Apr 292014


Mountain Travelers Hike and Ski Shop

147 US Route 4 East, Rutland, VT 05701


e-mail: info@mtntravelers.com

. . .  Celebrating our 40th year in Business!   

  Our Specialties Include:


Technical Outdoor Clothing


Hiking and Trail Shoes


Packs, Tents and Sleeping Bags


Thule Car Racks



2014 Kayak Models arriving soon!

Stand Up Paddleboards

2015 Dolsey SUPS

Telemark Skiing

   Alpine Touring Skiing

Time to Hike For it!

Backcountry / XC Skiing


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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 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.

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, The North Face, Ibex, and Kuhl,  for comfort and warmth on all your winter adventures.  

Jk Lake Champlain Crossing


Our  Summer  Shop  Hours  are:

  Tuesday  –  Friday

10:00 – 6:00


10:00 – 4:00 

   CLOSED …  Sunday and Monday

CLOSED SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th for a Family Wedding!





 Posted by at 5:01 pm
Sep 022016

How time flies!

September 6th is our 40th Anniversary in business!

It’s been a great run.  We have tried our best to provide our customers with the best outdoor equipment and clothing available in the industry. When we think of all the equipment and clothing we have sold, for fun adventures, it is truly amazing! The places they’ve gone! The places they’ve seen! All over the country! All over the world! How cool is that!

We hope you are among the many great people, who we have had the privilege to meet, outfit, and send on their way, to a vacation of a lifetime.  … We thank you for your loyalty, support and confidence! It’s been our pleasure!

me in the 70s

I don’t think I’ve changed a bit! What do you think!  Ha!

 Posted by at 3:56 pm
Aug 172016


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
Aug 042016

Our summer sportswear is on SALE!

We have a nice selection of Men’s shorts and shirts now on Sale!

Come check out our styles from Patagonia and The North Face. 

We have men’s Patagonia stretch baggies, quandry shorts, and capilene light weight tees … all quick dry fabrics for summer and fall hiking and casual comfort. From The North Face we have some nice dress shirts in a cotton /poly blend, and several styles of quick dry polyester tees. All on sale with plenty of summer left to enjoy!

Ladies will find a small selection of quick dry tees, shorts and light weight sweatshirts for the late summer and fall.



 Posted by at 2:14 pm
Jun 092016

Stand UP Paddling is the crazy new sport you see people doing out on the lake. It is challenging, fun, aerobic, and gives you a GREAT ‘core workout! It takes a lot of balance… but there are some great board designs that are lightweight, wide, and stable, to help you have fun on the water, without the feeling that ‘you might fall in’ any minute! We like it best, early in the morning, or at dusk, when the water is flat and calm.

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Supp…ing around at ‘full height’ gives you a relaxing, fun experience to see the sights in and out of the water from a new perspective, while getting a workout. You aren’t going very far, for nearly as long as you might in a kayak. It’s really fun to ‘Stand Up’ and paddle! We love it!

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Taking it to the ocean with you on vacation proposes a whole new challenge riding rolling waves, watching for striped bass, and for the more experienced, actually ‘surfing’ some waves! It’s the best.. for a ‘sunset cruise’ on Cape Cod Bay!


At Mountain Travelers we have chosen Michael Dolsey SUP Boards from Virginia. With a Surf background, (who knows more about board design!) Our Dolsey boards are designed to be lightweight (+/- 30 lbs), super stable, and fast cruising through the water for efficiencey. We have a ‘poly/plastic’ model that is more durable, and our favorites, which are a ‘poly carbonate’, wood veneer, with carbon fiber rails, that is a really nice, fun, paddling board. Our prices range from $849 – $1249.

Come check out our Michael Dolsey Designs Stand UP Paddle Boards!  The colors are beautiful! Hand picked by us !

2015 Dolsey SUPS

 Dolsey SUPS



 Posted by at 4:07 pm
Jun 092016

Kayaking has grown as a sport in recent years for lots of reasons!


There’s nothing much better than getting out on the water on a hot summer day, to cool yourself off, to get away from the busy…ness of  life, and relax, and enjoy the calming, pleasure of watching water, wildlife, and the beauty of the Green Mountains. Our local Chittenden Reservoir is a jewel of a lake for finding privacy, remoteness, and a ‘close to wilderness’ experience, just a few miles from home. How lucky are we… to have it in our backyard!

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PK,  paddling Chittenden Reservoir, and a Moose sighting close to the same spot , in the back cove by Mt Carmel.


Here at Mountain Travelers, we pride ourselves in fitting the right boat to the right person. Whether you are a first timer, who has a friend who wants you to go with them, a ladies day “kai…yakking’.  A guy wanting to get into some remote cove for some great bass fishing, or a more experienced paddler, looking to upgrade to a lighter, more efficient, sleeker boat design… We have a boat for you! We are experts with 40 years of paddling experience, schooled on the coast of Maine, we know kayaks and can explain why we recommend the best boat for what reasons.

You will have your kayak for 10+ years. In 2 years, it won’t be about ‘the deal you got’ … because you weren’t sure you were going to like it. We know you’ll love it! It’s about ‘the paddling experience’… the fun you have…If you spend the little extra $100-$200  ( a couple dinners out!) to get the right boat size, that fits you, or is lighter by 10lbs, so you can lift it onto your car, or a ‘MAN’ size boat for a man! … all those things are why WE are a specialty store that cares, compared to a big box store with ” the deal”! !

Come check out our selection of affordable polyethelene kayaks by Perception and Wilderness Experience, and our upgrade Polycarbonate kayaks by Hurricane, for a quote on the lightest, most efficient paddling kayaks available in the area. We care about the boat ‘fitting’ the person, for the uses they have in mind.

Hurricane Santee kid

We also have an expert, certified, THULE Rack Master, in house, to help you figure out how to ‘carry’ your kayaks on your vehicle safely, considering the needs of single women, or the guy who wants to carry cargo boxes, bikes, and ladders as well… There are 100’s of different car shapes to challenge us! We install for FREE with a full rack system.

Come talk to us and we can send you home with a catalog and a quote on the best boat and auto rack for your needs!

 Posted by at 3:23 pm