. Gulp. The less said about my attempt the better, a complete debacle. Nick did much better. Here's a clip of his first go. Ramon and others climbed superbly. As Nick put it, our effort compared with Ramon's was like watching Rotherham play Barcelona.


  1. You guys did just fine, put up a fine game. Yes, more serious than I thought, it was supposed to be a demo comp. But anyways, thanks for coming down

  2. Sounds like a fun experience! And I should say Hi to Ramon :-) not sure if he'll remember climbing with me in Portland a few years ago! Back when I was still climbing semi regularly...one day I might manage to climb regularly again!