American Alpine Club Raffle 2021

American Alpine Club Raffle 2021

 

Join or renew your AAC membership now through Feb 16th and email us a copy of your confirmation and you’ll be entered into a raffle for a free entry to ice fest 2022 and a class of your choice!
The American Alpine Club has been a strong supporter of the Michigan Ice Fest for over a decade, partnering to create the AAC Ground School and signing up hundreds of new members. More people become AAC members at the Michigan Ice Fest than almost any other event in the country, and we are really proud of that. Usually at Ice Fest, each person who joins the AAC is automatically entered into a raffle and are guaranteed a prize. That would be kind of hard to pull off this year, but we still feel that supporting the AAC is important whether we are all getting together or not.
This year if you email us the confirmation that you joined the AAC, we will enter you into a raffle where we will give away a free entry into the 2022 Michigan Ice Fest and a class of the winner’s choice! Email your AAC confirmation to: michiganicefest@gmail.com.
There are plenty of perks when you join the AAC, but if you really want to know what
the AAC is all about and why it’s important, take a look around you. Look to the mentor who first showed you how to belay. The partner throwing you a high-five at the summit. Your local legends. The AAC is about all of these people. It’s about community—about coming together. It’s about developing the legacy of climbing, and celebrating that legacy. Just like the Michigan Ice Fest, and that’s why we make such great partners.

Try Before You Buy- New Petzl Demo Program!

 

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers the most varied ice climbing terrain in the Midwest. From steep pillars, to the slabbier sheets of ice on Grand Island. Add in super cold temperatures with bulletproof ice, and Munising is a premier area for testing new equipment.
New this year to the Michigan Ice Fest is a full service Petzl Demo Center featuring all of the amazing ice tools and crampon products for the beginner to World Cup level ice climbing equipment. Our extensive demo line allows visiting climbers to experience a variety of products in a variety of conditions.
Stop by Down Wind Sports in Munising where you can select from a wide variety of Petzl equipment, and test the gear in a spectacular climbing setting!  Love the gear?  You can apply your one time rental fee towards the purchase of the Petzl gear!

Ice Conditions Report 2-1-21


HMR 1-30-21 pc Rob Brugman

Happy February everyone! It was so nice to see so many familiar faces and people enjoying the outdoors this past weekend. Lots of the climbs we have been patiently waiting for are now in including the Munising classic Dairyland!

Dairyland 1-30-21

You may have also seen the lake ice in the bay starting to form. But it is NOT SAFE conditions to cross over to Grand Island yet. We will be the first to let you know when ice lake conditions are safe. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Lake Superior can be a little cold this time of the year!

Also access to Miners Area/ Chapel Area roads are not drivable anymore so approaches will be longer and not via an automobile. Remember we do rent snowshoes/ xc skis at Down Wind Sports in Munising to help get you out to the backcountry! Speaking of there was a lot of action from Miners Castle to Chapel which is wonderful to see. When venturing out that far be sure to be prepared for long days and take precautions if someone in your part cannot ascend the climb!

Rappin Ice & Deadwood pc Captin Scott Gnas


Deadwood pc Gina Lynn

Sweet Mother Moses pc Greg Thelen

Emily Gantner on Widow Maker Miners Falls Area.

 

With the exception of The Amphitheater, all of the front country is looking pretty good! Just a friendly reminder that there is no parking allowed along Sand Point Road. Please park at the end parking lot and take the short warm up approach to the climbs.

Bryan DeAugustine rope soling on Swamp Thing

The Dryer Hose pc Micheal Straka

Swamp Falls pc Michael Straka

 

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!

Covid Fest 2021

Michigan Ice Fest turns 30 years old this year. That’s right, for 30 years the Midwest ice climbing family has been making the trek to Munising to climb spectacular ice formations above a frozen landscape that stretches to an unbroken horizon. We planned a huge party to celebrate our anniversary. It was going to be one for the ages. Then everything changed. The world was different. We can’t gather 1,000 climbers in the Mather auditorium to hear our heroes tell tales of adventure and daring. We’re not allowed to head down to the bar to share our own adventures with the dozens of new friends we made during the day. After 29 years of feeling like things would never change, they did. But, after the shock wore off, we realized that the Michigan Ice Fest is more than just parties and slideshows. It’s about the people and the place, and those things haven’t changed at all. Our family is still our family, and the ice will still form.

If we can’t all get together this year, it just means that we’ll have twice as many stories to share when we can. So, we hope you will tune in virtually and join us in celebrating our virtual Ice Fest.

Covid 2021 Fest Schedule

Virtual Presentations

The presentations have always been a big part of the event, and we just can’t imagine a year without the injection of inspiration they provide, pandemic or not. So we’ve gotten together with a few friends and sponsors and we’re putting on a few virtual slideshows during what would be the festival weekend. These will be broadcast on Facebook Live so tune in and engage!

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American Alpine Club Raffle 2021

 

Join or renew your AAC membership now through Feb 16th and email us a copy of your confirmation and you’ll be entered into a raffle for a free entry to ice fest 2022 and a class of your choice!
The American Alpine Club has been a strong supporter of the Michigan Ice Fest for over a decade, partnering to create the AAC Ground School and signing up hundreds of new members. More people become AAC members at the Michigan Ice Fest than almost any other event in the country, and we are really proud of that. Usually at Ice Fest, each person who joins the AAC is automatically entered into a raffle and are guaranteed a prize. That would be kind of hard to pull off this year, but we still feel that supporting the AAC is important whether we are all getting together or not.
This year if you email us the confirmation that you joined the AAC, we will enter you into a raffle where we will give away a free entry into the 2022 Michigan Ice Fest and a class of the winner’s choice! Email your AAC confirmation to: michiganicefest@gmail.com.
There are plenty of perks when you join the AAC, but if you really want to know what
the AAC is all about and why it’s important, take a look around you. Look to the mentor who first showed you how to belay. The partner throwing you a high-five at the summit. Your local legends. The AAC is about all of these people. It’s about community—about coming together. It’s about developing the legacy of climbing, and celebrating that legacy. Just like the Michigan Ice Fest, and that’s why we make such great partners.
Michigan Ice Fest Photo Contest 2021
While the global pandemic may stop us from all getting together during Ice Fest, it doesn’t have to stop you from climbing, or from taking some amazing photos while you’re climbing. We still want to see what all of our friends are doing, and reward their creativity, so we are running our photo contest a little differently this year.
Here’s what to do:
1. During this climbing season snap some photos of ice climbing in the U.P. Photos of climbing, approaches, whatever as long as you feel it represents your the U.P. experience.
2. Post your photos to Instagram with the hashtag #michiganicefest2021. You can enter as many photos 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. On March 15th, all of the photos tagged with #michiganicefest2021 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 favorite photos will be shared on the Michigan Ice Fest Facebook page and the photo with the most likes at the end of the voting period will be the winner.
The prize will include a registration for the 2022 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 gear and clothing from some of our event sponsors.
Let the contest begin!
Covid Ice Fest Discount !
This year Down Wind Sports launched an online shopping site to help their Ice Fest participants get the gear they need during the pandemic. The Ice Fest family can use the site to get their discount without ever having to leave the comfort of their keyboards. Recieve 20% off all winter by using code COVIDFEST2021 at checkout.
So, while everything may look different this year, and we might not be celebrating our 30th festival the way we planned, remember the U.P. air is still fresh and crisp, the snow is still a dazzling white, and Munising will always be waiting for you. Somethings never change.

Ice Conditions Report 1-17-21

Heikki Lunta delivered! Today Munising got at least 10 inches of snow and even better COLD WEATHER!!! The park was busy this past weekend with determined ice climbers searching near and far. Sand Point Road is still forming but holding strong, the backcountry is a real adventure proving to be well worth it as thin climbs along the Lovers Leap area were explored. HMR and Bridal Veil Falls also saw some action but with this new snowfall approaches may be longer now.

Bridal Veil Falls pc Greg Thelen

Our true waterfalls are still trying to recover from forming and the falling in the recent warm weather. Its been a very unique season to say the least as climbs like the Dryer Hose, Amphitheater, Giddy Up and most likely Sweet Mother Moses have yet to see an ascent this season. Maybe this will be the weekend!

The Dryer Hose 1-17-21 pc Bryan Mitchell

 

The Amphitheater 1-17-21 pc Bryan Mitchell

Some of the lower volume pillars are coming in nicely as the rebuilt John Miller is now back in action and reporting Swamp Thing is in and Swamp Falls is really close.

Swamp Thing pc John Miller Collection

 

Swamp Falls John Miller Collection

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
Looks like this weeks weather forecast is promising for making ice and getting some snow on the ground!

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 1-3-21

Happy New Year!  It sure was nice seeing some familiar faces running around Pictured Rocks looking to get some fresh sticks in this past weekend! From Sand Point to HMR folks were getting after it.  We are still experiencing warmer than normal temperatures and that seems to be the case for this upcoming week.

David Hixenbaugh on the sharp end HMR.     PC Nic Dobbs

Michigan Ice Fest Guides David Hixenbaugh, Nic Dobbs, Emily Gantner and Erik Olsen headed out to HMR to get most likely the first lead of the season.  Congratulations to David as he scored this noble lead over a remarkably calm Lake Superior.

PC Nic Dobbs collection

The team also took advantage of the low snow fall of the season and drove the road to the trail head parking lot cutting off some dreaded approach time.

PC Emily Gantner

For those that have climbed HMR before you can see that the formation is more quite a bit more narrow than usual and a bit thin for January.

Bridal Veil Falls 1-1-21  PC Captain Scott Gnas

The Rim 1-1-21  PC Captain Scott Gnas

Captain Scott Gnas was back in town with the Sea Dragon 3 and took a ride out to Grand Island and sent some beta on the climbs along the West Shore.  We really need to start getting some colder weather to freeze the lake ice so that we can get out and get after some of these climbs (or we need to buy a boat!)

 

 

Grand Island PC Scott Gnas

 

Grand Island PC Scott Gnas

Climbs that are in:

No Boundaries

Opening Curtain

Prelude Curtain

Big Pine Pillar

Swamp Thing

Lakeshore Curtains

Bridalveil Falls

HMR

 

CLIMBS NOT IN:

Dryer Hose

Ampitheater

The Curtains

Miners Falls

Giddy Up

 

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

Looks like this weeks weather forecast is promising for making ice and getting some snow on the ground.

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 12-26-20

Well the good news is that it is cold and the ice is beginning to form…..the bad news, not much is in quite yet.  Michigan Ice Fest Guide Emily Gantner & Erik Olsen did some scouting and sent these photos of Munising climbs and their progression.

Prelude Curtain 12-25-20

Prelude Curtain is the only climbable climb along Sand Point Road as of Christmas day. The other classics are starting to show some progress but certainly are not stable enough to climb just yet.

The Curtains

 

The Dryer Hose 12-25-20

 

The Ampitheater 12-25-20

The School Room 12-25-20

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

Looks like this weeks weather forecast is promising for making ice and getting some snow on the ground.

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!

Looking To Help Out This Season?

 

This past month, Ice Fest staff have been getting several requests on how people can help the Ice Fest during this pandemic year.  We have come up with a couple of ideas that can either send a kid to the 2020 Ice Fest or help out a local Munising business get through this season and be there for us when we all gather in 2022.  The Michigan Ice Fest thanks everyone who has reached out to us or has made a donation!

BIG CITY MOUNTAINEERS

Photo by @wilkinsonvisual – www.wilkinsonvisual.com

In 2020 the Michigan Ice Fest partnered with Big City Mountaineers to pilot a program that enabled students from dis-invested communities in Minneapolis to experience the natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and try ice climbing.

We feel it is an ethical imperative to work toward making our sport, and our community, open to anyone who wants to join. No exceptions. Many groups are underrepresented in our sport and we’d like to work to remove the barriers to their representation and participation. We are excited to continue this partnership with Big City Mountaineers again for the 2022 Ice Fest!

Big City Mountaineers (BCM) is a national non-profit organization based in Golden Colorado that for over thirty years has partnered with local youth development organizations and schools to facilitate a variety of outdoor and backcountry based programs for students from dis-invested communities. BCM is focused on providing experiences that are culturally relevant and foster a connection to the outdoors.

Thanks to individual donors, corporate sponsors, and philanthropic foundations there is no cost to students to participate in a BCM program.

Send a kid to the 2022 Michigan Ice Fest by donating to Big City Mountaineers here!

Lots of our local Ice Fest sponsors are getting hit hard this winter by this pandemic, particularly the restaurants, bars and hotels.  Lets help our friends out by purchasing gift cards from the ones that have supported us over the years. Purchasing gift cards is a great way to support these businesses that you are going to use anyway. Below are links to websites or phone numbers to call as they would love to hear from you!

Alger Falls Motel

East Channel Brewery

Eh Burger  (906) 387-7000

Falling Rock Cafe

Gallery Coffee Company

Holiday Inn Express

North Star Hotel

Ore Dock Brewing Company

Pictured Rocks Inn & Suites

Roam Inn

Scotty’s Motel (906) 387-2449

South Bay Outfitters (906) 387-4004

Tracey’s Restaurant

Taco Primo

Terrace Motel