ice climbing http://michiganradio.org en Climbing melting ice in the Upper Peninsula http://michiganradio.org/post/climbing-melting-ice-upper-peninsula <p>The Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore is a special place for Midwestern ice climbing. Every February, hundreds of climbers meet in Munising for <a href="http://www.michiganicefest.com/">Michigan Ice Fest</a>. That&rsquo;s because the Lake Superior shoreline has one of the highest concentrations of accessible ice climbs in North America.</p><p>Usually, Bryan DeAugustine is a middle school principal. But this weekend, he&rsquo;s a volunteer instructor at Michigan Ice Fest.</p><p>&ldquo;Ice climbing is like solving a puzzle and doing gymnastics at the same time. So it&rsquo;s a nice marriage of your mind and your body. You have to really be focused and balanced. It&rsquo;s just a fun way to spend the day outdoors.&rdquo;</p><p>Ice climbers wear metal cleats strapped to their boots. In each hand, they carry an ice tool that looks like a small pick axe. They swing, chop, and kick their way up vertical ice.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a lot less dangerous than you might think. Everyone uses ropes and harnesses. Still, advanced climbers often give this advice: don&rsquo;t fall.</p><p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 13:59:18 +0000 6401 at http://michiganradio.org Climbing melting ice in the Upper Peninsula