2022 Carbon Offset Program

At Michigan Ice Fest we know that the climate and landscape we play in is the major factor in what makes ice climbing so amazing.  We also know that we, as individuals and as an event, are having an impact on one of the things we cherish most.  We are striving to lessen and mitigate that impact through several environmental initiatives  including waste reduction, recycling programs, and a move toward carbon neutrality.

As part of our effort to be a be a carbon neutral event, we are purchasing carbon offsets to help cover the what is produced by the hosting nearly 1,500 people in Munising, as well as their travel to and from the event.

It’s estimated that each person coming to the event is responsible for the addition of about 500lbs of CO2 to our atmosphere.  Coupled with the CO2 produced by hosting the event, it all adds up to a lot of carbon, and we’d like to lesson that impact as much as we can.

And we’re not the only ones.  During registration, our participants were given to option to donate to help offset the carbon they produced attending the event and you came through.  With your support, we were able offset over 110 tons of CO2 related to the Michigan Ice Fest.

We purchased carbon offsets through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, which supports verified carbon offset solutions that thoughtfully balance project types, impact, location, and cost.  This non-profit supports carbon offset projects focusing on forest conservation and restoration, regenerative agriculture, renewable energy, and waste reduction.  They have projects ranging from Minnesota to Chile.

We are incredibly excited for our move toward being a carbon neutral event, and the amazing support we’ve gotten from our Ice Fest family.  Thank you all so much.  We plan on continuing this initiative into the future do our part to make the world a little better every year.

 

Ice Conditions Report- Grand Island Edition 3-15-22

This past weekend saw brutally cold conditions on Saturday, warmer temps on Sunday and perfect conditions on Monday!  The ice is as fat as it has been all winter and thankfully we are looking at an extended ice season in the U.P.!

On Monday, Michigan Ice Fest Guides were spread out all over Grand Island enjoying long routes, soft ice and SUNSHINE!  So good after suffering cold temps all winter to get out and bask in the warmth of the sun.  If you have some time off coming up, get on up here and head out to the island.

The public launch at Grand Island is still the preferred starting point and the lake ice is still solid and surprisingly smooth all the way out to O Brother Where Art Thou Wall.

If you have never experienced the magic of Grand Island, you still have a chance this year!  With some of the longest routes in the Midwest a trip to the island should be on everyone’s bucket list. Our temps are warming up this week but still overnight below freezing Friday and Saturday!

 

 

 

Be sure to check our website of social media channels for the latest ice conditions reports. If your group needs to rent gear Down Wind Sports in Munising offers Ice Gear rentals and are open 7 days a week.  Check out the rental details 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 3-8-22 Holding Our Own

With a steady rain this past Saturday, we thought we would be writing a sad Ice Conditions report this week with the ending of the season but cold temperatures found their way back to us and the ice is still looking good with all formations still climbable.  Our typical steel grey skies are starting to turn giving way to blue bird sunny skies!  Now is the time to come up and enjoy climbing in warmer temps and softer ice!

This past weekend saw a flurry of activity on Grand Island with climbers having fun from Trout Bay to the East Channel all the way out to the West Shore climbs.  Lake ice is still good from the public access to Grand Island.

Be sure to check our website of social media channels for the latest ice conditions reports. If your group need to rent gear Down Wind Sports in Munising offers Ice Gear rentals and are open 7 days a week.  Check out the rental details here!

With these overnight lows we are looking at an extended climbing season!

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 2-28-22

 

Dairyland PC Nic Dobbs

The Munising area saw lots of action this past weekend with visiting climbers finding fat mid season conditions!  On their day off, some of the Michigan Ice Fest Guides hit three of the PRNL Classics Dairyland, Strawberry Daze and Midnight Rambler during a rare bluebird day!

PC David Hixenbaugh

The Front Country is also going strong as the Dryer Hose has resealed it leak and isn’t as wet as it was last weekend. Grand Island is still seeing action with most climbers concentrating on the Trout Bays area. We still do not recommend crossing to the Island from Sand Point, please use the Public Access for Grand Island as the lake ice is much safer there. 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!

For those adventurers who like solitude and want to escape the crowds, there is a lot of ice in the U.P. that is not in Munising. The Black River is an example of that, and Jeremiah Gourd sent a few photos of this past weekends exploration of the Black River.

The Black River is the Western U.P.’s mini ice destination in Big Snow Country, a region also known for its amount of alpine ski hills, and deep lake effect snow. The ice climbs are all located in a small canyon along the fast flowing Black River just a few miles upstream of where it drains into Lake Superior. On a normal season almost a half-dozen lines form along the sides of the canyon walls, with the actual river waterfall rarely freezing and never climbed. All but one of the climbs are located across the river from where you park, which means the river must be well frozen before you can get to the climbs, as the swim across would be rather cold.

Not to sound like a broken record, our extended forecast is still looking amazing for continued ice growth and excellent climbing conditions! Be sure to check our website of social media channels for the latest ice conditions reports. If your group need to rent gear Down Wind Sports in Munising offers Ice Gear rentals and are open 7 days a week.  Check out the rental details 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 2-22-22

Dryer Hose 2-20-22

Now that the fest is over we are continuing to see many climbers coming up to enjoy fantastic ice conditions at PRNL and over at Grand Island. Cold weather is continuing and the forecast looks promising for a long season. We have also received a good amount of snow the last couple of days so prepare to bust a trail if you are heading into the backcountry.

Having said that, on Saturday the Dryer Hose did spring a leak and we are hoping that it will heal up this week. The left side was still climbable but straight on and climbers right were defiantly a no go. See video here!

Left Twin 2-20-22

This past holiday weekend we saw many climbers up and down Sand Point Road which is a good thing but remember there is great ice to climb, many formations still untouched this season, scattered throughout the park. Our friend Captin Scott Gnas sent us the following photos of routes in the Mosquito area that had nobody on the both Friday and Saturday of Ice Fest!

Grand Island has seen lots of action at Trout Bay.  Just a reminder- it is never safe to cross the East Channel to access the East Channel Curtains.  Please use the public access dock for Grand Island. As always, when planning to venture out to the island check with the Park service, Forrest Service, local Sherriff or Down Wind Sports in Munising to see if lake ice has changed.

Captin Scott also sent these photos of the seldom climbed formations on the east side of Trout Bay

For those looking for a bit of solitude, The Millers went out to the Rock River Canyon Wilderness Area and found the Subway in pristine condition.  If you are looking  for fresh ice and no other climbers, we recommend picking up the guidebook and checking this area out as many of these smaller formations never get climbed in a season.

The Subway PC John Miller

 

Our extended forecast is still looking amazing for continued ice growth and excellent climbing conditions! Be sure to check our website of social media channels for the latest ice conditions reports. If your group need to rent gear Down Wind Sports in Munising offers Ice Gear rentals and are open 7 days a week.  Check out the rental details 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!

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes

 

 

 

 

Not going to lie.  This year Ice fest has been challenging logistically speaking and we have been working non stop to provide a great experience for everyone.  Due to seen and unseen circumstances, there have been several changes that we have had to make to the upcoming festival.  Please take a look and we will do our best to keep everyone informed.

 

Clinic Changes

Due to several athletes not being able to make it to this year’s event the following changes have been made to the clinic schedule.

*Intermediate Ice with David Allfrey is now being taught by CAMP Athlete Nate Smith

*Will Gadd Avalanche Clinic is now being taught by Arc Teryx Athlete Mark Smiley

 

Presentation Schedule Changes

Wednesday

8pm Alex Hansen

 

Thursday

7pm Alan Rousseau & Jackson Marvel

8pm Kitty Calhoun

 

Friday

5pm The Alpinist

7pm Sam Elias/Cam Maier Cities to Crag Tour

8pm Anna Pfaff & Andres Marin

 

Saturday

7pm Mark Synnott

8pm Jim Donini

 

 

Mountain Book Changes

Due to author cancelations Kelly Cordes, Brandon Pullan, Will Gadd and James Mills will not be able to attend.  We will still have Jim Donini signing, The Tower, Mark Synnott signing The Third Pole, & The Impossible Climb. Matt Abbotts and Bill Thompson will be signing A Rock Climbers Guide to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan & An Ice Climbers Guide to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

 

Athlete Changes

Due to a variety of circumstances the following athletes will not be in attendance this year:

Will Gadd

David Alfrey

Kelly Cordes

Vince Anderson

Sarah Hueniken

Aaron Mulkey

Nate Sacket

Jim Shimberg

Phil Henderson

New Demo Check Out!

 


One of our biggest complaints for the Ice Fest has always been the long lines and
waiting time for checking out demo gear. This year we are addressing that by offering
demo gear check out beginning at 7am. Need to get far into the backcountry and your
team is getting an alpine start? If you need the gear we will be there early!

Also new is that we will have two demo gear check out rooms. One for classes and one for general gear check out. Two rooms and earlier check out means more climbing for everyone!

*If you are registered for a clinic you will have demo gear for that day only.  If you need gear for other days and didn’t pay tell demo fee you can do that at registration.

*All gear must be returned each day

Michigan Ice Fest Photo Contest 2022!

Liz Johnson 2021 Winner

Over the past 30 years we have seen some incredible photos of Ice Fest and
the climbing at Pictured Rocks. We started a photo contest 2016 and have
been blown away by creativity of our Ice Fest family. We’re stoked to see
what everyone comes up with this year!
Here’s how it works:
1. During the weekend of Ice Fest (February 9th -13th) snap some photos. Photos
of climbing, socials, approaches, whatever as long as you feel it represents your
Ice Fest experience.
2. Post your photos to social media (Facebook or Instagram) with the hashtag
#michiganicefest2022. You can enter as many times as you want. Please make
sure your privacy settings allow us to see your photos. If we can’t see them, you
can’t win.
3. When the event is over, all of the photos tagged with #michiganicefest2022
will be judged by a panel of Ice Fest staff. Photos will be judged based on some
seriously strict criteria like exposure, composition, creativity, and coolness.
4. The panel’s ten favorite photos will be shared on the Michigan Ice Fest Facebook
page and the photo with the most likes at the end of one week will be the winner.
You must attend the Ice Fest to be eligible and photos need to be taken during
the event.
Pretty easy. It doesn’t cost you a dime and we know you’re posting all of your sweet Ice
Fest shots anyway, so you might as well try and win something. The prize will include a
registration for the 2023 Michigan Ice Fest and a class of your choice at next year’s event.
On top of this already stellar prize, we are throwing in some gear and clothing from our
event sponsors. So, when you get to Munising make sure you pull out your phone or
camera and take your best shot at winning the Michigan Ice Fest 2022 photo contest