Fancy seeing what it’s like to be an arctic explorer, without the thousand mile trip and the cripplingly low temperatures? With this experience you will be given an introduction to a very cool sport! Ice climbing is an offshoot of mountain climbing. In contrast to standard wall climbing, this challenge requires the use of pick axes to get up the ascent. You will be provided with all the essential gear, including crampons, harnesses, helmets and gloves. Manchester’s most challenging ice walls offer 8 metres of real indoor ice climbing, where as Scotland offers the biggest indoor ice wall in the world at over 15 metres. A constant temperature of below zero is maintained and a freeze/thaw cycle found in nature creates hard packed snow suitable for climbing. The real ice climbing walls all offer a steep challenge for any aspiring adventurers! Locations: Manchester – Deansgate or Scotland - Lochaber. Minimum age: 14 in Manchester (Under 18’s will need written parental consent) There is no age limit in Scotland but participants must have a minimum shoe size 4 (Under 18’s will need written parental consent). Participants should be in good general health and fitness and should be able to support their own body weight. If in doubt consult your doctor in advance. Available Tuesday to Sunday all year in Manchester. Selected Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in Scotland. We recommend you book at least four weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. All bookings are subject to availability. You should allow approximately 1 hour in Manchester, and 2 hours 30 minutes in Scotland. Vouchers are valid for 9 months from the date of issue.