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Jan 7, 2010
Ron L Long wrote:
This event is open to anyone, the $10 fee is the cost to ALL non-members. That will cover 1 day of climbing and/or the festivities on Saturday night. This is the first time we have tried something like this so I have no idea what the turn-out will be like, hopefully it will be good. As of this week our water source is fully activated, we should be building ice as we speak. I hope to go and check things on Saturday. If this weather holds at all, we should be climbing before/near Christmas, it takes 2-3 weeks to build reasonable ice.



I will be there! Now, the $10 covers Saturday, do I pay an additional $10 for Sunday too? Do I need to print off the papers to be signed ahead of time or do you have them on site?

Hope to meet you!
Paul Reineck
From Milwaukee, WI
Joined May 4, 2006
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Jan 7, 2010
Paul Reineck wrote:
I will be there! Now, the $10 covers Saturday, do I pay an additional $10 for Sunday too? Do I need to print off the papers to be signed ahead of time or do you have them on site? Hope to meet you!


The fee is $10 per day, but the paperwork of course only needs to be filled out once a season. Since The Pit is a not for-profit club paid for destination, we limit 'guest' days (times any one person can come as a guest) to twice a season, after that you have to be a member. I say this because if you come both days of 'The Fest' you would not be able to come back (this season) unless you joined. Just wanted to make that clear.

Paperwork can be filled out once you get there (we will have blank copies on site) but it will streamline your entrance if you have them completed before you get there. Your choice.....

See you there.....
Ron L Long
From Out yonder in Wisco.
Joined Oct 19, 2006
80 points
Jan 7, 2010
Oh yea..... either days fee covers Saturday night gig as well..... Ron L Long
From Out yonder in Wisco.
Joined Oct 19, 2006
80 points
Jan 8, 2010
Ok, makes sense.

I was also going to try out some other locations this winter, but for a convenience standpoint, the Ice Pit certainly has it's strong points.
Paul Reineck
From Milwaukee, WI
Joined May 4, 2006
0 points
Jan 15, 2010
Hopefully this downright balmy weather wont affect the ice conditions too much this weekend . . . :( Paul Reineck
From Milwaukee, WI
Joined May 4, 2006
0 points
Jan 18, 2010
Mr. Long,

Thanks again for the wonderful opportunity to try out the pit! I had an awesome time. I'm seriously considering joining the club, and the two I came with may join as well.

Can you PM me some details on what membership includes, obligations/duties and whatnot?

Thanks!
Paul Reineck
From Milwaukee, WI
Joined May 4, 2006
0 points
Jan 18, 2010
Sorry I missed the event as it looked just great. Update here on Starved Rock ice conditions: It melted alot, so they closed the park for now. Wait and see if they reopen ice in about 10 days. Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
505 points
Feb 10, 2010
Hey, does anyone local here know what the conditions are like in the Lone Rock, Gov. Dodge and Wyalusing areas? I've been thinking of heading out that way to give those areas a shot.

Otherwise, it's another trip up to Pictured Rocks, which wouldn't be so bad either....
Paul Reineck
From Milwaukee, WI
Joined May 4, 2006
0 points
Feb 10, 2010
Wyusling is in and good from what i hear

climbingcentral.com/forums/top...
sunder
From Alsip, Il
Joined Apr 19, 2009
580 points
Feb 11, 2010
Haha! I totally forgot about that site. I thought I joined up when I bought the guide book they have FS, but I guess the store doesn't include the forums. I joined up anyway. :-)

Thanks for the info!
Paul Reineck
From Milwaukee, WI
Joined May 4, 2006
0 points
Oct 2, 2012
Check out our silo:

facebook.com/groups/1086077058...
Juggler
Joined Sep 20, 2009
80 points
Oct 2, 2012
Agree, check out the ice silo this coming winter. We are currently dry tooling on it this fall, just to prep' those forearms. With good weather, we hope to open it up again with ice, in December. Check the above link and Facebook page. Located in south Chicago suburban area. More dry tool days coming up too.

Rock Climbing Photo: dry tooling
dry tooling






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Rock Climbing Photo: dry tooling again
dry tooling again
Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
505 points
Oct 3, 2012
Wow! That looks awesome! I will be sure to check it out this winter! Yeah, I saw your post in the Ice Pit's group.

Shame that the Ice Pit is still an unknown. I'm not sure if the new land owners are just stalling now or what... Pisses me off.

Is this silo something that was built for this or was this thing retrofitted for ice use?
Paul Reineck
From Milwaukee, WI
Joined May 4, 2006
0 points
Oct 4, 2012
Paul Reineck wrote:
Wow! That looks awesome! I will be sure to check it out this winter! Yeah, I saw your post in the Ice Pit's group. Shame that the Ice Pit is still an unknown. I'm not sure if the new land owners are just stalling now or what... Pisses me off. Is this silo something that was built for this or was this thing retrofitted for ice use?


It is an old grain silo made on concrete that we farm ice on. We dry tool the natural way-- with features
Juggler
Joined Sep 20, 2009
80 points
Jan 2, 2013
Dry tool time is over...Real ice is frozen up here and we are open for climbers tomorrow Jan 3rd, and into the weekend. Check out our Nice Ice facebook page for info and updates..

Rock Climbing Photo: night climb with ropelights under the ice.
night climb with ropelights under the ice.
Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
505 points


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