Sean Batty has been exploring everything weather related for his new STV show, and he was keen to try his hand at ice climbing.
Ice climbing started in Scotland about 15 years and has grown in popularity since then, with more and more people keen to try the sport.
Kinlochleven Climbing Centre in Lochaber boasts the world’s biggest ice climbing wall, and standing at 15 metres high, it’s not for the faint hearted!
Getting into his climbing gear, Sean was overwhelmed by how high the ice sheet was, and after getting some tips from instructor Alex Campbell, he had a go at the small wall to get a feel for ice climbing.
A technique called front plating is used, which involves using the big spikes at the front of the boots to find your balance on the ice.
It’s very safe and very controlled in the climbing centre, and weather conditions don’t need to be factored in.
After making it to the top of the small wall, Sean’s legs were sore, but he was determined to brave the colossal 15 metre high sheet of ice and soldiered on.
With his arms like jelly and no energy left, he triumphantly made it to the top of the wall. Exhausted but happy, he joked: “I think this deserves a wee celebratory drink!”
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