Matt McCormick was the featured presenter.

2014 Ice Fest Recap

2015 Dates: March 13–15

Due to the below zero temperatures we had lower numbers than last year, but we also had some great climbers show up to brave the cold. Kendra Stritch came to us straight from the Ice World Cup circuit. She and J. Brent Peters drove 22 hours to come climb and share with us the new climbing guide Ice Lines: Select Waterfalls of the Canadian Rockies.

Matt McCormick's presentation on climbing around the world, including beautiful pictures from Pakistan, made this type of adventure seem possible for all levels of climber. He and Adam Dailey hiked the intermediate/advanced clinic into the Ice Palace and had a cold but productive day of climbing those routes.

Kevin Koprek from Ouray Colorado's Ice Park stopped by our Beginner's Clinic to say Hello. This clinic was run in a combined effort between Lakehead University and University of MN Duluth trained climbers. This has proven to be an excellent partnership over the last few years. Thanks to Christian, Nick, Aric, and Martin for running this clinic.

A local company Best Towing did a wonderful job clearing the parking lots for the Ice Palace and Cascade areas. Please continue to be aware of parking in the area. Make sure your vehicles are completely behind the white line and that you are alert when walking to climbs.

This year's gear raffle was an exciting one, we had some big prizes and with low numbers chances of winning were high! Ice tools, crampons, climbing shoes, back packs, and jackets were some of the highly sought after items. A big thanks to our sponors for all their support. Next time your looking to make a purchase check out our sponors page and return the favor.

We are already working on plans for next year. If you are interested in being involved you can contact us at Thanks to everyone who was involved from the volunteers to the participants. The temps outside might have been frigid but all our gatherings were certainly warm in community and laughter!

— Kyra Bremer