Alaskan Alpine Club
The Ice Wall projects. Winters 2003-04, 2004-05, and 2005-06 just starting to freeze.
For those inquiring, the artist's email address is dredge2 at gci.net , written that way to thwart the spam email address programs looking for more email addresses. The spammers are getting almost as bad as government.
Why Fairbanks Alaska gets free ice.
The temperature in Fairbanks, 18 January 2004.
At that number, it don't matter whether it is Fahrenheit or Celsius.
Foxman's Raven, Winter 2003-04, created by John Reeves.
What was it? A freeform ice sculpture, which, by chance, was climbable.
How was it made? By pumping water up through two pipes in the middle of the ice, out through a couple nozzles, 24 hours per day.
When was it started? October 2003.
How big did it get? On 5 April 2004 it was about 140 feet long, 40 feet wide, 80 feet high, a thick base, and weighed about 45,000 tons.
Where was it? Just north of Fairbanks Alaska, south of Fox, beside the Steese Highway. You could not miss it.
How long did it last? Until 10 July 2004.
What was it supposed to be? Whatever you saw in it.
Why? For fun.
Ghost Raven, Winter 2004-05, created by John Reeves.
17 October 2004 to the final melt date of 20 July 2005, 1:11PM.
This photo 4 February 2005.
This year the tower got to 152 feet high (46.3 meters).
You only have to be driving into Goldstream Valley, at its upstream end by Fox, just over the hill north of Fairbanks, in the dark of winter, and suddenly see this huge, free standing tower of white and blue ice, or whatever it might be, glowing in floodlights, unlike anything you have ever imagined, which was not there the last time you went to Fox a few months ago. You would look at your speedometer, check for any open containers, look for cops, slow down, and wonder if you were the only one it town to have seen what you just saw, or if you were the last one to find out.
A lot of stories get created, some of them true.
A PHOTO and name of the current 05-06 ice towers will be posted, when more water freezes in the far frozen north.
Carved ice art in Fairbanks Alaska IceAlaska.com.
05-06 Ice Towers 1
03-04 Ice Wall
04-05 Ice Tower
Other Ice Walls
Climbing Concepts 1
Climbing Concepts 2
Climbing Concepts 3
Mountain Rescue Fund
Wilderness Classic Race
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