Apr 292014


Mountain Travelers Hike and Ski Shop

147 US Route 4 East, Rutland, VT 05701


e-mail: info@mtntravelers.com


Our Specialties Include:


   Stand Up Paddle Boards

Thule Car Racks

Technical Outdoor Clothing

Hiking and Trail Shoes

Packs, Tents and Sleeping Bags

Telemark Skiing

Alpine Touring Skiing

Backcountry / XC Skiing



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

…. this is our 38th year!

In Summer: We offer flatwater kayaks, by Hurricane, Wilderness Systems and Perception, custom fit to each paddlers use,  from small mountain ponds to coastal waterways. Back this season, we have Stand Up Paddleboards, the newest fun adventure sport for a summer workout or just cruising around. We  also have a Thule rack specialist who can recommend and install a car or truck rack on your vehicle to carry anything from cargo boxes, to bikes, to boats and ladders…We have hiking and camping footwear and gear, tents, packs and sleeping bags, along with the technical outdoor clothing  by Patagonia and The North Face for all your summer adventures. 

In Winter: We are specialists in Telemark , Backcountry and Alpine Touring Skiing… We began ‘bending a knee in ’73’ and it has been our passion ever since. We ‘talk Tele’ and ‘AT’  like no other shop in the area. 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, Metal Edged Backcountry,  Alpine Touring/ Randonne’ Skis,  Boots and Bindings, as well as climbing skins, and Atlas Snowshoes. We have a downstairs showroom year round.


Our  Summer Shop  Hours  are:

 Tuesday Thru Saturday    

11:00 -4:00

                                          We will be CLOSED  July 4th  –   July 6th

 Posted by at 5:01 pm
Jul 032015
Lake Champlain Crossing Sept 28, 2014

Lake Champlain Crossing Sept 28, 2014

Happy 4th of July! Celebrate our independence day!
Looks like we are going to get some stellar summer days to enjoy for the holiday.
Hope everyone has an awesome 4th with their favorite family and friends.
We plan to spend it in the woods, on the water and having some BBQ’s at our favorite private spot.
July is the best month of the year! Goodbye June rains….hello summer sun! Have fun!

(PK has one more week on crutches, and then we hope he will be free! Maybe not paddling or riding a bike, or sailing for a while, but looking forward to walking!)

 Posted by at 9:02 am
Jun 122015
PK bike


We call him “Lucky!”

He quotes ” I’ll be back!”

Mostly we feel happy, relieved, so blessed, and lucky! He’s okay!

3 weeks ago Peter was doing a hill climb on his rode bike when he was hit by a car going 50 mph!
He was fully unconscious, woke up in the ambulance and was transported to RRMC. He had multiple trauma injuries, 7 fractures, but luckily no internal injuries, and no surgeries.
He was lucky! He aced it out of the hospital in just 3 days. He did amazing! We give RRMC 10 stars for their exceptional care!

3 weeks later he is back to work, limited hours, on crutches, with a cast up to his elbow. Making awesome progress, considering!

We THANK our friends and family for all the calls, cards, food, work, caring and concern. We appreciate your love so much.

We will resume our regular hours as soon as we are able.

 Posted by at 1:42 pm
May 152015

Hurricane Santee kid

Hurricane Kayaks have arrived! Our favorites to recommend…because they are lightweight, sleek designed, glossy and beautiful. A pleasure to paddle because they glide through the water with ease. Especially suitable for women because they are up to 10 lbs lighter than most ‘plastic’ kayaks, so therefore, MUCH easier to load and unload by yourself. 10 models to choose from, they are the perfect ‘upgrade’ for someone looking to buy … a better product, that is light, and paddles better, and more efficiently, than a basic plastic boat.

Hurricane Santee 116 Sport

Hurricane Santee 116 Sport

The Hurricane Santee 116 is our most popular model. It comes in a large cockpit style like the one shown above, for people with limited mobility, those who wish to take a dog, a small child, or gear with them, or just plain feel more comfortable in a large cockpited boat. Also sold with a regular size ‘key hole’ cockpit. Both sell for $999.00.


 Posted by at 3:01 pm
May 152015

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We are back in business… selling an awesome line of  ‘Stand Up Paddle Boards’ by a shaper named Michael Dolsey.

We just traveled to Brunswick, Maine to pick them out and bring them to home to Vermont.

More stable than other brands of the same size, they are durable, stable and really fun to paddle. We carry 3 different models and price ranges for a variety of uses.

The ‘Bumper’ 10’8    is a durable soft top, with reinforced deck and side rails, and built in traction.         $1025.00

The ‘Bam Bam’ 10’8     is durable and stable with a PC skin, carbon fiber reinforced deck, kevlar rail, wood veneer top  and bottom, gloss finish, and it surfs really well.                                                                                                $1259.00

The ‘EZ Wider’ 10′      is wide, stable, hand shaped, white w/ a 1 piece colored deck pad, has a more pointed ‘surf style’ nose and also surfs really well.                                                                                                                                        $ 929.00

Check out our new ‘SUP’ boards and paddles on display in our showroom.

It’s quiet, it’s relaxing, it’s a challange, and it’s fun!





 Posted by at 2:26 pm
Apr 232015


The Thule Hullaport Pro 


The Thule Hullavator

It’s time to start thinking about vacations for Summer, and we have the car and truck racks to get your gear on the roof, and to your vacation destination. Starting with a base rack, and building from there, we have the accessories to be able to carry kayaks, canoes, bikes, and cargo boxes. Call us or stop by for a quote. The time frame is approximately one week. We have most of the components in stock, but may have to order a ‘fit kit’ to fit the exact roof line of your vehicle. Installation is free, by appointment with the purchase of a ‘full rack system’.



Thule rear loading bike rack for a Toyota Rav 4

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