Ice Conditions Update- Because Michael Ganley wants to Know

 

 

 

 

Just a quick update- if you are loooking to get on some ice, this weekend is lining up to be amazing!  The ice is thick and with a few exceptions almost everything is in. One of our most popular questions from folks including Michael Ganley is- what’s the Dryer Hose like?  Well this morning it was oustanding.  Perfect temps, light snow falling and perfect swings!

Ode to The Dryer Hose

Way up in the old U.P.
Just out of Mew-ni-sing
There rose a pitch of water ice
A beauty to be seen.

It hung from a lip with air all ‘round.
Stood tall as a lean white birch.
To gaze at it and contemplate
Was like a prayer in church.

Tall and fine, its cold crystals set
Straight as a drop of water falls.
To take the sharp end up that path
Really took some … er … nerve!

Alas, and now it wears a “skirt”;
Its steepness lost to fools.
Today some dance upon its flanks
Without even using tools!

Old memories long for the day,
When challenge it would pose.
But now it’s just an “easy day”,
Since someone took The Hose.

Yes, Way up in the old U.P.
At Ice Fest it still flows.
But, the thrill will never be the same,
Since someone took The Hose.

Author Phil Watts

Today it is known as The Dryer Hose, but the original route was Life’s A Pitch.  The Dryer Hose was so named because a well-placed clothes dryer hose directed water from a small stream over an undercut sandstone edge to form a direct flow for freezing. When the Pictured Rocks National Park administration decided to actively promote the ice climbing resource, they removed the dryer hose. The route name was changed to protect the innocent.

 

 

Just a quick reminder that there is no parking along Sand Point Road at any time.  With the snow forcasted 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.  (Pro Tip: back into the parking spot as the winds off Lake Superior can plummel the front end of your vehicle)

 

Looks like this weeks weather forecast is fantastic for making ice and getting some more snow on the ground! If you are extending the weekend and staying through Monday better bring the heavy weight undies as it is going to be a cold one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Ice Fest Registration News- Pints, Classes, Last Day to Register & Covid Proceedures!

 

Deadlines are approaching!  We still have about 100 Klean Kanteen pints to give out for those who preregister, so the time is now!  Who wants a cool 30th Anniversary vessel to drink out of? We also still have several openings for classes with some amazing athletes!  To register and join a clinic head here!

 

Last Day to Register Online

Only 36 days until the start of the 2022 Michigan Ice Fest!  We will be closing our online registration January 28th. That doesn’t mean you can’t still register at the door, but the price goes up by $20 for registration and $20 for the demo fee! ($80 registration at the door and $75 demo at the door totals $155, as opposed to $115 online before January 28th).  Don’t hesitate! Grab your friends and sign up online!

 

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.

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.

Ice Conditions Report 1-3-22 Some Good News!

Sweet Mother Moses PC John Miller

Happy New Year!  We finally have some good news regarding ice conditions over in Munising.  After a painfully slow start, recent temperatures have formed quite quickly and most formations are now climbable! Virtually everything in the front country has formed with the exception of  No Boundaries, Sandpoint Falls and Three Sisters. The back country climbs are also in have have seen some early ascents.  Earlier we posted that a crew went out to HMR and found favarable conditions. While they have punched a trail into the climb, snow is in the forecast so be prepared with skis or snowshoes and by all means get an alpine start!

HMR  PC David Hixenbaugh 

 

Singing in the Rain PC David Hixenbaugh

 

We are getting a lot of inquires on the status of Grand Island. The lake ice is just starting to form. Will it be ready for Ice Fest? That remains to be seen, we will need some cold days and nights to happen and fortunately the forecast looks promising.

                                         The Dryer Hose PC John Miller

 

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!

Looks like this weeks weather forecast is fantastic for making ice and getting some more snow on the ground!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

2022 New Product Highlight- Clothing!

 

The Michigan Ice Fest has always been a place where climbers can come and get a first look at the most innovative new climbing products on the market. This year we will give a preview here as well as having it available at our online store as well as “in person” at the Michigan Ice Fest Headquarters during the Festival!
During Ice Fest our headquarters is the ultimate “toy shop” that a climber can dream of. From clothing to gear if it is made for ice climbing, you’ll find it here! All of the leading manufacturers will have booths set up displaying and selling the latest and greatest gear with sales representatives on hand to answer any questions you might have. And that’s not even the best part! As a participant at the Michigan Ice Fest you are entitled to a 20% discount on all purchases made during the festival.

 

Patagonia Das Light Hoody

An ultralight belay hoody for getting after it in the mountains. The DAS® Light Hoody is a core alpine piece designed using PlumaFill synthetic insulation; its ultralightweight, water-resistant, downlike warmth is paired with a coated shell for enhanced weather resistance. Fair Trade Certified™ sewn.

 

 

 

 

RAB Xenair Insulated Jacket

Thanks to warm, adaptable, air-permeable fabric, the men’s Rab Xenair Alpine insulated jacket negates the need to change up your layers, making it ideal for start-stop activities in the cold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAB Women’s Ascendor Pant

Whether you’re squeezing in a climb between snow storms, or out for long winter mountaineering days, the Women’s Ascendor Pants are fully featured mid-weight softshell pants offering breathability, movement, and weather resistance for active mountain or alpine use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Diamond Stance Belay Parka

Redesigned for 2019 to endure bail-worthy belay conditions on single-pitch winter routes and huge alpine faces alike, the Black Diamond Belay Parka lets you hunker down while your partner battles it out on the sharp end. Our warmest synthetic jacket, the updated Stance features a new, more durable shell fabric with a PFC-free DWR finish and two layers of lofty ThermoLite® insulation that provides serious warmth even when wet. A two-way zipper allows access to your belay device, and oversized hand, chest and internal drop pockets store gloves, water bottles and other on-route essentials.

 

La Sportivia Excelsor Pant

A super breathable eco-friendly soft-shell pant made for long days logging vert, ski-touring or on mountaineering expeditions. The Excelsior Pant provides maximum comfort and plenty of easily accessible storage pockets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The North Face Women’s Summit L2 Future Fleece

The slim-fit Women’s Summit L2 FUTUREFLEECE™ Hoodie provides unrestricted freedom-of-movement and has an unparalleled warmth-to-weight ratio, making it an absolute must-pack for active adventures.

2022 New Product Highlight- Footwear!

 

The Michigan Ice Fest has always been a place where climbers can come and get a first look at the most innovative new climbing products on the market. This year we will give a preview here as well as having it available at our online store as well as “in person” at the Michigan Ice Fest Headquarters during the Festival!
During Ice Fest our headquarters is the ultimate “toy shop” that a climber can dream of. From clothing to gear if it is made for ice climbing, you’ll find it here! All of the leading manufacturers will have booths set up displaying and selling the latest and greatest gear with sales representatives on hand to answer any questions you might have. And that’s not even the best part! As a participant at the Michigan Ice Fest you are entitled to a 20% discount on all purchases made during the festival.

 

LOWA Alpine Ice GTX

This high performance alpine boot with an integrated gaiter is designed with a close-to-ground outsole, an anatomical fit feature that uses memory foam to contour to the foot’s shape to help prevent fatigue, and a slingshot heel for secure foothold, comfort and rock feel. Very stiff underfoot, insulated yet extremely light in weight for a low altitude mountaineering boot, and automatic crampon-compatible, this is truly a “Formula One” boot for mixed climbing and low altitude expeditions. Durably waterproof/breathable.

 

 

La Sportivia Aequilibrium ST GTX

Achieving equilibrium between technical performance and the demands for modern alpinists and mountaineers is a perpetual challenge. the state-of-the-art Aequilibrium ST GTX orchestrates a perfect blend of ultralight construction, durable materials, superlative comfort, and elite performance for moving fast in the mountains.

 

 

 

 

Scarpa Rapid GTX

Adding all-conditions versatility to the best all-around mountain show we offer, the Rapid GTX offers nearly unlimited possibilities. This hybrid shoe is equally adept at ticking off trail miles, boulder hopping and scrambling moderate slabs. The all-synthetic upper is lightweight and protective, and is backed by a GORE-TEX® Invisible Fit lining for waterproof protection. The dual-density EVA midsole delivers a ride more akin to a trail running shoe, but we have added a TPU arch insert for torsion control, and our Dynamic Protection System insert in the forefoot for increased protection, propulsion and edging capability. The Vibram® outsole features high-friction Megagrip rubber, and an edging zone under the big toe for unbeatable friction and traction. Snow underfoot? Sloppy trails/ No problem – the Rapid GTX is the perfect choice for moving fast over mixed mountain terrain in variable conditions.

2022 New Product Highlight- Screws & Tools!

The Michigan Ice Fest has always been a place where climbers can come and get a first look at the most innovative new climbing products on the market. This year we will give a preview here as well as having it available at our online store as well as “in person” at the Michigan Ice Fest Headquarters during the Festival!
During Ice Fest our headquarters is the ultimate “toy shop” that a climber can dream of. From clothing to gear if it is made for ice climbing, you’ll find it here! All of the leading manufacturers will have booths set up displaying and selling the latest and greatest gear with sales representatives on hand to answer any questions you might have. And that’s not even the best part! As a participant at the Michigan Ice Fest you are entitled to a 20% discount on all purchases made during the festival.

 

 

CAMP Rocket Screws

The Rocket is a top-level workhorse for alpinists and ice climbers who rely on their ice screws in big mountain terrain. The chromoly steel construction is lightweight, strong and durable. The front teeth have been engineered for the fastest placements even in the coldest, most compact ice. Reverse angle threads ensure smooth driving and maximum holding power. Compact chromoly hanger aligns with the screw to pull in an optimal direction and racks well on both sides of the harness. Fold out crank knobs are color coded for easy identification.

 

 

Grivel Dark Machine Ice Axe

The Ultimate technical ice axe which combines the most advanced technologies and materials into a modern tool, destined for great performances. Designed for ice climbing, this aggressive technical ice axe has a G-bone carbon composite shaft and full carbon handle that ensure lightness and, at the same time, extreme toughness and durability.
Very light at only 490 grams, their geometry offers a higher balance point, that allows a much better swing.

 

 

Blue Ice Aero / Aero Lite Ice Screw

The AERO LITE are the lightest ice screws on the market, with an innovative 3-tooth steel bit for technical mountaineering.
They are available in 5 lengths. They use a stainless steel, 3 tooth tip, which allows for easy placement in all conditions.
The body and the hanger are made of aluminum to minimize weight.
The foldable crank is made of stainless steel.
The diameter of the screws is larger than the current ones on the market.
This makes it possible to safely use existing anchor holes. A color code makes to quick identification of the different lengths.
These are the ideal screws for technical routes where performance and lightness are key points.

 

The Aero is innovative thanks to its 3-tooth tip design which gives the best quick and easy screwing. Its thin wall design reduces the weight considerably, the steel tip and tube maintains high durability of the threads. Its largest diameter body allows to use securely existing holes when there is no other option. Colors-coding easily indicates the length of the screw. Its features and design make it the ideal ice screw for the most technical routes where performance, durability and lightness are key.

 

 

From now until Ice Fest we will be giving you a sneak peak on a small sampling of what you can expect to find in the sponsor booths!

Headquaters- 2022 Vendors!

During Ice Fest our headquarters is the ultimate “toy shop” that a climber can dream of. From clothing to gear if it is made for ice climbing, you’ll find it here!   All of the leading manufacturers will have booths set up displaying and selling the latest and greatest gear with sales representatives on hand to answer any questions you might have. And that’s not even the best part! As a participant at the Michigan Ice Fest you are entitled to a 20% discount on all purchases made during the festival.

From now until Ice Fest we will be giving you a sneak peak on a small sampling of what you can expect to find in the sponsor booths!

Hallway Booths at Headquarters!

Mountaineer Bob

Our friend Bob will be back at it again this year displaying his wares at the festival headquarters.  Bob’s brings to the fest interesting and sometimes signed, climbing memorabilia which makes for great reading back home or at the hotel room.  He sells, trades, or buys mountaineering books, older climbing magazines and climbing catalogs, signed mountaineering expedition postcards and covers, and mountain related postage stamps.  If you don’t see it ask!  He may have it or know of someone who does.  These make great gifts for climbers so during the fest stop by Bob’s table and see what treasures you may find!

 

Weigh My Rack

If you are having difficulty deciding which climbing gear to purchase, Weigh My Rack is there to help! They obsessively collect every detail about every piece of climbing gear, so you can be confident in every gear choice. If you have never visited their website, do yourself a favor and check it out.  It has everything a techy gear nerd would ever dream of!  Alison and Andreas will be attending so stop by and say hi!

 

The Superior High Angle Rope Professionals

The Superior High Angle Rope Professionals (SHARP) are a specialized team formed to serve agencies in the Upper Peninsula with high angle rescues.  SHARP is available to agencies to assist/conduct rescue and recovery operations in high angle terrain.  When it comes to difficult rescues where cliffs are an issue, our high angle rescue team is designed to safely, quickly and efficiently transport accident victims to safer ground so they can get the medical attention they require.

 

Climbing Magazine

Climbing is a major US-based rock climbing magazine first published in 1970. Now the Media Sponsor of the Michigan Ice Fest, stop by and talk with the folks who deliver exclusive content, training plans, nutrition tips, gear reviews, and your first stop for climbing news, photos,  destinations and training for all types of Climbing.

 

The Upper Peninsula Climbers Coailtion

The Upper Peninsula Climbers Coalition is a nonprofit  advocacy group dedicated to creating and preserving sustainable and responsible climbing in Marquette County ??and the surrounding areas of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

 

Skillzboard

Skillzboard was born in the attic of our home, where we taught new members of the Outdoor Adventure Club at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, how to clean anchors. Working with new students every year, we noticed a pattern of excited climbers who would get an anchor-cleaning lesson on the ground, only to panic once it eventually came time to clean anchors on real rock. The last thing anyone wants when you’re high and dry is “calmly shouted” instructions that you aren’t sure you’re hearing clearly or understanding correctly.

We realized that most climbers learn through practice and repetition, building muscle memory for activities involving a sequence of steps. Learning a set of skills in a class or by watching a video rarely translates into the ability to implement it in real life unless the skills can be practiced and honed. We developed the first version of the Skillzboard for a prototyping competition at UW – Platteville where it won second place prize.

We then focused our attention on developing versatile mounting systems that allow users to quickly and easily set up the Skillzboard at home or at the crag, off the rock, a tree, or the side of a car or van. No drilling necessary!

 

Pictured Rocks Climbing Academy

The PRCA is registered 501(c)(3) that provides rock and ice climbing opportunities to youth in the Upper Peninsula of MI – and we’re loving it! Our goals are to continue providing youth with free or low cost climbing opportunities regardless of experience or gear. We strongly believe climbing provides more than just a work out – it builds confidence, independence, community, collaboration, & much, much more.

 

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Unlike any other place on Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks offers the opportunity to explore miles of pristine beaches, hike nearly 100 miles of trails, view towering sandstone cliffs, and experience the serenity of northern woodlands. Come say hi to a ranger and get any questions about the park answered!

 

Danger Buddies

Started in 2019 by three adventure partners (AKA the “Danger Buddies”) struggling to find the perfect photography bag for on-wall use, we’ve since grown into climbing training tools and accessories and expanded our photography offering for climbers, hikers & other adventure sports enthusiasts. We want to be Your Partner in Adventure™ – regardless of how you adventure!