This past week we experienced warm sunny conditions which took its toll on many of the ice formations in the park. While the true waterfalls are unstable to climb, there is still plenty of ice to be climbed. True seeps like HMR are in and as fat as they have been all season. Brian Kaufman’s crew headed out to find HMR fat but really wet this past weekend!
In the Front Country, (because Michael Ganley wants to know) the Dryer Hose is currently unclimbable, but who knows, maybe by the weekend it will heal up! The true seeps such as Prelude, Opening Curtains, Boomer Falls, The Curtains, Lake Shore Curtains, Totally Todd and timeless Art of Seduction are in prime condition. The advantage of coming up and climbing in March is that the seeps are bigger, the ice is solid, our days are longer and after suffering all winter long sunshine and warmer temperatures makes for easier climbing! Another bonus is that there are less climbers so there won’t be a competition for the climbs.
Over the next three days, we will have rounds of wintry precipitation ahead of a strong storm system. We should see icy/slippery roads, and accumulating snow. We’re looking at around a quarter of an inch of ice and 3-6 inches of wet snow with more than 7 inches in the higher elevations.
Be sure to check our website of social media channels for the latest ice conditions reports. If your group needs to rent gear Down Wind Sports in Munising offers Ice Gear rentals and are open 7 days a week. Check out the rental details here!
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