Special Announcement On The Demo

May 25th, 2015 Comments off

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We are pretty stoked that registration for the 2016 Michigan Ice Fest is open and registrations are flowing in!  One important change in this years Ice Fest is that if you have signed up for a class-Demo gear will be provided for the day of your class as part of the class fee.  If you plan on using demo gear the rest of the weekend you must pay the $40 demo fee. Non Climbing classes do not receive demo gear.

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Say What? 2016 Michigan Ice Fest Registration Is Offically Open!

May 12th, 2015 Comments off

 

 

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Well it is May and the ice season has just ended here in the Upper Peninsula and we are already stoked to start climbing again!  Our big news is that registration for all of Michigan Ice Fest 2016 courses is now officially open!  We have been working really hard for the last few months to organize and offer a spectacular event for the 2016 season.  Check out the new additions to your Michigan Ice Fest!

NEW FOR 2016

*Intermediate Course

*Intermediate Women’s Course

*Advanced Leading Course

*Back Country Adventure

*Photography/Rigging Workshop

*1/2 Day Clinics

*Ice Climbing Teaser Course

* Belay Station and Transitions on Multi Pitch Course

* Equipment Modification Clinic

* Ice Screw and Anchor Placement Clinic

* Decreased Registration Fee

* Decreased Demo Fee

*Class participants will get demo gear for their class day only

*Ice Fest starts a day earlier on Wednesday Feb 10th 2016!

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Our clinics are the perfect opportunity to gain experience and knowledge from some of the best climbers in the world!  We have scheduled our athletes to teach our Saturday through Sunday courses.   All courses Wednesday – Friday will be taught by local climbers.  All MIF clinics are first come first served, so we highly recommend you sign up as soon as possible to ensure you get into the clinic you are interested in. Space is limited in all of our clinics!   For a complete list of of clinics please click HERE

 

We are so excited for the 2016 event with the release of the Michigan Ice Film, new courses, and an excitement building around ice climbing in the Midwest.  Please help spread the word to your friends that registration is now open.  Just like last year, our registration is online so if you are interested in locking up a spot in one of the clinics click HERE

THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS IF PARTICIPANTS CANCEL! 

THESE CLINICS FILL UP FAST!

Unfortunately we must adhere to a strict no refund policy due to high demand of our clinics. If you have any questions regarding Ice Fest please dont hesitate to contact bill at:  downwindsports@gmail.com  or by calling 906-226-7112

 

 

Ben Erdmann- Cerro-Torre 2015

May 5th, 2015 Comments off

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May 3rd = 7 Months of Munising Ice Climbing!

May 3rd, 2015 Comments off

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It may have been 72 degrees today but all that meant was that there were to be no cold toes today!  Today, May 3rd , marked 7 months of ice climbing in the Upper Peninsula- a fact we are very proud of!  It all started back in November when a heavy snowstorm dumped 20 plus inches of snow and provided moisture to develop the first climbable ice.

November 13th climbing

November 13th climbing

 

May 3rd, Munising Michigan

May 3rd, Munising Michigan

 

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Tucked in the shade along Sand Point Road, Opening Curtains have survived warm temperatures, spring rains, and now 7 months of ascents!  Today is bitter sweet as we have to clean our gear and store it away for the warm summer months but, in a short 6 months we will be back at it again and looking to do a lot more climbing in the 2016 season!

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Ice Conditions- 4-16-15

April 17th, 2015 Comments off

16991137928_ce8dfdc3bc_zHow bittersweet.  We suffer all winter long with minus 20 degree temperatures and when it warms up to where we can climb in short sleeve shirts, no gloves, and dare I say even sweating…our precious ice deteriorates so quickly!  Warm temps all week have taken a toll on the climbs with all waterfalls being done for the season and the seeps are starting to follow!

Opening Curtain

Opening Curtain

 

April Ice

April Ice

 

As it stands, Prelude Curtain, Opening Curtain, April Ice, and the far left side of the Curtains are the only climbs along Sand Point Road that are still climbable.  Small Curtains along the Lakeshore Trail should also be in….but this weekend just might be the last opportunity if you are stoked to get on the last remaining  small climbs of the season!

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Ice Conditions 4-12-15

April 13th, 2015 Comments off

16947406599_8a1a5e7506_zThis weekend in the U.P. saw temperatures jumping into 60-70′s joining the rest of the Midwest in spring like weather.  Ice conditions are mixed with many climbs being deteriorated and becoming unclimbable.  On the other hand there are still small seeps that are fat and very climbable.  Still wanna ice climb?  Looks like you still have some time….but don’t delay too much!  Most climbs along Sand Point Road and the Lakeshore climbs between Three Sisters and Kramer Curtains are going to be your best bet.

The Good The Bad The Ugly

The Good The Bad The Ugly

 

Three Sisters

Three Sisters

 

Three Sisters

Three Sisters

 

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The Timeless Art of Seduction

The Timeless Art of Seduction

 

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AGF

AGF

 

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A big thanks to John Miller and Michael Ganley for the photo submissions!  Don’t forget to call 906-226-7112 for the up to minute conditions report.

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Ice Conditions Report 4-5-15

April 6th, 2015 Comments off

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First week of April and the Upper Peninsula ice is holding its own!  Soft hero ice and cold temperatures- better make a trip up to climb as it really doesn’t get much better than that!  Same report as last week- many of the true waterfalls are not climbable, as is many of the climbs that are filly exposed to the sun.  Seeps tucked back in the woods are going strong.  Looks like we have some more climbing to do!

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Ice Conditions 3-29-15

March 30th, 2015 Comments off

16357550593_a8b33d3b62_zWhile it may be spring in your neck of the woods we are still full on winter up here!  This weekend brought  a mix of conditions with a sunny Saturday to a white out on Sunday.  Most climbs are still in and some are actually still growing!  Check out the following photos from this weekend to see if one of your favorites is still in.  As always if you are planning on coming up please use good judgement on choosing your route as these climbs can change daily.

 

Midnight Rambler

Midnight Rambler

 

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Dairyland

Dairyland

 

The Ampitheater

The Ampitheater

 

The Dryer Hose

The Dryer Hose

 

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

 

Thanks to Bryon Thelen for contributing to this conditions report!

 

Ice Conditions Report- 3-22-15

March 23rd, 2015 Comments off

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We were not able to get out this past weekend but Munising local and Ice Fest staffer Mario make the pilgrimage out to grand Island and found these beautiful formations still hanging in there.  Lake ice was still good and climbable ice is a “healed over snowcone”.  With a snowstorm slated for Wednesday it looks like our season will be extended for a few more weeks!  As always please use good judgement in selecting your climbs this time of year!

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Ice Conditions Report 3-16-15

March 16th, 2015 Comments off

 

 

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Mid March and loads of climbers still getting after it in Munising this weekend!  Reports coming in are a mixed bag of conditions.  As expected anything with exposure to the sun is extremely sun baked and similar to climbing a giant snowcone.  Nic committed to the brutal ski out to HMR to find it still in climbing condition!

Looking up HMR

Looking up HMR

 

Other groups crossed the lake ice to access what was probably the last day of climbing on the East Channel.  Large sections are beginning to come down as the sun continues its destruction of these amazing climbs.

East Channel Grand Island 3-14-15

East Channel Grand Island 3-14-15

 

East Channel 3-14-15

East Channel 3-14-15

 

While the news tends to be bleak for true water falls and climbs exposed to the sun……..many of the seeps that are hidden in the shadows of the cliffs remain solid and climbable!  At this time of year if you are planning one last trip it would be best to check our conditions report to make sure the climbs you would like to tag are still in.

 

 

Dryer Hose 3-15-15

Dryer Hose 3-15-15

 

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Dryer Hose 3-15-15

 

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Climbs that were in and reported climbable this weekend:

HMR

Sweet Mother Moses

Dryer Hose

Curtains, Opening Curtain, Prelude Curtain

Twin Falls

West Shore Grand Island

 

Climbs that are not climbable

Giddy Up

East Channel (was climbed but now the lake ice is too unstable to cross)

 

 

Call 906-226-7112 for up to minute conditions report!

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