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Dry Tooling Idiots

2:22:12 PM
I managed to make a new friend last Sunday....
We were Climbing at the North Jawbones, and to my surprise, there were a few other independant groups climbing there aswell.
Whilst we were just starting up our 2nd route for the day, a guy rocks up with a full expedition pack, with crampons and axes attatched to the sides. I vaugley recognise the chap, and instantly bells ring in my head, this is the guy that I, and several others I know, have seen dry tooling at climbing crags.
After asking a couple of friendly questions, I assertain that, yes, this is the same guy, and yes he is planning on dry tooling.
Now this really pissed me off, Firstly, because he thought that there was nothing wrong with what he was doing, and then he accussed me of having bad ethics, because I told him he better not attempt to dry tool anywhere near me, and what he was doing was destroying the crag.
Now, I have done a bit of alpine climbing around this planet, and I certainly have not had to resort in "training" dry tooling at a climbing crag, especially a soft sandstone one!
Anyway... Opinions....?
2:36:50 PM
Shaggy, you are joking right?

I can't believe a person could feel it appropriate to go drytooling at a cliff which has a long climbing history? Where else has he done this already? He wouldn't possibly be the one who has already left scars at Ben Cairn?

Regardless of the rock type, drytooling should be relegated to quarries that are worthless from a climbing perspective IMO.

2:43:37 PM
This is too horrible.

Did he go ahead? What route?
Is he still alive?

3:41:46 PM
what a tool! (excuse the pun)
send him packin

4:01:32 PM
As a slight shift, any ideas on quarries, etc that might be suitable? (Not putting up my hand - I have an alibi for last weekend!)
4:18:52 PM
Plenty of Chossy quarries in and around Melbourne without having to resort to using our few okay cliffs!

PM sent Cheesehead.

12:29:54 AM
Yeah, if he had of started to climb, after our little discussion, his route may have turned into a dodgeball game...
But don't know where he ended up, he just dissapeared of into the bushes, and we never saw him again.

There are lots of chossy quarries around town, one of the best ones being out in Ferntree gully. And if you want a taste of alpinism, you can always tool at Buller.

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