Only a handful of climbers are worthy of the label “legend” but certainly John Roskelley is one of them. We are so excited to announce that John will be making the trip east to present at Ice Fest.
Author and photographer, John Roskelley, is a dabbler in everything outdoors. If he’s not dodging rocks on some alpine face in Canada or scratching his way up a frozen WI5 waterfall, John can be found paddling the Columbia River from source to mouth. John admits adventuring flows in his blood. In his first half century, John fought his way up four 8,000-meter peaks, including K2 and Everest, plus a plethora of devilishly hard, unclimbed shorter Himalayan and Karakorum faces and ridges. A graduate of WSU in geology, John has written four adventure books and in 2014 a paddler’s guidebook to the entire 1200 miles of the Columbia River. His photography has been on the cover of National Geographic, multiple book covers, posters, and other notable national magazines. John received the International Piolets d’Or Walter Bonatti Lifetime Achievement award in 2014 and was recently made an honorary member of the AAC. John and his wife, Joyce, have been married 46 years and have three great kids.
Our first athlete for the 2019 Michigan Ice Fest has committed! Super stoked that our friends at SCARPA are sending Andres Marin to the fest! Andres works as a mountain guide, professional climber and competition route setter. He has competed in five ice climbing world cups and two world championships. When not competing, Andres spends his time searching for new places to explore around the world, spending over 200 days a year in the mountains. You can’t find a nicer guy and he will be a great addition to our Ice Fest family!
“My Mom will tell you when I was a kid I was constantly climbing, on everything. Born and raised in Colombia, in the middle of the central mountain range of the country, I started climbing mountains in my teens. I was captivated by the allure of adventure. In 2003 I moved to the USA and found myself completely addicted to Indian Creek and the Moab area, spending uncountable days climbing wide cracks and desert towers. My first visit to Ouray, I was stoked to experience vertical ice climbing and was immediately hooked. I love climbing mixed ice and alpine routes that drive me to intense focus and challenge. My passion lies in expedition climbing, exploring new mountains and trying to unlock the mystery of climbing new routes. Being out in the mountains, enjoying cool places with good friends is something I absolutely love, but I also love to come home and rock climb in the Black Canyon or go cragging with my dog Paco”. Andres is being sent to Ice Fest by our good friends at Scarpa!
Who’s excited? We’re excited! Every year after the fest while participants are driving home, the organizers start the planning to improve your ice fest experience. We are happy to announce that registration for the 2019 Michigan Ice Fest is now open! We have been working tirelessly to put together an amazing week of ice climbing and socials designed to bring our Midwest tribe together. Once again we feel we have pulled out all of the stops for 2019! New for 2019, a brand spanking new website, also look for multi day classes, mixed climbing courses, an expanded free class program, and included with every registration will be a free Official Michigan Ice Fest Tee Shirt! Space is limited on all courses so grab a friend and sign up early!
7 months. What an incredible season for us at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore! Arni and I headed over yesterday to find that there is still descent ice to climb but most formations are deteriorating fast. Its bitter sweet to start to put away your ice gear but we really can’t complain after this amazing season. New routes were put up, Grand Island was open for most of the year, ice formations that we have never seen before popped up and were climbed, professional athletes put Munising on their radar and climbed amazing routes and inspired Midwest climbers to really get after it.
So now that we are putting the ice gear away, we are beginning to start to work on the logistics for next years ice fest. As always look for some fresh ideas, new classes, and brand spanking new guidebook release! Our target date for opening registration will be the end of May…..unless we get another cold streak and are able to get one more lap in!
Sunny skies and warm temperatures made for another glorious weekend for ice climbing! The seeps are remaining to be super solid and providing hero ice for those that are not willing to give up their ice climbing season just yet.
Just like last week, some of the climbs are as fat as we have ever seen them. Prelude Curtain, usually a narrow seep of ice, was big enough for 3 distinct lines. As it stands, Prelude Curtain, Opening Curtain, April Ice, and the far right and far left side of the Curtains are still climbable. The Curtains/Seeps along the Lakeshore Trail are still in and really nice. This week we are looking at warm temps in the 70’s which will provide for some warm weather climbing sessions as the season begins to wind down!
Our string of favorable weather conditions continues to provide excellent late season climbing conditions! Sunny and 55 degrees for most of the weekend in the Upper Peninsula has put a hurt on most of our pillars but has done wonders for the seeps that are protected from the sunshine. Hiking out along the Lakeshore Trail, climbs are as big as we have seen them in years!
Many climbs are so thick they are almost unrecognizable like The Art of Seduction pictured above. This curtain usually forms a thin line across the sandstone…..but not this spring!
It is still possible to access the climbs from the bottom but with the recent snowfall and warm temperatures you will be post holing between the routes.
While some people are mowing their lawns, the Upper Peninsula still has climbable ice. If you are interested in coming up and the rain holds off we should have a good solid two weeks of ice climbing! As always this time of year you can get up to the minute conditions by calling 906-226-7112
Looks like we are lining up for another great weekend of late season climbing! With our biggest snowfall of the season snowshoes might be needed if you are tackling some of the back country climbs. Temps are suppose to be in the 50’s with sunshine so please use caution before attempting any route. Its been a fantastic season with 6 months of climbing ice…..can we make it to seven?
Wow! How lucky are we to have amazing climbing conditions this late in the season! Climbs are still holding their own and seeps are large and still growing. Pillars are still climbable but can change daily. This weekend should be another great weekend of climbing. As always please check each climb carefully before making a decision to climb. See you in Munising!