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Winter is one more season outdoors for La Crosse man

8:33 AM, Jan. 11, 2013
Ben Mahaffey, of Galesville, Wis., is an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys winter camping, kayaking, and ice climbing.
Ben Mahaffey, of Galesville, Wis., is an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys winter camping, kayaking, and ice climbing.
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When Ben Mahaffey readies his ice-climbing gear, he's often standing in front of what's known as a "seep," a small area of water, independent of a spring or river, slowly leaking from the ground or a cliff and freezing vertically.

This feature's birth isn't unlike Mahaffey's passion for winter recreation. It started as a little interest stemming from warmer outdoor activities. It grew a little more, and a little more, until Mahaffey was sinking a pick into a seven-story ice sheet.

Mahaffey, 27, lives in Galesville with his fiancÚ, Meg Schlitter. He attends physical therapy graduate school ...

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