Conditions Report 3-18-19

Cool temps prevailed this past weekend which offered great late season conditions for those who were able to make the trek up.  Early in the week saw some light rain but a cold north wind and plenty of sunshine helped to re form some of the climbs.  Michigan Ice Fest Guide Bryan LaRue spent a well earned day off and skied out to the West Shore to find great Lake ice conditions and good climbable ice.  The beautiful sunshine is starting to take its toll on the exposed West shore climbs!

 

 

The inland seeps are still in excellent conditions as they are protected from the sun and will remain so for quite some time.  Reports came in that Dairyland was too wet to climb on Saturday but froze overnight and was climbed on Sunday.

 

 

The Dryer Hose 3-17-19

 

The extended forecast looks favorable for another weekend of spring climbing! As always, 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. Feel free to call our Munising store at 906-387-8025 to get up to the minute conditions!

Ice Conditions Report 2-3-19 Grand Island!

West Shore Grand Island PC Colten Moore

 

Not all things with the Polar Vortex are bad!  With a week of extremely cold temperatures the big lake has frozen up enough to travel out to the West Shore climbs on Grand Island and that is exactly what the Michigan Ice Fest Guides did yesterday! Colten Moore, Nic Dobbs, Emily Gantner and Linda Wappner made separate excursions to the west shore and found excellent conditions!

PC Colten Moore

PC Colten Moore

 

Climbers can ski or snowmobile via the inland trail system or lake ice to access climbs on the West Shore.  As always Grand Island is accessible via public access launch to the dock on Grand Island.  The East Channel remains unsafe due to unstable lake ice.

PC Emily Gantner

This week we are in the final stages of planning for Ice Fest and it looks like our extended weather forecast is perfect for continuing to produce perfect ice conditions!

Just a friendly reminder that online registration is open until February 5th and will be closed on the 6th.  If you do not register online you can still join the fun by paying at the door (price will be increased to $75.00)

Ice Conditions Report 1-25-19

Temperatures are falling but the conditions are hot in Munising right now.  Most climbs in the park are in and with plenty of climbers around the trails are in good shape.  Snow yesterday and today may mean you need snowshoes or skis.

Don’t be put off by the cold temps, this is ice climbing weather!  Remember, there is no bad weather, just the wrong gear.  If you need to correct your insulation situation stop by Down Wind Sports in Munising, Marquette or Houghton where all belay parkas are on sale!  We can help you stay warm and enjoy a day on the ice (or just the walk to your car).

The cold temps will have a positive effect and it looks the pattern should break next week.  If that holds conditions will be fantastic for the fest!  And remember, the colder it gets the more likely the Bay will freeze and give us access to Grand Island!

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! Special thanks goes out to the Colten and Erik for this update!

 

Ice Conditions Report 1-21-19

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

 

Many climbers made the pilgrimage up to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for an extended holiday weekend of climbing.  Those climbers were greeted by our first full weekend of cold temperatures and a strong north wind blowing across Lake Superior bringing some lake effect snow with it. Reports from the field were excellent as all climbs are pretty much in with the exceptions being Giddy Up and Miners Falls.

HMR

 

 

HMR also saw its FNA of the season when Jon Jugenheimer and Colten Moore made the trek out and found decent but windy conditions! Excited to see if any of those seeps to the far right grow this season possibly setting up for some new routes in the area!

 

Suck It Up

 

Midnight Rambler
Dairyland

For those of you venturing out along the Lakeshore Trail there is still no need for snowshoes as climbers have packed a trail all the way out to Dairlyland.  Speaking of the Lakeshore Trail, the Miller’s made some early morning ascents this weekend out that way and reported excellent conditions on the large pillar Suck it Up. While the Sand Point Road climbs were really busy the routes located along the Lake Shore Trail on your way out to Sweet Mother Moses have been virtually untouched this season.  Need the beta?  Stop by our Munising location for directions or be sure to order the new guidebook to the area that is being released at Ice Fest!

 

Three Sisters

 

The Art of Seduction

 

Swamp Thing

 

If you are planning on heading to Munising next weekend it looks like we have a great six  ay forecast of cold temperatures which will continue to build the ice and hopefully make some progress on freezing the lake!

The Michigan Ice fest Guides have openings for next weekend if you or a group would like a specialized guided trip of the park or if you are just in need of some rentals remember our store is located at 112 Elm in Munising and are now open all weekend long!

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! Special thanks goes out to the Miller’s, Colten Moore, Jon Jugenheimer and Matt Abbotts for submitting shots for this update!

Ice Conditions Report 1-13-19

With a week of colder temperatures, we are pretty stoked to report that a good portion of the classic pillars have formed and we are experiencing some pretty darn good conditions! This weekend saw many visiting climbers searching out along the lakeshore finding that pillars that were not formed last weekend had finally reached the ground.

The Good The Bad The Ugly

 

The Dryer Hose

 

The Ampitheater

 

Sweet Mother Moses

 

Sweet Mother Moses

 

The Good The Bad The Ugly

 

No Boundaries

 

With this phenomenal forecast it looks like almost all of our climbs will be in by next weekend and we should start to see the lake start to form some ice…..hopefully by Ice Fest that would mean access to Grand Island!

 

Munising Bay

The Michigan Ice fest Guides have openings for next weekend if you or a group would like a specialized guided trip of the park or if you are just in need of some rentals remember our store is located at 112 Elm in Munising and are now open all weekend long!

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! Special thanks goes out to the Miller’s, & the DeAugustine’s for submitting shots for this update!

Ice Conditions Report 1-6-19 Miners Falls

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. Having a store in Munising now allows our guides to get out even more bringing you up to the minute conditions.  Planning a trip to Pictured Rocks or maybe this is your first time up here and want to find out where the ice is.  Be sure to stop by the store to get the latest beta and directions to some of the amazing climbing in Munising.

 

Today the Michigan Ice Fest Guides took advantage of a small snow pack and drove out to the Miners Falls area to check out the conditions after a short cold spell.  As of today the road is well packed and driveable.  This may change Monday due to a predicted snowstorm! After a short hike we found that the falls were cranking with water which made for some spectacular spray ice on both of the adjacent walls.

 

Widow Maker

 

 

 

 

The afternoon was spent running laps on the steep soft thin ice that forms on the walls of this canyon from the spray from the main waterfall- Miners Falls.  The main falls only freeze after sustained cold weather due to their high volume of water flow and so far this season we have not had cold enough weather for these to form.  The thundering sound of the falls only feet from the climb added to the uniqueness of climbing in this setting.

 

It looks like we have some favorable weather coming in which will help to form some of the pillars that are very close to being climbable!  If you are looking to hire one of the Michigan Ice Fest Guides for a back country adventure be sure to check out our web site at here!

 

Ice Conditions Report 12-30-18

Bridal Veil Falls PC Colten Moore 12-29-18

 

This holiday week has seen many climbers coming up to enjoy some early season ice.  Warm temperature during mid December has hindered ice growth with all waterfalls still unclimbable.  The good news is that we have finally have had a few days of cold temperatures and a decent amount of snowfall helping to get some ice to form.

 

Smaller seeps are in and were climbed all week.  These include: Prelude Curtain, Opening Curtain, The Curtains, The School Room, Big Pine Pillar and the Lakeshore Curtains.  A reminder for those who are coming up that all rentals are now being rented out of our Munising store only and the new store location is at 112 Elm Munising Michigan. We also have a new online reservation system which can be found at: http://www.iceclimbmichigan.com/

The store is staffed by climbers who are more than happy to help you with your gear needs and to offer any beta- please stop in and let us know what you climbed that day!

Next week looks like we will get the weather we were hoping for so that those waterfalls will freeze up and we can hop on The Dryer Hose and SMM!

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 12-16-18

Strawberry Daze PC Captain Scott Gnas

In what what seemed more like a warm spring day, sunny skies and 45 degree temperatures greeted climbers this weekend seeking out climbable ice.  Captain Scott Gnas launched the Sea Dragon II (don’t ask what happened to the Sea Dragon I) and explored the Pictured Rocks shore line as well as Grand Island! What a beautiful unique view of Strawberry Daze….sure would be nice to have the daggers on either side form this year!

 

Bridal Veil Falls with Jesse Dollaway dropping in. PC Captain Scott Gnas

 

Bridal Veil Falls PC Jesse Dollaway

As with our last post the seeps in the park are holding their own during his warm spell but the true waterfalls are just that…..full on waterfalls! Next weeks forecast brings a predicted cool down early next week which will help in forming up some ice but temps will rise with highs back again in the 30s by midweek. A winter system Wednesday night into Thursday will bring the next round of wintry weather.

 

East side of Trout Bay- Grand Island PC Captain Scott Gnas
Emily Gantner at the School Room 12-16-18

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!