You may or may not have heard of drytooling. It is climbing but crampons and ice axes are used to cross terrain that does not contain ice or snow. Outdoor it is usually used to cross an area of rock to reach another area of snow or ice. Drytooling is also becoming popular at indoor walls where crampons are not used but axes, a helmet and other safety equipment is used.
Shropshire climbing wall is hosting a drytooling event in February. It sounds like the taster sessions and competition they have planned will be fun to watch. Full details are on their website www.newportrock.com.