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Throwback Movie Night!

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We have GOOD News and We have not so GREAT News…

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Whether you’re a local or a visiting climber, you’re  accustomed to us hosting the REEL ROCK screening each Columbus day weekend. Unfortunately, (here comes the bad news) REEL ROCK is not available until the first weekend of November this year! As many of you know, November is the transition month here in the Adirondacks, screening a film doesn’t make much sense as we wont have the turnout needed to make this worthwhile for a local charity (We’ll be beack on board next year). Since this is the “end of the rock climbing season weekend celebration” (here comes the good news) we’ve decided to go ahead and screen a throwback climbing film! Please join us at The Keene Arts Center on Saturday Oct. 7. Doors open at 7PM. BYOB. $1 raffle tickets with awesome prizes, per usual! If you’ve never seen Return2Sender, don’t miss out! The Infamous Timmy O’neill hosts a hilarious film on the cutting edge climbing that’s happening in the vertical world (2003) Thanks to the support of our sponsors for making this happen! Again, this is a charity event just like REEL ROCK and we hope to see you there.

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Patagonia Provisions

Patagonia Provisions

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Patagonia Provisions are a simple, healthy and sustainable food source, now available at The Mountaineer. We recently started carrying this new option for backpackers, hikers and climbers who are looking for an alternative to the “boil in a bag” type of food. While they’re sporting several options from Wild Sockeye Salmon and Buffalo Jerky to hot Breakfast items and Mango fruit bars, we chose to carry a few select offerings. Back in early Spring we had the pleasure of sampling the goods (you’ll have that opportunity as well, keep reading) which saw us chowing down the Lemon Pepper and Lummi Island Wild Sockeye Salmon, snacking the Inca Berry and Almond Bar on the trail and at the crag, we were also able to sample a variety of dry soups and decided on the Green Lentil, Black Bean and Tsampa Soups, all of which is available at the shop. One of the features that is especially nice about these soups is that Patagonia, being Patagonia, went the extra mile to add in some extra cooking tips and tricks on the back of all the soups to add additional goodness to your back country meal! Enjoy


Sample Patagonia Provisions for yourself at The Mountaineer on Labor Day Weekend, Saturday Sept 2, 2017. Patagonia will be here hosting a small demo and cooking up some provisions while spreading the word behind why choosing a sustainable, healthy food option is the way to go. Demo runs 9AM-3PM

Tsampa Soup, Garden VeggiePatagonia Provisions Black Bean Soup PackageGreen Lentil Soup

Patagonia Provisions Buffalo Jerky 2oz package

The Patagonia Hyper Puff Parka

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 Hyper Puff Parka

M's Hyper Puff Parka, Paintbrush Red (PBH)

How can you NOT think of ice climbing in the middle of summer when it’s hot and humid out?! Or skiing off the summit of a cold snowy Adirondack High Peak?!  Hanging around Chapel Pond or The Palisades on Lake Champlain with the wind and snow blowing in your face, almost frozen to death, it sounds like a nice thought when your melting from the August humidity.  Cold weather is in our blood, for 6-8 months we battle cold weather and snow in Keene Valley and the High Peaks and we love it! We’re always figuring out ways to stay warmer, which means more fun, move faster, be lighter, be better at winter! Last year we tested out the Patagonia Hyper Puff Parka-WOW. I found myself trying to find colder days to climb and windier, sunrise summits to stand on so that I could truly put this jacket to the test. Clocking it at 824 grams makes carrying this with you on long missions a cinch! The jacket comes with a small stuff sack so your warm at those multi-pitch belay stations and not thinking of lugging additional weight on a hard climb. A helmet compatible hood and two way zipper makes it ideal for cold belays on the North Face of Pitchoff. I can’t say too many more great things about this jacket except it’s my “go to” piece for cold winter days! 200g Innovative Hyper DAS(dead air space) insulation offers maximum loft while still allowing it to compress. Try it on for yourself or buy it here


The Annual Fly Fishing Camp at Elk Lake Lodge Recap

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It’s been just over a month since our Fourth Annual Fly Fishing Camp at Elk Lake Lodge. We were graced with near perfect conditions and weather. It was yet another great weekend of fishing the Branch River!

Views from inside the Elk Lake Lodge

Views from inside the Elk Lake Lodge

I’d like to take some space here and thank all our sponsors for their continued support. It would be a challenge to host this event without them.

Patagonia. Patagonia continues to be one of our best longtime partners and one of our best vendors all around. Patagonia provides our guests with Waders and Boots to use during the weekend of Fly Fishing Camp.  They also provide each camper with a copy of “Simple Fly Fishing”, a book that the camp is loosely based on.

As well as the above, Patagonia also helps us support local conservation groups, like The Nature Conservancy and The Ausable River Association, both dedicated to protecting our wild places and fisheries.

A beautiful, young  Brook Trout caught during the Fly Fishing Camp

A beautiful, young catch and release Brook Trout during the Fly Fishing Camp

Check out Patagonia’s Fly Fishing Collection at:

ECHO/Airflo. Guests are issued ECHO rods and reels with industry leading Airflo Fly Lines for the weekend. Thanks goes out to Tim at ECHO/Airflo and to Bob Lamson, our regional rep, for setting this all up. We had the chance to view a really cool film about the history and philosophy of Airflo lines while at camp.  A great company committed to making the best fly lines on the planet. Check out all that they have to offer at:

Howler Brothers. Howler Brothers provided all our instructors with Uniforms every year, so at least we look professional…as well as getting some cool hats to our guests. Head to their website or stop in the shop and have a look at their great assortment of Fly Fishing and Surfing apparel:

Local Fly Fishing Guide, Ken Kalil enjoying a day on the river with guests

Local Fly Fishing Guide, Ken Kalil enjoying a day on the river with guests

Fish Need H2O.  Fish Need Water is a great organization that we have partnered with at The Mountaineer to promote ethical catch and release techniques. Started by ECHO Fly Fishing owner Tim Rajeff…you can read about their philosophy as it relates to sport fishing here:

Kaz, along with a few of the camp participants enjoying an afternoon beverage on the porch at Elk Lake Lodge

Kaz, along with a few of the camp participants enjoying an afternoon beverage on the porch at Elk Lake Lodge

Our instructors Ken Kalil, Nick Yardley and Jonah Kaz were instrumental in making this camp a success. Thank you all for the hustle, professionalism and knowledge!

Drying out the waders that Patagonia generously provides for our Fly Fishing Camp

Drying out the waders that Patagonia generously provides for our Fly Fishing Camp

Last, but by no means least, we could not host such an amazing event without the efforts of the entire staff at Elk Lake Lodge. Thanks to owners John and Margot Ernst for letting us host our Fly Fishing Camp at their spectacular wilderness retreats as well as Managers Mike and Diane and the entire kitchen staff and ground crew for their hospitality and for making our stay relaxing and stress free.


Elk Lake with the morning fog. Not a bad view to wake up to.

Elk Lake with the morning fog. Not a bad view to wake up t

Every year the Camp’s “Mission” is to create a Fly Fishing experience based on the teachable moments that occur while you are on the river with emphasis on the very basic (and easy to learn) fundamentals of fly fishing for brook trout.  For the beginners, we started with a short, hour-long session in the Lodge reviewing Fly Fishing equipment and gear selection. Then, it’s onto the Lodge lawn and dock for fly casting practice. For the more advanced anglers, nymphing and streamer tactics are reviewed on the river, as well as advanced tactics for working the water most effectively.

Saturday’s fishing was very productive in the AM before the sun rose high

A productive day on the river before the sun hit

Saturday’s fishing was very productive in the AM before the sun rose high and then, again, in the afternoon as the full sun subsided behind the old growth trees lining the Branch River, Elk Lake Lodge’s Catch-and-Release Brook Trout Fishery.

Saturday evening was a relaxing one for guests at the lodge with a hearty meal served and some short films by Patagonia and Airflo Fly Lines by the fire in the Main Lodge.

Sunday was more of the same at Elk Lake…great weather and fishing.  As the sun rose higher, the fishing slowed into mid-day and guests began to disperse to head home.


recap pic 9As I mentioned at camp…we are again partnering with Teton Valley Lodge in Idaho…short video here:


…to offer a 4-night/3-day Fly Fishing Trip…space is limited to 5 guests and cost is 2600$+airfare, so get in touch with us ASAP at the shop if you are interested as the deadline for booking is fast approaching!

Also, we are looking to offer a joint trip with Howler Brothers to Cayo Frances Farm and Fly in Belize for some Bonefish on the fly!

Stay tuned…as we are hoping to pull this off for 3 lucky guests!

We have 3 spots available for next year’s camp…so call or email if you are interested.

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3 Generations of Anglers enjoying Father's Day at Fly Fishing Camp

3 Generations of Anglers enjoying Father’s Day at Fly Fishing Camp

Avalanche Lake Closed 8/15-8/25

Avalanche lake news

Avalanche Lake Trail Closure 8/15-8/25, no thru access along Avalanche Lake.









During this time the DEC and SCA Adirondack Corps will be working on the Hitch-Up Matildas and hikers will not be able to pass thru Avalanche Lake.  Access thru Avalanche Pass to the head of the lake and from Lake Colden to the outlet will be possible.  Signage will be posted at Avalanche Camps and Lake Colden, as well as Upper Works, ADK Loj and South Meadows.


Please plan ahead for trips during this time period.  Also note that the trail from Feldspar to Lake Arnold has some flooded portions of the trail that are worsened with rain.