Beers With Bill III- Anyone Thirsty?


Twin Towers, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Aaron Peterson photo


Join us for the third annual “Participants Slide Show: Beers with Bill III ”- while enjoying a tasty beverage of your choice with our own Bill Thompson of Down Wind Sports, Thursday evening at Sydney’s.  The idea is to have everyone submit their favorite ice climbing photos and Bill will put them together in a slide show set to music.  During the show feel free to cheer for your personal favorites!  If you have great pictures to show that you took, and just love, please submit them to Bill at (in digital form please) and he will put them all together for the show.

Did Someone Say Free Beer?

Not only are we saying free beer- we’re going to throw in a free pint glass as well!  When you register at the door our staff will be handing out Official Michigan Ice Fest stainless steel pint glasses (while supplies last).

One of the best things about attending the Michigan Ice Fest is the people. At Ice fest you will find men, women, children, first-time climbers and guys who get paid to climb. During the day everyone sort of does their thing, but in the evenings we pack everyone together in a room above Sydney’s and listen to the professionals tell us stories of their latest adventures. This is also a great time to meet new people or catch up with old friends.

We will kick off the festival on Thursday night 7pm with  the “Participants Slide Show: Beers with Bill ” while enjoying a tasty beverage of choice with our own Bill Thompson of Down Wind Sports. If you have great pictures to show that you took, and just love, please submit them to Bill at (in digital form please) and he will put them all together for the show.  Feel free to cheer during the show for your personal favorites!  Following Beers With Bill the evening will really take off with Ben Erdmann sharing his passion of wild places and climbing adventures!

Friday night at 6pm with  Scarpa  and Ames Adventure Outfitters will providing the refreshments. This night Joe Josephson and Fabrizio Zangrilli will be presenting.

Saturday night we will again get things going around 6pm but tonight Trango, and Montane will be around to help keep your mouth from drying out. On this night Zoe Hart and Will Gadd will be presenting.

A HUGE thank you goes out to Trango, Montane,  Osprey, and Scarpa for sponsoring the climbing socials all weekend long!  THANK YOU!!!!

MONTANE® is a British company that create technical clothing and equipment for mountainous and extreme environments. Founded almost 20 years ago, MONTANE® work with leading innovative expeditions to the worlds polar and mountainous regions, support athletes in climbing, polar exploration and endurance trail running and headline the world’s leading ultra-distance endurance events. MONTANE® is available in high quality specialist outdoor dealers across the USA.


Trango is a company built by climbers, for climbers. We are committed to bringing high quality, high performing products to the climbing world and are passionate about stewardship for the planet. Our brands include: Tenaya, eGrips, SMC, and PMI.


Scarpa   Innovation and tradition share equally deep roots at SCARPA, which today remains a family owned company with its headquarters and performance footwear manufacturing facilities in the same regions of northern Italy where it got its start in 1938.

Founded in Asolo, in the Montebelluna region, an area long known for its quality, handcrafted footwear, SCARPA’s initial mission was to bring together all the best shoemakers in the Asolo area toward the goal of producing the best footwear anywhere. SCARPA stands for Società Calzaturiera Asolana Riunita Pedemontana Anonima, which means Associated Shoe Manufacturing Company of the Asolo Mountain Area.


Ames Adventure Outfitters is a Manufacturers’ Representative for top quality indoor & outdoor clothing and equipment, water proofing supplies, packs, tents, solar and monitoring devices, trail running, approach, and mountaineering shoes/boots, socks, and other accessories. The manufacturing firms that we represent consistently offer merchandise that leads the industry in new technology and are regularly awarded accordingly. It is our belief that outstanding customer service and integrity in all business transactions are essential for long term success in this industry.