But more recently there is a new wave hitting the Bow Valley. Climbers do it just for the sake of dry tooling, simply because it actually can be fun and physically demanding. And with the generally well protected climbs one can go to his very limits without risking their lives or potentially serious injuries.
Although most consider "the Playground" on Grotto Mountain as the birthplace of pure dry tooling,
a bunch of other routes exist already well over 15 years, a few examples shown below.
|no need to mention that cliffs like this require a certain amount of fitness-|
and of course dedication to put them up while lead drilling, like the picture below.
(uups, that looks more than 45 degrees to me)
|Another welcome trend with new route development is to stay away from pack rat stinking caves in the shade.|
Since there is no ice required for this sport, why not do it in the sun.
The Winter is grim enough.
|Bring your T shirt and leave your long johns at home.|
|One more welcome trend (at least for the men) is that more and more women take up the new sport, |
it is not uncommon that girls outnumber the boys in these areas.
A way better ratio than any bar in Canmore or Banff.