Conditions Report: Winter is Back and the Climbing is Good!

We’ve been posting a lot of updates about how well the ice is coming in in Munising, and it is getting good!  Because of the long fall and slow start to winter there is a lot of water moving in the ground and in the rivers so we are expecting a banner year for fat seeps.  The upcoming forecast just adds to our excitement.  Cold is coming.  And snow.  The kind of winter you expect in the U.P.

With several days where the daily high isn’t rising out of the teens and the night time lows are low single digits, we should see a lot of ice made very quickly! Even though it doesn’t affect the climbing too much, we’re also happy to see some snow the forecast!

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Lot’s of climbers have been getting out and a few have sent us pictures of the current ice conditions.

The Grotto near Marquette is forming nicely. Photo: Joe Thrill

lowaboot_hmrIce Fest Staffer Colten Moore headed out HMR and found it growing rapidly.  Please be careful if you head out on the lakeshore.  If you lower into a climb above opne water it can create scenarios that are much more difficult to deal with.  Things like iced ropes, frozen gear and tired climbers can have serious consequences. We don’t want to discourage climbers from climbing these beautiful and unique ice formations.  We just want to make sure you are aware of the risks, prepared to deal with anything that may arise and, above all, safe.

We’re always looking for more reports on the conditions around the Upper Peninsula so if you get out on the ice, snap a few pictures and send them our way.