Our friend and Michigan Ice Film producer Aaron Peterson, was scouting out the ice yesterday and sent us these shots from the field. The photo above is of the Munising mega classic HMR. For the climbers who put the effort in to access HMR WI5 6oM, they will be rewarded with a challenging, beautiful climb. Located in the most remote portion of the park, this climb sees little or no action throughout the season. For the committed, this is the ultimate climb in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
These two columns form the climb Twin Towers which is just south(west) of the arch on Grand Portal Point. Access the climb by snowshoeing the Mosquito Beach Trail until it reaches the cliff’s edge. Follow the cliff line east for about a mile. The climb forms just south east from Grand Portal Point. WI 4+ to 6 45 meters
Even with recent warm temperatures, the big ice formations are starting to appear. This coming week we have below freezing temps predicted so start to sharpen those tools and stay tuned for next weeks report!
With the big blizzard this past weekend and sub zero temperatures predicted for the next week ice conditions at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore remain amazing! Sunday we skied out to Miners Falls in sunny but cold conditions. With the blowing and drifting Saturday if you are venturing out into the backcountry skis or snowshoes are a must!
Lake ice remains in place and opportunities to climb on Grand Island still exist. The crossing at Sand Point is still dangerous so if you have plans to go out please use the Grand Island public access.
If you are planning on coming up next weekend it will be cold but the climbing should be spectacular! Dress warm and remember those snowshoes if you are going into the backcountry.