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A Short Film by Teri Limongi
Credit: Epic TV Climbing Daily
A recent holiday to Scotland gave my brother and I an opportunity to try out a couple of the Scottish Indoor Climbing Centres. So after a couple of days skiing in the Cairngorms and a session on a Segway we set off for Ice Factor
Ice Factor – the National Indoor Ice Climbing Centre boasts the biggest indoor ice wall. We had a look but unfortunately without specialist wear-bearing prosthetics a try it session was not feasible.
So we tackled the normal walls instead. My little cousin Adam, 6 had an instructor session and my brother and I went climbing. The centre has a number of auto-belay walls and the usual variety of slab and overhang. It was small compared to centres down South but gave us something different to tackle.
The second centre we visited was the infamous EICA at Ratho. On the way to Edinburgh Airport for the plane home we just cannot pass Ratho without going climbing. I have been to Ratho several times for Paraclimbing competitions but this was my brother’s first time climbing there.
The walls are still daunting looking up at the towering wall on the right of the centre. I intended to climb but after being stopped on the stairs by the organisation of a Volume only Bouldering competition taking place that day I was persuaded to give it a go. ‘I have seen your videos and would love you to have a go at the problems” he said. What could I say?