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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 16, 2018


This event costs $40.00 per person.
The RSVP deadline has passed for this event.


Munising, MI


Join the Climbing Center & HTM Dept. February 16 - 18 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.

Basic climbing gear will be provided by the GVSU Climbing Center.  However, new demo gear may also be rented from the host organization at the festival (as long as you don't mind long lines & an additional $40 fee).  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 $40 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 $125.  Some of the additional costs to consider include:
$40 - festival registration/ insurance (paid online at www.michiganicefest.com)
$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 7th
2) Register at michiganicefest.com (they will collect the $40 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.

If you have any questions about the trip please contact Joe Bitely, Campus Recreation Assistant Director, at bitelyj@gvsu.edu 

Visit www.michiganicefest.com for more festival details.

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

Related Events:

Intro to Ice Climbing Workshop:  Wed. January 24, 6pm - 8pm


Joe Bitely



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