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By Michael E.
From Fort Collins, CO
Dec 19, 2012
I'm headed back to N. Iowa for Christmas and was hoping to check out some place new on Friday. Has anyone gone to see if any ice is forming here yet? Looking at weather history, it seems there has been a fair bit of moisture before this cold front.

Additionally, I was wondering if it is still expected practice to approach Dennis and/or the other land owner to climb on the quarry wall?

Any other beta a new Wyalusing visitor should know? Thank's guys!

-Mike

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By Doug Hemken
Administrator
Dec 20, 2012
On Everleigh Club Crack.  Photo by Burt Lindquist.
A good rule of thumb is that it takes three days of below freezing weather for S Wisconsin ice to form at the start of the season.

Yes, you should talk to Dennis.

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By jon jugenheimer
From Madison
Dec 20, 2012
hi
Too warm...I would bet $$ no ice. And the rock sucks there, so the mixed would suck as well. We need more than three cold days to get ice there.

The closest place to N. Iowa with ice right now is Sandstone Minnesota. It is farmed and there is WI 2+ to WI5+ lines there currently.

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By Burt Lindquist
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From Madison, WI
Dec 20, 2012
Trying to stay warm up on Brownstone Wall Red Rocks, NV
It is possible there could be a wee bit of ice but it hasn't been nearly cold enough for nearly a long enough time yet. It takes a good couple of weeks of solid temps in the teens or lower actually as the water that seeps out of the perched water tables at Wyalusing is warm. This winter storm with all this wet heavy accumulation should help greatly to kick things off at Wyalusing. I am not making any plans to head over there and check out conditions until a week or two into Jan.. 2 Years ago we climbed ice there as early as Dec. 10th (if I remember right) and it was as early as I ever remember and the ice was great even that early. One friend was in Wyalusing camping in late November this fall and checked out the wetness level at both the RR Tracks area and in Dennis's quarry and he came back saying it all looked bone dry.... That's a bad sign.... We will see! Right now I am wasted from shoveling all morning... this 12+ inches of wet heavy stuff is just that.... I think I just lifted and threw 5000 pounds.... Dennis is a very gracious friendly guy but it is always a good idea to atleast stop in some time during a visit and say hello if he hasn't already been seen tool'n around. I don't always go say hello to him before climbing (or driving into park for that matter) but I make sure to thank him and perhaps leave the well loved (by him) 12 pack of Milwaukee's Best (or similar swill) Dennis's new quarry mate who now owns the other fenced half of the quarry is really nice 2 but you won't be likely to drive onto his portion of the lot so no need to ask permission from him for that but definitely before you wander over to the routes (if in) on his side.....

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By Juggler
Dec 23, 2012
Ice at SR
FYI- I was up at the quarry before Thanksgiving talking to the owner of the quarry- Todd. Dennis is no longer involved, other than still living in his trailer. Water flow was good at that time.

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By Burt Lindquist
Administrator
From Madison, WI
Jan 2, 2013
Trying to stay warm up on Brownstone Wall Red Rocks, NV
Ignore my previous comments... Todd must have taken over the whole quarry ownership? So Juggler? Does this change things yet for walking onto the property. Is Todd expecting a more straight-forward permission request? Has Todd up-graded the quarry like he has been saying in the past... i.e. running water over the edge? Just wondering.

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By Juggler
Jan 3, 2013
Ice at SR
Todd and I talked a few days ago and I ma waiting for a pic from him. he said it is slow to form due to too much cold. Will know more soon. Thanks

Yes, he wants to know who is coming. Just LMK and I will let him know. Thanks

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By Burt Lindquist
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From Madison, WI
Jan 6, 2013
Trying to stay warm up on Brownstone Wall Red Rocks, NV
Wyalusing update.

Routes on the tracks look grim with only a small sheet and not touching down by a long shot! Maybe with some warmer daytime air and cold nights it will all build up. Didn't look like much water dripping or flowing.

Todd's quarry (Yes- no longer Dennis's) has two skinny pillars in the normal spots where Quarry Monster grows big from. There is a nice wider drape on the right side. A possible OK protected lead up this side. No ice of any note over on the right side of the quarry. Slim year so far.
Quarry Monster 1-05-13.
Quarry Monster 1-05-13.

Right side of Todd's quarry looking grim 1-05-13.
Right side of Todd's quarry looking grim 1-05-13.

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By Miranda Q
Feb 1, 2013
Does anyone know what the current ice conditions are at Wyalusing? I'm planning to head up there next weekend...crossing my fingers there will be climbable ice. And is there a way to contact Todd?

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By Burt Lindquist
Administrator
From Madison, WI
Feb 1, 2013
Trying to stay warm up on Brownstone Wall Red Rocks, NV
Miranda.

A few folks are headed over on Sunday this weekend from Madison area.. I will update this website on Sunday evening as to what we discover...

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By Miranda Q
Feb 1, 2013
Burt, thank you!

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By Michael Sullivan
Administrator
From Madison, WI
Feb 4, 2013
How was the ice?

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By natehendo
Feb 5, 2013
Hi all,
Have not been to Wyalusing before. Hoping to head over this weekend from Madison and would like to avoid problems with access. Anyone else planning on being here or have recent ice report?

cheers

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By Juggler
Feb 5, 2013
Ice at SR
I will see if Todd can shoot me a pic

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By Burt Lindquist
Administrator
From Madison, WI
Feb 5, 2013
Trying to stay warm up on Brownstone Wall Red Rocks, NV
My plans changed for last Sunday. I didn't make it over to Todd's quarry nor did anybody I know. Nathan... you shouldn't have any issues with access.... just stop in and say hello to Todd.

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By EB
From Winona
Feb 15, 2013
Anyone have some Wyalusing beta? Looking to possible head down next week...

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By EB
From Winona
Feb 19, 2013
Any info?

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By jon jugenheimer
From Madison
Feb 19, 2013
hi
I am sure it is still there, but haven't personally check it out my self nor know of anyone that has lately.

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By Burt Lindquist
Administrator
From Madison, WI
Feb 19, 2013
Trying to stay warm up on Brownstone Wall Red Rocks, NV
Wass-up wid dat? Not a single person is willing to offer up current or fairly recent conditions on Wyalusing? OK.. I am definetely headed there this weekend myself... I am thinking all the recent moisture will be helping it... hopefully?

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By Chad Wagner
Feb 20, 2013
me
Ill be in Madison this weekend and would be down to check some conditions. I was thinking of the Turks Head Ridge as well. Should be in town by friday possibly thursday night. Let me know if you want me to join, Burt.

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By Burt Lindquist
Administrator
From Madison, WI
Feb 20, 2013
Trying to stay warm up on Brownstone Wall Red Rocks, NV
Hello Chad. Cool... I think Saturday is slated for DL anyways.. Rumor is.... some of the good ephemeral stuff that has shown up lately has gotten better even! I was thinking about driving over to Wyalusing on Sunday.

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By Juggler
Feb 21, 2013
Ice at SR
Here is the latest ice taken Today just a few minutes ago....


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By Burt Lindquist
Administrator
From Madison, WI
Feb 21, 2013
Trying to stay warm up on Brownstone Wall Red Rocks, NV
Gracias Juggler....

Looks grim but still climbable I guess....

Didja check out the RR tracks? Betting that's still looking slim too.

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By Juggler
Feb 22, 2013
Ice at SR
This is not the "climbable" I like.... RR tracks, no go

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