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The Great Lake State

To the outside community, Michigan is NOT known for its rock climbing, but it is known to its locals.  With enough rock climbing to hold us over for road trips to Kentucky, Arkansas, California and beyond, climbers are able to enjoy and train on what Michigan has to offer.  Michigan is more known for its ice climbing in Munising.

The Lower Pennisula has but only one real outdoor crag and that's Grand Ledge (Oak Park).  

The Upper Peninsula holds Michigan's best rock climbing.  With its hidden rock bands, hard to find boulders, and still to be discovered routes, there's a fair share of smaller quality crags and areas.  There are over 300 hundred routes and countless boulder problems.

Munising/Picture Rocks is home to hundreds of frozen drip and Michigan's Ice Fest (www.downwindsports.com)

If your looking to make the journey here, don't forget about our amazing mountain biking, paddling, cross country skiing and endless other outdoor activities.  For more beta on the Upper Peninsula contact Down Wind Sports of Marquette, Houghton, or Munising. ( http://downwindsports.com/mainSite/ )

A new guidebook, A rock climbers guide to Michigan's Upper Peninsula by Bill Thompson, Matt Abbot and Jason Schnider, should be out Fall 2020.  The new guide will be a companion book to the Ice Climbers Guide to Munising Michigan, both of which are real world quality guidebooks.

Getting There

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Classic Climbing Routes at Michigan

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI3-4
 46
The Curtains
TR, Ice
WI5
 25
Dairyland
Ice
WI5
 34
The Amphitheater
TR, Ice
WI3+
 58
The Dryer Hose (aka Life's a Pitch)
Ice
WI3-4
 39
Sweet Mother Moses
Ice
WI3-
 24
Giddy Up
Ice
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 53
Potato Chips
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 37
Black Buttress
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 16
27. Beyond Hell, Above Heaven
Sport 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 43
Rocket Man
TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 24
The Pinacle
Trad, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 70
Doug's Roof
TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 37
11. Between A Block And A Hard…
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 23
5. Scrotum
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 16
12. Dripping With Cooties
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Curtains Upper Peninsula > Munising > Sand Point Rd to Mine…
 46
WI3-4 TR, Ice
Dairyland Upper Peninsula > Munising > Sand Point Rd to Mine…
 25
WI5 Ice
The Amphitheater Upper Peninsula > Munising > Sand Point Rd to Mine…
 34
WI5 TR, Ice
The Dryer Hose (aka Life's… Upper Peninsula > Munising > Sand Point Rd to Mine…
 58
WI3+ Ice
Sweet Mother Moses Upper Peninsula > Munising > Sand Point Rd to Mine…
 39
WI3-4 Ice
Giddy Up Upper Peninsula > Munising > Sand Point Rd to Mine…
 24
WI3- Ice
Potato Chips Lower Peninsula > Grand Ledge (aka Oak…
 53
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Black Buttress Lower Peninsula > Grand Ledge (aka Oak…
 37
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
27. Beyond Hell, Above Heaven Upper Peninsula > Silver Mountain > Main Wall
 16
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Rocket Man Lower Peninsula > Grand Ledge (aka Oak…
 43
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
The Pinacle Upper Peninsula > … > Presque Isle > Pinnacle area
 24
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Doug's Roof Lower Peninsula > Grand Ledge (aka Oak…
 70
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
11. Between A Block And A… Upper Peninsula > Silver Mountain > Main Wall
 37
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
5. Scrotum Upper Peninsula > Marquette > Suicide
 23
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
12. Dripping With Cooties Upper Peninsula > Silver Mountain > Main Wall
 16
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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