Ice Conditions Report 2016/17

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Every year we are chomping at the bit to get out for the first climb of the season and we know a lot of you are as well.  The staff at Michigan Ice are keeping our eyes on the temps and are excited to be your go to for up to date ice conditions reports.

With some free time and an optimistic attitude Michigan Ice Fest Guide Colton Moore and I headed out to see if any spray ice had formed on Bridal Veil Falls. We had seen photos of some ice on BV from the previous week and it looked like there might be a possibility.

With a fresh dusting of snow in Munising, we headed down Miners Castle Road to the parking lot/trailhead.  On our way, we checked out Potatoe Patch Falls and found the falls were roaring which is a very good sign of the high water table.  We just need colder temps!

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Arriving at the climb at dawn, not surprisingly, there was no ice to climb.  Once again there was a lot of water flowing and the surrounding cliffs are seeping so we will have to wait another week or two to actually start swinging the tools.

Forecast for Dec 5th-12th
Forecast for Dec 5th-12th

While we did not find ice, we are optimistic that we will be climbing our favorite routes by the holidays which in reality is pretty normal for Munising.  Overnight lows look really good next week and you can be sure we will be back out updating the report. Checking back through our archives, this seems to be a pretty normal year…….ice starting to form early December and first routes climbed mid to late December.

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Continue to sharpen your tools and start making plans to come on up and get some early season ice!  Remember to check back here our our facebook page for the latest ice conditions.

 

Ice Conditions Report 1-12-16

The Amphitheater
The Amphitheater

With recent cold temperatures we have seen an amazing growth of the climbs in the past week!  Michigan Ice Fest guide Colton Moore, graciously scouted out some of the Sand Point Road climbs to give folks an idea of how things are progressing along.  While seeps are starting to be climbable, due to the high volume of water in our streams, the waterfalls are still a week or two out.  As always with early season climbing, please be very careful climbing any pillars as with this late of a start, anything that is knocked down might just stay down for the season.

Left Twin
Left Twin

 

 

 

Opening Curtain
Opening Curtain

 

Right Twin
Right Twin

 

The Curtains
The Curtains

 

The Dryer Hose
The Dryer Hose

Ice Conditions Report & The Seasons First Ascent Of Bridal Veil Falls

Colten Moore Bridal Veil Falls 12-30-15
Colten Moore Bridal Veil Falls 12-30-15

Happy New Year!  Things are starting to take shape as our Upper Peninsula temperatures have continued to be cold and the snow has been falling.

With its low angle and exposure to the cold winds blowing off Lake Superior, it looks like Bridal Veil Falls is the first climb to come in.  Super cool gargoyle formations are taking shape at the top, produced by those north winds blowing off the lake.  Climber left seems to be the best line so far and fairly dry considering the falls is still flowing.

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While climbs are starting to form, there is still very little to climb.  Progress is being made with pillars and seeps beginning to fill in.

East Channel 12-29-15
East Channel 12-29-15
Opening Curtains 12-29-15
Opening Curtains 12-29-15

 

The Dryer Hose 12-29-15
The Dryer Hose 12-29-15

 

Eben Ice Caves 12-29-15
Eben Ice Caves 12-29-15
Potato Patch Falls 12-30-15
Potato Patch Falls 12-30-15

 

The Rim  12-30-15
The Rim 12-30-15

Special thanks goes out to Colton Moore, Josh Hohner, Mario Molin and John Miller for submitting these shots for the Ice Conditions Report!

Ice Conditions Report- Grand Island 3-6-15

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With bluebird skies, part of the Michigan Ice Fest staff spent the day circumnavigating the island scouting and climbing some beautiful ice.  Travel to the island is still good with lake ice holding strong.  With the recent cold but sunny days some of the ice on the west shore is starting to be sun baked.  If you are looking to get on some Grand Island ice, particularly the East Channel or West Shore, I would make the pilgrimage within the next two weeks.  The north side, and the mainland climbs, seldom see the sun so the climbing season is certainly going to last much longer there.  Remember Down wind Sports continues to rent gear so come on up and get after it!  If you are looking for any route beta be sure to give us a call at 906-226-7112

West Shore
West Shore

 

 

Between Gull Point and West Shore
Between Gull Point and West Shore

 

 

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Near Gull Point
Near Gull Point

 

North East Shore
North East Shore

 

Topping out North East Shore
Topping out North East Shore

 

 

 

Endless bouldering North East Shore
Endless bouldering North East Shore

 

 

 

Ice Conditions 11-30-14

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With colder temperatures returning to Upper Michigan we went out looking to see what damage the rain and warm weather did to our early season ice.

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While it is hard to see this ice come down, by mid season these climbs sure will have interesting bases.  All waterfalls are  still flowing pretty good and won’t be climbable for a while.

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From Prelude Curtain to the Curtains proper there are three climbable climbs.  All climbs are thin at the bottom and the top outs are super sketchy as the turf is still not frozen.

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Check back next week as we will try to post more information on different climbs with hopefully some fat conditions!

Ice Conditions 3-2-14

12891836594_dfebc4471e_zWell the photo says it all….-28 degrees this morning almost had me heading back to Marquette and a warm bed!  Fortunately the plan was to ski to Trout Bay on Grand Island which was almost guaranteed to keep us warm!  With the morning sun cresting over the ridge we made good time skiing from the Grand Island Public Launch to the West Shore of Trout Bay in 1.5 hours.

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The lake ice is super solid and it looks like all climbs are still accessible from the lake ice via skis or snowmobile.  As you can imagine, there is more ice formations on both the east side and on the west side this year due to our amazing cold temperatures.

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Based on what we saw today, it looks like March will be the perfect time to come up and climb Grand Island in warmer temperatures-its got to be coming soon right? Keep checking back as we will have weekly updates on how long of a season we will have this year!

 

Ice Conditions Report 12-8-13

Every year I look forward to the beginning of ice season.  An alpine start offers a quite drive from Marquette to Munising with virtually no one on the road, and a cloud free sky means terrific star gazing along the shore of Lake Superior. This morning was COLD providing perfect conditions for makin’ ice!  With bitter temperatures predicted for the next week it really looks like we might just have a banner year for ice.

 

With a relatively light snow pack Miners Castle Road is still passable enabling climbers to access the Miners Beach climbs.  Most true waterfalls are still not climbable but that should change shortly.  Seeps are coming in, and with the wet fall and recent rain storm they are growing everyday!

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It was a great day on the ice today as we spent most of the day at the Grotto!  Start sharpening your tools and start making plans to come on up and get some early season ice!  Rember to check back here for ice conditions or call the store at 906-226-7112.  The classics should be coming in soon!