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Published February 04, 2013, 08:54 AM

UND professor unveils man-made ice climbing wall

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A University of North Dakota professor and adventure sports enthusiast has unveiled a 40-foot ice climbing wall.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A University of North Dakota professor and adventure sports enthusiast has unveiled a 40-foot ice climbing wall.

Jim Grijalva billed his grand opening over the weekend as "North Dakota's first ice climbing festival." The man-made wall is located west of Grand Forks near Turtle River State Park.

Several climbers strapped crampons on their boots and grabbed ice picks to make the ascent to the top. None of them made it.

Fellow climber Andy Magness says it was a tough climb because the below-zero temperatures caused the ice to splinter off. He tells the Grand Forks Herald that ideal climbing conditions would be in slightly warmer weather.

Says Magness, "When it's around 20 degrees, you'll swing the pick and you'll get a nice solid 'thunk,' and it will stick better."

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