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Ice Fest Trip - Ice Climbing in Munising, MI

Ice Fest Trip - Ice Climbing in Munising, MI

Date and Time

Friday, February 15, 2019
All Day


  • Munising, MI


Join the Climbing Center & HTM Dept. February 15 - 17 as we venture to Munising, MI for the annual Michigan Ice Festival.  Participants will have the opportunity to climb world-class ice on the frozen waterfalls of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The festival is hosted by Downwind Sports, an U.P. gear shop, who caters the event to climbers of all abilities (including those with no previous ice climbing experience).  The festival will include: 1 1/2 days of ice climbing, gear giveaways, presentations by world renowned mountaineers, & plenty of social time for swapping stories.

Equipment: Technical Ice climbing gear will be provided by  GVSU Climbing Center. However, new demo gear may also be rented from the host organization at the festival (you'll need to wait in extremely long lines and add the $50 gear demo fee to your MI Ice Fest Registration. This will get you demo gear for the entire weekend. Gear Demo for at the door registrations will be $75.).

Transportation: Participants are responsible for getting to and from Munising. Outdoor Adventures is happy to help you arrange a shared ride upon request.

Most of the costs will be pay-as-you-go but we need to collect a small non-refundable deposit of $50 to help cover the costs of lodging. Participants will be fitted for rental equipment (boots, crampons, & ice tools).  Participants should expect the entire weekend to cost about $150. Some of the additional costs to consider include:
$50 - festival registration/ insurance (paid online at

  • variable - Food
  • variable - Misc. Gear
  • variable - Gas + bridge toll
  • variable - Workshops (require pre-registration from the festival website)


Our efforts are geared towards giving GVSU students an experience they'll never forget.  Registration is limited to current GVSU students through January 31st.  Starting Feb. 1, any remaining spots will be available to GV alumni & general public who wish to be a part of our group.  Please keep in mind that the Ice Fest event is a public event and anyone may attend whether they're a part of our group or not.

There are two parts to our Registration process.

1) Register (RSVP) here in the event listing.  The Deadline to register is Friday, February 8th
2) Register at (they will collect the $50 entry fee)*

*Please note that many of the Ice Fest workshops begin prior to our group's arrival in Munising.  Participants who register for these workshops will be responsible for their own transportation & lodging prior to Friday.  On-site registration for the festival is available but raises to $60.

Visit for more festival details.

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting: Monday, February 11, 6pm in the Climbing Center

Related Events:

Intro to Ice Climbing Workshop:  Wed. January 23, 5pm - 7pm in FH Room 

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Joe Bitely
Assistant Director



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