Pat Shingleton: "Silo Ice Climbing..."
Don Brigg’s was working on a neighbor’s farm and noticed multiple grain silos on varied property. His imagination advanced to a winter sport and winter recreation located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. More than a decade ago his idea incorporated a garden hose and cold weather. Briggs duplicated a sport that is usually confined to steep mountains, cliffs and caves in the form of ice climbing. His "sport" is still being used and enjoyed today. With a garden hose and shower heads he watered down a 70-foot grain silo and relied on falling temperatures to further assist. With the mercury dropping from November to March, Mother Nature played her part including recent temperatures ranging from zero to minus 17. With these conditions he instantly created the ice mountain. Briggs believed that if you build it they will climb it and that has certainly been the case for many years. Climbers are tethered to the silo as they straddle stalactites of ice. In addition to the dozens of adventure seeking climbers, some as far away as China, arrive to enjoy a huge ice sculpture attraction.