Ice Climbing 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.


2017/2018 December-March

Private Guiding Front Country Costs

This course is designed to introduce the beginner to the sport of ice climbing.  What better way to shorten your learning curve and learn proper ice climbing technique then to take a class from one of our professional instructors!  Learn equipment selection, tool placement, stance, and ice climbing technique. All classes are taught in the front country along Sandpoint Road. Climbs range in height of 20-60 feet.

1:1 – $275
2:1 – $200 per person
3:1 – $150 per person
4:1 – $130 per person


Private Guiding Back Country Costs

This course is designed to introduce the intermediate ice climber to some of the larger formations along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore / Grand Island.  Upon entering this class the student must have knowledge of the basic gear and techniques including rappelling, associated with ice climbing. Course locations will be determined the day of your guided climb and will be determined based on weather and lake/ice conditions.

1:1 – $350
2:1 – $275 per person

Cost Includes:

Guiding and instruction

Personal and group climbing equipment

Not Included:

Transportation to Munising


Personal climbing clothing

Guide gratuity

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!