Great Lakes Section

The Midwest has a long and colorful history of all aspects of climbing disciplines. The Great Lakes Section Members live in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. Popular crags located within the Great lakes Section include Cliffs Drive in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Whipps Ledges in Ohio, Unlikely Wall in Indiana, and of course some of the best ice climbing in the country at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan. Many Midwest climbers have honed their skills at these crags and developed skills to tackle bigger projects throughout the world.


S.E. Michigan


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Meet Your Section Chair:

Bill Thompson: For the last 32 years, Bill has lived and climbed in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. After he graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Masters degree in Community College Teaching/Outdoor Recreation, he began a career at Down Wind Sports, an outdoor specialty retailer based in Marquette Michigan. In the summer Bill can usually be found rock climbing at the local crags, or paddling the shores of Lake Superior. He is an author of the guide book, An Ice Climbers Guide To Munising Michigan, as well as the organizer of the country’s third largest gathering of ice climbers—the Michigan Ice Festival.  He is also a board member of the Upper Peninsula Climbers Coalition, an organization dedicated to preserving climbing areas in the U.P.

Banner photo: AAC member Bill Thompson