Ice Climbing in Munising

January 25, 2013

Ice Climing in the Pictured Rocks

HMR Ice in Pictured Rocks, photo by Luke Tikkanen

The abundant waterfalls that make the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore such a treat in summertime turn it into an amazing mecca for ice climbing every winter. Since 1983, Down Wind Sports has organized and promoted the Michigan Ice Festival in Munising. The event brings some of the top ice climbers in the world and features product demos, presentations, intro to climbing and plenty of climbing socials. 2013 dates are January 31 – February 3, so consider a trip north next weekend!

Today’s photo is the cover of the forthcoming edition of An Ice Climbers Guide To Munising Michigan by Jon Jugenheimer and Bill Thompson. There will be a release party for the book next Thursday (Jan 31) at Sydney’s in Munising. They explain:

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has been called one of the premier ice climbing areas in the country. Nestled on the southern shore of Lake Superior, it is renowned for its beautiful setting and phenomenal ice routes. This edition An Ice Climbers Guide To Munising Michigan offers the most thorough and up-to-date information, maps, and descriptions of the major ice climbing formations.

Click through for more about the book including some more great photos. This climb is known as HMR, out by Grand Portal Point in the Pictured Rocks. Here’s a panoramic photo of the climb in relation to the Portal.

3 Responses to “Ice Climbing in Munising”

  1. Fran Balcer Says:

    sometimes they are using ropes, also good gear. They have been doing this since 1983. I was checking out the pictures from this years, lots of people go do it. Last week was too warm and everything was melting, but this week it got colder and snowed so they are climbing again. Crazy. Also watched a video of guys climbing icebergs, real adrenalin junkies!

  2. spacekdet3d Says:

    Reblogged this on The LogBook and commented:
    A high reward/ penalty activity. Think I’ll just stand here and watch- someone has to be there to call 911.

  3. jcee3 Says:

    I honestly had no idea – how wicked looking! An exciting feat and an absolutely beautiful shot of it.


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