Ice Conditions Report 3-16-20

Lots of climbers were out this past weekend working on this social distancing thing and looking for climbable ice.  A mixed bag of conditions as many of the true waterfalls are not climbable, as is many of the climbs that are fully exposed to the sun.  Seeps tucked back in the woods are going strong as are the backcountry climbs not exposed to the sun.

The Chapel Beach area saw some more action and climbers found some pretty decent ice to climb.  It certainly is a long approach but worth it for those who want to put in the effort!

This time of year climbs can change overnight so it is best to have a flexible schedule if you are planning on coming up.  The Dryer Hose is unclimbable right now as is Giddy Up but look at the size of The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly PC Jeremiah Gourd

Lakeshore Curtains PC Gina Lynn

 

Prelude Curtain

With spring conditions please be sure to take caution with all top outs as the top of the route will be the first part of the climb to deteriorate.

 

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 3-9-20

David Hixenbaugh leading Ship’s Prow PC Ryan Nordstrom

This weekend March came in like a lamb and that we experienced a bit of “fools Spring”!  Lots of sunshine and 50 degree temperatures baked climbers as they headed out into the backcountry for a spectacular weekend of climbing. A couple of groups of climbers did the crossing to Grand Island and hit up a sunny west shore for what was mostly likely the first ascents of the season.

 

According to Captain Scott Gnas, the beta on the crossing to the island, ” the ice was 10″thick to climbers right, and the left was very questionable. All the snow on the ice melted yesterday as well”. Climbers please ask locals before venturing out onto the ice as conditions change daily!

PC Captain Scott Gnas

Some Other Day PC Ryan Nordstrom

Another group hit the seldom visited area of Spray Falls and climbed Ships Prow, Some Other Day and Brownie Surprise and a new line currently not in the guidebook.  Great hero ice on all climbs! A bit of a warning- with the warmer temperatures there has been significant ice and rock fall all along Pictured Rocks.  Please make a mental note when visiting the backcountry this spring!

Brownie Surprise PC Ryan Nordstrom

Lots of action was also found from Sand Point Road to Dairyland and beyond. In our opinion the best climbing conditions in the U.P. are in March as the ice is fat and the sun starts to come out from its winter hibernation!  There are still ample opportunities to get some swings in so grab your friends and head on up for some spring climbing!

 

 

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 3-1-20

Cold temps and windy conditions ushered in the weekend in the Upper Peninsula giving climbers mid season conditions in late February!  Saturday gave way to sunny skies and mild temps and it is beginning to feel like spring climbing season is here.  All climbs are fat, fat, fat! Based on what we saw this weekend, it looks like the next few weeks will be the perfect time to come up and climb in Munising!

 

Midnight Rambler PC John Miller

 

The Ampitheater PC John Miller

 

The lake ice out to Grand Island has formed from public access to the island dock and Murray Bay.  Several ice fisherman were seen crossing and when we spoke to them they reported that the lake ice thickness varied from 8 inches to 3 inches.  They did warn that this can change daily so please ask locally if you are planing on venturing out. West Shore lake is is still not safe to travel on and access to the East Channel climbs remains unsafe to cross from Sand Point!

In our opinion the best climbing conditions in the U.P. are in March as the ice is fat and the sun starts to come out from its winter hibernation!  There are still ample opportunities to get some swings in so grab your friends and head on up for some spring climbing!

 

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 and Weather Forecast For Ice Fest!

Another great weekend of climbing with once again warmer than usual temperatures. The seeps are still holding their own with many of them being a tad bit wet.  True waterfall are still not formed but…….colder temperatures this week just might do the trick for getting them to solidify by the time ice fest rolls around!  Lots of information will be coming down the pipe so stay tuned!

 

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 1-27-20

Well, it was another busy weekend with a mixed bag of weather. Saturday saw heavy wet snow making for extremely wet conditions. Sunday was colder, around 32 degrees and which made for more pleasant climbing conditions.

We are getting a lot of inquires on the status of Grand Island. The lake ice is begginnig to form but it is no where near safe enough to travel on. Will it be ready for Ice Fest? That remains to be seen, we will need some cold days and nights to happen.

The West Shore climbs are just begging to be climbed! It looks like we will need to cross at the public launch and access these climbs from the top once the lake ice comes in.

The Ampitheater

Once again despite the warmer weather the front country climbs are holding their own but the top outs are very thin! Caution should be taken when climbing the pillars and if you are leading any of these climbs.

No Boundaries

The Dryer Hose

 

Dairyland PC Joe Kozikowski

Thankfully we have a nice forcast with overnight temps dropping down to 10 degrees so maybe just maybe we can get some ore of that lake ice to freeze!

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 1-20-20

Holy Wah a lot of climbers were up for the holiday weekend!  Great to see some old friends coming up for some pre Ice Fest laps on some old classics.  As a friendly reminder – if you would like to get away from the crowds be sure to pick up a copy of An Ice Climbers Guide to the Upper Peninsula, which is a comprehensive guide to all of the climbs in and around Munising.  Many of these climbs were untouched over the weekend and are begging for folks to climb them!

Visiting climbers found the best conditions of the season so far with all formations in except for some of the true waterfalls which are close but not yet climbable.

The Dryer Hose

 

The Ampitheater PC John Miller

Nic Dobbs and David Hixenbaugh of the Michigan Ice Fest Guides, did a bit of exploring in the backcountry and found a mixed bag of climbs that were in and some that were not. If you are checking out the back country climbs along the lakeshore trail, there is a boot packed trail out to Dairyland.  Over the weekend Munising recieved around 10 inches of snow so if you are heading out to the climbs along Miners Castle Road or out to HMR you will need skis! Here is what the guides found out the Lakeshore Trail

*Giddy Up- Not in

*The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly was in but thin and delicate.

*Midnight Rambler – In

*Suck it Up- Not in

*Dairyland- Lots of snow on top over a thick crust of ice.  They found the conditions too wet to climb but Sunday saw an ascent of the formation and it was reported as “intense”.

Sweet Mother Moses PC John Miller

 

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly PC Nic Dobbs

 

The top of Dairyland PC Nic Dobbs

While the forecast for the upcoming week is not setting any records for being cold, it looks like we will maintain what ice we have and it should be another great week of climbing!  The Michigan Ice Fest Guides does offer a wide array of climbing gear for rent during the ice season. With gear from Black Diamond, Petzl, CAMP, La Sportiva, LOWA and many other great brands, we have what the gear you need to enjoy a day on the ice with friends.

If you have the skills and experience and are only lacking the gear, this a great way to get out. You can reserve any gear 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 Conditions Report 1-13-20

We are excited to announce a recent streak of cold temps has the ice forming up quite nicely. Over the weekend reports came in of everything along Sand Point Road is in…..although some of the pillars being quite thin.  Sounds like the Ampitheater and the Dryer Hose both has ascents over the weekend and our six day forecast looks like they will start to grow.  More importantly the back country is looking amazing!  The Michigan Ice Fest Guides did a  guided trip out to Bridalveil Falls and the Rim and both were stellar!

The Rim

 

If you are coming up this weekend and planning on venturing out in the back country don’t forget to bring some back country skis to get out to the good stuff!  Miners Castle Road is plowed to Carmondy Road and then is is snowmobiled packed out to Miners Castle and Miners Beach.

 

Bridalveil

If your group is planning on renting any gear the Munising shop is located at 112 Elm Ave in Munising.  Their store hours are: Monday-Thursday 11-5pm, Friday 11-6pm, Saturday 10-5pm and Sunday 11-3pm

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 1-8-20

January 8th and our good friends from Canada sent us a cold wind that has ushered in the coldest temperatures of the season so far.  And with those cold temps we are excited to say that the ice is really starting to build!  Jesse Dolloway spent some time in the backcountry today and sent the following photos.

The Rim

 

Bridalveil Falls

 

Mini Me

 

Potatoe Patch Falls

 

True waterfalls are still not climbable……yet, but soon!  Please be very cautious on any pilllars as they have just started to form within the last few days. Be mind full that these formations are extremely delicate and knocking any pillars down at this point may take a long time to reform.

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!

BEFORE MAKING THE LONG DRIVE UP– please call Down Wind Sports for up to the minute conditions: 906-226-7112