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Ice Climbing Taster (1.5 hours)

5 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

Ever wondered what it takes to hack your way up nearly 50ft of vertical ice?  Well now is your chance!

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

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

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

  • Your Taster will last up to 1.5 hours
  • All specialist equipment provided
  • Recommended 12 years+ (and at least shoe size UK4+)
  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your session start time

 

Terms and Conditions:

  • Groups of less than 4 will receive a 60 min session
  • Groups of over 4 will receive a 90 minute session

 

2 reviews for Ice Climbing Taster (1.5 hours)

  1. 5 out of 5
    5 out of 5

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    We had a great time sampling ice climbing in the relative safety of the freezer here. There are two things worthy of note:

    1) the cafe has an excellent selection of excellent cakes! I’m not sure what it is about hill walking, kayaking, climbing or any other outdoor pursuits that makes us want to restore burned calories with interest and eat cake, but the cafe here does a damn fine job of facilitating it! So much choice, so little time. Makes multiple visits more appealing.

    2) the ice wall is so much fun. My fiancée and I do a bit of winter walking and I’ve done a couple of weeks of guided alpine mountaineering so we are both total novices at pure ice climbing. We went for one of the basic taster sessions and had a great time. The instructor aptly taught us the basics and got us climbing (even with my horrific technique) in no time. He also had a very generous level of patience! We were only there for an hour or so and were both knackered. We hope to use this to do some more development but even if you don’t fancy doing ice (or non-ice!) climbing as a hobby, we recommend giving it a go purely because of how much fun it is. They have all the kit so you don’t need to worry about that either.

    The centre also has a rather large indoor climbing wall (outside of the freezer…) for those who fancy a go at that too. And if you don’t want to do any of it, at least stop at the cafe on your way up or down the west coast.

  2. 5 out of 5
    5 out of 5

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    Was up in the Highlands with my teenage lad on a Boys Own road trip – camping, biking, sailing, boozing, driving my M6, and while we were camping in Kinlochleven, I remembered a female friend of mine mentioning The Ice Factor. Tent pitched, we set off and booked ourselves a session. The Tailrace Inn beckoned but we thought it prudent to stick to Cokes until after the climb. Good job we did too. Boy it was tough. I used to free climb a very long time ago but this was something completely different. Tendon testing in the extreme, But extremely safe. Your climbing partner will be roughly the same weight as you, and you take turns belaying each other up the climb. If I remember correctly, there were three different climbs, each longer and tougher than the rest. The trick is to spike in with the scary ice boots and push up, rather than haul with the ice axe. God! I was knackered at the end, strapping teenage son likewise. But it was pure deid brilliant. And the pint in the Tailrace Inn afterwards hissed all the way down. Highly recommended if you’re up in the northern part of God’s Country and looking for something a wee bit different… And challenging.

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