The day we almost didn’t climb Sea of Vapors Jon Jugenheimer Friday September 19th 9pm

September 16th, 2014 Comments off


The day we almost didn’t climb Sea of Vapors Jon Jugenheimer Friday September 19th 9pm Down Wind Sports Marquette

As Dave Rone drank his coffee, I drank my Red Bull as we drove the 30 minutes from the hotel in Dead Man’s Flats to the trail head in Banff. Sea of Vapours was on our minds as Dave saw a pic on Facebook the night before of Ian Welsted climbing it the day before that. This route was always in the back of my mind as a “someday…” and at the very top of Dave’s tic list now. The alarm went off at 4am, and Dave was already awake. To find out the rest of the story join Jon at Down Wind Sports for this entertaining account of his adventures in the Canadian Rockies.


Jon Jugenheimer

Growing up in flat Southern Wisconsin, ice climbing was not a childhood sport option. It took a frigid winter trip to the Ice Pit in Green Bay when I was 18. I climbed 15 feet, got lowered off and was too pumped to untie my knot. This led me to fall in love with the sport at that moment. This was 12 years ago and I have been climbing ice ever since. I currently work as a sales rep for Black Diamond Equipment. When not working or climbing, I can be found…well…nowhere else because that’s all you will ever find me doing. From trips to Norway to climb ice, Alaska to climb mountains, and Thailand to climb limestone sport routes and all across the US is where I will be.

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This Is Work?

September 9th, 2014 Comments off

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Interbike isn’t just a trade show – it’s an industry experience. It’s where manufacturers, retailers, media & more conduct the business of cycling. The show producse retail education events such as the IBD Summit, media events like Charged Up and The Women’s Story, and the world’s largest 2-day OutDoor Demo.  Interbike is currently a five-day event with the first two days being the Interbike OutDoor Demo at Bootleg Canyon outside of Boulder City Nevada.  The OutDoor Demo is unique among the industry’s trade shows in that it provides an opportunity for retailers and members of the media to ride and demo the 2015 products that they will be seeing and talking about on the show floor the following season.

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Our man Jeff is at Interbike looking for the sweetest gear to bring back for our customer to play with next season!  Jeff sent a brief message back saying “the Echo from Borealis was amazing with the new Bluto fork and dropper post made for a great ride-  should be a fantastic summer bike option for fat bikes. Other highlights were the new Reign Advanced 27.5 from Giant and the new 9:zero:7 Whiteout aluminum (boasting a new tapered steer, 150 front hub and Bluto capability. ) The 9:0:7  also includes a rigid fork for cold weather riding. Will send more info after I’m done “working”.

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Climb Up 2014!

September 1st, 2014 Comments off




September 19-21, 2014

Calling all Midwest climbers! This fall the Great Lakes Section of the American Alpine Club and Down Wind Sports will host the third annual: CLIMB UP!   This four day event is organized for our American Alpine Club Members and Midwest rock climbers to gather, climb, socialize and celebrate another year of adventure.  Our event location will be at the Silver Mountain in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Activities will include slideshows, slacklining, sport and trad climbing, new route development, clinics, and shoe demos.  Climb UP! is a celebration of climbing , and community and we encourage all climbers to bring their families and friends to enjoy the fantastic climbing the Upper Peninsula has to offer.  Participants are encouraged to rustic camp at the climbing site and enjoy evenings around the bonfire.  Tell your friends and mark it on your calendar!


Closed Monday For The Holiday!

August 31st, 2014 Comments off

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What a great weekend!  The Marquette Marathon was awesome to watch from our front door- very inspiring watching all of the runners giving it their best effort.  We will be open Sunday from 11-3pm if you are looking for any toys for this holiday weekend.  Monday we will be closed to go and play with our families!

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Marquette Marathon Weekend!

August 29th, 2014 Comments off


The Marquette Marathon is here!  An official Boston Marathon qualifier that has been organized by marathon runners, for marathon runners, this year marks the 5th year of this amazing event.  The exciting news this year is the new course including a finish line pretty much in front of our store!

Full Marathon Start – Ishpeming

This course will quickly be come to known as one of the fastest Boston Qualifier Courses in the country! The start is in the heart of the small iron mining town, Ishpeming; which means “heaven” in Ojibwa. This town loves athletes! It is home to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and is proud to be the start of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon. From Start to Finish: Net Elevation Drop of 1037 feet.

Half Marathon Start – Negaunee

The Half starts at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in another of our mining towns, Negaunee. Admission to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum is free! Negaunee means “low ground” in Ojibwa but don’t be fooled….you will be going lower because this is a fast course, too! Negaunee hosts the start of the Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic every summer. From Start to Finish: Net Elevation Drop of 735 feet.

Along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail

Both of our courses will join together on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. This trail is a multi-use, year round trail that connects communities and people to the region’s historic sites and human stories. With over 160 years of mining ore, it’s no wonder that Marquette County’s landscape is so exceptional! The trail is partially paved with asphalt along with crushed granite. The footing is great for running!

Into Marquette for the Final Miles

Racers will enjoy a steady decline in elevation as well as amazing scenery full with trees, lush vegetation and spectacular rock formations. Both races will bring you to the shores of Lake Superior in Marquette where the courses will separate until the finish. Full Marathoners will continue around Presque Isle where they will be privy to some of Marquette’s proudest views and Half Marathoners will make their way to the finish as they pass the world’s largest dome, the Superior Dome.

You will feel the energy as you fly down the final stretch on Third Street lined by friends and family, our wonderful community, shops, bars and restaurants.

Need any last minute items?  We will be set up at the packet pick up area for energy food needs and special deals on some clothing.  Good luck to all of the racers!

Check  HERE to visit this marathon’s website!

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Welcome Back NMU!

August 25th, 2014 Comments off


Since money doesn’t grow on trees, ASNMU developed the Wildcat Wallet program to help you stretch your dollars a little farther, working with dozens of local businesses, Down wind Sports included, to secure discounts for NMU students!  If you are a NMU student, faculty, or staff, you will get 15% off any purchase at Down Wind Sports, all day- every day!

*excludes bikes, boards and kayaks

Introduction To Bicycle Maintenance Clinic Saturday August 23rd

August 3rd, 2014 Comments off


Our Introduction to Bicycle Maintenance course is designed with the beginning cyclist in mind. Here you will learn the basics of maintaining your bicycle, from simple tire changes to tune-ups. This course will truly make you a self-sufficient cyclist, enabling you to perform most of the common procedures carried out on a day to day basis by bike shop mechanics. The information presented is applicable to all types of bicycles and it is also a great introductory class for anyone who would like a more thorough foundation on the art of maintaining their bike.  FREE Saturday August 23rd Marquette Store 10-11am

Pungo Sale!

August 2nd, 2014 Comments off


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Silver Creek Disc Golf Course in Harvey- FUN!

July 11th, 2014 Comments off


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!


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!


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.


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!