Scotland now has its own urban indoor ice-climbing facility with the official opening today of a 14-metre wall at Snow Factor in Xscape Braehead, Glaasgow, the latest in a £2m staged investment into the facility.
The wall has been built from layers of ice draped over a galvanised steel frame and overlooks Snow Factor’s 200-metre main ski / snowboarding slope. The wall features a range of climbs designed to be suitable for anyone from beginners up to serious ice-climbing experts.
The wall is kept at a permanent -8˚C regardless of the outside temperature making it one of the few year-round ice-climbing venues in the country.
‘Ice-climbing All Year Round’
Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism officially opened Scotland’s latest adventure experience and commented: “Attractions such as Snow Factor bring Scotland’s great outdoors indoors, allowing visitors from near and far to enjoy adventure sports such as ice-climbing all year round. The facility will also allow young people from across the central belt to experience winter activities without having to travel further afield.”
The new wall is run by the people behind the original Ice Factor in Kindlochleven near Glencoe with founder Jamie Smith emphasising that the aime of the new wall is not to just to provide year-round training for serious climbers, but also to cater for the ‘huge numbers of people who simply want to have fun experiencing such activities for the first time’.
Looks Like Fun
Also at the opening were top climber Dave MacLeod and St Mirren footballer David Van Zanten, one representative of experienced mountaineers, the other a novice who reckons ice climbing ‘looks like fun’.
And if that’s whetted your appetite for some urban ice, head over to www.snowfactor.com for full details.