This holiday weekend has seen many climbers making their way to the U.P. searching for some early season ice to climb. We, like most areas in the Midwest, have experienced warmer temperatures than normal and this conditions report is very similar to the earlier ones this season.
Most seeps in the park are formed and climbable. Prelude Curtain, Opening Curtain, April Ice, The Curtains, Big Pillar Pine, Insignificant Curtains, Kramer Curtains are all in and have seen ascents this season (many this past weekend). While these climbs are not the big pillars the area is known for, yoyoing these climbs and getting some lead practice in will pay dividends when those pillars do come in!
Almost all of the true waterfalls are partially formed and are not climbable as of yet. Climbs like The Dryer Hose, Sweet Mother Moses, Giddy Up, The Good The Bad The Ugly, and Midnight Rambler are examples of what is not in yet. Now just because the pillars have not formed yet doesn’t mean there aren’t big climbs to climb! This weekend Bridal Veil Falls and HMR saw parties getting some laps in over open water.
Climbing today the lake was calm, we had warm temps and there was little or no wind. Quite abnormal for Munising! It looks like the six day forecast is calling for the warmer temperatures to finally break mid week and back to our normal lows- perfect ice making conditions!
Just a reminder that if you do want to climb some of these larger seeps be sure to bring skis as they will transport you out to the climbs much more efficiently. The Lakeshore Trail is packed back to Mini Me and snowshoes are not needed.