Silver Creek Disc Golf Course in Harvey- FUN!

July 11th, 2014 Comments off

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This past weekend we finally had a chance to get out and play the new improved course at Sliver Creek and we LOVED IT!  Hats of to Tim Kopacz and all of the volunteers who pulled off this great asset for the U.P. disc golf community!

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The new course designed by Tim Kopacz  of Watch It Bend - plays in the woods surrounding the Chocolay Township athletic fields, and open “bowl” area around the hill on the Silver Creek Church property. The forested course utilizes a gentle ridge and ravine terrain that incorporates existing open areas under a canopy of trees for a great Blue (Advanced) level design. Red (Amateur) tees make for a great and balanced experience for newcomers and recreational players, including some short ace runs!

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Start by parking all the way around the end of the driveway, by the soccer field, and play the first five holes in the new western parcel. The old course church sandhill is still in play on hole 17 offering a wide open long distance throw.  The new course features hole distances that range from 215” to 425′ from the long tees.  Also new in this design are short beginner tees for less frustration and some ace races. These holes range from 130′ to 320′. Accuracy and control is a must and needed for tight left, right, straight and s-curve holes through lots of the tall wooded parcels.  Don’t forget to drop a few bucks into the pay pipe when you play and let’s see if we can encourage Tim and the other volunteers to keep up the great work and maybe add some more holes for us to play!

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Looking for disc golf supplies?  We are now re stocked and ready to rock for the summer.  If you are heading out to Powder Mill or Silver Creek we have the perfect disc for you!  Stop by the Marquette store and check out the amazing selection!  Don’t have the disc you want?  Let us know and we will get in that specific disc you have been dreaming of.

Called Again: An Evening with 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis July 22nd

July 2nd, 2014 Comments off

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In 2011, two-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis wanted to test her limits. With the support of her husband Brew and a dedicated group of volunteers dubbed the “Pit Crew,” Jen hiked, stumbled, and sometimes crawled the 2,181 mile A.T. in 46 days (an average of 47 miles per day), becoming the fastest person to hike the trail and the first woman to ever set the mark. And for that, she’s been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Guideposts magazine, and the CBS Morning Show. But Jen’s story is not about records or numbers; it’s about endurance, faith, and most of all, love. She will be speaking about the many challenges and lessons that present themselves along the trail, showing slides from over 12,000 miles of long-distance hiking which she has completed on six different continents. Jen will also be answering questions about her hiking exploits.

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After her presentation, she will be signing copies of her new book Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph, which Kirkus Reviews has called “an inspired exploration of the meaning of commitment.” Join us for what is sure to be an exciting and inspiring presentation from this world class athlete and wilderness adventurer.”

Marquette Store July 22nd 7pm FREE!

Jeff Is Off To The BC Bike Race!

June 27th, 2014 Comments off

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What happens when your wife gets you the best Christmas present ever?  You end up spending all winter and spring training for the BC Bike Race!  If you have been riding the trails this winter or spring you might have seen Jeff out training for this amazing race!  The BC Bike Race (BCBR) is a seven day mountain bike stage race operated in and around the Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. It is also known as the “The Ultimate Singletrack Experience”, taking riders on the adventure of a lifetime. BCBR captures the unique flavour of mountain biking in British Columbia, one of the world’s mountain biking meccas.

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BC Bike Race is far more than a race. While it may be the best seven days you’ve ever had on a mountain bike, that’s only part of the story. BC Bike Race is an adventure and an experience. It’s a tour of British Columbia’s West Coast – the trails, the towns, the lifestyle.  Good luck to Jeff and stay tuned for details of his adventure!

They Will Eat You Alive!

June 24th, 2014 Comments off

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The Upper Peninsula bug season  can occur from March through July causing some folks to seek shelter indoors and avoid these troublesome bugs!   The rest of us  outdoor enthusiast’s forge ahead, bugs be damned, glad to head into the woods after a long winter/spring season.  It’ s hard to determine which bugs we dislike more, mosquitoes or the dreaded black fly.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are insects that have been around for more than 30 million years. And it seems that, during those millions of years, mosquitoes have been honing their skills so that they are now experts at finding people to bite. The feeding habits of mosquitoes are quite unique in that it is only the adult females that bite humans and other animals. The male mosquitoes feed mainly on plant juices.  Mosquitoes have a battery of sensors designed to track their prey, including:

  • Chemical sensors – mosquitoes can sense carbon dioxide and lactic acid up to 100 feet (36 meters) away. Mammals and birds gives off these gases as part of their normal breathing. Certain chemicals in sweat also seem to attract mosquitoes (people who don’t sweat much don’t get nearly as many mosquito bites).
  • Visual sensors – if you are wearing clothing that contrasts with the background, and especially if you move while wearing that clothing, mosquitoes can see you and zero in on you. It’s a good bet that anything moving is “alive”, and therefore full of blood, so this is a good strategy.
  • Heat sensors – Mosquitoes can detect heat, so they can find warm-blooded mammals and birds very easily once they get close enough.

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Something with this many sensors sounds more like a military aircraft than an insect. That’s why mosquitoes are so good at finding and biting you. As we’ll see later, the only way to stop these buggers from finding you is to confuse their chemical receptors with impenetrable clothing or with Bug Spray.

Black Fly

Like mosquitoes, black flies gain nourishment by living on the blood of other animals. It’s just the females who do all of the damage by biting and feeding on blood: the males feed mainly on flower nectar. Unlike mosquitoes, black fly eggs are laid in moving water where the larvae attach to rocks using tiny hooks and survive under ice, waiting for the spring thaw. There, they pupate under water feeding on passing organic debris and emerge in a bubble of air as flying adults. When they hatch, they are often preyed upon by fish, such as trout. They live about 4-6 weeks, depending on species, temperature, and food supply.

WHAT YA GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

Sea To Summit Mosquito Headnet

When it’s bug season, make the outdoors more enjoyable by protecting your head with this lightweight net. It’s black mesh netting offers better visibility than white mesh and when not in use it folds down into a small pouch that fits in the palm of your hand!

  • Fine, 500 hole per square inch hexagonal mesh
  • Made of a soft multifilament polyester
  • Packaged in its own tiny stuff sack
  • Elasticized draw cord closure
  • Wide enough to wear with a hat or without
  • Also available in an Insect Shield® Permethrin treated model
  • Weight: 1.3oz

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Research Spring Headnet

This no-see-um headnet gives you reliable insect protection without the chemicals. The collapsible metal hoop holds the mesh away from your face. A drawcord neck closure prevents the tiniest pests from entering your air space and it collapses into a pocket for easy storage.  Perfect for trudging trough Mulligan Swamp!

 

 

 

Herbal Armor Insect Repellents

Herbal Armor Insect Repellents are the #1 natural, DEET-Free insect repellent according to IRI data and have been mentioned in Popular Science, National Geographic Adventure and more. Using six natural repelling oils in over 25% concentration, they have been proven 100% effective for two hours and 95.8% for three. Allergy tested, and proven non-irritating, the Herbal Armor™ repellents are good for kids and those with sensitive skin. The time-released encapsulation helps make them sweat resistant for active lifestyles. In addition, unlike DEET-based repellents, they won’t damage clothing or equipment.

 

 

 
 BEN’S 100

 

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Ben’s® 100 Tick & Insect Repellent is the perfect solution to staying ‘bite free’ in a insect populated environment.  As anyone knows who has been in the woods for awhile, nothing ruins an outing more than biting and stinging insects.   Ben’s 100 Max is one of the longest lasting DEET formulas available from any manufacturer and is recommended for use in areas of heavy insect infestation.

Ben’s Tick & Insect Repellent is so effective, there is no need to keep reapplying. Use just enough to cover exposed skin and apply to clothing.   It is simply one of the best and strongest insect repellents available.

Don’t let these pesky creature ruin your outdoor adventures……At Down Wind Sports we offer several weapons to combat these dreaded bugs, providing some sanity to your summer adventures.  Stop by either of our stores and get prepared for the bugs!

Fish On!

June 19th, 2014 Comments off

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Wednesday brought an opportunity for the Down Wind Sports staff  in Houghton to do a bit of field testing of some of our new fly fishing equipment, including our Tenkra USA fly rods, on a local Keweenaw river!  The river (and fish) didn’t disappoint as this gorgeous  river produced many beautiful trout.

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Don’t forget that we are now carrying fly fishing equipment out of both the Marquette and Houghton stores so be sure to stop by and check out all of the new gear and flies!  Looking for an amazing fishing experience?  Be sure to check out our good friends over at Rivers North Guide Service as they offer some amazing guided trips.  Here is the latest report from Brad:

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June 18th, 2014

Summer Trout fishing is going strong here in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Some pretty good dry fly fishing has been available as of lately w a variety of insects bringing Brook and Brown Trout to the top to feed.  Mahoganies, Quills, Caddis & Drakes have been hatching some days better than others-seems very much like a day to day emergence right now.  Stream levels are pretty normal for this time of the season and Trout opportunities should be good for quite a while.  Don’t forget your bug repellant when heading outside, it will be a short outing otherwise w this years crop of mosquitoes :)

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Demo Your New Kayak Or Stand Up Board This Weekend!

June 18th, 2014 Comments off

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Liv Giant Women’s Mountain Bike Skills Clinic- Thursday Night!

June 13th, 2014 Comments off

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Join Down Wind Sports and Giant Bicycle for an evening of mountain bike skills and fun! All skill levels are welcome. Learn proper ride position, how to tackle climbs, riding bridges, corner more efficiently and descend with confidence! Skills clinic will begin promptly at 7:00 pm, followed by a short ride to practice what we will learn!  Space in the clinic is limited so please call and reserve your spot today- 906-226-7112

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Liv/giant is dedicated to providing female cyclists with the best products and resources.  Whether you’re training for the Ore to Shore, tackling your first century ride or looking to make cycling part of a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle, Liv/giant is here to help you reach your goals.
We can help you maintain and repair your bike, complete your first century and answer questions you might have never known you had. You might even find a riding partner!
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Hometown Green River, UT, Kailua Kona HI, with a few other amazing places between. My most recent home is in Reno NV. Currently my husband and I both work for Giant, your MidWest Demo team, our home is on the road and we love it!
Day job Retail Trainer and Event Coordinator, Midwest
Favorite bike Giant all the way, my first mtn bike was a Giant NRS, I am currently riding the Lust Advanced 0, this bike takes my breathe away!
Favorite ride I am the kind of person that enjoys every ride I am on. To name a few epic dirt rides – UPS/LPS Porcupine Rim, Moab, UT; Hole in the Ground & Watson Lake Loop, Lake Tahoe; Mrazek, Helipad & Whoops, Bend, OR; Halo & Thomas Creek, Reno, NV.
Must-have cycling accessory I am really found of my Fizik saddle on the Lust Advanced 0 right now!
Other sports Is there any other sport than cycling? Just kidding! I really enjoy being outdoors – running, hiking, backpacking, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, whitewater rafting with family and friends and my dog Playa. I also throw in some Bikram yoga any chance I get!

Why do you ride?

I ride for the feeling, the excitement, the challenge, the speed, the power, the freedom, the fresh air, the scenery, the exhaustion, the accomplishment! I love it!!!

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Helinox Camp Chair

June 9th, 2014 Comments off

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Let’s face it…..Todd is a slacker.  Doesn’t matter what we are doing he is looking to kick back and relax.  Bring in the Helinox Camp Chair- the ultimate camp chair has just arrived.  This chair is the perfect portable camp chair for hiking, biking, trekking, fishing, sea kayaking or just plain slacking around like Todd.  Featuring the same aluminum pole technology used by DAC in their Helinox trekking poles and tent poles, this camp chair is light, strong and comfortable. With a carrying case and breathable mesh, this chair may not ever leave your pack or gear bin.  So don’t be surprised the next time you stop by the store and notice Todd taking a break in his new “office chair”.

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Thursday Night Mountain Bike Ride Schedule Announced!

June 3rd, 2014 Comments off

 

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Join us in Marquette every Thursday evening for our Mountain Bike Group rides. This is a good ole’ ride at your own pace, social, off road bike ride. These rides are a great way to meet other local bikers and to be introduced to all of the different trails in the Marquette area as each week we will choose a different trail to ride. Bring water, energy food or gels, and of course helmets are required. Typical ride times are between 1-2 hours and we meet at 6:30pm. For more information please call the shop at 906-226-7112. The rides start Thursday June 5th and the ride meets at the Harlow Lake (Gravel Pit) Trail Head- two track-single track, beginner/ intermediate skill level

Please check the event schedule on this site for ride dates and locations!

 

Sanuk Funky Fiona

June 2nd, 2014 Comments off

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Looking for some new shoes for the sun? Look no further with the  Women’s Funky Fiona.  Possibly the most eclectic product we sell are sandals from Sanuk!  The women’s Funky Fiona is no exception with a slim, petite, profile using the “No Ledge” construction and a funky selection of  patterns!  Grab a pair to match swimwear, a cute sun dress or a pair of your favorite jeans. They are sure to add a smile to those sunny days ahead!

Custom chevron print, frayed moc toe slip-on with a juste wrap Soft canvas lining High rebound, molded EVA footbed featuring AEGIS antimicrobial additive Happy U rubber outsole Vegan and Vegetarian

 

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