The Scottish Tooling Series is co-ordinated by two volunteers Gareth and Bri Wignall
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Neil, Am hopefully finally going to get back to the tooling series this year for a bit of fun. Just a clarification on a couple of rules. Are hands allowed anywhere on the axe, e.g. on the head/pick if necessary? (e.g. mantels)
Are feet on axes allowed? (i’d guess not, but bat hangs are possible from tools!)
The full rules are here!
Normally the two you have asked about are clarified by the routesetter on the day as certain routes may require mantels or feet on axes.
I’ll ask Pete to respond if he has anymore on this.
Great that you are heading back to the STS this year. To answer your question, the rules state:
XX. Hands must not be placed on the head of an axe to aid ascent when climbing or for resting purposes.
XXI. Axes must not be stood upon whilst climbing, or used for any type of foot rest.
XXI in particular is as much to do with safety and injury avoidance than anything else – folk are welcome to do it in their own time and space, but it’s too scary to be sanctioned for competition use, especially where a duty of care exists.
See you there!
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