Ice Conditions Report 1-3-21

Happy New Year!  It sure was nice seeing some familiar faces running around Pictured Rocks looking to get some fresh sticks in this past weekend! From Sand Point to HMR folks were getting after it.  We are still experiencing warmer than normal temperatures and that seems to be the case for this upcoming week.

David Hixenbaugh on the sharp end HMR.     PC Nic Dobbs

Michigan Ice Fest Guides David Hixenbaugh, Nic Dobbs, Emily Gantner and Erik Olsen headed out to HMR to get most likely the first lead of the season.  Congratulations to David as he scored this noble lead over a remarkably calm Lake Superior.

PC Nic Dobbs collection

The team also took advantage of the low snow fall of the season and drove the road to the trail head parking lot cutting off some dreaded approach time.

PC Emily Gantner

For those that have climbed HMR before you can see that the formation is more quite a bit more narrow than usual and a bit thin for January.

Bridal Veil Falls 1-1-21  PC Captain Scott Gnas

The Rim 1-1-21  PC Captain Scott Gnas

Captain Scott Gnas was back in town with the Sea Dragon 3 and took a ride out to Grand Island and sent some beta on the climbs along the West Shore.  We really need to start getting some colder weather to freeze the lake ice so that we can get out and get after some of these climbs (or we need to buy a boat!)



Grand Island PC Scott Gnas


Grand Island PC Scott Gnas

Climbs that are in:

No Boundaries

Opening Curtain

Prelude Curtain

Big Pine Pillar

Swamp Thing

Lakeshore Curtains

Bridalveil Falls




Dryer Hose


The Curtains

Miners Falls

Giddy Up


Be sure to check our website of social media channels for the latest ice conditions reports. If your group need to rent gear Down Wind Sports in Munising offers Ice Gear rentals and are open 7 days a week.  Check out the rental details here

Looks like this weeks weather forecast is promising for making ice and getting some snow on the ground.

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