Indoor Ice Climbing

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Learn to Ice Climb on the Worlds Biggest Indoor Ice Climbing Wall…

The indoor ice climbing wall at the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven simply has no rival anywhere in the world. 500 tonnes of real snow and ice to a height of 50ft, with grades from beginner to expert make the indoor ice climbing experience a must.

Ever wondered what it takes to hack your way up nearly 50ft of vertical ice?

Well now’s your chance! The Ice Factor indoor ice climbing wall is the ideal environment for practicing, training and learning all aspects of ice climbing.

Our instructors have probably taught more people to ice climb than any organisation on the planet!

Inside the ice climbing wall there are routes from simple easy angled snow slopes through to challenging, thin ice/rock mixed climbing.

Experienced winter climbers have the opportunity of pushing their grade, developing advanced techniques, or simply testing shiny new gear!

Is it real ice/snow?

Yes! The ice climbing arena holds nearly 400 tonnes of snow/ice. This is packed onto the wall, giving depths from a couple of centimeters to nearly a metre.

The routes are all shaped by hand to give an authentic ice climbing experience.

The temperature is controlled to keep the area below zero. We emulate the pattern of nature to recreate a 'freeze/thaw' cycle, this turns the snow to neve, hard packed, compressed snow suitable for climbing on.

The range of routes ensures whether you are a total beginner or a regular mountaineer that you will be presented with a challenging and rewarding experience.

Teaching

Instruction, Coaching and Development at Ice Factor are provided by Anderson Mountain Training Centre Ltd.

The Anderson Mountain Training Centre was established to honour the memory of Andrew (Andy) Anderson, former Director of Glenmore Lodge the National Outdoor Centre, mentor, friend and instrumental in establishing the National Ice Climbing Centre. Our objectives include;

  • To provide training and tuition to the public in relation to mountain sports, including mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, hill walking and other affiliated mountain sports.
  • To foster and develop amongst the public, skills in relation to mountain sports
  • To promote safety and awareness of mountain environments to the public
  • To provide education to the public in relation to mountain sports

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