Many climbers made the pilgrimage up to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for an extended holiday weekend of climbing. Those climbers were greeted by our first full weekend of cold temperatures and a strong north wind blowing across Lake Superior bringing some lake effect snow with it. Reports from the field were excellent as all climbs are pretty much in with the exceptions being Giddy Up and Miners Falls.
HMR also saw its FNA of the season when Jon Jugenheimer and Colten Moore made the trek out and found decent but windy conditions! Excited to see if any of those seeps to the far right grow this season possibly setting up for some new routes in the area!
For those of you venturing out along the Lakeshore Trail there is still no need for snowshoes as climbers have packed a trail all the way out to Dairlyland. Speaking of the Lakeshore Trail, the Miller’s made some early morning ascents this weekend out that way and reported excellent conditions on the large pillar Suck it Up. While the Sand Point Road climbs were really busy the routes located along the Lake Shore Trail on your way out to Sweet Mother Moses have been virtually untouched this season. Need the beta? Stop by our Munising location for directions or be sure to order the new guidebook to the area that is being released at Ice Fest!
If you are planning on heading to Munising next weekend it looks like we have a great six ay forecast of cold temperatures which will continue to build the ice and hopefully make some progress on freezing the lake!
The Michigan Ice fest Guides have openings for next weekend if you or a group would like a specialized guided trip of the park or if you are just in need of some rentals remember our store is located at 112 Elm in Munising and are now open all weekend long!
At Michigan Ice we take pride in being your go to site for current ice climbing conditions for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore as well as climbs throughout the Upper Peninsula. Planning a trip to Pictured Rocks? We have you covered for all the latest snow and ice conditions on all of your favorite climbs. Check back often for updates, pictures, and trip reports! Special thanks goes out to the Miller’s, Colten Moore, Jon Jugenheimer and Matt Abbotts for submitting shots for this update!