Despite uncommonly warm weather that shut down some of its most popular climbs, the Michigan Ice Fest drew thousands to the Upper Peninsula this month in an annual tradition that lures climbers from across the country.

The 2017 festival took place Feb. 15 through Feb. 19 at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising. View scenes from the event in the photos below.

The tradition began in the late 1980s with a couple of climbing enthusiasts who wanted to socialize and climb ice in an extraordinary location.