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Ice climbers take on 60-foot silo near Cedar Falls


It's an extreme winter sport of sorts. A handful of people climbed a 60-foot silo on Saturday.

The silo, located just west of Cedar Falls, is iced down when the weather gets below 26 degrees.

County Conservation Naturalist Brittney Tiller brought a group of middle school kids to kick off their "Extreme Adventures Program."

"We like to get kids outside to do stuff they might not normally have a chance to do," she said.

Tiller has climbed the silo a few times.

"It's hard!" she said. "The first time is always the hard, you're getting the feel for this awkward way of climbing a 60-foot silo, but after that you kind of get the feel for it a little bit more."

The challenge started almost 10-years ago when Don Briggs of Cedar Falls was helping his friend till farmland. Briggs, an avid climber, wondered how he could climb the silos.

Briggs rigged hoses to ice down the silos when the weather turned cold. He opened up the ice-climbing for the public.

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