Dry tooling is controversial among many climbers. Some favor it as a new and exciting kind of climbing, while others dislike it for its nontraditional methods and the long-lasting damage it inherently causes to rock faces.
Dry tooling has recently attracted wider attention following its emphasis in an issue of The Scottish Mountaineer, produced by The Mountaineering Council of Scotland. This invited both strong praise and criticism from readers.
Indoor walls intended for dry tooling also exist in some sports centres, and what was claimed to be the "World's First Indoor Dry Tooling Competition" was held in Glasgow, Scotland in March, 2003. Drytooling is practiced in areas such as Vail Colorado which is also the birthplace of modern mixed ice climbing.