Michigan might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think mind-blowing adventuring, but you'd be wrong. Up on the shores of the rugged Upper Peninsula over Lake Superior you'll find over 1000 world class ice climbing routes. Whether you are a rock climber looking for winter fun or you just love the frozen beauty of winter and need a new sport, ice climbing is some crazy fun. We'll learn how to swing axes and kick our front points up frozen waterfalls and curtains of ice on the sandstone cliffs in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. We'll also enjoy winter hiking and a trip to the Eben ice caves, as well as warming up in the hot tub and sauna at our hotel!
Every AdventurHER trip is led by a professional guide (trust us, you want someone with a lot of experience to teach you how to swing your pointy bits) and a Dedicated Adventure Manager (our DAM girls) from AdventurHER.
Activity Level: Class II; Involves full days of physical activity, but no prior skills are needed to enjoy this trip!
Lodging: Hotel, prices based on double occupancy.
Included Meals: Breakfasts, lunches, and some dinners.
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We'll admit it: the Upper Peninsula isn't the easiest place to get to, but once you're there, it's worth it. Since you'll be spending a good part of the day travelling to Munising, the ice climbing capital of the Midwest, the biggest adventure we have planned for today is a good meal at a local brewpub while we get to know each other. Our hotel is right in Munising, so you're welcome to explore after checking into our hotel and dropping your luggage!
With an early start and a good breakfast, we meet our guides and head out for our first full day of ice climbing! We'll get fitted for our mountaineering boots and crampons, harnesses, helmets, and pack on our ice axes. The routes this day don't involve long approaches, so we can focus on getting as much climbing in as possible -- we'll brush up on belaying skills and learn to swing and kick our way up some ice. Ice climbing is tool climbing, and good instruction can save you years of trial and error.
After another early breakfast, we prep for a full day of climbing. We'll have a beautiful winter hike through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to warm up before we hit today's ice. We'll practice the skills we learned the day before and learn a few more to add to our tool belt.
Our last day is a shorter one, as it's our departure day, but we can't leave without hiking to the Eben ice caves! These gorgeous formations aren't true caves, but the ice draping down the rock encloses them in such a way that makes you feel like you stumbled into an ice palace. We'll explore these caves, hike back, have lunch, and depart from the UP with a fun, new hobby and lady crusher cred.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
Two full days of ice climbing instruction and fun!
Double occupancy hotel lodging for 3 nights (single occupancy available at an extra cost)
Transport to and from activities in Munising
Guided hike to Eben Ice Caves
Three breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, and many, many snacks
Getting to Munising
Munising may be a long way from everywhere up in the UP of Michigan, but it's a quick and easy hop into Sawyer International Airport from Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, or Green Bay. Work out your arrival plans with your DAM girl before your trip!