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Chapel Beach and East 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Eben Ice Caves 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Grand Island 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Grand Portal Point 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 5
Miners Beach to Mosquito Beach 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Sand Point Road to Miners Castle 4 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 24 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 24
Elevation: 625 ft
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Munising Michigan is THE place in the Midwest to ice climb. Routes up to 200 feet high form right out of Lake Superior, with not a single ice climb rated below WI3. There are over 150 climbs in a 20+ mile long shoreline (including Grand Island) with many, many climbs rated WI5 and a lot rated WI6 and higher.

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Munising is located along Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula about 30 miles east of Marquette.

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Jay Knower
Campton, NH
Jay Knower   Campton, NH  
Is it true that no dry tooling is allowed in Munising? I had heard one such rumor. Nov 17, 2006
Joe Mucci
Chattanooga, TN
Joe Mucci   Chattanooga, TN
The park service discourages drytooling but it's not that big of a deal; in Munising the rock is more sand than stone. You just kind of scratch through the stuff. If it were harder sandstone, kind of like the sandstone at the RRG, Munising would be a household name in the climbing community. Super-steep overhanging cliffs with all kinds of daggers hanging down. Oh well. The ice is fantastic though and the # of routes is much greater than what's in the guidebooks. Plus there are NO crowds as long as you stay away from the Curtains/Dryer Hose area. Nov 17, 2006
jon jugenheimer
Madison, WI
jon jugenheimer   Madison, WI  
There is a new guidebook to the ice climbs of the area being released this weekend during the ice fest (2/2-2/4). They will sell for $15. 40 pages of color photos and beta. You can get one this weekend or by emailing me at Feb 1, 2007
jon jugenheimer
Madison, WI
jon jugenheimer   Madison, WI  
The third edition of the guide to the area will be released this winter. 140 pages, full color, a history written by the early pioneers, 98 named routes with GPS locations, some awesome route photos and maps to the area and a forward by Raphael Slawinski. It will sell for $25 bucks. Available January 2013. Get it at Downwind Sports in Marquette, MI. Dec 8, 2012
jon jugenheimer
Madison, WI
jon jugenheimer   Madison, WI

The link above brings you to the Michigan Ice Film movie. Released in 2016, and downloadable via vimeo it will give you some history of the region, the local flavor and inspiring footage to get after it! Dec 31, 2016
Michael Behrend
Chicago, IL
Michael Behrend   Chicago, IL
Where can I get a guidebook and for how much? Jan 5, 2017
jon jugenheimer
Madison, WI
jon jugenheimer   Madison, WI  
Downwind sports in Marquette. They are $25 bucks if I remember correctly. Jan 5, 2017
Paul Kuenn
Paul Kuenn   Appleton
Anyone know what thin pillar I just climbed a 100 yards N of Dairyland? You have to descend on to the ice flow to see it when below the big D. Steep alpine like base unlike Dairyland's walk up base and a nice 18" width to start on for 20+ feet. Great screw below thinnest section then good thick backside a ways up. Apr 3, 2018
Paul Kuenn
Paul Kuenn   Appleton
The photo I added above is one I climbed with Jude in the 80s that I haven't seen formed so nice since. Still fun with 3 separate drips passing each other for great bulging moves. Apr 3, 2018

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