2014 Michigan Ice Fest & Ice Climbing in Pictured Rocks

UP Michigan Ice Fest, photo by ebaillies The annual Michigan Ice Fest takes place January 30 – February 2, 2014 in and around Munising. This annual festival takes place the 1st weekend of February every year and gives you a chance to look at and demo the latest and greatest equipment, meet some of the worlds best … Continue reading 2014 Michigan Ice Fest & Ice Climbing in Pictured Rocks

Ice Climbing in Munising

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 … Continue reading Ice Climbing in Munising

Climbing Munising’s Amazing Ice Formations

Grand Island VI, photo by gowaterfalling.com Waterfalls of the Great Lakes Region and Beyond is an incredible website – packed with pictures of waterfalls – including a ton of Michigan falls (full list on the home page). You may know about the beauty of Michigan’s tumbling cascades, but have you seen them when winter freezes … Continue reading Climbing Munising’s Amazing Ice Formations

TBT: Columns of Ice at the Eben Ice Cave

Columns of Ice, Eben Ice Cave, photo by John Clement Howe. EDITOR’S NOTE: With the rise of coronavirus, it seems to me that we could all use a little reconnection with our lovely state of Michigan, so I’m going to try to dig out some old photos and share some new ones to help keep you … Continue reading TBT: Columns of Ice at the Eben Ice Cave

Time for the 2017 Michigan Ice Festival!

dairyland, photo by Wilkinson Visual Wilkinson Visual writes that this photo shows David Hixenbaugh scrapping up dairyland on a blustery day out on the lakeshore. Great climbing, very unique features formed by the wind making for an exciting top out! The annual Michigan Ice Fest runs today through Sunday (Feb 15-19, 2017) in Munising. It’s an … Continue reading Time for the 2017 Michigan Ice Festival!

Baltimore River Ice Curtains

Baltimore River Ice Curtains, photo by Eric Hackney Eric took this photo on the Baltimore River, just upriver from O Kun De Kun Falls. Although it takes place about 6 miles away in Munising, this is a good opportunity to remind you about the upcoming Michigan Ice Fest (Feb 10-14, 2016). Climbers & climbing enthusiasts from around … Continue reading Baltimore River Ice Curtains

2015 Michigan Ice Fest this weekend!

Untitled, photo by Greg Maino Every year at the beginning of February (Feb 5-8, 2015), ice climbing fans from all over descend on Munising for the Michigan Ice Festival. The weekend features presentations and instruction from some of the top climbers in the world, gear demos, climbing socials and the premier of the trailer for … Continue reading 2015 Michigan Ice Fest this weekend!

Red-Tailed Hawk (buteo jamaicensis)

Red Tailed Hawk, photo by David Marvin Sometimes the photos I link to go away, so here’s an old post with a new face! All About Birds page on the Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) says: This is probably the most common hawk in North America. If you’ve got sharp eyes you’ll see several individuals on almost any long … Continue reading Red-Tailed Hawk (buteo jamaicensis)

Exploring the Eben Ice Caves

Exploring the Ice Caves, photo by Michigan Nature Photog View Greg’s photo bigger and see more in his great Winter slideshow. Catch another shot of the ice caves here and here on Facebook. While you’re there, Greg is also holding a contest and giving a print to 2 winners! Last year I shared a photo feature … Continue reading Exploring the Eben Ice Caves