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Ice Climbing

Conquer frozen fortresses.

Those looking to take a path less traveled won’t want to miss the chance to climb frozen waterfalls and ice formations in one of Michigan’s most unique winter sports.

Ice climbing is often considered a silent sport, but for many the call of the ice is unmistakable. Ice climbing combines challenge and adventure with some of the most breathtaking views around. Stunning icefalls, cliffs and rock slabs are waiting to be conquered. Swing your ax into the ice, hold on tight and inch your way up the frozen ladder.

With miles of sandstone cliffs, lined with hundreds of frozen waterfalls at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan is home to some of the best ice climbing spots in the country. Experience the thrill of ice climbing a frozen waterfall, ranging from 20 to 210 feet tall, while taking in the scenic landscape that only a Michigan winter provides. Get ready to push your boundaries in Pure Michigan.

First Ascent | Chasing Fresh Ice in Michigan's UP
Join Angela VanWiemeersh and Anne Gilbert Chaseon on their ice-climbing adventure and learn why Michigan's upper peninsula is one of the world's best places to climb ice.

If you're interested in experiencing the sport of ice climbing, the Michigan Ice Fest is the perfect opportunity. The annual event is unique because most of the participants are new to climbing! Watch as Cheryl, a beginner climber, celebrates her first ascent in the wilderness of northern Michigan.
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