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Indoor ice climbing in the UK

The UK has some fantastic locations for ice climbing, but what if you live a long way from the mountains and your time is short? There's a growing number of indoor ice climbing facilities where you can hone your skills before heading out on an adventure in the mountains. Have you tried them and fancy writing us a review?

1. Ice Factor, Kinlochleven

Tucked away in Kinlochleven, Scotland is the world biggest indoor ice climbing venue, providing 500 tonnes of real snow and ice and grades of routes from beginner to expert. The chances are if you're in Scotland and considering heading to Ice Factor it is because its horrific weather and being on the hill isn't an option.

It’s 15metre high indoor ice wall replicates outdoor ice-climbing conditions so beginners and experts alike can experience 1400m2 of varying ice climbing routes - from easier angled snow slopes to monster over hangs.

Ice factor provide a range of courses to get you started or to improve your techniques from £30 and equipment hire (£8 for everything you need - though not clothing). 2 hours on the ice is currently £27.50 and for £30 you can then add all day climbing into this on the rest of their indoor rock climbing walls.

Ice Factor Address

Kinlochleven,  Lochaber, PH50 4SF

T: 01855 831100

Open:  Mon, Wed, Fri-Sun 9am - 6pm , Tues and Thurs 9am -10pm

2. Snow Factor, Glasgow

Managed by Ice Factor in Kinlochleven, Snow Factor provides the largest urban ice climbing wall, with over 20 roped routes on 12 metre high walls, graded from beginner Grade III, through to advanced grade V, including aretes, gullies and corners. There is also mixed routes at grade M6 and M7.

Snow Factor provides  tuition from £30 for 1 1/2 hours and when you've had enough of ice climbing you can head to the skiing and snowboarding centre to brush up on your skills on the powder.

Snow Factor Address

Soar at Intu Braehead, Kings Inch Road, Braehead, Renfrew, PA4 8XQ

T: 0871 222 5672

Open:  Mon - Fri 1.30pm - 9.30pm , Sat-Sun 11.30am -7.30pm

 

3. Kong Adventure, Keswick

Situated in the centre of Keswick, Kong Adventures has an indoor climbing wall, indoor caving experience and a dedicated ice climbing facility with a few lines of mixed climbing.

Developed by climbing wall experts King Kong, the ice facility can provide 1 1/2 hours tuition including all equipment for £35, or if your already experienced you can get 90 minutes session for £25 or £16 if you're a member.

Kong Adventure Address

Heads Rd, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5EZ

T: 017687 75907

Open:  Mon - Fri 10am- 9pm , Sat-Sun 10am -6pm

 4.Vertical Chill London

Located in the Ellis Brigham store in Covent Gardens, Vertical Chill provides Londoners with the closest thing they can get to ice without a long trip up the M6. The wall itself is located within a refrigerated unit starting in the basement and going through to the ground floor of the shop, where there are viewing windows that stretch up to ceiling height.

All equipment is provided as part of tuition and courses can be tailored for absolute beginners to advanced climbers who want to try out new kit.

Due to the size of the wall sessions need to be booked in advance at £25 per hour, and all equipment (including clothing can be provided for £10). Use of the wall, tuition and equipment hire combined is £50 an hour.

Vertical Chill London Address

Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, 10-12 Southampton St, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7HA

T: 0207 395 1010

Open:  Tues-Fri 11am-6.30pm, Sat - 10am - 6pm, Sun - 12pm-5pm

Vertical Chill

5. Vertical Chill Manchester

Located in the Ellis Brigham store on Deansgate in the centre of Manchester, Vertical Chill provides city centre access to ice climbing in the North West. The wall itself is located within a refrigerated unit starting on the ground floor and going through to the first floor of the shop, where there are viewing windows that stretch up to ceiling height.

All equipment is provided as part of tuition and courses can be tailored for absolute beginners to advanced climbers who want to try out new kit.

Due to the size of the wall sessions need to be booked in advance at £25 per hour, and all equipment (including clothing can be provided for £10). Use of the wall, tuition and equipment hire combined is £50 an hour.

Vertical Chill Manchester Address

Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, 130 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2QS

T: 0161 837 6140

Open:  Tues-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat - 9am - 6pm, Sun - 11pm-5pm

Vertical Chill

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