|By Steve M
Jan 7, 2013
Looks like you were at the Brickyards alright, but I beg to differ on the 'none of the ice was climbable' thing. I was there Saturday and climbed for a few hours and there's climbable ice everywhere there, you even posted pictures of some of it.
You say you're new in town so you may just be used to good ice climbing. Around here if you can make more than three moves in one direction you've found a good piece of ice! If you're leading anything the top out will almost always involve a few moves of mud-tooling. It's not as sketchy as it sounds if its been below freezing, pure hell on your picks though.
The freeze-thaw cycle also has just about nothing to with the ice at the Brickyards (aka Lillydale) either. All the water is ground water seepage so as long as its cold enough for a few days you'll have ice to climb, even in a drought.
If you want to get out some time hit me up via pm. My schedule sorta sucks cause I've got two kids that play hockey, but most weekends I can sneak out for at least an hour or two for a little ice.