Pat Shingleton: "Give Me A Silo-I'll Ice It Down!"
Years ago, Don Briggs experimented with an exercise that is enjoyed by many during the winter season. While working on a neighbor’s farm he creatively advanced a winter recreation in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Briggs duplicated a sport that is usually confined to steep mountains well known as ice climbing. With a garden hose and shower heads he watered down a 70-foot grain silo and with temperatures ranging from zero to minus 17, he instantly created the ice mountain. Briggs believed that if you build it they will climb it and that was certainly the case then and has been replicated by others for years. Climbers are tethered to the silos as they straddle stalactites of ice. In addition to the dozens of adventure seeking climbers, some as far away as China, it’s also a huge ice sculpture attraction enjoyed by enthusiasts.