Guide Service


The Michigan Ice Fest does offer a guide service for those who are looking for an adventure before or after the Michigan Ice Fest.

Michigan Ice Fest Guides (MIFG) are the premier provider of guided Ice Climbing Courses and Private Guided programs at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Grand Island. Climbing above a frozen Lake Superior in a remote location is an exhilarating experience providing a lifetime of memories.

Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to have tremendous upper body strength to be able to climb ice. The skill requires balance and efficient technique which our guides will provide during our informative ice climbing courses.

The MIFG offer a wide range of guided trips to suit the needs of our clientele.  From the classic front country climbing to the wild backcountry ice routes, there are ample opportunities of beautiful climbs to test your ability and experience the Upper Peninsula winter wilderness. Course locations will be determined the day of your guided climb and will be determined based on weather and ice conditions.

Loved your experience with us in the winter and want to see what the rock climbing is like in the warmer months? We offer summer rock climbing adventures as well!  Head on over to either our Ice or Rock Climbing Guide service pages to book your next adventure!



Registration and Cancellation:

Advance Registration is required for guided courses.  Our dates fill up extremely fast- to reserve your adventure please email   All participants must read and sign an Assumption of Risks/Liability Waiver.

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This winter I had the pleasure of heading out for a three day backcountry ice climbing trip led by guide Colten Moore into the beautiful Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. It was truly a trip of a life-time! Colten was extremely professional- his knowledge, confidence and coherent teaching style made me feel totally safe on my first ice climbing excursion. Repelling into HMR with the waves crashing below me, the satisfaction of making solid contact with a swing of my ax, the quiet of winter backcountry- an adventure I will never forget! I learned a ton about winter camping, ice climbing technique and setup and can’t wait to head back out! Thanks Down Wind Sports and Colten for such an epic trip!
“Thank you Dave and Colton for the great ice climbing adventure. We had a great experience and can’t wait for Ice Fest!” 
“I wanted to let you know that we had an awesome day yesterday with David!!  He taught us so much about safety on the ice and climbing techniques, and even though the conditions were less than ideal he challenged us to climb harder and explore different techniques on the ice we did have.  So much so that by the end of he day we didn’t mind at all that we only had access to a small section as it didn’t feel like it at all.  In fact he taught us so well that we managed opening curtains in just 4 swings of the axe!
Mostly we really just wanted to let you know that we were really impressed with David as an instructor, he is genuinely so personable, knowledgeable and fun to spend the day with. We really hope to be able to climb with him and/or your team again next season, we can’t wait to get back out on the ice!