We are super excited about the Dome Show this year as we have a fantastic line up of the new 2015 bikes, boats and stand up boards…and the best thing is that we have killer prices on everything! This sale will be our lowest prices of the spring/summer and we guarantee it! Stop by our store now- or at the dome and pick out a new toy to play with this summer!
For the past two weeks we have been inundated with calls on how to safely get to the ice caves of Lake Superior. This “craze” started last year when the Apostle Islands announced that the first time in 5 years the lake ice had formed allowing folks to venture out on Lake Superior to view the ice formations at the park. The CBS Evening news picked up the story and virtually everyone in the Midwest was packing up their cars and heading to the Apostle Islands.
In my humble opinion the ice cave formations at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Grand Island are far “superior” to those over in Wisconsin, and our lake ice forms EVERY year! The great news is there are virtually thousands of caves, pillars, and enormous sheets of ice to explore throughout the Munising area- some within minutes of your vehicle.
It seems the most visited ice formations are those the form along the East Channel of Grand Island, located a short distance across Lake Superior from the Pictured Rocks Sand Point Parking area. Many folks start their journey from this point, across the channel to the caves. We know people prefer this route as it is the closest point to point to get out to the caves. A safer and more reliable route….and the one DWS recommends is to take off from the Grand Island Public access and ski, walk, snowbike, skijour or snowshoe out to the island and skirt the shore to the caves. Yes, this is a much longer route but we feel the one that will keep you and your loved ones from taking a chilly winter dip in Lake Superior. The East Channel is known for its strong currents and unpredictable ice so please check with the Park Service headquarters before venturing out on any Lake Ice.
While exploring during the winter, and to have a more enjoyable ice caves adventure, we recommend bringing appropriate winter boots, ice cleats, trekking poles, a day pack with extra clothing, food, warm drinks, hand warmers, and to leave a note with a responsible person on where you exploring.
Experiencing the beauty of the ice caves can and will take your breath away. 200 foot cliffs sandstone cliffs along Lake Superior seep water to create these beautiful formations that will instantly put you in an arctic landscape. Inside the ice caves awaits a fairyland of needle-like icicles and frost covered walls.
These ice formations have been climbed for decades and more than likely if you go exploring ice formations anywhere at Pictured Rocks or Grand Island there will be a good chance of encountering a climber. I can assure you climbers are a friendly sociable group and will be willing to answer any questions about ice climbing. For your safety please do not walk under or around the ice while climbers are climbing. Ice will fall during the ascent and could easily injure a spectator.
Don’t want to venture out onto Lake superior? Looking for a short walk to see amazing caves or pillars of ice? Consider picking up the Ice Climbers Guide to Munising! This book details where the ice is located (including GPS coordinates) with some of the ice formations minutes from your vehicle.
The books are available at both Down Wind Sports stores, Falling Rock Cafe in Munising, as well as the Pictured Rocks Visitor center. With warmer temperature predicted this week please be careful as the East Channel Ice takes the full brunt of the sun and the ice can deteriorate quickly. If you have any other questions about visiting the ice formations please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 906-226-71122
While it might not seem like it- believe it or not most of our bikes are now in stock and the kayaks and stand up boards are due in next week! In preparation we are marking our winter inventory down to 40% off! Stop in and pick out a new jacket, skis or snowshoes at 40% off. Prices are good until it is gone! (we even snuck in a 50% off rack as well!)
This weekend the Fat Bikes will be invading Marquette for the 906 Polar Roll Fat Bike Race, part of the Great Lakes Fat Bike Series! A point-to-point 35 mile race across Marquette County, the 906 Polar Roll Fat Bike Race will end at Ellwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park. Racers don’t forget to stop by the shop for a last minute tune or for any of your race needs. Not signed up yet? Check out more information at www.906adventureteam.com/2015-polar-roll.
February 20th, 2014
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Packet pick up, Last chance Registration @ Blackrocks Brewhouse.
424 N. 3rd Street Marquette, Mi 49855
February 21st, 2014
7:30 am: 15-Mile Race Packet Pick up opens at the starting line behind Border Grill Washington Street
8:30 am: 35 Mile Race Packet Pick up opens
8:30 am: 15-Mile Race Pre-Race Rider Brief at the Start Line
9:00 am: 15-Mile Race Rolls out
9:30 am: 35-Mile Race Pre-Race Rider Brief at the Start Line
10:00 am: 35-Mile Race Rolls out
2:00 pm: Race Cut-Off @ SBR entry on Wellfield Road
4:00 pm: Race ends, Ellwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park
6:00 pm: After Party/Awards @ Blackrocks Brewery Cannery
950 West Washington Street Marquette, Michigan 49855
It’s the UP 200 weekend- a great family friendly event where thousands of folks gather downtown Marquette to enjoy this spectacular race! The UP200 is one of the top 12-dog mid-distance races in the Midwest, as well as being an Iditarod qualifier. The UP200 trail covers 240 miles of challenging terrain from Marquette to Grand Marais, Michigan and back again through forested land and near-wilderness. Mushers face hills, creek crossings, deep snow, and isolated trail. This is a true test of skill and stamina! The first leg of the trail is from Marquette to Wetmore, a distance of approximately 64 miles. If you have never been you really need to get downtown tonight and experience the start of the race. Now it is sure to be cold out so dress warmly and don’t forget your hand warmers. Our annual winter closeout sale is in progress and all of our winter gear is 30-50% off…..maybe a new warm parka is just the ticket for tonight’s race! Good luck mushers and we will see everyone at the start!
Just in time for some key events in the Upper Peninsula such as the Michigan Ice Fest, Winter Carnival in Houghton and the U.P. 200 Sled Dog Race, both stores have marked down their winter clothing departments! Stop by and score a deal and keep warm during these awesome UP events!
Saturday February 7th 7:00pm Thomas Theaters
The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, The F3T is a one of a kind experience. Each year fishy folk of all ages gather at premieres to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns amongst friends and dream about casts still unmade. If you’ve been, you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, we hope to see you soon!
Since its inception in 2007 The F3T has grown more than 30% each year; reaching nearly 50,000 anglers across North America last season. To keep up with demand we’ve added new towns to the 2015 schedule and increased our capacity in the communities that have been supporting us for years.
In addition to showcasing world-class fly fishing films, The F3T is dedicated to supporting the local fly shops and conservation groups that form the backbone of our sport’s educational and environmental efforts. Discount F3T tickets are available at more than 150 fly shops across the country. A portion of those ticket sales go directly to support fishing and habitat-related conservation groups. In 2014 we raised over $300,000 for our conservation partners and have used our voice to bring greater attention and support to groups like Trout Unlimited, Wild Steelhead Coalition, Bonefish Tarpon Trust, Utah Stream Access Coalition, Stop Pebble Mine and many more.
Hope to see everyone out at the show and lets get fired up for the 2015 season!
After years of research and development, A’ME is introducing the new Heated Ergo Tri. Made in USA, this grip features micro process technology and internal sensors that give the rider the freedom to easily adjust each grip to any of the six temperature settings with a simple push of a button, with an LED light indicating the setting. This allows for comfortable hand temperatures that reduce fatigue and maintain finger dexterity. All of which improves rider control. A’ME Heated Ergo Tri grips are made of a specially formulated Vulcathane,™ compound that produces a tacky, durable surface with an ergo design and our popular triangle pattern that is a comfort to hold onto. With a single clamp-on design, installation is simple. Just slide the grip on and tighten one screw! Stop by Down Wind and bike with warm hands this winter!