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Starved Rock Ice History 

WI4-

   
Type:  Ice, 1 pitch, 75'
Consensus: WI4- [details]
FA: Feb 1980
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Submitted By: Woodchuck ATC on Feb 26, 2010

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Check it out. Using a long 85cm. hiking ax as hand...

Description 

'Test' climb to satisfy the park officials in Feb. 1980. Thus allowed us to climb any ice (except this canyon anymore) in the park for over 15 years, before massive restrictions began to take place.

Location 

Starved Rock State Park

Protection 

screws, maybe 'warthogs' back then.


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One of the 'test' climbs done in St. Louis canyon at Starved Rock, back in Feb.1980 to convince park officials that our sport is a renewable self healing ice event with no ecological damage.  Climber is Paul Schwartz or John Gorby but not sure which after all these years.
One of the 'test' climbs done in St. Louis canyon ...
Topping out of St. Louis Canyon ice climb, circa 1980.  Climber is John Gorby or Paul Schwarz.  Need someone to verify as I've long ago forgotten.
Topping out of St. Louis Canyon ice climb, circa 1...
Don't laugh. Style called for knickers, long scarf, even longer primitive tools. Yes, we were 'gods' back then to even attempt these routes.  No thanks needed, just buy us a beer next time you see any oldsters' in a bar telling tall tales.
Don't laugh. Style called for knickers, long scarf...

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