Every year we work hard to bring new exciting things to Ice Fest and 2019 is no exception. There is A LOT going on for sure, and we want to make sure you don’t miss a thing. One way to find out about all of the exciting opportunities as we add them is to keep an eye on our Facebook page, we make a lot of announcements there. Our annual program is another great resource.
Here’s a short list what’s new and exciting but keep an eye out as we’re always adding more!
American Alpine Club Ground School
This year our Free Ground School classes will be run by the good folks at the American Alpine Club. Whether you’re new to climbing or have been at it for decades, the AAC is your single best climbing education resource and have been at the leading edge of climbing education since they began publishing Accidents in North American Climbing in 1948. Their education team is working with the UIAA and institutions around the country to establish national curriculum and safety standards to improve climbing knowledge and reduce accidents. Classes are a half day, off ice and preregistration is required.
Guidebook Release Party
In case you haven’t heard, the new ice climbing guidebook, An Ice Climbers Guide To Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will be released at this years Fest! With over 200 pages and 100+ new routes, that is a cause for celebrating! Come join guidebook authors Matt Abbotts, Jon Jugenheimer and Bill Thompson for the unveiling of this much anticipated book, Thursday night at 387!
Ice Fest Street Party
The fun will start after our Friday evening presentations where we will gather in the street in front of the East Channel Brewery. This will be a great opportunity to socialize with friends and athletes. Join in the shenanigans as we break it down old school Ice Fest party style!
Klean Kanteen Free Pint Free Beer
An event like the Michigan Ice Fest can generate a lot of waste, but it isn’t necessary. We’re stoked to partner this year with Klean Kanteen to reduce our reliance on single use plastic cups! The first 800 people to register will get an official stainless steel pint glass and that glass will be your ticket to FREE BEER from Ore Dock Brewing during the after parties!
Grivel 200 Year Anniversary Raffle
How many companies can claim they have been producing climbing gear for 200 years? Well Grivel can! Stop by the Grivel booth before Saturday night to be entered into a special Grivel raffle and help them celebrate their 200th Anniversary!
Enormocast Live Show
Yes, the one and only Chris Kalous will be returning to his Midwest roots and recording live his very popular climbing podcast The Enormocast! You won’t want to miss the riveting interviews and chaos that comes with making a live show.
Make sure you check out all of the new classes we’re offering throughout the week. You can learn to cook with Patagonia Provisions, try mixed climbing, or take our two day Women’s Advanced Backcountry class to grow your skills enough to take you deep into the wilds of Pictured Rocks.