When people think of the midwest, they don’t often think about outdoor adventure. But some of the burliest ice climbing in the United States can be found along the frigid shores of Lake Superior. For professional climber Angela VanWiemeersch, this is no revelation. She grew up figure skating in Detroit, Michigan, but once she was introduced to moving vertically on ice she set her sights on the stunning frozen waterfalls punctuating the frozen bluffs of the great lakes. Her resume includes a long list of first ascents in Alaska and Utah and two female first ascents in Michigan, along the Pictured Rocks Shoreline on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In this video series, Sasha DiGiulian—whose climbing career began in the controlled environment of a rock gym—joins VanWiemeersch to test her limits in a new discipline.

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