/ Ice Climbing for Novices
Can anyone give any advice for an old fart who wants to try something silly?
It can be quite demanding physically, but a good level of rock climbing fitness is fine to get you going. Technically its not all that hard once you've picked up the basics of stepping up rather than pulling up, keeping heels low etc and trusting the points. A couple of indoor sessions would be ideal for this then do an outdoor route next season, either with an experienced leader, or a guide.
You would realise what you've been missing all these years!!
Did the course at The Ice Factor, Kinlochleven, years ago, and really enjoyed it. Advice? Do it, you know you want to.
I've always been happy walking with axe and crampons.
I had a go recently at indoor ice climbing at London. Highly recommended, the instructors were friendly enough and I enjoyed the experience! It is quite expensive, but that would be my only grumble.
I went ice climbing after not doing any physical exercise for a good year and I was knackered afterwards! No surprises there though . .
> Do it.
> Do it.
> It can be quite demanding physically, but a good level of rock climbing fitness is fine to get you going.
That's the trouble - apart from scrambling I've not done anything on rock since I was a young fart. However I've started doing a bit of weight work at the gym.
> I went ice climbing after not doing any physical exercise for a good year and I was knackered afterwards!
And you're less than half my age!
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+1 for the taster course at the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven. Great way to get a feel for the mechanics of ice climbing. Great work out as well i count myself reasonably fit and was absolutly knackered afterwards.
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