Dry-tooling is the practice of using traditional ice climbing equipment, such as ice axes and crampons to climb ice-free cliffs. It is a relatively recent innovation for climbing, but has fast become one of the most popular forms in the world. As dry-tooling has progressed into a competitive sport it has starting generally using secure bolts for fall protection. While dry-tooling is often praised for its innovative and exciting approach to climbing, it does raise some issues: Many climbers dislike the fact that it uses tools that can permanently damage cliff faces..