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By Juggler
Nov 21, 2013
Ice at SR
facebook.com/IceCimbingMidwest

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By Woodchuck ATC
Nov 21, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Working on a new improved, better warming hut right next to the ice, with a view of the climbs in action. Plans for an ice fest this winter are in the works...do watch the facebook link for updates when Juggler gets them up and ready. Our first cold 20's temps coming up this weekend.....so you never know when it will get to be ice time.

the window view!   Inside plastic wind and weather proof layers to come soon.
the window view! Inside plastic wind and weather proof layers to come soon.

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By Woodchuck ATC
Dec 1, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
We are up and ready,,had ice to climb the last few days, now a meltdown, but hope to be up again in a week or so when cold returns. First ice pics posted, and our new indoor warming hut is now fully operational. Be ready for Xmas time climbs by 18th or so we hope.

the warming hut
the warming hut



night ice climb
night ice climb

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By Juggler
Dec 11, 2013
Ice at SR
New ice


New ice
New ice

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By Woodchuck ATC
Dec 11, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Ready for single digits and Thursday night outing!!!

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By Juggler
Dec 11, 2013
Ice at SR
Woodchuck ATC wrote:
Ready for single digits and Thursday night outing!!!


You bet we are!

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By Woodchuck ATC
Dec 12, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Get there by 7PM folks, while it's still 'warm' out( teens). Well lit up ice ,but headlamps still come in handy, great propane heated warming hut with couches and snacks. BYOB if needed.

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By Woodchuck ATC
Dec 12, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
wow...no where as cold as expected,,,no wind,,great night....too bad we had a small turnout. Next outing is on full moon 17th Tuesday next week...be there!!!!
ready to climb
ready to climb



great ice tonight!!
great ice tonight!!

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By Woodchuck ATC
Dec 12, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
wow...no where as cold as expected,,,no wind,,great night....too bad we had a small turnout. Next outing is on full moon 17th Tuesday next week...be there!!!!
ready to climb
ready to climb



great ice tonight!!
great ice tonight!!

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By Juggler
Dec 13, 2013
Ice at SR
ice on fire
ice on fire



Mark
Mark




ice
ice

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By Woodchuck ATC
Dec 13, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
too dark to see much, guess the no flash tries didn't work out too well this time.

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By Juggler
Dec 20, 2013
Ice at SR
The group for Full moon
The group for Full moon


Full Moon climb

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By Ryan Nevius
From The Range of Light
Dec 20, 2013
Mt. Agassiz
I think this is a great thing the two of you are doing...but am I the only one who feels that these posts (that have all-caps titles and are repeatedly bumped for free advertising by the same two people) are a bit spammy? As if one wasn't enough...now we have two.

Who knows; maybe I'm just envious and wish I had something like that near me...

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By Lurker
Dec 20, 2013
O.M.F.G.!!!!

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By Woodchuck ATC
Dec 20, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Been trying to get him not to use the all caps titles for years./;-(, but he insists, even thouth on the internet it's like having someone Screaming in your face for importance. I don't like it. Now myself, I enjoy sharing the progress on the place and getting ice interest going around here.
I've submitted written material, articles on rock and ice climbing, had interviews done and run in several local newspapers over the last 40 plus years (yeah, long before the internet), and I got NO response for climber interest from those articles in this UN-climber friendly part of the suburbs. Zip. Not finding any partners or even curious people throughout the 70,s 80's, 90's until a local gym finally got built. Had to drive up to Devils Lake to search out climbers back then,(see the DLFA movie from Kickstarter for some history).
Now at least there is some response, and have generated interest in adventure sports via internet posts about ice and rock. Things have changed finally for the positive. New climbing partners for outdoor rock and ice trips have resulted. It's nice to not only be probably the oldest climber in the south suburbs of Chicago, but to finally find active new climbers who have the same urge to get out there. Took 30 some years to kick some life into this area, going to enjoy whoever chooses to come out and try the ice we have here. Local state park has run dry of water for most of last 4 ice seasons, so desperate ice climbers are doing what they need to exist and proud of the efforts to get 'er done.

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By Doug Hemken
Administrator
Dec 20, 2013
On Everleigh Club Crack.  Photo by Burt Lindquist.
To those of us who are IN the midwest, it's just great to see a couple of guys so stoked!

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By Woodchuck ATC
Dec 20, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Doug Hemken wrote:
To those of us who are IN the midwest, it's just great to see a couple of guys so stoked!

Cuz we're so stoked, I think that's why he uses all caps. Get by here and try out the ice, Doug. Heavy rain last night and today...do hope the ice makes it through so it can be used later Sat and Sunday before holidays take up all our free climbing time.

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By Juggler
Dec 22, 2013
Ice at SR
youtu.be/6b8zWoV2AvU

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By Woodchuck ATC
Dec 22, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Saw part of vid,,then the Hulu' pop ads kept taking over the screen. Ice looks like SRSP quality, without the state park hassles to go with it. Looks like a fun climb for a winter starter trip.

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By drmartindell
From Homer, Ak
Dec 22, 2013
Can you lead on that silo?

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By Woodchuck ATC
Dec 22, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Last winter we did a top rope protected first screw lead,,that's all. the top is always very thin near the sprayers and there is usually 'iffy ice along the way, that a fall could either pull a screw or just bust off a huge chunk of column. If it stays thicker than 2 ft. all the way this season, it probably could be done. We had 5 meltouts and rebuilds last season. This is our best, earliest ice start yet in 3 years. It's held up pretty well through almost 72 hours of rain and above freezing temps this weekend.

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By Juggler
Dec 22, 2013
Ice at SR
drmartindell wrote:
Can you lead on that silo?


Yes, we are planning on it

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By Woodchuck ATC
Dec 22, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Excellent conditions today, good turn out of climbers. Next outing is at 10AM on Xmas eve morning, the 24th. Gonna get real cold here again, so ice building will be taking place to repair our damage from rain and climbing last 2 days.
climbing silo ice
climbing silo ice


great day today!
great day today!


warming tent and beer supply
warming tent and beer supply

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By Woodchuck ATC
Dec 26, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Great day on the ice today,,,plenty of new ice formed in last 48 hours of severe cold. Good turnout and conditions. Pics posted from noon session of climbers on our ice silo on 26th. Next outing will be into the new year as we head for family time ahead and will miss ice opportunities for about a week. Keep in touch at the facebook page to find out latest news on our ice fest plans for Feb.7-9th weekend.
New ice on east wall today
New ice on east wall today



Getting crowded on the north side.
Getting crowded on the north side.

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By Juggler
Dec 26, 2013
Ice at SR
Chili Cook Off Night!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Time7:00pm

Where:
at silo


Brew up your best batch of chili and bring it out to Climb! Starts at 7 PM! Bring your favorite adult beverage... Rock out on ice! $20 plus chili to pass...and gear rental if needed.
Chili
Chili

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By Juggler
Dec 26, 2013
Ice at SR
"Nice Ice" Ice Fest!

Saturday, February 8, 2014 (and all weekend)
Time: 9:00am till ???

Where:
at silo

Sat. Feb. 8th, All Day! Climbing, Music, Games, Competition. Final details TBD. SAVE THE DATE! Maybe winter camping.... Clinics.. Bring a dish for potluck...



fest1
fest1

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