The Beer and Band Have Been Selected For Our After Party!

We are really getting stoked!  Ice fest 2019 is shaping up to be our best ever and it’s looking like it’s going to be the climbing event of the year for the midwest.

There’s really nothing we like more after a long day of climbing than to relax with our friends and enjoy a beer. Even better if it’s a good beer, and even better than that if it’s a good local beer!  This year we have once again connected with the Ore Dock Brewing Company from just up the road in Marquette.  They love the U.P. as much as we do and were really excited to be involved with Ice Fest.

We put our thinking (drinking?) caps on and came up with three special, Ice Fest only, beers to give away at our climber’s after parties.  We loved it so much we had some stickers made to celebrate.

Make sure you grab a brew, a sticker, and say hello and thank you to the guys from the Ore Dock!

 

 

 

Saturday 387 will be closing down for the 2019 Michigan Ice Fest and we will be taking over the building! Ice Fest participants will have access to the entire building providing plenty of room for everyone. Once again we will have free beer from the Ore Dock (while supplies last) and, YES, a band and dancing!

This year we are excited to have Grand Rapids own Fauxgrass preforming Saturday night.

The Fauxgrass approach to music, original and traditional, has quickly landed them a place in the progressive bluegrass community since their 2011 inception. With a fresh, playful, and heart-felt approach to structure Fauxgrass performances flow between genres with unique instrumental communication. The current members consist of Hayes Griffin (guitar), Timothy McKay (bass), Jason Wheeler (mandolin), and Jeffery Niemeier (fiddle). They have toured extensively through the mid-west, Colorado, and northeast coast, as well as establishing themselves as a regular presence in the Michigan music scene. They are continuing to build momentum as their unique songwriting and fun performances find enthusiastic reception around the region. Their creative approach to a familiar musical style is a breath of fresh air, and something worth experiencing for the acoustic music lover.

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!

 

New and Improved Demo!

New for the 2019 Ice Fest we are adding a day onto our popular demo so that you will be able to try out the latest gear from our incredible sponsors!  Depending on ice conditions our guides will pre set 10-15 ropes for climber to come out and test the gear and their skills.

You will also have the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s best climbers as they will be on-hand to provide tips and advice.

If you have your own helmet and harness, bring them if you want to avoid having to waiting.

There will be a protected area roped off.  We ask that climbers and belayers be in this area only. Helmets must be worn while climbing or belaying in the roped off area!!!

Where:
The Curtains along Sand Point Road in Munising

When:
Friday  ::  10am – 4pm
Saturday  ::  10am – 4pm
Sunday     ::  10am – 3pm

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!

Patagonia Provisions Cooking Demo With Brittany Griffith!

Join climbing chef extraordinaire Brittany Griffith as she shares some of her
Patagonia Provisions culinary secrets. Why a cooking class at an Ice Fest?
Who doesn’t want to eat well on their next adventure? Stop by hungry and
sample some of these amazing Patagonia Provisions creations!

Patagonia Provisions Cooking Demo Friday & Saturday 4pm Community Center

 

Why Does Patagonia Produce Food?

The tradition and culture of food have always been important to us at Patagonia. On our many travels, the meals—cedar-planked salmon with First Nations friends in BC, tsampa in yak-hair tents in Tibet, asado and chimichurri with Patagonian gauchos—become a vital part of the experience. What we eat does more than just fill our stomachs and nourish our bodies; good food lifts our spirits and helps us understand the world a little better.

 

Brittany Griffith

When climbers talk about keeping up with the best of them, the proverbial “them” includes ultra-badass Brittany Griffith. A committed lifer to the sport Griffith has climbed, led, and bolted some of the most challenging routes around the world, collecting once-in-a-lifetime stories that deserve a page of their own. While her skills beyond climbing are vast and venerable, her self-described “Gypsy Kitchen” cooking style deserves a mention, keeping her fellow climbers well-fed with what’s on hand. One of Patagonia’s ambassadors, Brittany will bring her climbing and cooking skills to the fest.

 

Ice Conditions 12-10-18

The last few weeks have been a perfect storm for producing early season ice, lots of snow combined with warm day time temperatures, and cold nights have seep climbs coming in quite nicely!  The true waterfalls are also a couple weeks ahead of schedule but are still not suitable for climbing.

Big Pine Pillar. PC John Miller

 

The School Room

 

Dryer Hose

 

No Boundaries

 

Memorial Falls PC John Miller

If you are stoked to get on some ice there are smaller seeps to climb throughout the park-  this time of year please use caution before getting on any of the ice. Please be mind full that some formations are extremely delicate and knocking any pillars down at this point may take a month 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!

Black Friday Blues?

Having troubles finding that perfect gift?  Why not give the gift of adventure?  Many of our beginning ice climbing classes still have openings and would make the perfect Christmas gift for someone special.  Will they remember that pair of socks or an amazing day ascending the frozen pillars of ice at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with one of our professional  athletes?  Sign them up here!

Can’t make Ice Fest?  We also offer guided climbing trips starting in December!

Ice Conditions Report 11-18-18 The Season Begins!

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!

Sunday Michigan Ice Fest Guides, David Hixenbaugh, Linda Wappner and Bill Thompson ran out to Bridal Veil Falls on the chance that it might be climbable.  Upon reaching the waterfall, there most certainly was climbable ice although it is extremely wet with the center of the river not quite frozen yet.

The climbing was stout and after one route the rope was frozen solid due to the river water blowing over onto the climb. Moving inland we poked around and saw that the ice is starting to show up in the park but virtually no other climbs in the park are climbable yet.

We did find a very small formation to play on along the Potato Chip Wall where it was nice to get some delicate sticks in.

As always we will be posting the most up to date conditions so please keep checking back. Please be mind full that these formations are extremely delicate and knocking any pillars down at this point may take a month to reform. BEFORE MAKING THE LONG DRIVE UP– please call Down Wind Sports for up to the minute conditions: 906-226-7112

Special thanks goes out to Jesse and Kim Dollaway for the shots!