Clinics Still Available!


A great way to shorten your learning curve is to sign up for a clinic! Here is a list of clinics which still have openings:

Wednesday

Introduction to Ice

Back Country Adventure #2

 

Thursday

Top Rope Anchors

Back Country Adventure Grand Island

AAC Free Clinics

 

Friday

Women’s Introduction to Ice

 

Saturday

Youth Intro to Ice

Ice Climbing Photography

Adaptive Climbing

Introduction to Mixed Climbing

Women’s Back Country Adventure

 

Sunday

Introduction to Ice for People of Color

Back Country Adventure #2

 

Online registration closes January 28th so if you want into one of these clinics register today.  Already registered?  Use this form to add a class.

 

 

Ice Conditions Report 1-17-22

This weekend the Sand Point Parking lot was full of visiting climbers and it was so nice to see many old friends on this extended holiday weekend!  There is snow in the forecast and continuing cold temperatures which is adding up to a great ice climbing season.

BACKCOUNTRY

This weekend marked one of the  busiest of the season with climbers spread out across the park enjoying the great climbing conditions including the backcountry which is really starting to shape up.  Many reports coming in of folks getting back there and ticking off some of the classics.  Chris Stark and Brad Waggoner found fat conditions on HMR this weekend with After Midnight and On The Rocks coming in nicely.

 

After Midnight- HMR – On the Rocks 1-13-22

They found  typical conditions on the 3 mile approach to the trail head, then another 3 miles to Chapel Beach, and then the final mile to the top of the climb. Skis and snow shoes were needed for the final 2 miles to the beach.

Dairyland 1-13-22 PC Paul Kuenn

 

 

Our old friend and first ascentist of Dairyland, Paul Kuenn, made the trek out to this beautiful formation and from the looks of it, the climb is a bit thinner than usual but defiantly climbable!

The climb usually forms in two HUGE pillars fed by the creek above. Every year impressive bat wings form at the top that can be intimidating and offers interesting climbing while you top out.  From the frozen lake to the top of the cliff, it is over 60 meters high, with the actual climbing lasting for about 45 meters.

 

 

Bridalveil Falls 1-15-22 PC Bryan DeAugustine

 

 

Bryan and Jack DeAugustine made the extremely long 8 mile ski along Miners Castle Road to find beautiful sunny (but cold) conditions on Bridalveil Falls. Want to hit up this amazing climb but not into the long approach? Lake Superior Ice Caves Tours is running shuttles out the the Miners Area this winter.  Check them out here

Suck It Up PC John Miller

Some of the major pillars out the lakeshore are now starting to become climbable. On Saturday the Millers sent Suck It Up which more than likely was the first ascent of the season.  We also had a report of Midnight Rambler being in but pretty wet on Sunday.

FRONT COUNTRY

 

 

Almost all of the Front Country climbs are in and most of them saw action this weekend. We are also starting to see tourist showing up to look at the ice formations and watch climbers.  Please be courteous and remind them that it is not safe to walk under climbers as they climb as ice will and does fall!

Once again a friendly reminder that there is no parking along Sand Point Road at any time.  With the snow forecasted this Tuesday, the city and Park Service will be plowing so please drive down to the end of Sand Point Road and park in the lot and walk back to the trail head.

 

GRAND ISLAND

 

In other exciting news, there is skim ice all the way out to Grand Island from the public access dock!  IT IS NOT SAFE TO TRAVEL ON YET, but with continuing cold temperatures we are one step closer to be able to get out on the island! Conditions can and do change fast.  If you are planning a trip and have thoughts about going to the island you can call our guide service at 906-387-8025 or contact the Forrest Service or National Park Service to get up to the date lake ice conditions before venturing out.

East Channel Curtains 1-16-22

Be sure to check our website of social media channels for the latest ice conditions reports. If your group need 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!

Look at those temps!  With this kind of forecast we should be looking good for getting the rest of the formations climbable, and who knows, maybe Grand Island next weekend???

At Michigan Ice we take pride in being your go to site for current ice climbing conditions for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore as well as climbs throughout the Upper Peninsula. Planning a trip to Pictured Rocks? We have you covered for all the latest snow and ice conditions on all of your favorite climbs. Check back often for updates, pictures, and trip reports!

Ice Conditions Report 1-10-22

 

 

 

 

Be This weekend saw light traffic in the park but those who ventured out we treated to excellent conditions throughout the park. Currently most climbs are in with the exception of Giddy Up and Midnight Rambler but with our current weather coinditions that might have changed!  Sunday Munising experienced gale winds which has caused drifting snow.  If you are planning on heading to the back country this week you may encounter heavy drifting and snowshoes may be required if you are the first to hit the trail. Not wanting to battle the long approaches?  Lake Superior Ice Caves Tours is running shuttles out the the Miners Area.  Check them out here

 

Michigan Ice Fest Guide Tip: If there is blowing snow and extreme wind chills like we had Sunday, a good area choice would be to head where there are bowls to protect from the wind.  Twin Fall is one on the most protective climbs from the elements.  A couple notes: check the parking lot for climbers cars before heading in as it is a 10 minute walk and would be a bummer to see another party beat you to the climbs.  Also, a portion of the approach travels along the nordic ski trail. PLEASE do not walk on the groomed trail.  The Park Service spends valuable time and money to groom these trails for skiers and we appreciate the hard work they do.

 

 

 

 

Check out this six day forecast!  Hoping that these tempratures will start freezing the lake so that by February we may be able to head out to Grand Island!

 

 

Be sure to check our website of social media channels for the latest ice conditions reports. If your group need 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!

At Michigan Ice we take pride in being your go to site for current ice climbing conditions for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore as well as climbs throughout the Upper Peninsula. Planning a trip to Pictured Rocks? We have you covered for all the latest snow and ice conditions on all of your favorite climbs. Check back often for updates, pictures, and trip reports!

Covid Precautions 2022

 

COVID PRECAUTIONS

The Michigan Ice Fest staff are continuing to monitor all developments regarding the ongoing pandemic, and our top priority remains the health and well-being of our Ice Fest family including participants, staff, volunteers and Munising community members.

Many of you have been asking about what precautions we will be taking at the fest and the following are procedures for the festival. Please be courteous to your fellow climbers, volunteers, athletes and our staff.

Masks

Masks will be required in all indoor spaces during the festival.  This includes headquarters, presentations, indoor socials and shuttle busses and vans.  We appreciate everyones cooperation is helping keep our community safe.  If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us.

Social Distancing

We will do our best to create space to allow people to maintain social distance.  This won’t always be possible and is one of the reasons masking will be required.

Presentations

Masks will be required inside Mather Auditorium and for those who would feel more comfortable watching them from their couch, we are making preperations to livestream all Coffee Talks and Evening Presenations

Sanitation

Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the event spaces to help with general sanitation.

Future Changes

We will continue to follow guidance from local and state public health and safety officials to help make a safe Ice Fest experience for everyone involved. For up to date information regarding the festival please monitor our web, facebook and Instagram pages.

Ice Conditions Update- Because Michael Ganley wants to Know

 

 

 

 

Just a quick update- if you are loooking to get on some ice, this weekend is lining up to be amazing!  The ice is thick and with a few exceptions almost everything is in. One of our most popular questions from folks including Michael Ganley is- what’s the Dryer Hose like?  Well this morning it was oustanding.  Perfect temps, light snow falling and perfect swings!

Ode to The Dryer Hose

Way up in the old U.P.
Just out of Mew-ni-sing
There rose a pitch of water ice
A beauty to be seen.

It hung from a lip with air all ‘round.
Stood tall as a lean white birch.
To gaze at it and contemplate
Was like a prayer in church.

Tall and fine, its cold crystals set
Straight as a drop of water falls.
To take the sharp end up that path
Really took some … er … nerve!

Alas, and now it wears a “skirt”;
Its steepness lost to fools.
Today some dance upon its flanks
Without even using tools!

Old memories long for the day,
When challenge it would pose.
But now it’s just an “easy day”,
Since someone took The Hose.

Yes, Way up in the old U.P.
At Ice Fest it still flows.
But, the thrill will never be the same,
Since someone took The Hose.

Author Phil Watts

Today it is known as The Dryer Hose, but the original route was Life’s A Pitch.  The Dryer Hose was so named because a well-placed clothes dryer hose directed water from a small stream over an undercut sandstone edge to form a direct flow for freezing. When the Pictured Rocks National Park administration decided to actively promote the ice climbing resource, they removed the dryer hose. The route name was changed to protect the innocent.

 

 

Just a quick reminder that there is no parking along Sand Point Road at any time.  With the snow forcasted the city and Park Service will be plowing so please drive down to the end of Sand Point Road and park in the lot and walk back to the trail head.  (Pro Tip: back into the parking spot as the winds off Lake Superior can plummel the front end of your vehicle)

 

Looks like this weeks weather forecast is fantastic for making ice and getting some more snow on the ground! If you are extending the weekend and staying through Monday better bring the heavy weight undies as it is going to be a cold one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check our website of social media channels for the latest ice conditions reports. If your group need 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!

At Michigan Ice we take pride in being your go to site for current ice climbing conditions for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore as well as climbs throughout the Upper Peninsula. Planning a trip to Pictured Rocks? We have you covered for all the latest snow and ice conditions on all of your favorite climbs. Check back often for updates, pictures, and trip reports!

Ice Fest Registration News- Pints, Classes, Last Day to Register & Covid Proceedures!

 

Deadlines are approaching!  We still have about 100 Klean Kanteen pints to give out for those who preregister, so the time is now!  Who wants a cool 30th Anniversary vessel to drink out of? We also still have several openings for classes with some amazing athletes!  To register and join a clinic head here!

 

Last Day to Register Online

Only 36 days until the start of the 2022 Michigan Ice Fest!  We will be closing our online registration January 28th. That doesn’t mean you can’t still register at the door, but the price goes up by $20 for registration and $20 for the demo fee! ($80 registration at the door and $75 demo at the door totals $155, as opposed to $115 online before January 28th).  Don’t hesitate! Grab your friends and sign up online!

 

COVID PRECAUTIONS

The Michigan Ice Fest staff are continuing to monitor all developments regarding the ongoing pandemic, and our top priority remains the health and well-being of our Ice Fest family including participants, staff, volunteers and Munising community members.

Many of you have been asking about what precautions we will be taking at the fest and the following are procedures for the festival. Please be courteous to your fellow climbers, volunteers, athletes and our staff.

Masks

Masks will be required in all indoor spaces during the festival.  This includes headquarters, presentations, indoor socials and shuttle busses and vans.  We appreciate everyones cooperation is helping keep our community safe.  If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us.

Social Distancing

We will do our best to create space to allow people to maintain social distance.  This won’t always be possible and is one of the reasons masking will be required.

Sanitation

Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the event spaces to help with general sanitation.

Future Changes

We will continue to follow guidance from local and state public health and safety officials to help make a safe Ice Fest experience for everyone involved. For up to date information regarding the festival please monitor our web, facebook and Instagram pages.

Ice Conditions Report 1-3-22 Some Good News!

Sweet Mother Moses PC John Miller

Happy New Year!  We finally have some good news regarding ice conditions over in Munising.  After a painfully slow start, recent temperatures have formed quite quickly and most formations are now climbable! Virtually everything in the front country has formed with the exception of  No Boundaries, Sandpoint Falls and Three Sisters. The back country climbs are also in have have seen some early ascents.  Earlier we posted that a crew went out to HMR and found favarable conditions. While they have punched a trail into the climb, snow is in the forecast so be prepared with skis or snowshoes and by all means get an alpine start!

HMR  PC David Hixenbaugh 

 

Singing in the Rain PC David Hixenbaugh

 

We are getting a lot of inquires on the status of Grand Island. The lake ice is just starting to form. Will it be ready for Ice Fest? That remains to be seen, we will need some cold days and nights to happen and fortunately the forecast looks promising.

                                         The Dryer Hose PC John Miller

 

Be sure to check our website of social media channels for the latest ice conditions reports. If your group need 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!

Looks like this weeks weather forecast is fantastic for making ice and getting some more snow on the ground!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Michigan Ice we take pride in being your go to site for current ice climbing conditions for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore as well as climbs throughout the Upper Peninsula. Planning a trip to Pictured Rocks? We have you covered for all the latest snow and ice conditions on all of your favorite climbs. Check back often for updates, pictures, and trip reports!

2022 New Product Highlight- Clothing!

 

The Michigan Ice Fest has always been a place where climbers can come and get a first look at the most innovative new climbing products on the market. This year we will give a preview here as well as having it available at our online store as well as “in person” at the Michigan Ice Fest Headquarters during the Festival!
During Ice Fest our headquarters is the ultimate “toy shop” that a climber can dream of. From clothing to gear if it is made for ice climbing, you’ll find it here! All of the leading manufacturers will have booths set up displaying and selling the latest and greatest gear with sales representatives on hand to answer any questions you might have. And that’s not even the best part! As a participant at the Michigan Ice Fest you are entitled to a 20% discount on all purchases made during the festival.

 

Patagonia Das Light Hoody

An ultralight belay hoody for getting after it in the mountains. The DAS® Light Hoody is a core alpine piece designed using PlumaFill synthetic insulation; its ultralightweight, water-resistant, downlike warmth is paired with a coated shell for enhanced weather resistance. Fair Trade Certified™ sewn.

 

 

 

 

RAB Xenair Insulated Jacket

Thanks to warm, adaptable, air-permeable fabric, the men’s Rab Xenair Alpine insulated jacket negates the need to change up your layers, making it ideal for start-stop activities in the cold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAB Women’s Ascendor Pant

Whether you’re squeezing in a climb between snow storms, or out for long winter mountaineering days, the Women’s Ascendor Pants are fully featured mid-weight softshell pants offering breathability, movement, and weather resistance for active mountain or alpine use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Diamond Stance Belay Parka

Redesigned for 2019 to endure bail-worthy belay conditions on single-pitch winter routes and huge alpine faces alike, the Black Diamond Belay Parka lets you hunker down while your partner battles it out on the sharp end. Our warmest synthetic jacket, the updated Stance features a new, more durable shell fabric with a PFC-free DWR finish and two layers of lofty ThermoLite® insulation that provides serious warmth even when wet. A two-way zipper allows access to your belay device, and oversized hand, chest and internal drop pockets store gloves, water bottles and other on-route essentials.

 

La Sportivia Excelsor Pant

A super breathable eco-friendly soft-shell pant made for long days logging vert, ski-touring or on mountaineering expeditions. The Excelsior Pant provides maximum comfort and plenty of easily accessible storage pockets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The North Face Women’s Summit L2 Future Fleece

The slim-fit Women’s Summit L2 FUTUREFLEECE™ Hoodie provides unrestricted freedom-of-movement and has an unparalleled warmth-to-weight ratio, making it an absolute must-pack for active adventures.