RunOut #17: EPIC Michigan Ice Fest

Here are some fun facts about Michigan that you may not know. It is home to the world’s largest limestone quarry, the largest deposit of native copper, the largest cement plant, the largest crucifix, the largest bronze horse sculpture, the largest manufacturer of magic supplies, and the largest ice climbing festival in the world.

OK, that last one might not technically be true. But the Michigan Ice Fest is certainly on its way to becoming one of the biggest and best ice climbing festivals in the country.

Our bold co-host and roving gonzo podcaster Chris Kalous braved epic winter conditions to make it to the Upper Peninsula for a weekend of drinking beers and screaming barfies, swinging tools and putting crampon holes in his $500 Gore-tex pants. He made it home, weary and battered, with a cold, thousand-yard stare in his eyes and million dollar smile across his face.

This is Andrew Bisharat and I’m here as always with Chris Kalous, and you’re listening to The Run Out.

4 comments on RunOut #17: EPIC Michigan Ice Fest

  1. Dan H says:

    I saw Gordon Lightfoot open for Janice Joplin around 1967 in New Haven, CT. Most of us in the audience didn’t knew who he was either and talked throughout his entire set.

    1. Chris Kalous says:

      Hahaha. Blasphemy!!! Now do your penance! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKJNBxDCMIs

      1. Dan H says:

        Great video! Thanks for the link. BTW, does AB know who Janice Joplin was??

        1. Chris Kalous says:

          Janis probably rings a bell.

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