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Nice Ice Climbing Silo- South Suburbs of Chicago! Celebrating our 7th Season of Ice!


Juggler · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 1,090
Mark E Dixon wrote: It's one thing to strap sharp objects to all 4 extremities and whack around at vertical ice in the midwestern darkness, but the intense suffering caused by an unwanted email(really NOT since I get notified) is unbearable(I love having my notifications turned on). Please, let there be an online support ice climbing group! If this is a commercial operation, maybe Juggler should kick in for an ad on MP? Are you sure this is "your board"?
What you are saying is EXACTLY why we are only bumping this thread in the Midwest forum.... so....turn off your notification setting... :)
Mark E Dixon · · Sprezzatura, Someday · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 569
Juggler wrote: What you are saying is EXACTLY why we are only bumping this thread in the Midwest forum.... so....turn off your notification setting... :)
Still goes to the front page.

I think your implementation of ice farming looks great and I'm sure folks enjoy it.
But you must expect to get some grief with 7 pages basically just promoting your business?
Woodchuck ATC · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 3,110

As far as I've been told, it's not a 'business', it's a club per se, of local interested climbers who enjoy ice, and fork over a couple bucks to help defray expenses of putting this all together for the season, and often supplying gear for first timers from our own supply. Last weekend's "Ice Fest", our first attempt, cost at least 150 bucks to get the whole driveway and some parking plowed out for guests. It's wind swept farm area, off a back road that is gravel full of potholes. Nobody making a profit here so far this season. Kinda like the old 'Ice pit' membership where those private members kept the place in shape, plowed lots, and operating for several years.

Juggler · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 1,090
Woodchuck ATC wrote:As far as I've been told, it's not a 'business', it's a club per se, of local interested climbers who enjoy ice, and fork over a couple bucks to help defray expenses of putting this all together for the season, and often supplying gear for first timers from our own supply. Last weekend's "Ice Fest", our first attempt, cost at least 150 bucks to get the whole driveway and some parking plowed out for guests. It's wind swept farm area, off a back road that is gravel full of potholes. Nobody making a profit here so far this season. Kinda like the old 'Ice pit' membership where those private members kept the place in shape, plowed lots, and operating for several years.
DITTO.... so lay off
Mark E Dixon · · Sprezzatura, Someday · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 569
Woodchuck ATC wrote:As far as I've been told, it's not a 'business', it's a club per se, of local interested climbers who enjoy ice, and fork over a couple bucks to help defray expenses of putting this all together for the season, and often supplying gear for first timers from our own supply. Last weekend's "Ice Fest", our first attempt, cost at least 150 bucks to get the whole driveway and some parking plowed out for guests. It's wind swept farm area, off a back road that is gravel full of potholes. Nobody making a profit here so far this season. Kinda like the old 'Ice pit' membership where those private members kept the place in shape, plowed lots, and operating for several years.
Fair enough. Have fun!

I have to admit I enjoy the pictures once in a while.

But it ain't A. Constantine's board. If it was me and out-of-towners wanted to make the occasional comment, I'd try to overcome the hardship thereof.
Juggler · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 1,090

NO ice at SRSP this wknd after heavy rains? We should still have Nice Ice at the silo....come out and climb while the ice is still here!

CLIMBING WED. NIGHT- 2/19 PLEASE LET US KNOW YOU ARE COMING OUT and This weekend - just let us know when

Juggler · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 1,090

Open Climbing starting at 1 PM Sat. 2/22 at silo. Join us and let us know if you are joining us! 708-341-3255

Ice is still in great shape after the rain:

good ice

great ice

Juggler · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 1,090

Open Climbing:

This coming Sat. and Sunday(3/1 and 3/2) Starting at around Noon each day.

Great Ice and no long drive in the snow! Call to confirm your attendance- 708-341-3255- Joel

Sweet Ice!

Juggler · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 1,090

OK, Midwest Ice Climbers: HOW ABOUT A PRIVATE CLINIC AT THE SILO on the ice FOR 6 HRS WITH WILL GADD??!!

Next Sat. March 8 from 9 AM-3 PM we are presenting WILL GADD! Here is what Will says about his speaking:

"I present to small and large audiences all over the world. Sometimes the audience and I are all in suits, sometimes it’s all about pure entertainment. I share my adventures and the lessons I’ve learned while taking risks that many would view as “crazy.” No two presentations are the same; the first thing I do when someone asks me what my presentations are about is ask him or her questions: what’s important, what risk and reward means to them personally and to the group they represent, and why they called me. I then build my presentation to fit their need. Within that are usually some common themes:

Risk and Reward: understanding the most basic equation of every new situation. I offer tools I’ve learned through survival in some incredibly difficult situations.

The positive power of negative thinking: why thinking positive thoughts is nowhere near enough to build real confidence and success. How to turn a great idea into reality.

Motivation: Why will a climber risk his or her life for nothing more than the opportunity to stand in a cold, lonely and dangerous place? Because he wants to. I don’t think people need more motivation, they need passion and desire, they need to want “it.” What is “it?”

The cost will be $125/person. Pizza Lunch is $5. or bring your own...

PLEASE POST UP IF YOU CAN ATTEND SO WE CAN LOCK IN THE PLANS. Limit is 10 so it will fill up fast! A deposit of $50 will be required, payable to Joel at Pay Pal or CC over the phone. 708-341-3255

Location: Frankfort, IL South of Chicago

Thanks to Tony and the CMC for helping arrange this. Will Gadd is speaking that night at the annual CMC meeting so go to that also, if you can.

Will

Gadd

Juggler · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 1,090
Woodchuck ATC · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 3,110

Will was pretty impressed with this home made ice tower,,met his approval and he heavily suggested to climbers in general that they can hone' their ice skills, technique, screw placement practice, and much more very well on ice like this. Very glad he was able to come out and enjoy a day here. Hope all those MP haters out there can accept his vote of confidence.
Pics attached come from the SouthtownStar article as posted online.

warming hut between climbs

Will Gadd ice climbing seminar at Nice Ice, March 8th, 2014

Juggler · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 1,090

Great temps today at almost 60 degrees.... made for some fun climbing in shorts and Hawaiian shirts!

Fun

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Mark

Mark P

Woodchuck ATC · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 3,110

Don't know if MP site has been down for hours, I've not been able to upload this since late last night.
We had a fabulous day of 50's, shorts were again in fashion. Now a big winter storm of up to 8 to 12 inches of snow may come in tonight. So our ice is gonna be there for quite some time yet, well past this coming weekend. Always welcome to come out and enjoy. Morph'n Power ranger climber it seems in the pics attached. Fun times, maybe a left over Mardi Gras sprit yet.

Team Shorts, 2014

Power Ranger or someone who got lost from their luge sled and track?

Juggler · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 1,090

Woodchuck... can u post a couple of me climbing? Thanks!

Woodchuck ATC · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 3,110

I did,,not sure where they are....other link maybe..forgot what page I put them on as you have so many going.

Juggler · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 1,090
Woodchuck ATC wrote:I did,,not sure where they are....other link maybe..forgot what page I put them on as you have so many going.
The other page you put them on is the page that was SUPPOSED to be a thread only about the FB Ice Climbing Midwest page(so people know to go to the FB page a link to it, not silo stuff). You started posting silo stuff there awhile back. :)
Reid Kalmus · · Breckenridge, Colorado · Joined Nov 2011 · Points: 0

Who ever is smiling the most is climbing the best ice - id be stoked to climb that if i lived there! Most of us in Colorado are not jack waggons... Have fun

Woodchuck ATC · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 3,110

Superb ice conditions yet, still short sleeve Hawaiian shirt weather,,,and wild overhangs to tackle. Be there tomorrow at 8AM to continue possibly some of our last ice of the season. Keep in touch via MP for any who may have an interest in coming down next weekend IF we have ice left.

tip toe up onto the hanging junk ice today

upper portion in caved out shape today

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great ice day

Juggler · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 1,090
Woodchuck ATC · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 3,110

Bump reminder,,,,probably last chance to climb good ice is tomorrow...10AM and on. Schedule a time with Juggler and I'll be over there to open up the place. Spring busy coming up, so we will probably not rebuild the ice as it melts off this week. It's still over 4 ft thick in most sections.....so get out on a cool Saturday if you need.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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