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28Feb2015_8

Swim Report – February 28, 2015 – Ice Capades Edition

Dave scouted out the lakefront yesterday, and the only area with open water was the Montrose south wall. But even with that potential, there was still a 15+ foot ice shelf along the shore that would require some heavy duty labor to gain access to the swimmable lake. Fortunately... Read More

14Feb2015_6

Swim Report – February 14, 2015 – Big Chill on Valentine’s Day

Given the frigid 17F air temperature, we decided to head out to the Montrose south wall in lieu of L1. And as it turned out, that was the best thing we could have done! I met up with Mike and Marton out at MSW just before sunrise (7:00am). We scoped out the swim area, and there... Read More

31Jan2015_5

(Belated) Swim Report – January 31, 2015 – Calm before the storm

We lucked out again last Saturday with the weather and lake conditions. There were some slight swells at North Avenue Beach, but L1 was completely calm. Once we cleared off L1, we were able to get in a swim up to the 1/8 mile mark until we ran into some ice sheets. Another... Read More

24Jan2014_1

Swim Report – January 24, 2015 – Return to L1!

As I sit here on Sunday morning looking out at the wet snow and biting wind, it’s quite apparent that we sure lucked out again on Saturday! When I arrived at L1, Marton was already out there chipping away at the ice-encased ladder. But for that obstacle, the entire swim... Read More

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L1’s Best Friends

One of the many benefits of getting out the the lakefront at sunrise is that you get to meet all the people taking their dogs on their morning walks. Here are a few of the “regulars” I’ve had the pleasure of seeing over the years. Funny thing, I always remember... Read More

17Jan2015_4

Swim Report – January 17, 2015 – Early Spring at North Avenue Beach

I parked temporarily in the bus drop off lane at NAB since I didn’t want to enter the lot and get stuck with a $10 tab in the event the swim was a bust (yes, I am notoriously frugal). Fortunately, while L1 was an inaccessible nightmare, we lucked out big time at NAB… I... Read More

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