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!

Peter K. and JoAnn K., Owners   

Our  Summer  Shop  Hours are:

 Tuesday  –  Friday   10:00 – 5:00

Saturday 10:00 – 3:00

CLOSED –  Sunday & Monday

We will be CLOSED June 17th – 24th for Summer Vacation!

 

 

 

  Our Summer  Specialties Include:

 

Thule Car and Truck Racks and Accessories

including Installation 

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Flat Water Kayaks

2014 Kayak Models arriving soon!

Stand Up Paddleboards

2015 Dolsey SUPS

Hiking Boots and Trail Shoes

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Camping Tents, Packs, and Sleeping Bags

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Technical Outdoor Clothing

by Patagonia and The North Face

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In Summer:   Our business is the installation of  Thule Auto Racks on vehicles, Flatwater Paddling, Stand Up Paddling,

Hiking Footwear and Camping Equipment such as Tents, Packs, Sleeping Bags, and Camping Accessories.

 

We 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 kayaks, to bikes, and ladders… We can help with which components are needed, to fit your car or truck, roof line, exactly,

and expertly install it for you, so you can feel comfortable carrying your gear on your roof at 70 mph!

We offer flat water kayaks, by Hurricane, Wilderness Systems and Perception. We custom fit our boats to each paddlers body size,

and use,  from small mountain lakes and ponds, to coastal waterways and beyond.

We have Stand Up Paddle boards, by Michael Dolsey, super stable and only 30 lbs, the newest fun adventure sport for a summer workout,

or just cruising around. On a flat, calm morning, the peacefulness of ‘sup-ping’ is the best! 

We also have hiking  footwear by Asolo, Scarpa, and Salomon,

and the gear:  tents, packs and sleeping bags, by The North Face, Osprey, MSR, Black Diamond and lots more…

Our summer sportswear is by Patagonia and The North Face, always the best in staying dry and comfortable.

  We have a downstairs off season showroom year round.

 

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  • Our Winter Specialties Include:

 

Telemark Skiing

Alpine Touring Skiing

Time to Hike For it!

Cross Country and Back Country Skiing

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  We still promote ‘square toe’ ‘Tele’ , recommending Scarpa boots, and 22 Designs free pivot bindings… but also have NTN Tele,  for the skiers who want more power. We can mount any free heel Telemark binding out there. We have all the ‘jigs’ , and expertise, to update, or re-create your Telemark needs, whether your new to the sport, or have been ‘teleing’ for over 40 years like we have.

 We sell  Telemark,  Alpine Touring,  and Metal Edged Back Country Skis,  Boots and Bindings, as well as climbing skins, and Atlas Snowshoes.We have been waving the flag since the beginning. We talk ‘ Tele’ , ‘AT’, BC and ‘XC’  like no other shop in the area, and we’ve been here the longest. We were among the original Tele skiers on the hill in the early 70’s.

 

 2016 SKI WALL

 

Alpine touring has recently become a big interest in the Alpine world. With 20+ years of experience there, and growing with the sport, we prefer and promote, the lightweight gear for side and back country skiing, because we  know all about “earning your turns”, and how much weight and flexibility matters! We can teach you all about the ‘uphill’ … and the downhill, on ‘free heel’   ski equipment.

 

 

 

 Our Cross Country selection is also specialized to accommodate the local terrain, and largest customer base we have, of people going out their back door, on logging roads, snowmobile trails, and their own properties. Skis with metal edges, and more width for stability, and more sturdy boot and binding systems, to turn a ski. Our Back country skis go anywhere, unlike the ‘skinny skis’ of earlier generations, that were so hard to balance on, turn on hills, wax, and really belong ‘ in a track only’. We can update and re-educate you about XC /BC too! It’s been our love since we opened in 1976!

 

 

 

We sell all the ‘right’ layers of  ‘Technical Outdoor Clothing’  by Patagonia, and The North Face.  Comfort and warmth on all your outdoor winter adventures is so important, and so many people don’t understand the ‘science of  layering’ to stay warm and comfortable, in cold, wet, and windy outdoor conditions.  We have the quick dry underwear layers, the cozy, warm mid layers, and the technical, waterproof, breathable, shell jackets and pants, that allow you to be outdoors all day, in almost any weather. We’ll be happy to walk you through what you have already, and educate you on what you need, to make the important clothing choices that work, so you can have fun outdoors all day! 

 

 

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We are the survivors, of an ever changing industry and retail world. A ‘Mom and Pop’ Shop, husband and wife team, that has devoted our lives… to selling the best specialty gear available, in the outdoor industry.

That’s our ‘mission’, our ‘mantra’… to outfit you… with the best equipment and clothing combinations available… so you can have the best… ‘day off having fun’ ….with family and friends , you can possibly have. We have reputation to uphold… promoting and providing … ‘Fun Outdoors’ !!! 

Remember our motto: You don’t know unless you go… and… It’s always better than you think!

Ski…Maste.

‘Peter K’ or ‘PK’ … ‘Tele & AT’  ‘Guru’ … Since ’76

He’s the man! You wanna see… it’s worth the drive!

No question about it! Ask anybody in the Northeast!

 

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JK on Pico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                            

 Posted by at 5:01 pm
Jun 052018
 

 

Our summer shipments of kayaks have arrived from North Carolina, from Hurricane, Perception, and Wilderness Systems.

We have narrowed down our selection even better this summer, to bring you a great choice of kayaks for everybody in the family. Every size, and every shape matters when it comes to kayak selection.

A little woman who weighs 125 lbs is certainly not going to need the same boat as a man who weighs 180 lbs. Little women need little boats! They fit better, they have a smaller cockpit, the width is narrower, they are lighter weight so they can load them by themselves. Even their paddles have a ‘small shaft’ to fit small hands better. Women are best suited to 10-12 ft kayaks for all those reasons.

A big man needs a bigger boat! For better floatation, better foot room, better bouncy, better tracking, better glide, better cruising, and more stability for fishing. A large man needs a minimum of a 12 -14 ft kayak size.

We take great pride in fitting each boat specifically to each paddler, so that they can have the best experience ever in their new kayak. If you need a rugged boat anybody in the family can use, that can be brought up on shore, and transported in the back of a pickup truck, then a Perception or Wilderness Experience ‘roto-molded’ polyethylene kayak …weighs a little more, but is way more rugged and durable.

If you are looking for an upgrade in performance, something lightweight, that is a pleasure to paddle and a breeze to carry, then a Hurricane kayak is likely your best choice. Hurricane kayaks are made of lightweight Trylon ABS thermoform plastic that does not warp or oil can like many cheap poly boats. Trylon is rigid, with an exterior UV coating to protect your Hurricane from fading or turning brittle. The acrylic coating has a beautiful shine, and they just plain look pretty! Kayaks made of Trylon weigh 10-15 lbs less than comparable polyethylene kayaks.

Come check out our selection as they won’t last long! We only brought in one shipment this year.

We are open 10-5 Tuesday through Friday. 10-3 Saturdays, and Closed on Sundays and Mondays so we can go paddling!   We are also… Closed for a one week vacation in June (17th-24th) so plan ahead … and get ready for tons of fun on the water this summer!

 Posted by at 4:33 pm
Jun 052018
 

We have a nice selection of summer sportswear just arrived from Patagonia and The North Face.

As always we have ‘cherry picked’ each line to find the minimal, quick dry clothing choices, to bring along on your next summer adventure. For outerwear we have Patagonia’s Torrent Shell rain jackets for men and women, to keep you dry and comfortable on any rainy day,  along with quick dry tee shirts to wear underneath, that are perfect for layering, or wearing by themselves.

We also have hiking shorts and pants, and some nice casual dress shirts and  polos for men.   For women we have some cute tees, light weight hoodies,  some short and hiking length shorts, a capri, and a cute skirt,  to pack ultralight for going anywhere. Everything we have is perfect for traveling… those few key pieces that you can wear multiple days at a time, and work for almost any occasion. Keep it lightweight, keep it compact, keep it versatile, with summer sportswear from MountainTravelers.

 Posted by at 3:33 pm
Apr 142018
 

Time for skinning up Pico. PK skinned up to the top of Birch Glade Thursday morning before work and got 3″ of fresh snow on top of a perfect base. Saw 4 turkeys, heard songbirds and saw bear tracks. Had a beautiful run down. Now’s the time to hike and ski Pico. It’s a short window before they open up the work roads. One of his favorite short runs is the top of B Slope, the view is awesome with beautiful sunsets to the West and you can do it in 1/2 an hour.

 Birch Glades April 12 Powder Day

Omland’s Overlook, B Slope, Pico April 2

 Posted by at 2:49 pm
Mar 292018
 

We have all our equipment on SALE … at the best prices of the season. ‘This is all we have for sizes and as low as we’ll go!

Now’s the time to save on new  ‘Tele” or “ A T  “ skis or ski boots! Below are some of the great deals we have left.

April 2018 Men’s Ski Sale

April 2018 Women’s Ski Sale

2017 Black Crows Ski SALE  (4/1)

Navis Freebird  133-102-118  Reg. $799   SALE  $599    Sizes 162, 171,178.

Camox Freebird 128-88-110  Reg. $759   SALE.  $579.  Sizes 169, 179

 2017 K2 Ski SALE  (4/1)

Pinnacle 105   137-105-121.  Reg. $699.   SALE   $559.  Size 177

Pinnacle 95   131-98-119.   Reg. $649.  SALE.  $549.  Size 177

Pinnacle 88   128-88-110.  Reg. $599.   SALE. $499.  Size 184

Wayback 104    136-104-122.  Reg. $699.  SALE  $559.  Size 177, 184

Wayback 86   128-96-118.  Reg. $699.  SALE.  $559.  Sizes  170,177, 184

Alluvit 88   128-88-110   Reg $599.  SALE   $479.  W’s. Sizes  156, 163, 170

Talkback 96   128-96-118   Reg.  $$699   SALE.  $559.   W’s Size 163

Talkback 88   126-88-113.  Reg. $649    SALE.  $519.    W’s Size 163

2017 Rossignol Ski SALE. (4/1)

Experience 88HD   135-88-124    Reg. $699.  SALE  $559.  Size 172, 180

Seek Tour 7    122-86-108.  Reg. $549.   SALE   $439.  Sizes 162, 168, 176, 182

Temptation 84HD.  132-84-120.  Reg. $599.  SALE   $479.  W’s Size 162

 

SUPER DISCOUNTED… ‘2106 and Earlier’  SALE SKIS.  (4/1)

2016 K2 Comeback 104   136-104-122   Reg. $699   SALE.  $499.  Size 170

2016 K2 Pinnacle 88.  128-88-110.  Reg  $599    SALE   $479   Size 170

2016 K2 Pinnacle 95   132-95-115.  Reg.  $699.  SALE   $529.  Size 170, 177, 184

2016 K2 Talkback 88.  126-88-113   Reg.  $649   SALE.  $499.  W’s Size 167

2016 K2 Fulluvit 95.   132-95-115    Reg.  $649.  SALE.   $499.  W’s Size 163

 

2012 G3 Cake  138-110-128   Reg. $620   SALE  $349.   W’s Size 168

2014 District Carbon 100.  132-100-123.  Reg. $690.  SALE   $399.  Size 172

2014 Empire Carbon 115   145-115-126.  Reg.   $910.  SALE   $649.   Size 180

2014 K2 Shreditor 92    124-92-118.    Reg. $500   SALE.  $379.    Size 177

2015 Voile V8   134-107-117.   Reg. $650    SALE    $499.     Size 176

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Posted by at 4:09 pm
Mar 222018
 

We had a beautiful tour in Mendon on Sunday, before work. The snow depth was huge, it was so light and powdery, we climbed 750 ft, on a super cold bluebird day. The forest was so quiet, we could hear the trees squeak. We skinned uphill for a little over an hour, and the ridge was windy and cold on the top. The ski down was a super fun luge run, it was so deep , but you could slip in and out of the skinning track and get some amazing deep powder turns.

 

Getting away from the area and deep into the forest is one of my favorite things. I’m always reminded of a great “TedTalk” I heard once of how “trees talk to each other”! A ten year long study of how interacted their roots and branches are, and the soil they share, and the climate, and how they will actually share water and nutrients with a weaker tree, especially of the same species. It was enlightening and fascinating!

The views from the top are always so beautiful, the ‘reward’ for the skin up! These are of the west ridge behind Pico looking at Blue Ridge and East Mountain..

Ready for the run down, the fun part!

 

 Posted by at 5:22 pm