The outdoor landscapes of the Upper Peninsula are amazing, but what truly makes this someplace special is the community. The people who build and maintain our trails and work for improved access to all of our resources deserve our support every day.
Today, for Giving Tuesday, we are donating a portion of our sales to three organizations in the U.P. that work hard make the outdoors more enjoyable to everyone. We encourage you give what you can, and if you need to do some shopping you can help out even more.
Munising Bay Trail Network (MBTN) is a local organization focused on building a singletrack trail system in the greater Munising Bay area. MBTN was originated in 2012 from an idea formed between two individuals: Rob Lundquist and Mike Verhamme. They saw the potential in our hilly landscape for a phenomenal riding experience. And hiking too! MBTN is the flowering of those early efforts and today manages several miles and growing fast of singletrack in the Munising area.
The Upper Peninsula Climbers Coalition is a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to creating and preserving sustainable and responsible climbing in Marquette County and the surrounding areas of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A small group of local climbers started the UPCC in 2011 to start working with land owners as a united front of the climbing community.
Keweenaw Outdoor Recreation Coalition (KORC) brings together individuals, businesses, and outdoor recreation, conservation, and community organizations to secure permanent public access to at-risk land in the Keweenaw. Our members come from a variety of backgrounds, from resource professionals and hospitality workers to students and retirees. All manner of outdoor enthusiast is involved because we are all concerned with what is at stake: the potential loss or degradation of the vast landscapes found in the heart of the Keweenaw Peninsula. It's not just forestland that could be lost. At risk is our way of life.
If you have the means, take minute and support a few of the organizations that make outdoor recreation in the Upper Peninsula so much better. We all use the land and trails and we shouldn't take that for granted.
And, if you need some gear, some presents, or a little treat for yourself we are donating a portion of our sales to these organizations today so you can get what you need and have a positive impact on your community.