Ice climbing - for the adventurous!

Duration:Full Day

If you're already a rock climber but tired of climbing indoors during the winter take a step further and try ice climbing.

I would recommend you start with an instructor because the belaying and gear placement are subtly different from rockclimbing. Particularly you'll need to look for a instructor with MIC qualifications. There are a large number of suitably qualified freelance instructors in the Keswick area so simply do a quick web search to find one to contact.

Ice climbing on a good day is fantastic and I personally prefer it to rock climbing now! The kit is very specialised so ask an instructor if you will be able to borrow the equipment and gear such as goggles and ice-picks.

Further Information

If you're interested in climbing you might like to read about rock climbing in Borrowdale or if you prefer, you might like to try tree-climbing instead!

By Roy Henderson

I’m the National Trust ranger for Borrowdale and Newlands in the North Lakes, UK. I volunteered for the Trust when I came on the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme aged 13. I started by building a new fence on Friars Crag to tackle an erosion problem and making paths more accessible for people with limited mobility. I enjoyed it so much that I continued to volunteer until I left school and was lucky enough to get a job with the National Trust. After working for the Trust for 29 years, I still love the job.

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Great End

United Kingdom

Ordnance Survey OL4
The English Lakes
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