During the weekend of February 1-4, 2001, approximately 400-500 ice climbers converged on Munising in Michigan's Upper Peninsula for the annual Michigan Ice Fest sponsored by Down Wind Sports of Marquette. It turns out that the Munising area holds some of the best ice-climbing opportunities in the Midwest. My daughter Jenny and I went out with her two friends, Heather and John Grubbs, to give it a go.
On site extra early to help the vendors carry gear and get setup in the demo area
Getting fitted with some crampons.
Hordes of climbers gathering behind us
Taking some first swings with an ice-hammer
Getting a few last-minute pointers before a climb
Walking back down after climbing on belay
Heather Grubbs near the top of her climb
Working harder than I'd expected
John Grubbs well into his second climb
John Grubbs working his way over a transition in the ice
Me at the highest point of my second climb
One tired climber walking back down the ice