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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.

Hiking VT State Parks

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
May 112017
 

Our spring shipment of Hurricane kayaks just arrived today from North Carolina. They look awesome!

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These are the classiest boats around. Lightweight Hurricane kayaks are a pleasure to paddle and a breeze to carry. They will lighten your load, are super stable, and have excellent tracking and stylish aesthetics.

Hurricane kayaks are made of lightweight Trylon ABS thermoform plastic.

Kayaks made of Trylon weigh 10-15 lbs less than comparable polyethelene kayaks.

Because they are made of Trylon, Hurricanes do not warp or oil can like many poly boats.

Because Trylon is rigid, Hurricane kayaks paddle like composites at a fraction of the cost.

Trylon includes an exterior UV coating to protect your Hurricane from fading or turning brittle.

That same acrylic coating makes your Hurricane shine and will make you smile.

 

 Posted by at 3:03 pm
Aug 172016
 

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We are having a summer clearance SALE on all our kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and summer sportswear!

Our best prices of the season are available now for you to get another month of great paddling in. Come in and see what we have for new paddling equipment, a nice upgrade on your old boat, or  try a SUP board for the new challenge and sport of ‘stand up paddling. . We still have a great selection of both for you to check out.

 Posted by at 3:53 pm