Located on the eastern shores of Loch Leven in the Scottish Highlands, Ice Factor Kinlochleven will see climbers from across the country come together for the weekend-long event from 2 – 3 November. In addition to an ice climbing and dry-tooling competition, Festival of Ice will host multiple coaching master-classes and outdoor themed talks from some of the UK’s top climbers including Dave Macleod (above), Simon Yearsley and Scottish winter climber Greg Boswell. First established by climber John Ellison shortly after receiving a cancer diagnosis in 2011, Climbers Against Cancer has raised thousands of pounds to date for vital research into the disease through climbing competitions and festivals.
Ice Factor Operations Manager, Tracey Smith, said: “Ice Factor Kinlochleven is proud to host the inaugural Festival of Ice in aid of Climbers Against Cancer. While the dry tooling and ice-climbing competition format has already attracted some of the UK’s top climbers, the weekend also promises to offer enthusiasts of all ages and ability the chance to meet and learn new skills from experts like Dave MacLeod and to be part of a jam packed exciting festival that will ultimately raise more funds for Climbers Against Cancer.” The 15m high indoor wall, features more than 1400sqm2 of ice routes and the UK’s largest articulated overhang.
Tickets cost £26, with £10 from every sale donated to Climbers Against Cancer.
Photo Credit: Jeff Holmes