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Winter Activities Ice Factor Recently refurbished Ice Factor Kinlochleven, the world’s largest indoor ice climbing facility and one of Scotland’s top adventure tourism attractions and and a major provider of foul weather alternatives in the area. Climbers and adventure seekers of all ages and ability, including members of the GB Ice Climbing Team, come from throughout the UK and abroad to scale Ice Factor’s sheer 14 metre high ice-walls with crampons and ice-axes. Jamie Smith, owner of Ice Factor Kinlochleven that is also designated the National Centre for Ice Climbing and is used by both Scottish Mountain Rescue Teams and ice-climbing athletes for training, estimates the enforced closure in July 2015 of the adventure tourism attraction has cost his business in excess of £950,000. Smith is confident outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and ability will enjoy the revamped facilities which include the chance for novice and expert climbers to get to grips with over 400 tonnes and 445 square metres of ice-wall designed to replicate winter climbing conditions on the likes of Ben Nevis. Owner Jamie Smith, during recent refurbishments “we’ve taken the opportunity to treble the size of our bouldering area within the indoor rock climbing section and created 65 routes on the ice climbing walls. At any one time a total of 18 people can belay / climb on the ice-wall. “Chillers Bar & Grill, serving freshly prepared food and with views towards Loch Leven, now includes a reinstated mezzanine floor while 1200 litres of paint has been applied to the surfaces of the entire facility, including 1400 square metres of ice and rock climbing space. The ventilation and heating system is now fully repaired and we’ve taken steps to lower our carbon footprint by recycling some of the energy used to produce the ice.” 11


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