Here are some pictures from our day of ice climbing in Starved Rock State Park in Illinois. This continues to be an amazing winter for outdoor recreation. Despite the lengthening days, the frigid temperatures aren't rising. I know I'm weird for saying this, but I hope to get another month of this weather before the great thaw begins.
Five of us from the Hoofer Mountaineering Club made the journey to Starved Rock State Park, Illinois for some ice climbing.
The ice was colorful; the day was bright.
Gokul got us started, soloing Lasalle Canyon.
Doug was the only person in our group who had been to the park before. Fifty years ago.
After our warmup, we moved to Tonti, a sixty-foot frozen waterfall.
Martin enjoyed climbing the lines at the sides of the column.
Teresa showed us her preying mantis moves.
My axes slid into the buttery ice.
It's the best ice the region has had for years.
Definitely worth the two-and-a-half hour drive from Madison.
More Starved Rock photos
Hoofer Mountaineering Club's Website
A Starved Rock Website