Climbs Classes will be on during Ice Fest Week

Just a reminder that the Michigan Ice Fest will be conducting classes Wednesday through Sunday at Ice Fest.  That means classes will be on the following climbs starting at 9am each day: We appreciate if folks can stay away from these areas during class times.  Please note there will be NO CLASSES on The Dryer Hose or The Ampitheater all week long!

Looking for a secluded spot to climb?  Please stop by our headquarters where we can direct you to many areas that see little or no climbers all season long! We appreciate everyone cooperating to make this event happen!

Twin Falls

The Curtains

Lakeshore Curtains

Opening Curtains

Little One

Bridal Veil Falls

No Boundaries

Drake Seep

School Room

Swamp Thing

Big Pine Pillar

Miners Falls

Rappin Ice

Boomer Falls

 

Ice Conditions Report- The Obscure 1-3-22

Pc John Miller

 

The vast areas of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore which includes 33,929 acres (53.0 square miles) and Grand Island National Recreation Area comprises of 13,500 acres (34 square miles), hiding hundreds of obscure climbs within its woodlands.  Loads of these climbs are unnamed and never see an ascent over a season.  Some are difficult to find, some have difficult approaches, but the rewards can be worth the effort.  With the upcoming Michigan Ice Fest and lots of climbers coming up the the UP, you may want to head out and find some solitude and fresh ice!

Here are a few obscure climbs, some near, some far that were climbed this weekend.  Thanks to the Millers and Captin Scott Gnass for sending these in.  Remember, there are over 200 documented climbs in An Ice Climbers Guide to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but there are hundreds undocumented!  The guide book lists the East Channel and West Shore of Grand Island as areas but there are probably a hundred lines in these two areas alone!

Our extended forecast is looking amazing for continued ice growth! 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!

Climbing Magazine Media Sponsor!

We are excited to announce that Climbing Magazine is the Official
Media Sponsor of the 2022 Michigan Ice Fest. Climbing is a magazine
devoted to rock, ice, and mountaineering. Features range from adventure
stories to destination pieces, human-interest profiles, topical and historical
pieces, and polemics. The MIF is stoked to have Climbing as part of the
Michigan Ice Fest Family. Stop by the swag table at Ice Fest Headquarters to pick up a complimentary copy of the latest issue!

Ice Conditions Report- The Back Country 1-24-22

 

High winds blowing in from the north across Lake superior created a very cold blustery weekend that greeted visiting climbers.  The front country looked surprisingly quite with most climbs open even on Saturday.  The back country did see some action with climbers braving the challenging conditions.  If you have never climbed in the back country, climbers can be at the mercy of the winds as there is virtually no protection from the elements whether you are climbing or suffering at the belay.

While the lake ice was still questionable, this weekend also saw the first snow machines making their way out to Grand Island!  The locals were heading to their favorite fishing hole and if the winds don’t blow the ice pack out we may be able to hit the island next weekend.  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.

Erik Olsen, Ryan Nordstrom and David Hixenbaugh headed out to the Chapel Area and came back with this report:

“Spray Falls looked too sketchy to access from the lake when we were there, hollow snow/ice Bridge at the base and it was quite thin. You could see a ton of water rushing just behind the ice. Ships Prow not in. Close to touching down, but not really any water moving on it. Some Other Day was in as well as a smaller curtain we climbed. The shelf ice seemed pretty solid, but we did have to go up in the woods one time to get past a thin spot”.

 

 

Erik Olsen on the sharp end of Some Other Day

 

The left photo is of Spray Falls which Jesse Dolloway climbed the left side last weekend. as you can see, things do change week to week and Erik, David and Ryan found it unclimbable this weekend. Ships Prow and White Fang are coming along but not climbable yet.

With our high winds and recent snow, expect a bit of postholing and drifts on the approaches to any of the back country climbs.  The Miners Beach area, heading out to Bridalveil falls can still be done without snowshoes but any other remote climbs they may be required.

If you are planning on heading to the back country this week and not wanting to battle the long approaches?  Lake Superior Ice Caves Tours is running shuttles out the the Miners Area.  Check them out here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angela Miller on Rapping Ice  PC John Miller

 

Arni Ronis topping out on Bridalveil Falls

 

John Miller leading Giddy Up

 

 

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!


With these continuing cold temperatures  we should be right on track for having most climbs in for the fest!

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!

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.