Classic Ridges & Scrambles Courses

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A great course for experienced hillwalkers looking to advance onto more challenging terrain, without getting into rock climbing.

The course will build upon your existing knowledge with each day expand your core skills. From our base in Kinlochleven, we are in the epi-centre of British Mountaineering, with an enormous variety of world class climbing in the immediate area.

Typical venues include – Glen Nevis Polldubh Crags, The Ring Crags in Ardnamurchan and the stunning mountain routes in Glencoe. The course is structured with the aim of teaching participants the core climbing skills to be a competent second on a variety of rock climbs.

The course will run on a 1:2 ratio, allowing your instructor to focus specifically on your needs and ambitions.

The objective is to give you the necessary core skills. Including, rope management, belaying (holding and lowering falls), anchor selection and protection and the use of modern protection devices. Thereafter, progressing onto coaching your personal climbing skills, including movement on rock and proven psychological ‘mindset of the climber’ techniques. Self protection skills including self protected abseil and prusikking.

When?

Outdoor Rock Climbing Courses typically run from April to October. With mid-week and weekend dates available throughout.

Why Do It?

You may be a complete beginner or have gained experience of indoor rock climbing, but you now wish to progress on real rock. From our base near Glencoe, we are in the epi-centre of British Mountaineering, with some of the finest crag and mountain locations in the world on our doorstep.

Suitable For?

This course requires a good degree of maturity, normally only found in adults.

How Long?

We recommend a minimum of 2 days to provide you with essential skills, 5 days are ideal. That gives the opportunity of exploring the local area and being exposed to a wide variety of classic rock climbs

What’s It Cost?

Prices are £180 per day for Private Guiding or £560 for a Full Board 5 Day Course.
Ratio 1:2

The course will extend participants' rock climbing experience and enable them to enjoy the rich variety of rock climbing found in the West Highlands of Scotland. The course is structured with the aim of teaching participants the core climbing skills to be a competent second on a variety of rock climbs.

The course will run on a 1:2 ratio, allowing your instructor to focus specifically on your needs and ambitions.
The objective is to give you the necessary core skills including rope management, belaying (holding and lowering falls), anchor selection and protection, use of modern protection devices. Thereafter, progressing onto coaching your personal climbing skills, including movement on rock, psychological ‘mindset of the climber’ techniques. Self protection skills including self protected abseil and prusikking.

What Else?

Your accommodation is in the 4 star climbers hostel, which features en-suite rooms, with TV’s. Meals will be provided at the Ice Factor Bothan Bar featuring a log burning stove, range of real ales/malts and various climbing art.

Packed lunch is provided daily. All technical equipment is provided. We recommend you buy your own harness and rock shoes. If you do not already own these items, they can be hired from Ice Factor. Please note students on courses qualify for a 15% discount off purchases in the shop.

Transportation - All students are required to arrive at the Ice Factor for 6pm the night before a course commences, in order for essential equipment check and briefing to be conducted. Please make your own way to the Ice Factor, Kinlochleven. There are regular buses from Glasgow/Edinburgh and Inverness, all of which have low cost flight options from a variety of destinations. Transport throughout your course will be provided by Ice Factor.

There is a sauna and steam room available for your use at the end of each course day.

Teaching

Instruction, Coaching and Development at Ice Factor are provided by Anderson Mountain Training Centre Ltd The Anderson Mountain Training Centre was established to honour the memory of Andrew (Andy) Anderson, former Director of Glenmore Lodge the National Outdoor Centre, mentor, friend and instrumental in establishing the National Ice Climbing Centre. Our objectives include;

  • To provide training and tuition to the public in relation to mountain sports, including mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, hill walking and other affiliated mountain sports.
  • To foster and develop amongst the public, skills in relation to mountain sports
  • To promote safety and awareness of mountain environments to the public
  • To provide education to the public in relation to mountain sports

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