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Droves of people are braving the cold to hike a frozen Lake Superior to see dramatic ice caves in northern Wisconsin. Since ...
the caves were deemed accessible in January, more than 35,000 have hiked to see the ice formations. (Feb. 13)
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SHOTLIST: AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYTown of Bayfield, Wisconsin - February 7, 20141. Wide of people walking on frozen Lake Superior2. SOUNDBITE (English): Julie Van Stappen, chief of planning and resource management at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. "Usually the ice is the prettiest and the best first thing in the year but once it gets above freezing then you get thawing and it gets a little milkier and you lose some of that delicate part of the formations." +++ SOUNDBITE mostly covered with shots 1-8 +++3. Tight of ice4. Tight of hoar frost5. Medium of hoar frost 6. Tight of hoar frost 7. Wide of Van Stappen walking in cave8. SOUNDBITE (English): Tom Wiebusch (wee-BUSH), Rogers, Minn, "Well it's just really cool that you could access it by foot where normally I don't have a kayak so I could never come out here but now we can hike it."+++ SOUNDBITE mostly covered with shots 9-11 +++ 9. Wide of people walking on frozen lake10. Medium of spikes of ice11. Tight of inside of cave wall12. SOUNDBITE (English): Julie Olson, Coon Rapids, Minn. "Absolutely beautiful. We've stopped at every place around that we can and taken photos. We are trying to get photos of the blue ice, which shows how cold it is."+++ SOUNDBITE mostly covered with shots 11-15 +++ 13. Wide of Julie Olson walking14. Medium of Julie Olson taking photos15. Pan of Olson taking photos16. SOUNDBITE (English): Julie Van Stappen, chief of planning and resource management at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. "There's one area where there's just ice seeping out and it almost looks like a Cousin It. It has kind of someone's hairy head coming down and there's other ones where there's columns and there's water actually coming down the columns. The ice feature are really fragile so it's not a good place for ice for say ice climbing." +++ SOUNDBITE covered with shots 17-24 +++ 17. Medium of cave with view of frozen lake18. Tight of ice19. Medium of ice formations that look like heads of hair20. Medium of orangish-pinkish ice formation21. Wide of frozen lake and rocks with sun peaking out22. Tight of water dripping down 23. Medium of icy hole in rocks24. Tight of spikes of ice25. Wide of person taking photos26. SOUNDBITE (English): Julie Van Stappen, chief of planning and resource management at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. "There are some that are more pinkish color. And that's more from some of the sandstone eroding and them getting incorporated into the ice. +++ SOUNDBITE mostly covered with shots 25-29 +++ 27. Tight of ice28. Medium of white and orangish ice looking toward sky29. Medium of orangish ice30. SOUNDBITE (English): Tom Wiebusch (wee-BUSH), Rogers, Minn, "You see everything it's so massive and so big that it's just awesome."+++ SOUNDBITE mostly covered with shots 29, 31 +++ 31. Wide pan of ice and rocks32. SOUNDBITE (English): Julie Van Stappen, chief of planning and resource management at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. "Word has spread and people are coming out in droves and it's amazing because it's so cold. And people are still coming and enjoying it, which is great."+++ SOUNDBITE covered with shots 31-35 +++ 33. Wide of people with snow blowing34. Medium of snow blowing and people35. Wide of ice cave36. Medium of ice looking toward sky38. Medium of ice spikes dripping39. Wide of ice and rocks40. Tight of ice41. Wide of people walking through view of ice cave in sunsetSTORYLINE: This winter's relentless cold is not keeping an unprecedented number of people from trekking on a frozen Lake Superior to view the ice caves in northern Wisconsin. Julie Van Stappen, Chief of Planning and Resource Management at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, says since they deemed the caves accessible Jan. 15 more than 35,000 have hiked to the caves. She described it as unprecedented. The last time they were accessible was in February 2009, when about 8,500 people visited in the first month. She says social media is playing a bigger part this year in getting the word. She says because it's been so cold for so long a lot of the clear and blue ice formations have remained, rather than melting and reforming into cloudy ice. Other highlights include orangish-pink formations, from the sandstone eroding as well as delicate frost.