Man builds an ice climbing wall in his backyardGrand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- A UND law professor is finding ways to make northern winters a little more fun. He built a towering ice climbing wall in his own backyard, just west of Grand Forks.
By: Kayla Strayer, WDAZ, WDAY
Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- A UND law professor is finding ways to make northern winters a little more fun. He built a towering ice climbing wall in his own backyard, just west of Grand Forks.
Jim Grijalva/Built Ice Wall: We made a structure where we could put a hose up on top, let the water run down and make vertical ice so we could climb it.
Climbing this 40 foot homemade ice wall is no easy task.
Jim: "It's a lot harder than you might think."
But that doesn't stop first time climber Bradley Davis from trying.
"You done anything like this before Bradley? No."
Jim: "Well you gotta be careful, we wear a helmet and goggles because sometimes the ice breaks as you're climbing and you don't want to get hit by a piece of ice."
Even with ice falling everywhere around him...Davis kept going.
Jim: "I think Bradley was the first one to make it all the way to the top."
Bradley Davis/Climber: "It's very fulfilling."
This ice wall isn't just for the experienced climbers. 7 year old Zoe is proving she can be a daredevil too.
What did you just do? Zoe Fayette/Climber: "Climbed an ice wall."
"Nice work Zo."
What's it feel like watching your daughter climb this?
Mom: "She's braver than I am I can say that."
Jim: "The plains are beautiful but not much vertical activity here so rock climbing, ice climbing you don't usually do in Grand Forks or in North Dakota and so it's fun to see somebody try something different."
"Are you going to do it again? Zoe No."
The ice wall should stay up until March. In the summer, the same wall is used for rock climbing.