Gallery: Grain Silo in Iowa Converted into Soaring Ice Climbing Wall

 

There aren’t too many places to go ice climbing in the corn fields of Iowa, so avid climbers in the area have to get a little bit creative. Local climber Don Briggs took a staple of the landscape — a grain silo — and converted it into an ice climbing wall. The eight-story structure is covered with ice curtains that run along a large wall and opens every winter, provided that the temperatures are consistently below 26 degrees. The silo, which is located just outside Cedar Falls, Iowa, has become a climbing mecca in the middle of the Great Plains.

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  1. nato123678 March 11, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Grain silos are the metal structures in the background. The concrete ones with metal rings are for sileage, a partially digested food for cattle (want the recipe? Take an entire corn plant, chop it up, add some anhydrous ammonia to keep it damp, and let it sit in a dark silo awhile microbes begin to break it down). Cows really dig the stuff.

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