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Midwesterners reach new heights with silo ice climbing

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Ice climbers prepare to ascend 70-foot-tall silos outside Cedar Falls, Iowa. University of Northern Iowa instructor Don Briggs began icing the silos seven years ago, and teaches a one-credit ice climbing class at the school. (Courtesy of Andy Rowland)

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University of Northern Iowa instructor Don Briggs ascends ice on a 70-foot-tall Cedar Falls, Iowa silo. Briggs began icing silos seven years ago, and teaches a one-credit ice climbing class at the university. (Courtesy of Andy Rowland)

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Climber Brett Mjelde pauses in an ice cave during his ascent up a 70-foot-tall silo outside Cedar Falls, Iowa.University of Northern Iowa instructor Don Briggs began icing the silos seven years ago, and teaches a one-credit ice climbing class at the school. (Courtesy of Andy Rowland)

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Midwestern ice climbers seeking a new place to climb might try looking out the farmhouse window. A University of Northern Iowa instructor is pioneering silo ice climbing.


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