Vince Anderson Returns To Ice Fest!

Vince is a third generation native of Colorado who climbed his first mountain at age five, started skiing at eight, and has called the mountains home his entire life. When he is not out guiding, climbing, skiing, he can often be found on the bike with his wife and three sons in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Since 1994 Vince has guided thousands of happy clients on custom ice climbing adventures around Colorado, the Canadian Rockies, the Alps, Alaska, the Himalaya, the Karakoram and the Andes. In 1998, Vince earned the highest level of certification available to mountain guides world-wide, becoming an International Federation of Mountain Guide Association (IFMGA) Certified Mountain Guide. Today Vince passes on his famed experience and calm to young aspiring mountain guides as an instructor and examiner for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA).

Vince is also passionate about climbing in his personal time. He ice climbed competitively from 2001 to 2008, attaining sixth overall in the World Cup Ice Climbing championship in 2002. Since 2010 he has been the route setter for the difficulty competition at the famed Ouray Ice Festival. Vince is an alpinist who abides by the “light is right” alpine style ethic. Most notably, he and Steve House completed their famous new route on the Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat (26,660?, ninth highest mountain in the world) in alpine style without oxygen in eight days during September of 2005. Vince and Steve have also partnered on numerous other ice, mixed, and alpine climbs, including the first ascent of K7 West in Pakistan and a new route on the North Face of Mount Alberta in the Canadian Rockies.

You can check out more on Vince at Skyward Mountaineering. Skyward Mountaineering is a small and exclusive mountain guiding service owned and operated by Vince Anderson in beautiful Western Colorado. They offer customized climbing programs and adventures in Western Colorado, Eastern Utah and around the globe.

A super big thanks goes out to long time Michigan Ice Fest sponsor Patagonia for hooking us up with Vince!

 

Klean Kanteen, A better world, and FREE BEER!

As passionate climbers, our lives revolve around the quality of our natural world.  If we trash the environment, we trash our climbing.  It seems simple.  So as passionate climbers we have to be passionate conservationists.

Running a big event like Michigan Ice Fest can certainly be a challenge when it comes to environmental ethics.  The act of getting a thousand people together in one place can generate a tremendous amount of waste.  Just look in the trash can at the end of any of our after parties. It’s not necessary and it’s something we are always looking to improve.

That’s why we are so excited to announce that for the the 2019 Michigan Ice Fest we are partnering with Klean Kanteen as part of their Bring Your Own campaign to reduce our reliance on single use plastic cups.  This will cut down on hundreds (thousands if we know ice climbers) of cups going to the landfill.

We will have Klean Kanteen stainless steel pint glasses for the first 800 people that register.  That’s right, 800 people will get a Michigan Ice Fest logo pint glass from Klean Kanteen.  It’s included with your registration.  During our afterparties we pour hundreds of glasses of FREE BEER and your glass is your ticket to the free beer.  We will only be pouring the free beer into those glasses. We also suggest you to use them throughout the weekend at other events and establishments to further reduce your waste.

Last year we had over 1,000 people at the people event so we encourage you to sign up early to ensure you get your pint glass and free beer.  We’d also like to encourage you to think of other ways reduce your reliance on single use plastics.  Together, we can all make a difference and help protect both our environment and our climbing.

First Full Episode of our Life’s A Pitch Podcast!

We are really proud to release the first full episode of our new podcast Life’s A Pitch.  The podcast will focus on the stories that make Michigan Ice Fest so great, told by the people who lived them.  From pro athletes to first timers, from remote mountain ranges to our hometown of Munising, this podcast will be a year round outlet for our excitement and love of climbing.

For our first episode we decided to start at the beginning and help people get a feel for the event and what makes it so special. We’ll hear from our friend James Loveridge and Raphael Slawinski from Black Diamond, Thaddeus Vandenberghe from Grivel, Brett Merlin from CAMP, the legendary Maddog, a bunch of participants from all over, and many more!

For those who have never been to the fest, you’ll be introduced to the fun and excitement.  For those who have attended, you’ll be brought back to the cold and ice, and reminded why we all love it so much.

So give it a listen, subscribe so you never miss an episode, and then give it a share. If you want to hear our teaser you can find it on it iTunes or listen on our website HERE.


John Roskelley To Attend 2019 Ice Fest!

Only a handful of climbers are worthy of the label “legend” but certainly John Roskelley is one of them.  We are so excited to announce that John will be making the trip east to present at Ice Fest.

John Roskelley

Author and photographer, John Roskelley, is a dabbler in everything outdoors. If he’s not dodging rocks on some alpine face in Canada or scratching his way up a frozen WI5 waterfall, John can be found paddling the Columbia River from source to mouth. John admits adventuring flows in his blood. In his first half century, John fought his way up four 8,000-meter peaks, including K2 and Everest, plus a plethora of devilishly hard, unclimbed shorter Himalayan and Karakorum faces and ridges. A graduate of WSU in geology, John has written four adventure books and in 2014 a paddler’s guidebook to the entire 1200 miles of the Columbia River. His photography has been on the cover of National Geographic, multiple book covers, posters, and other notable national magazines. John received the International Piolets d’Or Walter Bonatti Lifetime Achievement award in 2014 and was recently made an honorary member of the AAC. John and his wife, Joyce, have been married 46 years and have three great kids.

Life’s a Pitch: A New Podcast from Michigan Ice Fest

We’re excited to announce that we’re launching a podcast! We hear a lot of great stories through Ice Fest and wanted a way to share them, and the stoke, year round. From pro athletes to participants, life-long crushers to first timers, Life’s a Pitch will tell the stories of the ice climbing community of Great Lakes and beyond.

Check out this teaser as a preview of what’s to come. Improvisation is a key part of climbing, life, and Ice Fest. Hear what our friends Anna PfaffCarlos Buhler, and Jacob Raab have to say about it.

Right now you can listen on our website or on iTunes. We’re new to the podcasting game so if there is somewhere you listen to podcasts that we’re not on just let us know and we’ll do our best.

So give it a listen, tell us what you think, and then tell a friend to share the stoke. You can expect full length episodes to start rolling out over the summer and into the climbing season.

 

Michigan Ice Fest 2019 Registration is Open!

 

Who’s excited?  We’re excited! Every year after the fest while participants are driving home, the organizers start the planning to improve your ice fest experience.  We are happy to announce that registration for the 2019 Michigan Ice Fest is now open! We have been working tirelessly to put together an amazing week of ice climbing and socials designed to bring our Midwest tribe together. Once again we feel we have pulled out all of the stops for 2019!  New for 2019, a brand spanking new website, also look for multi day classes, mixed climbing courses, an expanded free class program, and included with every registration will be a free Official Michigan Ice Fest Tee Shirt! Space is limited on all courses so grab a friend and sign up early!

 


Ice Conditions Report 4-18-18

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Looks like we are lining up for another great weekend of late season climbing!  With our biggest snowfall of the season snowshoes might be needed if you are tackling some of the back country climbs.  Temps are suppose to be in the 50’s with sunshine so please use caution before attempting any route.  Its been a fantastic season with 6 months of climbing ice…..can we make it to seven?

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Ice Conditions 4-12-18

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Wow!  How lucky are we to have amazing climbing conditions this late in the season!  Climbs are still holding their own and seeps are large and still growing.  Pillars are still climbable but can change daily.  This weekend should be another great weekend of climbing.  As always please check each climb carefully before making a decision to climb.  See you in Munising!

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