Ice Conditions Report 11-18-18 The Season Begins!

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!

Sunday Michigan Ice Fest Guides, David Hixenbaugh, Linda Wappner and Bill Thompson ran out to Bridal Veil Falls on the chance that it might be climbable.  Upon reaching the waterfall, there most certainly was climbable ice although it is extremely wet with the center of the river not quite frozen yet.

The climbing was stout and after one route the rope was frozen solid due to the river water blowing over onto the climb. Moving inland we poked around and saw that the ice is starting to show up in the park but virtually no other climbs in the park are climbable yet.

We did find a very small formation to play on along the Potato Chip Wall where it was nice to get some delicate sticks in.

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

Special thanks goes out to Jesse and Kim Dollaway for the shots!

Jackson Marvell Heading Back To Munising!

Jackson Marvell was born and raised in Provo, Utah.  He started climbing at the age of 15 up the local canyon, upon turning 16 and obtaining a drivers license he began making the weekend commute to the different areas of the Utah desert.  That same year he also began ice climbing up Provo canyon several times a week.  Now Jackson still spends his weekends climbing towers in the desert but you can also find him on an annual trip to Alaska in the spring or traveling to a foreign country for a big wall climbing trip in the summer.  His next adventure is lining up to be an exploratory ice climbing trip to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan this upcoming January. Jackson makes his way to his first ice fest courtesy of our Title Sponsor Black Diamond

Patagonia Presents: Mountain of Storms

The 50th anniversary of an underground classic. They called themselves Fun Hogs. In 1968, five friends took a road trip to climb Cerro Fitz Roy, and documented the whole thing on a 16mm Bolex. Along the way they surfed undiscovered breaks, skied on sand and snow, spent 31 days in a snow cave and made a first ascent on the mountain. Fifty years later this film, which defined a lifestyle and became an underground classic, is in its first wide release.

Check out the re released film at this year’s Ice Fest Wednesday Feb 13th 7pm at the historic Mather Auditorium

Don’t Forget To Make Your Lodging Reservations!

Looking for a place to crash at Ice Fest?  Munising has always been well known for its hospitality and wide variety of great lodging options.Over the years the following hotels have been strong supporters of Ice Fest  so please support them by booking a room.


Alger Falls                                                          906-387-3536

Pictured Rocks Inn & Suites                        906 387-2493

Holiday Inn                                                       906-387-4800

North Star Hotel                                               906-387-2466

Roam Inn                                                           906-387-8000

Scotty’s                                                                906-387-2449

Terrace Motel                                                    906-387-2735

Uncle Ducky’s 


For additional lodging opportunities please click here!

3 Time Ice Climbing World Champion Angelika Rainer Is Coming To Ice Fest!

Born and raised in South Tyrol, Italy, climbing was always going to be an obvious pursuit for Angelika. Even from a young age she had a real passion for the outdoors and as a child she regularly hiked with her mother in the mountains of South Tyrol.

Ever since her first alpine fixed-rope route she was hooked, from there she took part in regional, national and international competitions and, after winning the Junior Italian Championships in Sport climbing several times she became three times Ice Climbing World Champion.  But in the Winter Angelika does not only participate in World Cup competitions, but has also repeated some of the most difficult ice-, mixed- and Drytooling routes in the world. In November 2017 she climbed the Drytooling route ‘A line above the sky’ and became the first woman to climb a route graded D15.
Angelika is crossing over the big pond thanks to our amazing sponsor Grivel.


New Class! Intro to Mixed Climbing

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore does not have rock that is conducive to mixed climbing…in fact its illegal to do so.  That’s why we are headed west for this brand new mixed climbing course!  A newly established crag in Neguanee will be the setting for this introduction to mixed climbing.  Learn the essential techniques for transitioning from ice climbing to mixed climbing. Mixed climbing is ascending ice and rock, using techniques from both disciplines. Space is limited so sign up today!

Petzl Presents Curtains to Lakeshore

Ice climbers flock from all over the country to climb on the steep pillars of Picture 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 guides and Petzl Athlete, Karsten Delap.