Give The Gift Of Adventure!

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Let’s be honest. Shopping for the holidays can be hard, even stressful at times. In our opinion there is no better gift in the world than giving someone the gift of an adventure! This year make the holidays unforgettable with a gift of adventure and consider giving an experience gift instead of a physical one. This gift isn’t something that will be put in a closet and forgotten about months later, it is something that can be talked about and relived year after year. You can’t put a value on an experience. It goes beyond whatever monetary value was spent and as a bonus it can be a shared experience!

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Our guided ice climbing trips are a great way to experience the beauty of winter in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A frozen landscape, deep snow, and a fun adventure will help you create memories you will never forget!

We offer a variety of trip options and locations to help you have a perfect day. Whether you are a thrill seeker looking for a new experience, a veteran rock climber looking to expand your repertoire, or a seasoned ice climber just looking for a local to show you around a new area we can guarantee a great experience.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising is the center of the ice climbing world in the Upper Peninsula.  It’s where we run nearly all of our trips and where we’d suggest you go to climb.  Whether it’s your first time or your 500th, it’s always amazing.

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Research has proven that experiences make better presents—and boost well-being in the process. Additionally, there’s no awkward return receipt to deal with! Book your ice climbing adventure here!

30th Annual Michigan Ice Fest Postponed

 

Dear Ice Fest Family,

It is with the deepest regret that the organizers of the festival have made the difficult decision to postpone our 30th celebration of the Michigan Ice Festival due to the fact of increasing cases of COVID-19 in the Upper Peninsula and greater Midwest. It is our goal to keep our participants, staff, supporters and local community safe during these difficult times and feel it only prudent to get together when we feel it is safe to do so.

Michigan Ice Fest turns 30 years old this year. That’s right, for 30 years the Midwest ice climbing family has been making the trek to Munising to climb spectacular ice formations above a frozen landscape that stretches to an unbroken horizon. We planned a huge party to celebrate our anniversary. It was going to be one for the ages. Then everything changed. The world was different. We can’t gather 1,000 climbers in the Mather Auditorium to hear our heroes tell tales of adventure and daring. We’re not allowed to head down to the bar to share our own adventures with the dozens of new friends we made during the day. After 29 years of feeling like things would never change, they did. But, after the shock wore off, we realized that the Michigan Ice Fest is more than just parties and slideshows. It’s about the people and the place, and those things haven’t changed at all. Our family is still our family, and the ice will still form. If we can’t all get together this year, it just means that we’ll
have twice as many stories to share when we can. So while everything may look different this year, and we might not be celebrating our 30th festival in the way we planned, remember the U.P. air is still fresh and crisp, the snow is still a dazzling white, and Munising will always be waiting for you. Somethings never change.

We have put together a 2021 COVID Program where you can find loads of information about the history of our event, AAC Membership drive, photo contest, virtual presentations, your Ice Fest coupon code and a whole lot more!  During this winter please remember our outdoor industry sponsors as well as the local Munising businesses who have supported our event for the last 29 years.

Our rescheduled 30th Anniversary date will be February 9-13th 2022.

Thank you,

Michigan Ice Fest Staff

AMGA Course Offered This Spring!

The Michigan Ice Fest Guides will be offering an American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor Course as well as an SPI Assessment this September!

SPI COURSE May 17-19th 2021 Marquette Michigan  $530.00

The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. The SPI is the only
internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program in the United
States. This program is the industry standard for facilitating single pitch outdoor rock climbing.
It is also a highly beneficial program to complete prior to moving into the AMGA Guide Track
Programs.
The SPI Program consists of a 3 day course and separate 2 day assessment. Candidates should meet the required prerequisites prior to attending the course or assessment.
Prerequisites:
? You are a Professional Member of the AMGA.
? You have a genuine interest in rock climbing and instructing novices on single pitch
crags.
? You are at least 18 years old at the time of the course.
? You have at least 12 months prior climbing experience.
? You are an active climber with traditional lead climbing experience (leader placing pro).
? You have led a minimum of 15 traditional rock climbing routes (any grade).
? You are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on a top rope.

SPI ASSESSMENT SEPTMEMBER May 20-21 Marquette Michigan  $375.00
The SPI Assessment is two days in length (minimum of 16 hours assessment time) and will take place at a single pitch climbing area where there are a selection traditional lead routes in the 5.6 range and top roping routes in the 5.8 range. The assessment will examine all aspects of institutional single pitch climbing that the Single Pitch Instructor may encounter. Day one will look at climbing movement and all aspects of technical systems from anchoring to assistance skills and general climbing competence. On day two the examiner will arrange for volunteer novice clients (non-paying) for the candidates to instruct in a group setting.
Prerequisites
? You are a current member of the AMGA.
? You have successfully completed an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course.
? You have led a minimum of 40 traditional routes, most of which should be 5.6 and on a
variety of rock types.
? You are able to comfortably lead 5.6 traditional routes, which means you place
protection.

? You are able to comfortably climb 5.8 on top rope.
? The SPI Assessment can be taken directly following the SPI Course if the candidate
successfully completed the course and meets the assessment prerequisites. However, it is
highly recommended that the SPI Course candidate take time practicing and
consolidating the skills learned on the course before assessment (6-12 months).
? You do not need First Aid training to take the course or assessment. However, it is your
responsibility to hold appropriate medical certification for the location that you are
working in.

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 6 PARTICIPANTS PER COURSE! REGISTER HERE!

COURSE INSTRUCTOR
Karsten Delap
Originally from the flat lands of Indiana, Karsten has found his obsession in the mountains. He has climbed extensively throughout the United States and his experience outside of the U.S. includes many peaks over 17,000ft in Boliva and Equador, as well as major alpine objectives in Africa and Argentina. Lately Karsten has been traveling to more exotic climbing locals such as Armenia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand for work and play. Karsten spends his winters chasing ice and powder. Karsten is an AMGA certified Rock and Alpine guide and volunteers on many rescue teams throughout the Southeast. Karsten is an athlete with La Sportiva, Deuter, Bluewater Ropes, Julbo USA and Ibex Outdoor Clothing. More info at www.karstendelap.com

A Note From Graham

Hi friends,

Graham, here. I’ve spent the majority of my adult life focused on putting up new climbing routes in the “Greater Ranges,” those stretches of mountains holding the highest peaks in the world. These landscapes leave nothing to hide, including the impact our warming climate is having on them. While I’ve witnessed the changes to these hallowed natural spaces over the course of my career as a climber, I never thought I could be part of a solution to help preserve them until recently. As someone who makes a living traveling great distances to climb around the world, I thought it would be hypocritical to speak out as a climate advocate.

 

Fortunately, I’ve realized that there is a tremendous amount of potential impact that can be made by embracing my role as an imperfect advocate. That’s actually the title of my brand new film: An Imperfect Advocate. The film traces my steps over the past year working with Protect Our Winters to help spread awareness about how to catalyze change by taking action as an imperfect advocate, and Michigan plays a huge role in the direction of the film.

 

In 2019, I visited the state of Michigan and was so impressed by the climbing community, especially the contingent of ice climbers I met. Michigan’s climbing community is so passionate and unique, and it was such a positive learning experience for me to step outside of my regular echo chamber and interact with climbers who truly embody the kind, hardworking ethos of the Midwest. At first, I was intimidated by Michigan, but after visiting, interacting with the community and witnessing firsthand the incredible ice climbing the state possesses, it’s somewhere I can wait to return to.

 

It’s a place that needs to be protected and I hope through my film, that I can inspire Michigan climbers to take up the role of the imperfect advocate. Being an imperfect advocate comes down to our stories, stories that each one of us, of you, have. It’s about engaging others with our stories, doing it together and being supportive of one another. A massive part of this equation is using our votes as complements to our individual and collective narratives to preserve the one-of-a-kind landscapes of Michigan that inspire us.

 

The goal is to continue to engage in the activities that drive us but to do so in a carbon-neutral or carbon-efficient way by crafting systemic change that will be driven by policy and economic incentivization and that all comes from government. Our representative democracy is under stress, because of big business, and its influence, and because people aren’t voting. How do we reduce that stress? We engage with imperfect advocacy; we all make mistakes, we’re always learning, and if we let those imperfections give us permission to totally ignore climate, then we will never solve it.

 

The grit and endurance of climbing, and especially of the climbing community in Michigan, apply directly to climate advocacy. If we want to preserve the natural environment of Michigan for ourselves and future generations, it’s imperative that we get out the vote this fall.

 

Protect Our Winters and the Protect Our Winters Action Fund have developed a few handy tools to make the voting process easier for you. Think of them as tools on your journey to the summit during this important election.

 

Protect Our Winters Make A Plan To Vote Tool

POW Action Fund Voter Guidebook

 

Cheers,

 

Graham

An Imperfect Advocate

 

In the rarified air of the world’s wildest mountains, alpinist Graham Zimmerman has seen firsthand the effects of human-driven climate change on the world. He has seen glaciers recede, winters become shorter, and weather patterns become more volatile. As his eyes have been opened to the irreversible damage that humans are doing to the planet, he has been forced to acknowledge that he is complicit in destroying these places that he loves?. Despite his own carbon footprint, Graham decides that he must take action and joins Protect Our Winters, an advocacy group that enlists him in the fight against Climate Change. In doing so, he starts down the path of advocacy in an increasingly turbulent world. A world that will challenge him in many ways, not least of all, by asking if he can accept? his imperfections to become an effective advocate. www.instagram.com/grahamzimmerman

AMGA SPI Course To Be Offered!

The Michigan Ice Fest Guides will be offering an American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor Coure as well as an SPI Assessment this September!

SPI COURSE SEPTMEMBER 13-15th 2020 Marquette Michigan  $530.00 SOLD OUT!

SPI COURSE SEPTMEMBER 19-21st 2020 Marquette Michigan  $530.00

The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. The SPI is the only internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program in the United States. This program is the industry standard for facilitating single pitch outdoor rock climbing. It is also a highly beneficial program to complete prior to moving into the AMGA Guide Track Programs.

The SPI Program consists of a 3 day course and separate 2 day assessment. Candidates should meet the required prerequisites prior to attending the course or assessment.

Prerequisites:

  • You are a Professional Member of the AMGA.
  • You have a genuine interest in rock climbing and instructing novices on single pitch crags.
  • You are at least 18 years old at the time of the course.
  • You have at least 12 months prior climbing experience.
  • You are an active climber with traditional lead climbing experience (leader placing pro).
  • You have led a minimum of 15 traditional rock climbing routes (any grade).
  • You are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on a top rope.

SPI ASSESSMENT SEPTMEMBER 17-18th 2020 Marquette Michigan  $375.00

The SPI Assessment is two days in length (minimum of 16 hours assessment time) and will take place at a single pitch climbing area where there are a selection traditional lead routes in the 5.6 range and top roping routes in the 5.8 range. The assessment will examine all aspects of institutional single pitch climbing that the Single Pitch Instructor may encounter. Day one will look at climbing movement and all aspects of technical systems from anchoring to assistance skills and general climbing competence. On day two the examiner will arrange for volunteer novice clients (non-paying) for the candidates to instruct in a group setting.

Prerequisites

  • You are a current member of the AMGA.
  • You have successfully completed an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course.
  • You have led a minimum of 40 traditional routes, most of which should be 5.6 and on a variety of rock types.
  • You are able to comfortably lead 5.6 traditional routes, which means you place protection.
  • You are able to comfortably climb 5.8 on top rope.
  • The SPI Assessment can be taken directly following the SPI Course if the candidate successfully completed the course and meets the assessment prerequisites. However, it is highly recommended that the SPI Course candidate take time practicing and consolidating the skills learned on the course before assessment (6-12 months).
  • You do not need First Aid training to take the course or assessment. However, it is your responsibility to hold appropriate medical certification for the location that you are working in.

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 6 PARTICIPANTS PER COURSE! REGISTER HERE!

 

 

COURSE INSTRUCTOR

Karsten Delap

Originally from the flat lands of Indiana, Karsten has found his obsession in the mountains. He has climbed extensively throughout the United States and his experience outside of the U.S. includes many peaks over 17,000ft in Boliva and Equador, as well as major alpine objectives in Africa and Argentina. Lately Karsten has been traveling to more exotic climbing locals such as Armenia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand for work and play. Karsten spends his winters chasing ice and powder. Karsten is an AMGA certified Rock and Alpine guide and volunteers on many rescue teams throughout the Southeast. Karsten is an athlete with La Sportiva, Deuter, Bluewater Ropes, Julbo USA and Ibex Outdoor Clothing. More info at www.karstendelap.com

Michigan Ice Fest 2021

 

Over the last few months we have been thinking a lot about our Ice Fest family and we hope everyone is safe, healthy and persevering during this pandemic.  With this summer heat and concerns over COVID-19 we sure are longing for cold winter nights and climbing ice!

 

The Michigan Ice Fest staff are continuing to monitor all developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and our top priority remains the health and well-being of all Ice Fest family including participants, staff, volunteers and Munising community members.

 

We are moving forward with planning for our 30th Anniversary the weekend of February 10th-14th 2021, while also remaining flexible to make any necessary changes as more information becomes available. Many of you have been asking when registration will open and we feel that it would be prudent to wait until November 1st to begin registration.

If at some point it becomes apparent that we will have to cancel the fest, all registered participants will have the choice to receive a full refund or move their registration forward to the 2022 Michigan Ice Fest.

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