Dry tooling in the flat lands

Dry tooling in the flat lands

For a lot of sport climbers in the Netherlands dry tooling is looked upon as a dangerous sport, just because we've really scary gear. Having these massive axes with huge sharp points on them in your hands while climbing is a bit of a mind fuck, and a lot of friends find it a big step to take to give it a try.

Mantis tools give the opportunity for more people to give dry tooling a go with minimal fear and a safer way to train for more advanced climbers without changing anything in a regular climbing gym.

Mantis Tools feel like a regular tool in usage and weight, only the tip is wider. The grip is comfortable with big hands (size 11), and the secondary grip is just as good as you want it to be. There is plenty of grip on most of the holds, but be careful on slopers, you can slip on those really quickly.

At this moment we have two outdoor walls in the Netherlands where we are allowed to climb with regular ice tools, but it's limited to the colder season. There are a few friendly competitions and the national championships, with really nice routes that will challenge even the seasoned dry toolers. Petzl, the Dutch climbing association(NKBV) and Olympos sponsored the wooden wall cover that protects the concrete wall and our crampons in Utrecht, and it's a great place where you can do almost anything you want as an ice climber and dry tooler. But the Mantis tools give me the opportunity to train outside the season, and also whenever the weather isn't cooperating.