2022 New Product Highlight- Footwear!


The Michigan Ice Fest has always been a place where climbers can come and get a first look at the most innovative new climbing products on the market. This year we will give a preview here as well as having it available at our online store as well as “in person” at the Michigan Ice Fest Headquarters during the Festival!
During Ice Fest our headquarters is the ultimate “toy shop” that a climber can dream of. From clothing to gear if it is made for ice climbing, you’ll find it here! All of the leading manufacturers will have booths set up displaying and selling the latest and greatest gear with sales representatives on hand to answer any questions you might have. And that’s not even the best part! As a participant at the Michigan Ice Fest you are entitled to a 20% discount on all purchases made during the festival.


LOWA Alpine Ice GTX

This high performance alpine boot with an integrated gaiter is designed with a close-to-ground outsole, an anatomical fit feature that uses memory foam to contour to the foot’s shape to help prevent fatigue, and a slingshot heel for secure foothold, comfort and rock feel. Very stiff underfoot, insulated yet extremely light in weight for a low altitude mountaineering boot, and automatic crampon-compatible, this is truly a “Formula One” boot for mixed climbing and low altitude expeditions. Durably waterproof/breathable.



La Sportivia Aequilibrium ST GTX

Achieving equilibrium between technical performance and the demands for modern alpinists and mountaineers is a perpetual challenge. the state-of-the-art Aequilibrium ST GTX orchestrates a perfect blend of ultralight construction, durable materials, superlative comfort, and elite performance for moving fast in the mountains.





Scarpa Rapid GTX

Adding all-conditions versatility to the best all-around mountain show we offer, the Rapid GTX offers nearly unlimited possibilities. This hybrid shoe is equally adept at ticking off trail miles, boulder hopping and scrambling moderate slabs. The all-synthetic upper is lightweight and protective, and is backed by a GORE-TEX® Invisible Fit lining for waterproof protection. The dual-density EVA midsole delivers a ride more akin to a trail running shoe, but we have added a TPU arch insert for torsion control, and our Dynamic Protection System insert in the forefoot for increased protection, propulsion and edging capability. The Vibram® outsole features high-friction Megagrip rubber, and an edging zone under the big toe for unbeatable friction and traction. Snow underfoot? Sloppy trails/ No problem – the Rapid GTX is the perfect choice for moving fast over mixed mountain terrain in variable conditions.

2022 New Product Highlight- Screws & Tools!

The Michigan Ice Fest has always been a place where climbers can come and get a first look at the most innovative new climbing products on the market. This year we will give a preview here as well as having it available at our online store as well as “in person” at the Michigan Ice Fest Headquarters during the Festival!
During Ice Fest our headquarters is the ultimate “toy shop” that a climber can dream of. From clothing to gear if it is made for ice climbing, you’ll find it here! All of the leading manufacturers will have booths set up displaying and selling the latest and greatest gear with sales representatives on hand to answer any questions you might have. And that’s not even the best part! As a participant at the Michigan Ice Fest you are entitled to a 20% discount on all purchases made during the festival.



CAMP Rocket Screws

The Rocket is a top-level workhorse for alpinists and ice climbers who rely on their ice screws in big mountain terrain. The chromoly steel construction is lightweight, strong and durable. The front teeth have been engineered for the fastest placements even in the coldest, most compact ice. Reverse angle threads ensure smooth driving and maximum holding power. Compact chromoly hanger aligns with the screw to pull in an optimal direction and racks well on both sides of the harness. Fold out crank knobs are color coded for easy identification.



Grivel Dark Machine Ice Axe

The Ultimate technical ice axe which combines the most advanced technologies and materials into a modern tool, destined for great performances. Designed for ice climbing, this aggressive technical ice axe has a G-bone carbon composite shaft and full carbon handle that ensure lightness and, at the same time, extreme toughness and durability.
Very light at only 490 grams, their geometry offers a higher balance point, that allows a much better swing.



Blue Ice Aero / Aero Lite Ice Screw

The AERO LITE are the lightest ice screws on the market, with an innovative 3-tooth steel bit for technical mountaineering.
They are available in 5 lengths. They use a stainless steel, 3 tooth tip, which allows for easy placement in all conditions.
The body and the hanger are made of aluminum to minimize weight.
The foldable crank is made of stainless steel.
The diameter of the screws is larger than the current ones on the market.
This makes it possible to safely use existing anchor holes. A color code makes to quick identification of the different lengths.
These are the ideal screws for technical routes where performance and lightness are key points.


The Aero is innovative thanks to its 3-tooth tip design which gives the best quick and easy screwing. Its thin wall design reduces the weight considerably, the steel tip and tube maintains high durability of the threads. Its largest diameter body allows to use securely existing holes when there is no other option. Colors-coding easily indicates the length of the screw. Its features and design make it the ideal ice screw for the most technical routes where performance, durability and lightness are key.



From now until Ice Fest we will be giving you a sneak peak on a small sampling of what you can expect to find in the sponsor booths!

Headquaters- 2022 Vendors!

During Ice Fest our headquarters is the ultimate “toy shop” that a climber can dream of. From clothing to gear if it is made for ice climbing, you’ll find it here!   All of the leading manufacturers will have booths set up displaying and selling the latest and greatest gear with sales representatives on hand to answer any questions you might have. And that’s not even the best part! As a participant at the Michigan Ice Fest you are entitled to a 20% discount on all purchases made during the festival.

From now until Ice Fest we will be giving you a sneak peak on a small sampling of what you can expect to find in the sponsor booths!

Hallway Booths at Headquarters!

Mountaineer Bob

Our friend Bob will be back at it again this year displaying his wares at the festival headquarters.  Bob’s brings to the fest interesting and sometimes signed, climbing memorabilia which makes for great reading back home or at the hotel room.  He sells, trades, or buys mountaineering books, older climbing magazines and climbing catalogs, signed mountaineering expedition postcards and covers, and mountain related postage stamps.  If you don’t see it ask!  He may have it or know of someone who does.  These make great gifts for climbers so during the fest stop by Bob’s table and see what treasures you may find!


Weigh My Rack

If you are having difficulty deciding which climbing gear to purchase, Weigh My Rack is there to help! They obsessively collect every detail about every piece of climbing gear, so you can be confident in every gear choice. If you have never visited their website, do yourself a favor and check it out.  It has everything a techy gear nerd would ever dream of!  Alison and Andreas will be attending so stop by and say hi!


The Superior High Angle Rope Professionals

The Superior High Angle Rope Professionals (SHARP) are a specialized team formed to serve agencies in the Upper Peninsula with high angle rescues.  SHARP is available to agencies to assist/conduct rescue and recovery operations in high angle terrain.  When it comes to difficult rescues where cliffs are an issue, our high angle rescue team is designed to safely, quickly and efficiently transport accident victims to safer ground so they can get the medical attention they require.


Climbing Magazine

Climbing is a major US-based rock climbing magazine first published in 1970. Now the Media Sponsor of the Michigan Ice Fest, stop by and talk with the folks who deliver exclusive content, training plans, nutrition tips, gear reviews, and your first stop for climbing news, photos,  destinations and training for all types of Climbing.


The Upper Peninsula Climbers Coailtion

The Upper Peninsula Climbers Coalition is a nonprofit  advocacy group dedicated to creating and preserving sustainable and responsible climbing in Marquette County ??and the surrounding areas of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.



Skillzboard was born in the attic of our home, where we taught new members of the Outdoor Adventure Club at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, how to clean anchors. Working with new students every year, we noticed a pattern of excited climbers who would get an anchor-cleaning lesson on the ground, only to panic once it eventually came time to clean anchors on real rock. The last thing anyone wants when you’re high and dry is “calmly shouted” instructions that you aren’t sure you’re hearing clearly or understanding correctly.

We realized that most climbers learn through practice and repetition, building muscle memory for activities involving a sequence of steps. Learning a set of skills in a class or by watching a video rarely translates into the ability to implement it in real life unless the skills can be practiced and honed. We developed the first version of the Skillzboard for a prototyping competition at UW – Platteville where it won second place prize.

We then focused our attention on developing versatile mounting systems that allow users to quickly and easily set up the Skillzboard at home or at the crag, off the rock, a tree, or the side of a car or van. No drilling necessary!


Pictured Rocks Climbing Academy

The PRCA is registered 501(c)(3) that provides rock and ice climbing opportunities to youth in the Upper Peninsula of MI – and we’re loving it! Our goals are to continue providing youth with free or low cost climbing opportunities regardless of experience or gear. We strongly believe climbing provides more than just a work out – it builds confidence, independence, community, collaboration, & much, much more.


Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Unlike any other place on Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks offers the opportunity to explore miles of pristine beaches, hike nearly 100 miles of trails, view towering sandstone cliffs, and experience the serenity of northern woodlands. Come say hi to a ranger and get any questions about the park answered!


Danger Buddies

Started in 2019 by three adventure partners (AKA the “Danger Buddies”) struggling to find the perfect photography bag for on-wall use, we’ve since grown into climbing training tools and accessories and expanded our photography offering for climbers, hikers & other adventure sports enthusiasts. We want to be Your Partner in Adventure™ – regardless of how you adventure!

Karsten Delap- Back Country Adventure – Anchor of the Day – AMGA SPI Clinics

Originally from the flat lands of Indiana, Karsten has found his obsession in the mountains. He has climbed extensively throughout the United States including Grade V big walls in The Black Canyon, Long’s Peak, and Zion National Park to the snow and ice climbs of the North Cascades and New England. Karsten’s experience outside of the U.S. includes many high altitude peaks in South America as well as major alpine objectives in Africa and Argentina and the Indian Himalaya. Karsten spends his winters chasing good snow and ice and the rest of the year traveling the world working as a mountain guide.


  • IFMGA Licensed Mountain Guide
  • Certified Alpine & Rock & Ski Guide
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor/Provider
  • AIARE Avalanche Level 1, 2, 3
  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT-B)
  • Swift Water Rescue Certification
  • SPRAT Level 1 Technician
  • Leave No Trace Master Educator


Special Guided Opportunity with Karsten Delap Tuesday February 8th 2022

On Tuesday, February 8th 2022, the Michigan Ice Fest Guides are offering a chance to head into the backcountry of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with legendary instructor and climber Karsten Delap.

This trip is the day before the start of the 30th Michigan Ice Fest and would be a perfect chance to get out to the remote and exciting backcountry climbs in a more intimate setting than one of the festivals classes.

Cost is $299 per person with gear and transportation are into the backcountry included in the guiding fee. Be prepared for a full day on the ice, as well hiking to and from climbs in snowy, potentially difficult conditions.

A minimum of three participants are required to run the trip, but we’re capping the group at 5 people to maintain the small group atmosphere.

Please note, this is not a registration for the Michigan Ice Fest, which runs February 9-13. href=”https://form.jotform.com/downwindsports/special-guiding-opportunity-20822″> Register here!



Michigan Ice Fest Anchor of the Day Clinic Friday February 11th 2022

You have seen all of his unique Anchor of the Day tips on Instagram- now you can learn from the master himself during this “Anchor of the Day” clinic! Karsten Delap will share some of his favorite tips and tricks during this Ice Anchoring clinic. Register here!









SPI COURSE May 30-June 1st  2022 Marquette Michigan  $550.00

The Michigan Ice Fest Guides will be offering an American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor Course as well as an SPI Assessment this May! The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. The SPI is the only internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program in the United States. This program is the industry standard for facilitating single pitch outdoor rock climbing. It is also a highly beneficial program to complete prior to moving into the AMGA Guide Track Programs.

The SPI Program consists of a 3 day course and separate 2 day assessment. Candidates should meet the required prerequisites prior to attending the course or assessment.


  • You are a Professional Member of the AMGA.
  • You have a genuine interest in rock climbing and instructing novices on single pitch crags.
  • You are at least 18 years old at the time of the course.
  • You have at least 12 months prior climbing experience.
  • You are an active climber with traditional lead climbing experience (leader placing pro).
  • You have led a minimum of 15 traditional rock climbing routes (any grade).
  • You are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on a top rope.


SPI ASSESSMENT June 2-3rd 2022 Marquette Michigan  $379.00

The SPI Assessment is two days in length (minimum of 16 hours assessment time) and will take place at a single pitch climbing area where there are a selection traditional lead routes in the 5.6 range and top roping routes in the 5.8 range. The assessment will examine all aspects of institutional single pitch climbing that the Single Pitch Instructor may encounter. Day one will look at climbing movement and all aspects of technical systems from anchoring to assistance skills and general climbing competence. On day two the examiner will arrange for volunteer novice clients (non-paying) for the candidates to instruct in a group setting.


  • You are a current member of the AMGA.
  • You have successfully completed an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course.
  • You have led a minimum of 40 traditional routes, most of which should be 5.6 and on a variety of rock types.
  • You are able to comfortably lead 5.6 traditional routes, which means you place protection.
  • You are able to comfortably climb 5.8 on top rope.
  • The SPI Assessment can be taken directly following the SPI Course if the candidate successfully completed the course and meets the assessment prerequisites. However, it is highly recommended that the SPI Course candidate take time practicing and consolidating the skills learned on the course before assessment (6-12 months).
  • You do not need First Aid training to take the course or assessment. However, it is your responsibility to hold appropriate medical certification for the location that you are working in.

Space is limited to 6 participants.  Register here!

Our Ice Fest Tribe- Festivals You Won’t Want To Miss!










Ice Fest Organizer Brotherhood- Bill Thompson & Joe Josephson

The Michigan Ice Fest started thirty years ago as a way for the handful of hearty souls who enjoyed climbing in the area to meet up, share stories and do a little climbing. We bonded over the areas beauty and the adventurous nature of the sport and became something of a family. Stories spread by word of mouth, social media and film. Over the years our family has grown, a lot. No longer are we just 7 people climbing during the day and watching a slideshow in a bar, we’re now 1100 people climbing and watching slideshows in a historic theater!

I’m sure that is how Ice Fests have started in some sort of fashion all over the country. Good friends getting together, enjoying the comradery of sharing a rope- becoming family. There are dozens of amazing Ice Festivals scattered across the country and many of the organizers have made their way to Michigan and we are proud to call them our friends.  If they are our friends, they are certainly your friends.  How about we grow our family a bit and check out these other festivals….who’s up for a road trip?




Bozeman Ice Fest December 4-12th 2021

The Bozeman Ice Festival began in 1996 and is dedicated to promote and protect access to ice climbing in Hyalite Canyon. The event draws professional climbers and participants from across the globe for a myriad of clinics, demos of the latest gear, inspiring films and evening entertainment, and camaraderie of the climbing tribe. The clinics of the festival operate in Hyalite Canyon, one of America’s longest and most influential histories in waterfall ice climbing. Register here




Sandstone Ice Fest January 7-9th 2022

Held the first weekend of January each year at Robinson Park in Sandstone, Minnesota, the Sandstone Ice Festival is a fixture in the Midwestern ice climbing scene. The vibrant festival celebrates the best of winter adventure sports from ice climbing to skinny skiing, winter camping and snow shoeing. It is a gathering of kindred spirits who share a love for all things cold. The Sandstone Ice Festival reaches winter lovers from around the Midwest and Canada.
Come ice climb with friends from the past 15 years of festivals, take a basic, intermediate, women’s, or advanced clinic, scope out new gear at the vendor village and gear swap, warm up by the bonfire, and enjoy a brew from a local MN brewery (after climbing, of course).
Never been ice climbing but interested in trying it? With gear rentals, clinics, and a beautiful quarry of farmed and natural ice, the Sandstone Ice Fest is the perfect opportunity to dip your toe into this fun sport! More info here!




Ouray Ice Fest January 20-23rd 2022

For three days and three nights Ouray is an absolute ice climbing mecca; ice climbers, both novice and pro travel from around the world to celebrate the growing sport of ice climbing. During daily vendor exhibitions Festival attendees have the opportunity to demo the latest ice tools, apparel, and gear from the Outdoor industries leading retailers.  Hundreds of spectators line the top of the Gorge on Saturday and Sunday to watch the world’s best ice and mixed climbing talent battle for the prize! And, with over 100 interactive and educational climbing clinics to accommodate every skill level, Festival participants are sure to have an experience to remember.

Nightly events include multimedia presentations by leading climbers, music, food, dance parties and a live and silent auction overflowing with screaming deals of the latest outdoor gear! For more information Register here!



Mountain Washington Ice Fest February 4-6th 2022

Since its inception 29 years ago this event has been eagerly anticipated by ice climbers in the Eastern United States and is considered one of the premier climbing events in the country. It is intended to be a celebration of ice climbing and winter mountaineering and the people that make it a part of their lives. It continues to provide a great opportunity for those attending to network, socialize, try new gear and participate in multiple day courses, one-day technical clinics and privately guided climbs.  Each year they offer a variety of skills-based clinics and exciting slide shows with featured climbers and guides from the New England area and around the world. For more information or to register click here.





Michigan Ice Fest February 9-13th 2022

Quietly nestled on the south shore of Lake Superior we had some of the country’s most outstanding ice climbing and no one had ever heard of it! For year’s it was a secret treasure.  With the release of two major films featuring the area, climbers are beginning to discover what many of us have known for decades: Michigan climbing is great and the Michigan Ice Fest is at the center of it all. The festival makes ice climbing accessible to the first timer, teaches advanced skills to those looking to improve and connects participants with the greater climbing community through slideshows and socials. To register click here!



Southern Ontario Ice Fest February 11-13th 2022

Come out for a climb and then celebrate the night away with a hundred of your closest friends at the Arlington with live-music, games, raffles and a silent auction!

More information here!



The Valdez Ice Climbing Festival is an annual event supported by the American Alpine Club and Access Fund. It helps us support our mission which is to care for and build trails as well as provide outdoor rec education through clinics and workshops! Come Send it with us in 2022! More info here!



Nipigon Ice Fest March 5th 2022

Canada’s longest running, premiere ice climbing festival features ice climbing clinics, presentations by outdoor adventurers, gear swap, fun games, and our legendary gear raffle.

Click here for information





Today, looking over Lake Superior, we have cold steel grey skies and snow is in the air. Our ice season is just around the corner but as we watch out west, it looks like many of our friends are already climbing ice and we are pretty happy for them. Soon our family will be getting together, ascending routes and sharing stories.  It has been awhile and honestly we can’t wait!


Don’t Forget to Make Your Lodging Reservations!



For those of you that are new to the fest, lodging books up fast! Munising has always been well known for its hospitality and wide variety of great lodging options. Over the years the following hotels have been strong supporters of Ice Fest  so please support them by booking a room.










Alger Falls                                                          906-387-3536

Pictured Rocks Inn & Suites                                 906 387-2493

Holiday Inn                                                        906-387-4800

North Star Hotel                                                 906-387-2466

Roam Inn                                                           906-387-8000

Scotty’s                                                              906-387-2449

Terrace Motel                                                      906-387-2735


For additional lodging opportunities please click here!

2022 Program is Now Available to Download!


We have been working non stop to get our program out and it is finally done!

We have made some special plans for our 30th Anniversary!  We are proud of our heritage and are super excited to offer a lot of new and unique programming for this coming Ice Fest.

You might have
noticed our old school
cover shot. What you
might not know is that
it is of MarK Reisch the
original organizer of the
Michigan Ice Fest. I would
like to believe that Mark
would be very proud to
see how the Ice Fest has
grown over the years and
that his dream to help
people to get into ice
climbing has become a

Be sure to check out who is coming and what new things we are offering this year! Check out this years program here!