Starved Rock's Wildcat Canyon features an 80 foot tall waterfall that freezes into a solid column of ice in winter. Used by some for ice climbing, the column grows to at least eight feet in diameter, and is a wonder to stand near.
I was able to climb up a small, icy rock outcropping just behind the frozen waterfall. Here I could view the back of the waterfall - the portion toward the inside the concave canyon wall. Water continued to drip from the stream above, and echoed inside the small cave created by the ice column. From the bottom of the frozen fall, one gets a unique perspective of the ice in relation to the canyon.
After years of visiting Starved Rock in winter, I'm still amazed at the scale of these icefalls.
Posted by Tom Gill at Sunday, February 08, 2015