Big SPRING CLIMB 2020 - Ice Climbing
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This event is part of The Big SPRING CLIMB 2020; our weekend of indoor climbing and bouldering in Manchester - check out the main event page for more information on what else is going on!
Ever wanted to give ice-climbing a try? Well as part of the Big Spring Climb 2020 Weekend – you can!
We’re excited to be able to offer you the unique experience of climbing on real real ice, with an expert instructor and with all the equipment you’ll need included in the cost, at one of only a few ice climbing facilities in England.
This event is a fully instructed session and includes all the equipment you will need within the cost of the OutdoorLads event.
The Ice climbing wall provides a realistic environment for beginners and experienced climbers to try out and develop winter climbing techniques. The wall is kept at temperatures between -5°C to -12°C and is about 8m high, (about two double-decker buses). It ranges in steepness from a pleasant slab to a dramatic over-hang with everything in between; providing a variety of routes to entertain novice and accomplished climbers alike.
This is a fully instructed event with an experienced professional ice-climbing instructor and is therefore suitable for beginners who have never climbed before or intermediate climbers with some experience to learn new techniques, to advanced sessions for climbers who have a lot of winter climbing experience and want to try out new equipment or advanced techniques.
This is a group booking and due to the size of the facility – and the maximum Instructor : Participant ratio of 1:2, only two people will be on the ice wall at a time but depending on your skill that should be enough to get in a few routes during the time you’ll have on the ice!
Ice climbing is serious stuff and you need to be safety conscious at all times, whether it's indoors or out. The British Mountaineering Council recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. Before you climb, you’ll be asked to sign a ‘release of liability’ form. The instructors are experienced and qualified climbers and they will make sure you’re safe at all times and get the most enjoyment possible out of the experience. Using the provided equipment isn't compulsory but if you’re in any doubt as to your own level of expertise, it is recommended that you use the kit supplied by the venue. Whilst you are there to have fun, it’s important that you listen to the instructor at all times, and act responsibly towards the centre staff and other customers. Vertical Chill reserve the right to refuse entry to the ice wall if their staff and managers feel for any reason that an individual may endanger themselves or others. All those attending this event must also be aware of the centre's own terms and conditions of participation and abide by them, along with any instructions given by the centres staff. Everyone must take responsibility for their own safety while participating in climbing events.
What to bring
The cost of the event includes all the specialist kit you will need; Ice Axes, Crampons, Mountain boots, and mountaineering jacket & trousers, gloves and helmet!!
What to Wear
All you need to bring is a comfortable and light long or short sleeved top or base layer that you are happy moving in. Some people also prefer the comfort of bringing along some light leggings or base layer trousers to wear under the insulated trousers that are provided (which are quite similar to ski trousers) and a pair of liner socks to go under the thick woollen mountaineering socks provided.
Food & drink
You wont have much time for snacking during the climbing and there are no refreshment facilities at the venue itself, but there are plenty of options nearby for a snack before or after, including a small Sainsbury's next door!