Apr 292014
 

 

Mountain Travelers Hike and Ski Shop

147 US Route 4 East, Rutland, VT 05701

802-775-0814

e-mail: info@mtntravelers.com

 

Our Specialties Include:

 

Hiking and Trail Shoes

Technical Outdoor Clothing

Telemark Skiing

Alpine Touring Skiing

Backcountry / XC Skiing

  Thule Car Racks

 Kayaks

Camping Equipment

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“Hiking, Paddling and ‘Bending a Knee’ since ’73”

…. this is our 38th year!

For Fall:  We have a beautiful selection of  ‘outdoor lifestyle ‘ clothing in by Patagonia, The North Face, and Ibex Wool of VT,  Black Diamond, and  we are expecting Kuhl clothing coming soon. We have Salomon, Scarpa, and Asolo hiking boots and trail shoes, and a good selection of day packs, hydration packs, guide books and trails maps for the local area and beyond.

Closed Sunday + Wednesday in the Fall.

In Winter: We are specialists in Telemark Skiing. We began ‘Bending a Knee in ’73” and it has been our passion ever since. We ‘talk Tele’ like no other shop around. We know all about “Earning Your Turns”. We can teach you all about the ‘uphill’ and the downhill on ‘freeheel’ equipment. We sell Telemark,  XC, BC,  Alpine Touring/ Randonne’ Skis,  Boots and Bindings, as well as Climbing Skins, trimmed to fit, for the uphill workout.

Closed Wednesdays in the Winter. (Thanksgiving until Easter)

In Summer: We offer flatwater kayaks, custom fit to each paddlers use, from small mountain ponds to coastal waterways. We have a Thule rack specialist who can recommend and install a car rack on your vehicle to carry anything from cargo boxes, to bikes, to boats and ladders…We have hiking and camping footwear and gear, along with the technical outdoor clothing  by Patagonia and The North Face for all your summer adventures. 

 

Our  Fall Shop  Hours  are:

Monday,Tuesday, Thursday, Friday  10:00 -6:00

Saturday     10:00 – 5:00

CLOSED >>> Sundays  and Wednesdays

 

 

Our Winter 2014  _ Quality Vendors include:

Technical Outdoor Clothing:

 Patagonia, The North Face, Ibex, Black Diamond, Kuhl, Point 6, and Darn Tough

Hardgoods:  

K2, G3, Madshus, Scarpa, Dynafit, Black Diamond, Alpina, 22 Designs, Voile,

Asolo, Salomon , Osprey, Superfeet and Thule

 Posted by at 5:01 pm
Oct 062014
 

We are stocking up for winter with really nice NEW outerwear arriving daily from: PATAGONIA, THE NORTH FACE, IBEX, KUHL and BLACK DIAMOND. We specialize in technical outdoor clothing that keeps you warm, dry and storm proof in all types of weather. Our customers are skiers and mountain folks who love to be outdoors.
We have waterproof shell jackets and pants, wool and fleece mid-layers for warmth, and polyester capilene and wool underwear for your first layer. We have the knowledge to recommend what will work best for your outdoor living.
Work or Play. Come see us for a beautiful selection of women’s fall colors and great breathable layers for men.

Open daily 10:00 – 6:00 … Monday, Tuesday,  Thursday, and Friday.  And Saturday 10:00 – 5:00
Closed Sundays and Wednesdays. ( except we will be open Sunday on Columbus Day Weekend)

 Posted by at 5:20 pm
Oct 062014
 

We recently lost a mentor and great man well known to Pico area skiers. Erling Omland. Age 97.  He was a true mountain man who loved skiing more than anything. He was a decorated 10th Mountain Division Veteran who taught skiing to the mountain troops. He was Norwegian and loved to sing and yodel. I have a wonderful CD of his songs, including “I ski Pico” . He was on skis at Pico til age 95! Top that you guys!
Anyway, we took a hike up Pico to the top of B Slope’s race starting gate Sunday where there is a little plaque in Erlings honor called ‘Omland’s Overlook’. Pico skiers will be familiar with the spot. Here are the beautiful views we had paying our repects. It was like he was shining right down on us from heaven.

This is the foliage view looking up B Slope at the race platform. The slope literally ‘glowed’ orange with color!  It was awesome!

 Posted by at 4:25 pm
Oct 062014
 

We did a hike up to the top of B Slope on Pico last night via the work road and the views were still beautiful!
Above is a nice shot of the peak from the crossover trail just above the bottom of the Summit Quad.
Pico Peak looking awesome in the evening sunlight.
And below some nice color at chairlift level from the same spot. The leaves are almost gone on the upper levels of the mountains already. October 1st is usually peak and this year was really a great fall for color but it was a short window of barely 2 weeks. The reds are down and we’ll have another week of golds and that’ll be it. One more rain storm with wind and goodbye to the foliage for another year… ski seasons coming…

 Posted by at 3:25 pm
Oct 062014
 

 

September had beautiful extended summer temperatures that enabled us to adventure across Lake Champlain again this year. A rare occurrence for the day to be just right to attempt a crossing to the New York side. 80 degrees and flat calm waters with almost no wind allowed us to go discover the Palasades just north of Westport.
We had a great bike ride to Kingsland Bay State Park in Ferrisburg first, a beautiful historic park that has a huge stone house and waterfront land and hikes on the lake.
We put our kayaks in at a launch named Fort Cassin (1814) in Ferriburg at the mouth of the Otter Creek. It’s a short paddle of about 1/2 mile out to the big lake and we made the Champlain crossing of about 2 miles in less than 1/2 an hour.
From there we paddled south another couple of miles to view ‘the Palasades’, a big cliff band 2-300 ft tall. We had seen it by boat a long time ago, but had never ventured across to view it close up. It was spectacular! Really worth the paddle , IF you have a long boat over 14 ft minimum. We paddle 17′ and 18′ ft boats and were glad we did. There can be some big motor boat wakes!

The water depth is 180 ft and ‘a warning’ that there a only a couple of places south of the cliff to get out of your boat on this whole paddle, so , hardly any rest stops. The water is crystal clear and wild on the NY side, and choked with weeds and camps on the VT side.

From the Palasades we paddled south to a point just north of Westport , NY to the site of a shipwreck of the steamboat ‘Champlain II’ which sank there in July 1875. It’s a dive spot marked by a giant yellow bouy. Straight across on the Vermont side is the Basin Harbor Club just north of Button Bay State Park. We paddled back north to the Otter Creek on the VT side, a total of 6-8 miles. It was a great adventure!

 Posted by at 3:16 pm
Sep 222014
 

Hiking VT State Parks

Autumn is officially here! We think this is the best time of year to take a hike.
Temperatures are cool and comfortable, the leaves are changing gorgeous colors, and we all need to keep in shape for the ski season ahead. Vermont has some of the best views anywhere in the northeast from our mountain peaks.

We have all kinds of free information available on local hikes, as well as many of the local guide books.
Such as: The Long Trail Guide, Day Hikers Guide to Vermont, 50 Hikes in Vermont, and The Walker’s Guide to Vermont.
Also in stock are many maps of local areas: The Killington Area Hiking Trail Map, Mt. Mansfield, Camels Hump, Mt Washington and the White Mountains Maps.

We have a new shipment of men’s and women’s Salomon Hiking Shoes that just arrived, as well as all leather and fabric leather hiking boots by Asolo. Darn Tough socks from Vermont, and Point 6 socks from Colorado are our favorite hiking socks.

We have day packs on sale from The North Face, and a nice selection of daypacks and hydration packs by Osprey.

Come check out what we have for hiking in the Green Mountains of Vermont and beyond! Enjoy the views!

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