For more information on the Cedar Falls ice silo, visit www.siloiceclimbing.com.
Up to 50 people a weekend now show up at a barnyard in rural Cedar Falls to climb some of the most difficult ice you’ll find anywhere. Unlike frozen waterfalls and icy cliffs that generally have some slope, the silo goes straight up. Every inch of the climb is vertical, testing climber’s technique, gear, strength, stamina, and nerve. “The first time I climbed a silo, I remembered it as being really tough,” Briggs recalls. “I’d climbed natural ice before, and I got on this and I went ‘Wow!’ If you can climb a silo, you can climb almost anywhere.”