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Jun 272018
 

SUP time! Stand Up Paddling time is here!

We just did a power overnight road trip to Brunswick, Maine to pick up our summer shipment of Michael Dolsey Paddle Boards.

They look awesome was usual. We Supped Rye Beach in NH on the way up, and Herring Cove in Provincetown last week, and these boards rock, when it comes to stability and all around comfort on open moving water. Rolling waves in the ocean always present a few scary moments until you get your ‘sea legs’, then it’s so much fun!  Singing sea chanties, and looking deep into the emerald green water for lobsters, (we only saw traps!) and seeing schools of minnows and blue fish, and the seaweed waving underneath, ( last year we saw seals flying by underneath us!) you can tell I’m an ocean girl. It doesn’t get any better than that! Love it!

 

Back home on our familiar lakes and ponds near home, Chittenden, Glen Lake and Bomoseen, Woodard Reservoir and Kent Pond all have some incredible paddling. SUP paddling gives you a good strong core and shoulder work out, is great for your balance, and it is so fun and calming to cross the water on a flat calm day. It’s our early morning go to sport at camp. We have as much fun doing that as paddling our kayaks. When the breeze comes up, then it’s time to switch over to kayaks, and get a little ‘lower perspective’, it’s all fun, any time we get to spend a few hours to on the water. Love summertime!

Come check out our Michael Dolsey SUP boards. We chose some beautiful boards this year in blue, aqua, red, and silver.

We carry The Bam Bam model which is a poly carbon skinned SUP with wood veneer top and bottom, concave deck, and wide template for stability for beginners to experts.  Yoga, fitness, recreation.  Durable, Wide, and Stable.

Sizes:  10′  x 33″ x 4.25  –  142 L.     $1249

10′ 8″  x 33.5″ x 4.25. –  161 L.      $1299

And we have one more The Glider …  which is a plastic jacketed SUP, durable, wide, stable and high volume. Great for multi use, around a camp, a board everybody can use. Rentals, lessons, surfing, yoga fitness, and recreation. While with 3-tone green deck pad.

Size: 10′ 6 x 33.5″ x 5″    –  220 L     $999

 Posted by at 1:19 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
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