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Silo Ice Climbing Rock Climbing 

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Location: 42.5484, -92.5246 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Bill McKirgan, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: cjstolte on Dec 25, 2011
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From their website:
"In the fall of 2001, Don Briggs, Univeristy of Northern Iowa professor and Cedar Falls resident, was helping a friend till his farmland. While driving back and forth across the field, a distant line of silos caught his eye. Being an avid rock and ice climber, Briggs wondered how he could successfully climb the silos. Though his initial idea was to rock climb the infamous stuctures, Briggs ultimately decided to attempt to ice climb them. After receiving permission to ice the silos, he began researching how to rig hoses in order to make ice when the weather turned cold.

Briggs has now perfected a system to ice the silos for maximum climbing potential after eight seasons of silo ice climbing. Each year brings new climbers who quickly become masters of the silo.

It is a great place to go ice climbing if you are located in Iowa without having to drive a long distance. They also have all the gear you need so if you just want to try ice climbing out for the first time its a great place to try.

Climbing is only on the weekends during designated times. There is also an admission fee, but all gear is supplied so you do not need to own/bring your gear. Check their website for current conditions and whether they are open or closed, cost, time, location, and more.

Getting There 

From HW20, take Husdon Road Exit going north on Hudson Road. Follow Hudson Road until a T-intersection is reached. Turn left going three miles west. Take a right on Jepsen Road going north and the silo will be off to the right.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 6.6 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: Couple climbers climbing up on the Silo

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Photos of Silo Ice Climbing Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Crisp Iowa winter morning (Feb 2010)
BETA PHOTO: Crisp Iowa winter morning (Feb 2010)
Rock Climbing Photo: Silo ice, February 2010
Silo ice, February 2010
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice ice (Feb 2010)
Nice ice (Feb 2010)
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice ice
Nice ice
Rock Climbing Photo: Ice silo
Ice silo
Rock Climbing Photo: Me working my way up. First time climbing ice.
Me working my way up. First time climbing ice.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ice Silo
Ice Silo

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By Bill McKirgan
From: Cedar Rapids, IA
Jan 20, 2014
Any activity at the silo this year?
By Jordon
From: Rochester
May 4, 2017
I will be visiting the area this winter for a month. Is the Silo climbing still going. I noticed the website is no longer active.

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