Nipigon Ice Fest – More Info


Nipigon Area Accommodations:
Beaver Motel 807-887-3132
Locking Horns Motel (a.k.a Vacationland motel) 807-887-1750
Sunnyside Cabins 807-887-5739
8th Street B&B 807-87-2962
Northland Motel 807-887-2032
Birchville Motel 807-887-3141
Pine Crest Motel 807-887-2813
Skandia House B&B 807-887-3133
Nipigon River Adventures Lodge 807-621-6342

Pizza Buffet Fundraiser – Saturday March 3rd

There is a Pizza Buffet fundraiser event on the Saturday March 3rd at the legion from 6pm-7pm.  The price will be $15 per person, pay at the door. This will include all you can eat pizza, salad and dessert and includes pop/coffee/tea. All proceeds go towards next year’s Ice Fest! The bar next door will be open as well for those who are age of majority and would like to enjoy a drink.

Presentations – Saturday March 3rd

Angela VanWiemeersch

Angela grew up in suburban Detroit, which she describes as “wild and raw, a string of epic adventures.” Angela’s curiosity and love for adventure kept her thriving in Detroit, but also kept her mind wandering elsewhere, to bigger adventures.  Eventually, she left the mitten state for an extended bike trip through Canada and the U.S. Northwest. After returning to Michigan, Angela decided to sell all of her belongings and hit the road hitch-hiking across the western half of North America. Eventually, Angela found herself in Ouray, CO and discovered what would become her lasting passion; ice climbing.

Beginning in 2014, Angela joined fellow Rab Athlete Scott Adamson for an explosive spurt of large ice route development in Southwest Utah.  Over the course of three weeks Angela and Scott established nearly a dozen ice routes up to 450’ tall.

In the years since, Angela has developed a skillset and tick list that would be the envy of many seasoned alpinists, from first ascents throughout Utah, including the development of “Zion Ice,” to the First Ascent of “Thicker Than Thieves” on Mt. Hayes and a free solo of “Ham and Eggs” in Alaska.

Despite her rapid progression, Angela has maintained a passion for the climbing lifestyle and an appreciation for the opportunity to spend time outside with people she loves, pushing herself physically and mentally in inspiring landscapes.

Her strongest motivation lies in “big, aesthetic alpine objectives in faraway places; Remote, cultured locations where my life seems to be in great contrast.”

Notable Ascents:

  • First ascent of Thicker Than Thieves (VI 5.8R AI4 M5, 7,300′). Mt. Hayes, Hayes range, Alaska
  • First ascent The One Who Knocks 450′ (WI 6 M5 R/X),Reids Peak, Unita Range, Utah
  • First ascent of Golden Spike (345’, WI4 M5 R). Reids Peak, Unita Range, Utah
  • First ascent of Trivium (90′, WI 4). Unita Range, Utah
  • First ascent of Last Man Standing (400′, WI6 PDW). Zion National Park, Utah
  • 11 first ascents in and around Zion National Park ranging from (WI 3-WI 6) with heights up to 450′
  • Free solo of Ham and Eggs (WI4+ M4, 3,000’). Mooses Tooth, Central Alaska Range, Alaska
  • First Female ascent of Twin Towers (WI 5) Pictured Rocks Shoreline, Michigan
  • First Female Ascent of HMR (WI5 ) Pictured Rocks Shoreline, Michigan

Rick Kollath

Over a forty-plus-year climbing career, Rick Kollath has ticked a number of North American and European classics. His ascents include big wall routes on El Capitan, Half Dome and Leaning Tower in Yosemite, the Furggen Ridge of the Matterhorn, the Frendo Spur on the Aiguille du Midi and the North Face of the Petit Dru near Chamonix. And, yes, most recently, Switzerland’s Eigerwand—a lifelong dream.

Rick works as an illustrator and graphic designer in Duluth, Minnesota, in the United States.


Winter Camping

Have your own tent and just looking for a site? Winter camping is available at the Nipigon Marina from March 2- 4. We are going to take care of clearing the area for tent sites.  Reserve a spot for $0/night (yup, that’s right) and we will clear a space for you at the Marina. Send us a message now to reserve a tent site at the Marina for the Ice Fest!
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Guided Snowshoe Trek

For folks that are interested, on Sunday March 4th there is a Guided Snowshoe trek going to the Bald Spot (guided by Epic Adventures as part of the Nipigon Winter Carnival). Call Bronwyn Nuttal at 807-887-3586 in advance if you need snowshoes (they have a few pairs on hand). There will also be a representative at the ‘Ice Fest Summit’ to answer question and take reservations.
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