Dry tooling: The Works, Hodge Close, Coniston

 

The forecast looked a bit dodgy today, so Joe (from Highpoint Mountain Guides) and I headed down to the Lake District’s newest dry tooling venue, to meet up with Paddy Cave and Andy Turner who were down there bolting some new lines.

‘The Works’, just near Hodge Close, has been recently equipped with a load of dry tooling lines following the recent Winter Ethics debate and the consensus that having a dedicated venue would help not only keep dry toolers off other more frequented crags, but will also promote Lake District winter climbing, dry tooling and also get us all nice and strong!
The Works consists of an old quarry, with a big steep cave and a bulging side wall with bouldery steep starts.  There are several lines already equipped, ranging from around M5/6 through to (at the time of writing) a couple of M10s.
This is going to be a great venue to get strong for winter and I’m really feeling it writing this after having a play on a couple of the ‘easier’ lines, which I think were Time and a Half (M4) and Doubletime (M5).
Si
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Dry tooling at The Works, Consiton

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Dry tooling at The Works, Consiton

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Dry tooling at The Works, Consiton

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Dry tooling at The Works, Consiton

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