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where does a poor iowa guy go to climb ice?

Postby peladoboton » Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:37 pm

so now that i find myself living in Mason City, IA....

...where do you go to climb ice in these here parts?
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Ice in Iowa

Postby climber555 » Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:41 pm

From what I have heard, climbers in Iowa have been freezing the sides of silos just for climbing. Google "ice climbing in Iowa".
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Postby woodsxc » Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:59 pm

Ben, where'd the profile pic go?
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Postby drjohnso1182 » Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:44 am

This site: http://www.climbingcentral.com/home has pretty good information during the climbing season.
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Postby peladoboton » Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:56 pm

woodsxc wrote:Ben, where'd the profile pic go?


oh snap! i'll get back on that
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Postby woodsxc » Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:25 pm

peladoboton wrote:
woodsxc wrote:Ben, where'd the profile pic go?


oh snap! i'll get back on that


Attaboy! :)

For a while there I was worried you'd gone and done the phxphotog and deleted all your content. It didn't seem in character for you though, so I figured I'd ask. Glad to know you're still on board (no pun intended :wink: ).
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Postby RModelli » Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:58 pm

Silo SUmmit!!!!!!
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Postby RModelli » Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:59 pm

or come to MN!
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Postby peladoboton » Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:58 am

RModelli wrote:or come to MN!


ok, whatchgot in MN? i am about 20 miles from the MN border and willing to drive for good ice!!
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Postby peladoboton » Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:44 am

midwesttransplant wrote:
peladoboton wrote:
RModelli wrote:or come to MN!


ok, whatchgot in MN? i am about 20 miles from the MN border and willing to drive for good ice!!


north shore, gooseberry, taylors falls, the bluffs, don't know of any good ice down by you but I'm sure you'll find it. Look for river gorges. The sip and the croix both have spots up and down for good climbing. If the wind gods and the snow gods and the temp gods get together just so... you'd be surprised what you will find. Or ...you could just freeze your silo and save the gas. Or not live in Iowa. Have fun.


i like the last one. i am looking at a job in cody, and i heard there may be some smacking good ice up there :idea:
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drive north

Postby tonyvav » Sun Nov 08, 2009 2:18 pm

If you are looking for the ice in Minnesota a good place to start is the Mississippi river valley between Minneapolis and St Paul. The "Frozen Mississippi" climbs include the brickyards, homer, ivy and Franklin bridge. Theses routes are not vary long but they have very short approaches.
Another ice climbing spot in in Sandstone Minnesota, the climbs here are know for the steep, thin mixed rock and ice routes. Be sure and check out the Sandstone Ice Festival, December 11-13, 2009. Demo gear, clinics, guest speakers and fireworks.
There a re a few good climbs on the north shore of Lake Superior but the Mecca of Midwest ice climbing is in Nipigon.
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Postby ExcitableBoy » Sun Nov 08, 2009 3:09 pm

My wife grew up in Iowa and used to go to Musing (sp?) Michigan to ice climb.
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Postby tallsailor » Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:12 am

2nd vote for Sandstone.

The MN north shore of L. Superior has a whole week worth of routes, from WI2 to backcountryish 2pitch WI4, and a quarry full of bolted mixed climbing. Most of them have very short approaches, and all of them are in beautiful river canyons that feel absolutely wild (even if you're only a quarter mile from the highway).

There are a few places to climb in Mpls/St. Paul area, but I would just drive the extra hour and a halfish to Sandstone and spend a weekend there.

Nipigon and the Thunder Bay area in Canada has the best climbing between Ouray/Silverton and the east coast. The routes in Nipigon are mostly multipitch or at least manditory leads, and there's everything from cutting edge trad-mixed to cruiser WI2. Plus, most of the climbs are right on the highway. It's really a fantastic area. Wild, remote, and beautiful.
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Postby peladoboton » Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:12 am

i will be heading to Sandstone Dec 18...PM me if you are in the area (especially if you have more ice screws....sold all of mine a couple years back and now i don't live near my pals with massive piles of stuff anymore)
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