Michigan Ice Fest Trip - Ice Climbing in Munising, MI

Friday, February 11, 2022
All day
Off Campus

Join the Outdoor Adventures program & HTM Dept. February 11 - 13 as we venture to Munising, MI for the annual Michigan Ice Festival! Participants will have the opportunity to climb iconic frozen waterfalls of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, meet world-class mountaineers, pick the brains of sales rep's for your favorite climbing brands, and spend time with other adventurous Lakers. 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, the biggest gear raffle you've ever seen, presentations by world renowned mountaineers, & plenty of social time for swapping stories.

Equipment: Technical Ice climbing gear will be provided by the GVSU Climbing Center.

Transportation: Participants are responsible for getting to and from Munising. Outdoor Adventures will 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 fee of $30 to help cover the costs of lodging. Participants will be fitted for rental equipment (boots, crampons, & ice tools). Participants should expect the entire trip to cost about $150-200. Some of the additional costs to consider include:
$60 - festival registration/ insurance (paid online at www.michiganicefest.com)

  • variable - Food
  • variable - Misc. Gear
  • variable - shared gas & bridge toll expenses 


Our efforts are geared towards giving GVSU students an experience they'll never forget.  Registration is limited to current GVSU students.

There are two parts to the Registration process.

1) Register (RSVP) here in the event listing.  The Deadline to register with GVSU is Sunday, January 30th.
2) Register at michiganicefest.com (they will collect the $60 entry fee)*  Registration for Ice Fest closes Tuesday, February 1st

*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 $75.

Visit www.michiganicefest.com for more festival details.

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting: Monday, February 7, 6pm in the Climbing Center

Related Events:

Intro to Ice Climbing Workshop:  Friday, January 28 at 6pm (registration required)
(discussing dressing for cold weather activity, gear & strategies for climbing technical water ice.

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Location Information

Munising, MI

Contact Information

Joe Bitely
Recreation & Wellness Assistant Director
[email protected]


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This event was added to the calendar by Joseph Bitely (bitelyj@gvsu.edu) on Thursday, November 11, 2021 and was last updated on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 4:20 p.m.