Like most Midwest climbers we realize that today officially marks the first day of fall and the impending ice season is soon to be upon us. Having said that, the Michigan Ice Fest web page and Facebook page will be updating the ice conditions every week throughout the season. Today marks our first report and we can honestly say the conditions are poor. Paddling out to the Grand Island East Channel climbs we were able to get up close and discovered in fact that they were pretty wet. Let’s hope the Gales of November blow early this year!