Ice Conditions Report 12-24-15

23943605105_3c1dd2f7c0_zOur 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.

Twin Towers 12-24-15
Twin Towers 12-24-15

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


HMR 12-24-15
HMR 12-24-15


The Seeping Wall 12-24-15
The Seeping Wall 12-24-15

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!

Ice Conditions 1-15-15


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.



Munising Ice Conditions- Close But No Cigar! 12-9

Grand Island West Side

Traveled to Munising this morning with high hopes of getting on something today.  Close but no cigar!  Cold temps are predicted all week so we might be in luck soon!

East Channel

The ice on Grand Island is coming in quite nicely.  No shore ice yet so it would still be a long cold swim!

The Curtains

While there is snow- there is no need for snowshoes yet.  The seeps are almost touching down but the true waterfalls have a ways to go.

The Dryer Hose
The Amphitheater
Memorial Falls
Window Waltz

Check back next week- hopefully we’ll be on ice!