Karsten Delap- Back Country Adventure – Anchor of the Day – AMGA SPI Clinics

Originally from the flat lands of Indiana, Karsten has found his obsession in the mountains. He has climbed extensively throughout the United States including Grade V big walls in The Black Canyon, Long’s Peak, and Zion National Park to the snow and ice climbs of the North Cascades and New England. Karsten’s experience outside of the U.S. includes many high altitude peaks in South America as well as major alpine objectives in Africa and Argentina and the Indian Himalaya. Karsten spends his winters chasing good snow and ice and the rest of the year traveling the world working as a mountain guide.

Certifications

  • IFMGA Licensed Mountain Guide
  • Certified Alpine & Rock & Ski Guide
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor/Provider
  • AIARE Avalanche Level 1, 2, 3
  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT-B)
  • Swift Water Rescue Certification
  • SPRAT Level 1 Technician
  • Leave No Trace Master Educator

 

Special Guided Opportunity with Karsten Delap Tuesday February 8th 2022

On Tuesday, February 8th 2022, the Michigan Ice Fest Guides are offering a chance to head into the backcountry of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with legendary instructor and climber Karsten Delap.

This trip is the day before the start of the 30th Michigan Ice Fest and would be a perfect chance to get out to the remote and exciting backcountry climbs in a more intimate setting than one of the festivals classes.

Cost is $299 per person with gear and transportation are into the backcountry included in the guiding fee. Be prepared for a full day on the ice, as well hiking to and from climbs in snowy, potentially difficult conditions.

A minimum of three participants are required to run the trip, but we’re capping the group at 5 people to maintain the small group atmosphere.

Please note, this is not a registration for the Michigan Ice Fest, which runs February 9-13. href=”https://form.jotform.com/downwindsports/special-guiding-opportunity-20822″> Register here!

 

 

Michigan Ice Fest Anchor of the Day Clinic Friday February 11th 2022

You have seen all of his unique Anchor of the Day tips on Instagram- now you can learn from the master himself during this “Anchor of the Day” clinic! Karsten Delap will share some of his favorite tips and tricks during this Ice Anchoring clinic. Register here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPI COURSE May 30-June 1st  2022 Marquette Michigan  $550.00

The Michigan Ice Fest Guides will be offering an American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor Course as well as an SPI Assessment this May! The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. The SPI is the only internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program in the United States. This program is the industry standard for facilitating single pitch outdoor rock climbing. It is also a highly beneficial program to complete prior to moving into the AMGA Guide Track Programs.

The SPI Program consists of a 3 day course and separate 2 day assessment. Candidates should meet the required prerequisites prior to attending the course or assessment.

Prerequisites:

  • You are a Professional Member of the AMGA.
  • You have a genuine interest in rock climbing and instructing novices on single pitch crags.
  • You are at least 18 years old at the time of the course.
  • You have at least 12 months prior climbing experience.
  • You are an active climber with traditional lead climbing experience (leader placing pro).
  • You have led a minimum of 15 traditional rock climbing routes (any grade).
  • You are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on a top rope.

 

SPI ASSESSMENT June 2-3rd 2022 Marquette Michigan  $379.00

The SPI Assessment is two days in length (minimum of 16 hours assessment time) and will take place at a single pitch climbing area where there are a selection traditional lead routes in the 5.6 range and top roping routes in the 5.8 range. The assessment will examine all aspects of institutional single pitch climbing that the Single Pitch Instructor may encounter. Day one will look at climbing movement and all aspects of technical systems from anchoring to assistance skills and general climbing competence. On day two the examiner will arrange for volunteer novice clients (non-paying) for the candidates to instruct in a group setting.

Prerequisites

  • You are a current member of the AMGA.
  • You have successfully completed an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course.
  • You have led a minimum of 40 traditional routes, most of which should be 5.6 and on a variety of rock types.
  • You are able to comfortably lead 5.6 traditional routes, which means you place protection.
  • You are able to comfortably climb 5.8 on top rope.
  • The SPI Assessment can be taken directly following the SPI Course if the candidate successfully completed the course and meets the assessment prerequisites. However, it is highly recommended that the SPI Course candidate take time practicing and consolidating the skills learned on the course before assessment (6-12 months).
  • You do not need First Aid training to take the course or assessment. However, it is your responsibility to hold appropriate medical certification for the location that you are working in.

Space is limited to 6 participants.  Register here!

Our Ice Fest Tribe- Festivals You Won’t Want To Miss!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice Fest Organizer Brotherhood- Bill Thompson & Joe Josephson

The Michigan Ice Fest started thirty years ago as a way for the handful of hearty souls who enjoyed climbing in the area to meet up, share stories and do a little climbing. We bonded over the areas beauty and the adventurous nature of the sport and became something of a family. Stories spread by word of mouth, social media and film. Over the years our family has grown, a lot. No longer are we just 7 people climbing during the day and watching a slideshow in a bar, we’re now 1100 people climbing and watching slideshows in a historic theater!

I’m sure that is how Ice Fests have started in some sort of fashion all over the country. Good friends getting together, enjoying the comradery of sharing a rope- becoming family. There are dozens of amazing Ice Festivals scattered across the country and many of the organizers have made their way to Michigan and we are proud to call them our friends.  If they are our friends, they are certainly your friends.  How about we grow our family a bit and check out these other festivals….who’s up for a road trip?

 

 

 

Bozeman Ice Fest December 4-12th 2021

The Bozeman Ice Festival began in 1996 and is dedicated to promote and protect access to ice climbing in Hyalite Canyon. The event draws professional climbers and participants from across the globe for a myriad of clinics, demos of the latest gear, inspiring films and evening entertainment, and camaraderie of the climbing tribe. The clinics of the festival operate in Hyalite Canyon, one of America’s longest and most influential histories in waterfall ice climbing. Register here

 

 

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Sandstone Ice Fest January 7-9th 2022

Held the first weekend of January each year at Robinson Park in Sandstone, Minnesota, the Sandstone Ice Festival is a fixture in the Midwestern ice climbing scene. The vibrant festival celebrates the best of winter adventure sports from ice climbing to skinny skiing, winter camping and snow shoeing. It is a gathering of kindred spirits who share a love for all things cold. The Sandstone Ice Festival reaches winter lovers from around the Midwest and Canada.
Come ice climb with friends from the past 15 years of festivals, take a basic, intermediate, women’s, or advanced clinic, scope out new gear at the vendor village and gear swap, warm up by the bonfire, and enjoy a brew from a local MN brewery (after climbing, of course).
Never been ice climbing but interested in trying it? With gear rentals, clinics, and a beautiful quarry of farmed and natural ice, the Sandstone Ice Fest is the perfect opportunity to dip your toe into this fun sport! More info here!

 

 

 

Ouray Ice Fest January 20-23rd 2022

For three days and three nights Ouray is an absolute ice climbing mecca; ice climbers, both novice and pro travel from around the world to celebrate the growing sport of ice climbing. During daily vendor exhibitions Festival attendees have the opportunity to demo the latest ice tools, apparel, and gear from the Outdoor industries leading retailers.  Hundreds of spectators line the top of the Gorge on Saturday and Sunday to watch the world’s best ice and mixed climbing talent battle for the prize! And, with over 100 interactive and educational climbing clinics to accommodate every skill level, Festival participants are sure to have an experience to remember.

Nightly events include multimedia presentations by leading climbers, music, food, dance parties and a live and silent auction overflowing with screaming deals of the latest outdoor gear! For more information Register here!

 

 

Mountain Washington Ice Fest February 4-6th 2022

Since its inception 29 years ago this event has been eagerly anticipated by ice climbers in the Eastern United States and is considered one of the premier climbing events in the country. It is intended to be a celebration of ice climbing and winter mountaineering and the people that make it a part of their lives. It continues to provide a great opportunity for those attending to network, socialize, try new gear and participate in multiple day courses, one-day technical clinics and privately guided climbs.  Each year they offer a variety of skills-based clinics and exciting slide shows with featured climbers and guides from the New England area and around the world. For more information or to register click here.

 

 

 

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Michigan Ice Fest February 9-13th 2022

Quietly nestled on the south shore of Lake Superior we had some of the country’s most outstanding ice climbing and no one had ever heard of it! For year’s it was a secret treasure.  With the release of two major films featuring the area, climbers are beginning to discover what many of us have known for decades: Michigan climbing is great and the Michigan Ice Fest is at the center of it all. The festival makes ice climbing accessible to the first timer, teaches advanced skills to those looking to improve and connects participants with the greater climbing community through slideshows and socials. To register click here!

 

 

Southern Ontario Ice Fest February 11-13th 2022

Come out for a climb and then celebrate the night away with a hundred of your closest friends at the Arlington with live-music, games, raffles and a silent auction!

More information here!

 

VALDEZ ICE CLIMBING FESTIVAL February 18-20, 2022

The Valdez Ice Climbing Festival is an annual event supported by the American Alpine Club and Access Fund. It helps us support our mission which is to care for and build trails as well as provide outdoor rec education through clinics and workshops! Come Send it with us in 2022! More info here!

 

 

Nipigon Ice Fest March 5th 2022

Canada’s longest running, premiere ice climbing festival features ice climbing clinics, presentations by outdoor adventurers, gear swap, fun games, and our legendary gear raffle.

Click here for information

 

 

 

 

Today, looking over Lake Superior, we have cold steel grey skies and snow is in the air. Our ice season is just around the corner but as we watch out west, it looks like many of our friends are already climbing ice and we are pretty happy for them. Soon our family will be getting together, ascending routes and sharing stories.  It has been awhile and honestly we can’t wait!

 

Don’t Forget to Make Your Lodging Reservations!

 

 

For those of you that are new to the fest, lodging books up fast! 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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFFICIAL LODGING OF ICE FEST

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

 

For additional lodging opportunities please click here!

2022 Program is Now Available to Download!

 

We have been working non stop to get our program out and it is finally done!

We have made some special plans for our 30th Anniversary!  We are proud of our heritage and are super excited to offer a lot of new and unique programming for this coming Ice Fest.

You might have
noticed our old school
cover shot. What you
might not know is that
it is of MarK Reisch the
original organizer of the
Michigan Ice Fest. I would
like to believe that Mark
would be very proud to
see how the Ice Fest has
grown over the years and
that his dream to help
people to get into ice
climbing has become a
reality.

Be sure to check out who is coming and what new things we are offering this year! Check out this years program here!

AMGA Courses to be offered this Fall!

The Michigan Ice Fest Guides will be offering an American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor Course as well as an SPI Assessment this May!

SPI COURSE September 15-17th  2021 Marquette Michigan  $550.00

The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. The SPI is the only internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program in the United States. This program is the industry standard for facilitating single pitch outdoor rock climbing. It is also a highly beneficial program to complete prior to moving into the AMGA Guide Track Programs.

The SPI Program consists of a 3 day course and separate 2 day assessment. Candidates should meet the required prerequisites prior to attending the course or assessment.

Prerequisites:

  • You are a Professional Member of the AMGA.
  • You have a genuine interest in rock climbing and instructing novices on single pitch crags.
  • You are at least 18 years old at the time of the course.
  • You have at least 12 months prior climbing experience.
  • You are an active climber with traditional lead climbing experience (leader placing pro).
  • You have led a minimum of 15 traditional rock climbing routes (any grade).
  • You are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on a top rope.

 

SPI ASSESSMENT September 18-19th 2021 Marquette Michigan  $395.00

The SPI Assessment is two days in length (minimum of 16 hours assessment time) and will take place at a single pitch climbing area where there are a selection traditional lead routes in the 5.6 range and top roping routes in the 5.8 range. The assessment will examine all aspects of institutional single pitch climbing that the Single Pitch Instructor may encounter. Day one will look at climbing movement and all aspects of technical systems from anchoring to assistance skills and general climbing competence. On day two the examiner will arrange for volunteer novice clients (non-paying) for the candidates to instruct in a group setting.

Prerequisites

  • You are a current member of the AMGA.
  • You have successfully completed an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course.
  • You have led a minimum of 40 traditional routes, most of which should be 5.6 and on a variety of rock types.
  • You are able to comfortably lead 5.6 traditional routes, which means you place protection.
  • You are able to comfortably climb 5.8 on top rope.
  • The SPI Assessment can be taken directly following the SPI Course if the candidate successfully completed the course and meets the assessment prerequisites. However, it is highly recommended that the SPI Course candidate take time practicing and consolidating the skills learned on the course before assessment (6-12 months).
  • You do not need First Aid training to take the course or assessment. However, it is your responsibility to hold appropriate medical certification for the location that you are working in.

 

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 6 PARTICIPANTS PER COURSE! Register Here!

New Clinics For 2022!

The Upper Peninsula is experiencing an early summer heat wave and all we can think about is ice!  We are very excited to have registration open and a whole bunch of new clinics for you to choose from. Check out the new additions to your Michigan Ice Fest!

NEW! Black Diamond Presents Introduction to Ice for People of Color

The MIF is proud to offer a powerful opportunity for POC to learn and develop ice climbing skills from our professional guides, providing POC the opportunity to not only learn alongside other POC Climbers, but to learn directly from POC instructors and mentors. The People of Color Clinic is open to all genders and is held in cooperation with Black Diamond and Climbers of Color.

Class is limited to 9 participants and with two routes selected there is sure to be plenty of climb time.   Scholarships may be available, please contact the staff at MIF for more information.  Space is limited for this course.

 

NEW! Guides Picks Clinic

The equipment you bring can really improve your day out on the ice.  You’re only as warm as your clothing layers and only as comfortable as your jacket and pants. Join a Michigan Ice Fest Guide as they discuss the perfect gear selection that professionals utilize before tackling the big routes.   During this off ice clinic we’ll help to steer you in the right direction, including our guide’s picks for their favorite clothing and equipment.  We have partnered with Down Wind Sports in Marquette to offer you a $50.00 gift card AND a 20% discount on any ice climbing gear or apparel as part of your registration so if you don’t have the right apparel and want to purchase we can help you out.

 

This will be a non-climbing class and participation is limited to 15 people. Preregistration is required

 

NEW! Black Diamond presents Introduction to Avalanche Safety with Will Gadd

More and more Midwest climbers are traveling into the bigger mountain ranges and whether they are tackling big mountains or remote waterfall ice, it is prudent to wear avalanche beacons. Avalanche transceivers, or beacons, are the best tools we have to find someone buried in an avalanche. Join us and learn how to use one and effectively carry a beacon on your next mountain adventure. The MIF Guides encourage you to learn as much as you can about snow, weather, and avalanches prior to venturing out into the backcountry and this clinic will be a great start!

This will be a non-climbing class and participation is limited to 15 people. Preregistration is required

 

NEW! La Sportiva Presents Footwork For Success

From the moment, the first tool is placed and the first step is taken, there are many minute muscle that are triggered to keep you stable on the route.

Our friends at La Sportiva are offering this informative course to help improve your footwork and to greatly improve your success on the ice.

Participants will climb in La Sportiva boots and receive instruction on precision foot placement, weight transfer, hip position, resting on steeper terrain, and leg driven movement.

All of these components should be considered when making a single move and having success on steep ice.

 

NEW! Introduction to Steep Ice with Nate Sackett presented by Blue Ice

Michigan has always been known as a place with steep and intimidating ice.  Become a better ice climber by putting new skills and tricks for efficient movement in your climbing quiver during this informative clinic taught by Nate Sackett. Gain knowledge on improving footwork and leashless climbing techniques required to tackle the sustained, steep ice in the WI4 to WI5 range.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW! Scarpa Presents Intermediate Ice With Aaron Mulkey

Improve your ice climbing technique!  This intermediate course will focus on improving footwork, developing efficient tool placements/rests, and creating ease in both your style and your experience of the route.  The goal of the course will be to develop the tools necessary to conserve energy for longer and harder pitches of steep ice.  Participants should have prior ice climbing experience.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW! Blue Ice Presents Introduction to Lead Climbing with Nate Sackett

This class is designed to introduce ice climbers to the gear and techniques associated with beginning to leading on ice. Students will learn proper use of gear and equipment and will be shown different techniques and when to use them. Student will also be able to demo the just released Blue Ice Screws! Upon entering this class the student must have knowledge of the basic gear and techniques associated with ice climbing.

Each participant will walk home with their choice of a 16 or 19cm screw!

 

 

 

NEW! Petzl Presents Master Anchoring Class with Dale Remsburg

This clinic is designed to introduce climbers to a vast array of climbing anchors, tricks and tips! Dale loves helping both new and experienced climbers to achieve their goals and this clinic will be loaded with helpful information for clients. Dale is an Internationally Licensed Mountain Guide (IFMGA) and Technical Director of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). Never one to focus on a single aspect of climbing, he is an accomplished all around climber with high-end skills that cover all disciplines of climbing including; sport, trad, mixed, ice and alpine. His passion is teaching clients the finer points of climbing anchoring and safety.

 

 

NEW! Scarpa Presents Intermediate Ice With David Allfrey

Improve your ice climbing technique!  This intermediate course will focus on improving footwork, developing efficient tool placements/rests, and creating ease in both your style and your experience of the route.  The goal of the course will be to develop the tools necessary to conserve energy for longer and harder pitches of steep ice.  Participants should have prior ice climbing experience.

 

 

 

NEW! Introduction to Leading with Carlos Buhler Presented by LOWA

This class is designed to introduce the beginning ice climber to the gear and techniques associated with leading on ice. Students will learn proper use of gear and equipment and will be shown different techniques and when to use them. Upon entering this class the student must have knowledge of the basic gear and techniques associated with ice climbing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW! Mixed Climbing with Marcus Garcia Presented by LOWA

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore does not have rock that is conducive to mixed climbing…in fact it’s illegal to do so.  That’s why we are headed west for this brand new mixed climbing course!  A newly established crag in the Marquette area 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. Prior ice climbing is highly recommended.

 

 

NEW! Women’s Back Country Adventure With Sarah Hueniken Presented by Scarpa

This class is designed to introduce the intermediate ice climber to some of the back country formations along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  Participants will be shuttled into the back country where we will split the group and climb Bridal Veil Falls and Potatoe Patch Falls. Students will review proper use of gear and equipment and will be shown different techniques and when to use them. Upon entering this class the student must have knowledge of the basic gear and techniques including rappelling, associated with ice climbing.

 

 

NEW! Women’s Introduction to Leading on Ice with Lindsey Hamm presented by RAB

This class is designed to introduce the beginning ice climber to the gear and techniques associated with leading on ice. Students will learn proper use of gear and equipment and will be shown different techniques and when to use them. Upon entering this class the student must have knowledge of the basic gear and techniques associated with ice climbing.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW! Petzl Presents Night Climbing Adventure

What better way to get absolutely the most out of your trip is to climb at night! Not only will a night session extend your climbing time but it will offer a unique perspective of climbing a frozen pillar by the light of a headlamp. Each participant will be given a new Petzl headlamp to use for the night and keep for future climbing trips!

 

 

 

 

 

Our clinics fill up really fast so if one of these sparks an interest be sure to register as soon as possible at our registration page!

Michigan Ice Fest 2022 Registration is Open!

Register HERE!

Say what? That’s right- we have been working all year to get our registration open and make some special plans for our 30th Anniversary!  We are proud of our heritage and are super excited to offer a lot of new and unique programming for this coming ice fest.  Once again we feel we have pulled out all of the stops for 2022! We will be adding special events. athlete announcements and much more throughout the summer! Included with every registration will be a free Official Michigan Ice Fest Tee Shirt! You can check out many of our new programs on our website here!

Remember- space is limited on all courses so grab a friend and sign up early!

Ice Conditions Report 3-29-21

Saturday night saw a slight return of winter with 3 inches of snow falling overnight giving hope to a slightly longer season! There’s still some left small seeps left for the hard core desperate climbers. The remaining climbs left are The Curtains, Opening Curtains, Lakeshore Curtains and Prelude Curtain. The tops outs are not looking great, but it is something for those who just can’t give it up.

We want to thank everyone for a great season and start hanging on their tools to get ready for next season! Can’t get enough of the U. P.? The Michigan Ice Fest Guides do offer rock climbing trips in the summer time, visit our website for more information!

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 next season? Be sure to pick up the local guidebook and as soon as the ice starts to come in we will have you covered for all the latest snow and ice conditions on all of your favorite climbs.