Ice Climbing in the Prairies, December 2013

Not all climbers can live near vertical terrain. Brad Friesen, who lives north of Winnipeg, was inspired by the St Boniface Alpine Club of Canada’s ice wall and built his own. “The tower was made using three hydro poles that were planted in the ground for the support. Then I framed up the wall and hung snow fence for the ice to form on. I had to build a custom sprayer that spanned the width of the tower. For spraying I started near the bottom and then slowly raised the sprayer as the ice formed,” said Friesen.

The nearest natural ice to Winnipeg is in North Western Ontario. ” I can crawl out of bed in the morning and go do laps to start my day,” said Friesen, “My tower isn’t the only tower in Manitoba. A friend of mine has one in his backyard, so I had several resources to gather info from.?

If you want to build your own ice climbing wall, check out Kris Koonar’s “How to” guide here.

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Initial frame  Photo Brad Friesen

Initial frame Photo Brad Friesen

Ground up ice production Photo Brad Friesen

Ground up ice production Photo Brad Friesen

 

Complete ice wall Photo Brad Friesen

Complete ice wall Photo Brad Friesen

Manitoba climbing!  Photo Brad Friesen

Manitoba climbing! Photo Brad Friesen

Night ice  Photo Brad Friesen

Night ice Photo Brad Friesen

 

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2 Comments

  • Curt Webb says:

    It would be much easier to use burlap instead of snow fence. It takes too long and wastes too much water trying to coat it completely. Burlap cloth saturates immediately and fills all the spaces without wasting time getting the the first layer started. It installs quickly by using a construction stapler. A roll at Canadian Tire costs $10, and the cloth is 30″ wide and 30′ long which is inexpensive and cheaper than snow fence.

  • Chris Walther says:

    I built an outdoor ice wall in buy back yard this year using industrial pallet racking good for 30,000 lbs. I use chicken wire then a garden hose nozel on mist until it freezes solid then switch to a pvc bar with holes drilled in it. Chicken wire costs more but its metal and stays cold helping to freeze faster and it acts as rebar for the ice structure.