Dave Pagel Presentations / Book Signi...

Dave Pagel Presentations / Book Signing

Dave Pagel has been a fixture of the Midwestern climbing scene ever since he wrote his first article for Climbing magazine (the much-anthologized “Mind Games”) in 1984. In the years since, Dave has published story after story recounting his self-effacing Everyman adventures on classic climbs ranging from rock solid El Cap to Utah’s crumbling Titan, […]

Hayden Kennedy Signs On To The 2018 F...

Hayden Kennedy Signs On To The 2018 Fest!

On our short list for a few years now we are excited to announce that Patagonia will be sending Hayden Kennedy to the 2018 Michigan Ice Fest!  Look for news of Hayden’s presentation and clinics in the near future. We will never remember the summits or the climbs as much as the partnerships that we build […]

Michigan Ice Fest 2018 Registration i...

Michigan Ice Fest 2018 Registration is Open!

Starting the day after last year’s Fest, the organizers have been looking for ways to improve the festival experience. We have been sifting through participant evaluations and 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 […]

2018 Registration To Open Soon!

2018 Registration To Open Soon!

Hold on there!  Our ice is gone and rock season has started but that doesn’t mean we are forgetting about our ice friends.  We are currently working hard behind the scenes to bring you an exciting 2018 Michigan Ice Fest!  Our goal is to have registration open sometime in May with some awesome announcements. Stay […]

Sue Nott Scholarship

Sue Nott Scholarship

For two years Sue Nott was an instructor for the Michigan Ice Fest teaching our women’s courses. Unfortunately, Sue was killed while attempting the Infinite Spur on Mt. Foraker in Alaska. In honor of Sue, Down Wind Sports has created the Sue Nott Scholarship Fund. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote, inspire, and […]

Ice Conditions Report 3-20-17

Ice Conditions Report 3-20-17

With mild temps over the weekend, the ice conditions have remained pretty darn good for Upper Peninsula climbing. It’s turned into a surprisingly good late season considering the roller coaster temperatures. While waterfalls are slowly melting away the seeps are growing to super fat conditions! Luckily, by midweek we are again dropping to overnight lows […]