Copper Harbor’s Keweenaw Adventure Company celebrating 25 years

A group of mountain bikers celebrate their achievement atop Brockway Mountain near Copper Harbor. (All photos courtesy of the Keweenaw Adventure Company)

LOOKOUT POINT by Joseph Zyble
The Keweenaw Adventure Company in Copper Harbor is celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer season.
The business, which had started as a sea kayak and sled dog outfitter, changed dramatically when Sam Raymond purchased it in 1999. He dropped the sled dog aspect of the business, replacing it with a mountain biking focus. Raymond acquired the business with the belief that sustainable practices and educating the public about the land could complement economic growth and tourism in the region.
“I have a genuine love for this area, the community, our history, geology, all around natural beauty and of course, Lake Superior,” he said. “Our company’s mission statement exemplifies this passion stating, we are the hub for human-powered recreation in Keweenaw County … connecting people with awe and respect to the Peninsula – ultimately contributing to the region’s well-being through education, stewardship, conservation and sustainable tourism.”
Raymond has been a literal trailblazer in helping to establish the Copper Harbor area as a premiere mountain biking destination. He is one of the founding members of the non-profit Copper Harbor Trail Club, which builds and maintains trails in the region.
“Copper Harbor is an internationally recognized trail system. We currently have 37 miles of single-track trails. We’re constantly building more trails and hope to double the trail network within five years,” he said.
Shelby Laubhan, Raymond’s life and business partner, joined the Keweenaw Adventure Company in 2013. Her background in the environmental field—she has worked as a government official, educator, organic farmer and Peace Corps volunteer—aligns with the business’s guiding principles of sustainable and responsible business practices.
“My philosophy is that one’s personal health is inseparable from the health of our natural environment,” she said.
Along with sea kayaks, mountain bikes and guided hiking opportunities, the Keweenaw Adventure Company has stand-up paddleboards, canoes, and sit-on-top kayaks for rent. The business has an on-site bicycle service and repair shop, as well as a small shop where they sell apparel and equipment. They also offer a few lodging units, but customers should always call ahead to check availability…

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