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Meet your Section Leader

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Bill Thompson

Section Chair

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.