About the Michigan Ice Fest Guides

Starting in the early 90s, the Michigan Ice Fest has been a place for ice climbers to meet, climb, and socialize in Munising Michigan.  The spectacular ice in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore draws climbers from around the world to the festival making it one of the largest gatherings of ice climbers in the world.

Around 2015, as the festival grew and more climbers learned about the ice in the Munising area, we started getting requests for trips outside of the festival weekend.  People who couldn’t make the festival due to scheduling issues, but still wanted to experience ice climbing,  or people who wanted a trip that was a little more intimate, reached out and our guide service was born.

Being year round climbers, it was natural to offer summer rock climbing trips as well. Having guides throughout the Upper Peninsula we have an intimate knowledge of all of the available climbing areas and can create fun, memorable experiences throughout the peninsula.

We pride ourselves on having the best trained and most experienced guides in the area with decades of combined guiding and teaching experience. A focus on safety, education and adventure help make us one of the Midwest’s premier climbing guide services.

Why Choose MIFG?

American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Trained/Certified Rock climbing Guides

Rock & Ice climbing is a grand adventure, but it isn’t without risk. There is no one more qualified than our company to ensure that you have a safe, instructional, adventurous outing.

We are climbing professionals who pride ourselves on providing excellent service and the highest possible quality instruction. To that end, we employ ONLY rock climbing guides and instructors who are Single Pitch Trained/certified by the AMGA.

To be honest we not only employ guides who truly love what they do and who want to share their passion for climbing with you, they are darn nice people. When not guiding our guides are adventurers and if they aren’t working, you’ll likely find them climbing!


MIFG have secured permits for operating within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

MIFG are operating under special use permit with the Hiawatha National Forest for climbing on Grand Island, as well as the Ottawa National Forest for rock climbing at Silver Mountain.

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