This past weekend Osprey Packs was happy to be a part of the Michigan Ice Fest in the incredible Upper Peninsula of Michigan. With basecamp set in Munising at Sydney’s Restaurant, the climbs start east of town stretching for the next 30+ miles along Lake Superior in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. More climbs than can be counted form every season, with more than one hundred forming in a good year. Some of these routes seep directly into the big lake or onto a wild new world of shelf ice once the lakeshore is frozen solid and you can walk on it below the 150 to 200-foot sandstone cliffs.
Munising can be roadside climbing or adventure climbing, whatever you are looking for all rolled into one. You can climb 60-foot pillars 20 minutes from the car, or climb incredible, wild, wind-sculpted ice routes 10 miles (one way and up hill — both ways!) from the car where you will not see another soul until you head back to town.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday more than 300 people attended from all over the Midwest to participate in clinics, gear demos, free beer drinking (who doesn’t love that?) and watch some awesome slide shows by some of the top climbers in North America. It is a fantastic event put on each year by Down Wind Sports and we appreciate the dedication it takes to bring us this event each winter! Check out a great recap of the weekend from Bill at Down Wind Sports here.
Osprey Packs donated a few packs for the raffle on Saturday night. A Mutant 38 was up for grabs as one of the bigger prizes. The winner was super stoked, she said that the pack fits her perfectly and can’t wait to use it on her next adventure! There were a lot of great items up to win that evening after the shows, and a lot of people went home happy and with new gear to use on their next climb.
Munising is a special place to discover in winter. Enjoy the photos and see ya up here next winter, eh?!
Jon Jugenheimer is an Osprey sales rep with Ames Adventure Outfitters. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, is addicted to climbing and loves fried chicken.
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