This climb is nearly vertical. It's a fat, blue column and usually forms pretty good ice. After a warm spell the ice will be flaky. It's very straightforward. Portions of the lower section can be hollow. Climb vertical ice for about 40 feet and then it eases towards the top.
Once you park, walk northwest along the road about 100 yards and then hop over the guard rail on your. The climb should be right about there and is the First Tube along the river (if you scope from the bridge that crosses the river to the south).
Screws to lead and drop a static line off to the side in case you need to escape. Set a hanging belay at the base of the climb if the ice allows. There is no way out but to climb or jug up the static line as this climb's base is directly above the river. Otherwise, top rope anchor set up at top from trees.
First Tube getting TR'd on 1-13-14. It was typica...
BETA PHOTO: First Tube Dec. 19th 2010. River ice was well for...
From: Madison, WI
Jan 31, 2014
As of 1/30/14 this is totally broken. The whole pillar broke off about 5ft. from the top. Will be a bit before it forms up again.