/ Indoor Ice climbing.
Does anyone know if apples are good?
Apples are very good http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/10-health-benefits-of-apples.html
Definitely worth a go even if it's just to try it out. I enjoyed it.
Tip though, do a nice little warm up, then throw yourself on the comp routes at the back! I wish I had, by the time I'd done every other route in there I was too pumped for the comp routes :(
It is what it is!? I went in February when we couldn't get onto the hills. I enjoyed it and it was certainly better than just looking at your kit! It's not as big as i thought it would be; but they've fitted in around a dozen top roped climbs. As mentioned already it is quite pricey (£30 or £40 for 2 hours i think?), but it was 2 hours solid climbing; I've certainly spent more money heading to Scotland for less climbing! I got to climb grades I couldn't lead outside, and my less experienced mates got to work on some technique in a safe environment.
It's far better than nothing and beats drytooling at my local wall; but it's too pricey to make it a regular activity (3 trips there would pay for transport to Chamonix?).
As indoor ice-climbing walls go. Yes, very. The taller walls are long enough for a decent play, with variety of snow/ice/slush/concrete to play on.
As other have said, it's great for practicing technique on top-rope (or in my case, lack thereof), but far more expensive than standard indoor climbing.
First minute or so shows you what to expect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfWiMaQhfos
The cost I didn't think was too bad considering there is only about 3 indoor ice walls in the uk and I've been to the Manchester one, it's doesn't compare at all and if anything ice factor works out cheaper
> Does anyone know if apples are good?
Since the op is asking for advice as a beginer, I will help. Yes the ice factor is good. Some helpful and experienced instructors available. Nice coffee and no bad bail out when your ex climbing partner takes over 2 hours to get to the scnl bowl and even then decides he's , no well....
In reply to Henrycuillin:
And why not make a day of it if the weather is a wee bit dreich. First, have a wee play on the indoor climbing wall, then get kitted up and toddle off into the ice wall. Pop out 2 hours later and have a coffee and bun in the cafe. Another wee play on the indoor wall, followed by a trudge upstairs where you can get steamin' drunk in the bar, then fall back down stairs and empty your credit card in the kit shop!
Gets the big thumbs up from me ;-))
Don't think I've ever paid that much, more like £20 so long as you've got your own boots/crampons/axes and you're not using the services of one of their (excellent) instructors. Not bad for a dozen top-rope lines* mostly of a height and steepness sufficient to get a fair pump going (if you're rubbish, like me, anyway). It is, after all, pretty much unique in the UK - though they are building another one at the Snow Factor at Braehead: http://tinyurl.com/chypzmx
* The numbers per session are strictly limited so it's worth phoning ahead to bok if you're travelling a long way.
on no account should you attempt to free the ski's off the pub wall and use them to striaght line the stairs back down to the shop... they don't like people doing that... (it wasn't me, i can't ski)
Night out after last years STS? Theres a video or two kicking about of the first (albeit prevented) ski descent. Must track them down
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