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Ice climbing

Ice climbing is a winter activity involving climbing up features covered in ice using crampons and ice axes. Ice Climbing can also be an indoor sport in some specialist centres

Who is it suitable for?

Additional Information
Ice Factor and Vertical Chill have freezer rooms with real ice walls. Some Scout campsites and outdoor centres have artificial 'ice' made from plastic foam.

How to run/provide ice climbing

There are 3 ways of running Ice climbing in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running ice climbing yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running ice climbing using an external provider

  3. Activity for adult groups - running ice climbing for a group entirely of adults

Useful links

The National Governing Bodies for ice climbing are:

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