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by Connor Whelan (subscribe)
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Published June 29th 2012
At any given moment there are 1000's of people thinking "I would love to go to London, but the weather is always so cold." Whilst this may be true it isn't often cold enough to provide you with the opportunity to do something as cool as this. Ice Climbing. Yep, that's right, the city that provides so many fun events and activities lets you have the chance to climb up a huge wall that consists entirely of ice.

This unique activity is provided by Vertical Chill and can be found at Ellis Brigham's building in Covent Garden. This is the perfect chance to try something that you may otherwise never be able to (even if you do live up North).

Ice Climbing
Photo: Bernhard (Wikimedia Commons)

The company splits the cost and activities into three sections. These sections are:

Beginners: This hour long session provides the climber with all the equipment needed as well as a fully trained instructor who will give you all of the help you require on a one to one basis. This is perfect for you if you have never set foot on an ice climbing wall before or even if you just need a bit of a refresher session. The cost for this course is reasonable for a once in a lifetime activity and it comes in at 50.

Turn Up and Climb: This is for those who have been before or have other previous experience in ice climbing. You will still get all of the equipment and the instructor, but you will only be supervised rather then having a one on one coaching session. The cost for this is 35.

The One For The Experts Out There: If you already have all of the equipment and only need minimal supervision then this is the one for you. It's only available however if you can prove you and your equipment is up to scratch. This one cost 25.

This hidden gem has been open since 2003 and is the perfect place to spend an afternoon creating memories that will last forever. You can even buy vouchers to give as gifts to others if you enjoy it, so go and find out if ice climbing is for you and you may be able to share the joy with others.
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Why? You won't get to do it anywhere else
When: All year round
Phone: 020 7395 1010
Where: Covent Garden
Cost: 25-50
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