Ice Conditions Report 12-10-19

Well it has been a while since we have done a conditions report and that’s because there certainly hasn’t been much to reports.  Two weeks of 30 degree temperatures did not produce much ice so here we sat patiently waiting.  Good news!  Lots of snow has fallen and the temps are breaking and it is getting really cold this week!

 

Our Munising locals the Millers were out the last few days snooping around to see if anything was in and we are happy to relay to everyone that seeps like the School Room, Big Pine Pillar and a few lines at the Curtains have formed.

 

All waterfalls are still not formed yet and hopefully by the holidays we should be good to go. As always we will be posting the most up to date conditions so please keep checking back. Please be mind full that these formations are extremely delicate and knocking any pillars down at this point may take a long time to reform. BEFORE MAKING THE LONG DRIVE UP– please call Down Wind Sports for up to the minute conditions: 906-226-7112

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!

Black Friday Blues?

Having troubles finding that perfect gift?  Why not give the gift of adventure?  Many of our beginning ice climbing classes still have openings and would make the perfect Christmas gift for someone special.  Will they remember that pair of socks or an amazing day ascending the frozen pillars of ice at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with one of our professional  athletes?  Sign them up here!

Can’t make Ice Fest?  We also offer guided climbing trips starting in December!

Ice Conditions Report 11-24-19

The Michigan Ice Fest Guides decided to check out the front country climbs this morning and the good news is that this weeks warm weather and rain did not completely destroy the climbs but they certainly did not grow them either.  We only found a couple of lines to climb at Opening Curtain as the rest were just to delicate to get on just yet.

 

 

The six day forecast looks promising as the temps will be cooling down over the holiday and we are expecting some snow. No pillars are formed yet and any climbs along the lakeshore that is exposed to the sun has most likely come down.  No reports if Bridalveil and HMR have survived but we hope to get out there to check them out soon. (EDIT HMR is not in!)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving from all of the staff of the Michigan Ice Fest!

As always we will be posting the most up to date conditions so please keep checking back. Please be mind full that these formations are extremely delicate and knocking any pillars down at this point may take a month to reform. BEFORE MAKING THE LONG DRIVE UP– please call Down Wind Sports for up to the minute conditions: 906-226-7112

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!

Just Added: Presentation: Caroline Gleich Adventure and Activism – Friday 6:30pm – Mather Auditorium

 

Presentation: Caroline Gleich Adventure and Activism – 6:30pm – Mather Auditorium
What do adventure and activism have in common and how can adventurers use their skills to mobilize and create social and environmental impact? In this talk, Caroline Gleich will share her personal stories about Himalayan ski mountaineering and citizen activism, highlighting the parallels between adventure and advocacy and give you tools and advice to influence public policy.

Petzl Presents Lakeshore to Curtains Clinic

Ice climbers flock from all over the country to climb on the steep pillars of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The setting is iconic but also has many challenges and hazards. The goal of this two-day clinic is to introduce participants how to be self-sufficient on the Lakeshore Ice. We will analyze case studies from past incidents at PRNL, learn how to get the most out of our day and not epic. If you have been climbing at the Curtains for several years and want to learn how to make the transition to the Lakeshore ice this is a clinic for you. Day one is focused on learning the basics skills of finding an ice climb, assessing it, climbing it, and returning in a controlled setting at the Curtains. Day two will be implementing those skills in the field on real backcountry Lakeshore Ice. Participants will lead the backcountry ice day under the direct supervision of seasoned AMGA guide and Petzl Athlete, Karsten Delap.

Class is two days, Wednesday and Thursday

 

 

 

Karsten spends his winters chasing ice and powder and the rest of the year traveling the world working for Fox Mountain Guides heading up their alpine programs. Karsten is an AMGA certified Rock and Alpine guide and volunteers on many rescue teams throughout the Southeast.

Ice Conditions Report 11-17-19 It’s on!

It has been so much fun watching friends getting after the early season ice up in the Canadian Rockies, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado but I do have to say we have been a bit jealous!  This weekend the Michigan Ice Fest Guides hit the back country to see what might be in and climbable.  Nic Dobbs and David Hixenbaugh were the first to make the long pilgrimage out to HMR and they were rewarded with great conditions and the seasons first ascent.

 

According to the guys the formation is coming in wider than normal so hopefully more ice will fill in and offer interesting variations throughout the season. Kudos’s to them for taking the chance and heading out there to set a track for everyone else!

 

 

Sunday we hit Bridalveil Falls as Miners Castle Road is still passable with a four wheel drive vehicle.  Climbers right of the falls were in with soft hero ice making for an enjoyable afternoon of running laps on this classic formation. Hardshells are recommended as there is still an open flow on the falls proper and the climb tends to be wet.

The warmer temperatures on Sunday meant that some of the less stable ice to the east of us was dropping off into the lake for the entire time we were climbing.

Currently there are no pillars to climb in Munising and the front country seeps are just beginning to touch down.  Be sure to assess all of the climbs that you are attempting this time of year.

As always we will be posting the most up to date conditions so please keep checking back. Please be mind full that these formations are extremely delicate and knocking any pillars down at this point may take a month to reform. BEFORE MAKING THE LONG DRIVE UP– please call Down Wind Sports for up to the minute conditions: 906-226-7112

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!

Caroline Gleich Is Heading To The Fest!

Caroline Gleich is a professional ski mountaineer and adventurer based in Salt Lake City, UT. When she’s not on snow, she loves trail running, alpine climbing, ridge scrambling, biking and dreaming about her next human-powered adventure. You may have seen her on the cover of Powder, Backcountry or Ski Magazines or in some ski films. A nature lover since birth, Caroline uses her voice as an athlete to advocate for social and environmental causes, working on issues such as climate change, clean air, gender equality and cyber harassment with non-profits such as Protect Our Winters, HEAL Utah, Winter Wildlands Alliance, Wilderness Society, and the American Alpine Club. Caroline’s goal is to inspire people to get outside, live a healthy, active lifestyle and protect the places we love to play. Follow her on social media, @carolinegleich!

Hungry? Brittany Griffith To Bring Her Cooking Skills Back To Ice Fest!

 

 

 

Join climbing chef extraordinaire Brittany Griffith as she shares some of her Patagonia Provisions culinary secrets. Why a cooking class at an Ice Fest? Who doesn’t want to eat well on their next adventure? Stop by hungry and sample some of these amazing Patagonia Provisions creations!

Patagonia Provisions Cooking Demo Friday & Saturday 4pm Community Center

Yeti Breakfast Saturday 10am The Curtains Demo Area

Why Does Patagonia Produce Food?

The tradition and culture of food have always been important to us at Patagonia. On our many travels, the meals—cedar-planked salmon with First Nations friends in BC, tsampa in yak-hair tents in Tibet, asado and chimichurri with Patagonian gauchos—become a vital part of the experience. What we eat does more than just fill our stomachs and nourish our bodies; good food lifts our spirits and helps us understand the world a little better.

 

Brittany Griffith

When climbers talk about keeping up with the best of them, the proverbial “them” includes ultra-badass Brittany Griffith. A committed lifer to the sport Griffith has climbed, led, and bolted some of the most challenging routes around the world, collecting once-in-a-lifetime stories that deserve a page of their own. While her skills beyond climbing are vast and venerable, her self-described “Gypsy Kitchen” cooking style deserves a mention, keeping her fellow climbers well-fed with what’s on hand. One of Patagonia’s ambassadors, Brittany will bring her climbing and cooking skills to the fest.