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Dec 22, 2012
Hey MP,

Been free soloing some new dry tooling routes around DC, Balitmore, Annapolis.

Has anyone else been getting into urban drytooling? If so, post some pics, or give me some great new cities to check out!
Mikie
Joined May 12, 2011
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Dec 22, 2012
Haven't been before, but sounds like a great idea... Ryan N
From Bellingham, WA
Joined May 21, 2009
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Dec 23, 2012
urban dry tooling

what is this???
Michael C
From New Jersey
Joined Jun 9, 2011
190 points
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Dec 23, 2012
Rock climbing with ice axes has always struck me as the most contrived and ridiculous of all sub-genres of climbing. Doing it in the middle of a city is even worse. Peter Franzen
From Phoenix, AZ
Joined Jan 1, 2001
3,685 points
Dec 23, 2012
I prefer getting my tool wet! MTKirk
From Billings, MT
Joined Dec 20, 2011
105 points
Dec 23, 2012
Pictures or it didn't happen! Do a FS of the Washington Monument Owen Darrow
From Garmisch,
Joined Feb 22, 2010
1,160 points
Dec 23, 2012
Our urban' situation is rural cuz we use a 100 yr old concrete farm silo in a south Chicago suburb. Also used to climb on trees along the residential streets with tools. Here's a silo dry tool pic from this fall.

Rock Climbing Photo: dry tool on the silo
dry tool on the silo
Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
505 points
Dec 23, 2012
Ryan N wrote:
Haven't been before, but sounds like a great idea...


if your goal is to get arrested.
Gunkiemike
Joined Jul 29, 2009
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Dec 23, 2012
Yeah, this is just going to piss off property owners. Unlike skateboarding, dry tooling on buildings is more than likely actually destructive to the brick and mortar buildings. Be careful you don't get slapped with a ticket or two in the process. Maybe talk to your local gym about setting a few dry tool routes. It's increasingly common and way less counter-productive to the image of climbing to the general public. Tony T.
From Denver, CO
Joined Jul 29, 2009
10 points
Dec 23, 2012
Owen,

Too bad it's already been rap bolted.
Rock Climbing Photo: Washington Monument Rap Bolting
Washington Monument Rap Bolting
Jim Sweeney
Joined Aug 27, 2006
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Dec 23, 2012
This reminds me of two stories of old partners I've had, the first lived in a deep southern city and in the middle of summer received his brand new pair of FootFangs, anxious to try them he proceeded to try climbing a tree in his front yard, the axe he swung promptly over drove and he is trying to remove it when it came free and smacked him in the head, bleeding he arrived at the ER where his wife was a nurse. The second was a sport climbing friend who having never seen an ice axe in person asked to examine my friends and he too had to strike a tree and over struck resulting in the same injury as above, except not as severe. jhn payne
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