Apr 292014
 

 

Mountain Travelers Hike and Ski Shop

147 US Route 4 East, Rutland, VT 05701

802-775-0814

e-mail: info@mtntravelers.com

. . .  Celebrating our 41st year in Business!   

 

Our  Fall  Shop  Hours are:

Monday, Tuesday  –  Thursday, Friday          

and Saturday 10:00 – 5:00

 

CLOSED –  Sunday and Wednesday

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Our Specialties Include:

 

Technical Outdoor Clothing

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Hiking Boots and Trail Shoes

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Packs, Tents and Sleeping Bags

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Thule Car Racks

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Kayaks

2014 Kayak Models arriving soon!

Stand Up Paddleboards

2015 Dolsey SUPS

In Summfavorite old website imageser: We offer flatwater kayaks, by Hurricane, Wilderness Systems and Perception, custom fit to each paddlers use,  from small mountain ponds to coastal waterways. We have Stand Up Paddleboards, by Michael Dolsey, 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 skis, to bikes, to boats and ladders…We have hiking and camping footwear and gear, tents, packs and sleeping bags.  We have a downstairs showroom year round.

 Telemark Skiing

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Alpine Touring Skiing

Time to Hike For it!

 

Backcountry / XC Skiing

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In WintSki Shots - 006er: 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”,  and can teach you all about the ‘uphill’ … and the downhill, on ‘free heel’   ski equipment. We sell  Telemark,  Alpine Touring,  and Metal Edged Back Country Skis,  Boots and Bindings, as well as climbing skins, and Atlas Snowshoes.  We carry technical outdoor clothing  by Patagonia, and The North Face,  for comfort and warmth on all your outdoor winter adventures.  

 

 

2016 SKI WALL

 

 

 

 

                            

 Posted by at 5:01 pm
Oct 132017
 

Looking forward to the first snowfall just around the corner! It’s time to be hiking, swimming, biking, doing whatever you do to get the body moving to get ready for ski season!

We are ready at Mountain Travelers with all the new Patagonia and North Face outdoor clothing, for men and women, up and waiting, for the weather to turn cold. We have the perfect underwear, mid-layers, and outerwear jackets and pants to keep you warm, dry, breathable, and comfortable for your favorite outdoor activities coming up soon.

We also still have a great selection of last years outerwear for men and women on our sale racks in the center of the store. They are the ‘bargains’ that always go first… we have down sweaters, down jackets, and lots more on sale at 25% off, until they are gone.

Peter has the equipment all set too! Scarpa boots are in and selling well, because people ‘always need new boots’!  We have T2 Eco’s and TX Pro NTN’s for Tele, and Gea’s and Maestrale’s for Alpine Touring.

Our favorite bindings are the 22 Designs Axl and Vice, and G3 Ion.

Peter has 42 years experience in mounting skis in our specialty of ‘Tele’ and ‘AT’. He has all the ‘jigs’ to mount them perfectly where they should be. Not an easy  job, to find an eastern expert, who can do that in our ever changing outdoor/ski industry. Call Peter K. For any questions you might have concerning mounting your equipment. Even if you did’nt get it from us, we’ll hope you got the right match of components … 🙂  and mount it for you … and help educate you to have the best experience you can out there.

We have a big selection of skis on sale from last year, again… ‘the bargains’ are always the first to go! So get in and check out what we have.  Rossignol has delivered and we are expecting K2 and new this year… Black Crows, from Charmonix to WOW skiers with the latest and the greatest!  Both will be in stock within the month before the snow flies!  We are pumped for the up-coming season ! Hope you are too!

 Posted by at 12:28 pm
Aug 082017
 

Campsite with canoe quebec

Our family has been out paddling, canoe camping, and enjoying the beautiful summer sunsets on the water, hearing loons and having campfires. Summer doesn’t get any better than that!

We have also had more thru hikers on The Long Trail and The Appalachian Trails than any previous years. It’s great to see people out camping and enjoying nature. A couple in today were delighted to be here in Vermont hiking 270 miles, they came from California, were unable to use their permit to hike the John Muir Trail, which they had to apply for 6 months ago, because of snow conditions in the Sierra, so they came to Vermont instead, where there were no permits required, no limits of numbers of persons permitted to start the trail per day, no separate lottery permits to cross the Mt Whitney wilderness. I had no idea! How lucky we are to just ‘jump on the trail’  anytime and anywhere you want. Aren’t we the lucky ones to have it in our backyard!

 

 

 Posted by at 4:03 pm
Jul 262017
 

We are seeing lots of hikers coming through the shop on The Appalachian, and The Long Trails, spending weeks on the trail, enjoying our Green Mountains. Many are from the West and are not minding the wet weather at all, they are delighted to get away from the hot, and dry climates at home, and are loving it here. They think it is beautiful! As we well know!

We have been selling Salomon, Scarpa, and Asolo hiking boots and walking shoes, Darn Tough socks,  as well as hiking poles from Black Diamond, fuel, bug spray, maps, Mountain House Freeze Dried food, Thermarest sleeping pads and TNF tents.

We are having fun meeting so many cool people from all over the world, a man from Switzerland , who ran a circus, dinner theatre, a young man from Germany who had hiked every continent in the world, a man from Seattle loved how similar it was to home, so green and so scenic.  We love, that they love, our state ! We welcome them to Vermont.

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We have all kinds of gear and info on hiking trails in the area. Come see us for hiking supplies and guide books. Happy Trails!

 Posted by at 3:26 pm
Jul 262017
 

We hope you are all out enjoying every minute of the warm summer months. In between the rain and the cool days, there have been,  and still are, some beautiful warm days to take advantage of. We have been SUP and kayak paddling ( and PK biking) every chance we get. We’ve had a busy July so our inventory of SUP boards and kayaks is going fast. We only have one 10′ Michael Dolsey SUP left, for a smaller person, and a couple more 10’8’s, for a large size adult. These are beautiful boards, that are stable and really fun on the water, great for working on your balance, while getting that ‘core’ workout you’ve been looking for.

 

We have also been getting our long boats out, kayaking Lake George, south from Ticonderoga last Sunday. We found a great spot to launch at the Ti Town Beach on Black Point. You have to take the Shoreham,VT ferry to get there, but it’s the perfect spot to get to an open location on Lake George without a lot of busy boat traffic. We paddled north because of the wind that day, and had a thoroughly enjoyable paddle and swims. Lake George water is the best we’ve got for swimming! Our kayak inventory is getting down there too. We have 1 each of Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 & 140’s, our best plastic kayaks with a nice keel line that tracks  really well, has plenty of cockpit room, and is durable enough to use anywhere.

Lake Champlain Crossing Sept 28, 2014

Lake Champlain Crossing

 

For  lightweight polycarbonate designs that weigh 10-12 lbs less than the plastic models, and are so much easier to load and unload, as well as much faster, and sleeker on the water, we recommend Hurricane kayaks. The Santee 116 and 116 Sport (w/ bigger cockpit) are our most popular models, weighing 36-38 lbs. The Santee 126 is a great boat for a little larger person or use in a larger body of water, such as Lake Champlain. Hurricane also makes, what we think, are the best ‘sit on top’ kayaks on the market, they actually paddle like a kayak, instead of a raft!

 

This beautiful summer season is going by quickly, so it’s time to get out on the water and enjoy every day you can!

 Posted by at 2:41 pm
Jun 152017
 

Flat waters are the best for ‘Supping”… (Stand Up Paddling)… there is nothing like ‘Standing on Water’ … and calmly paddling around the edges of your favorite lake or pond at dawn or dusk, when the waters are flat and calm, is the perfect time to go…

It takes a bit of balance and technique, to stand up, grip your toes on the pad of the board, and paddle off into the sunset, but when the conditions are right, it’s the best! Most people love it! It’s another fun way to get out on to the water and enjoy the summertime!

We have a beautiful selection of ‘Michael Dolsey’ Paddle Boards…. come  in and check them out!

 Posted by at 1:49 pm