St. Patty’s Day skiing…
Thanks to Winter Storm Stella we had a nice refresh!
Trip Report: Skiing Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy. (1o,992′)
Our fearless leader of The Mountaineer , Vinny McClelland just returned from an amazing ski decent of Mount Etna located on the island of Sicily. Mount Etna is a stratovolcano meaning that its highly active and built upon layers of molten activity (scary) .Etna is the tallest active Volcano in Europe as well as the highest point in the southern Alps which makes for incredible ski decent options. Read on to hear and see about how the Volcano erupted and what an Italian ski decent means (Schnapps and all).
Vinny, among other Competance Centers were recently invited on a little ski trip by our partners over at Dynafit! The Mountaineer is one of 8 Dynafit Competance Centers in the US and the only one in the East. A Competance Center means we are among the best ski touring specialists in the world…I guess with that being said, Dynafit like us and likes taking Vinny on ski trips! “Busy schedules, family, running a business and trying to recreate is not always an easy task” Vinny said. “I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to join this elite group of skiers on a Volcanic Ski Decent”The trip started out of Catania, Sicily located 35KM away from the base of Mt. Etna (1 hour drive). A large city and metropolitan area located on the Ionian Sea littered with food markets and shops.Sleeping quarters and walking distance from the watering hole
A quick drive to the parking lot of the Mount Etna Ski Resort gave easy access to the snowfields and the tour began. After about 4.5 hours of moderate skinning with ski crampons the group reached the ridge of the volcano (pictured above) along with sulfuric steam.
Part way up the Schnapps comes out in proper Italian fashion. Who skis without Schnapps?
Mountaineer Bandana Summit shot!Dont have a bandana, yet?! Buy one here
All in all the trip was a great success! Lots of skiing, cultural eating, exploring and just a few days after Vinny was on top of Mt Etna it ERUPTED in a molten explosion! See below…
The Mountaineer and Whiteface Mountain are combing forces to unleash the Inaugural Whiteface Ski Mountaineering Classic! This is a benefit event, all proceeds from the Ski Mountaineering Classic will be donated to NYSEF and The Keene Valley Ski Club.
When: Sunday March 12th 2017
Where: Whiteface Mountain Located on Rt 86 in Wilmington, NY
Registration: We will offer registration the day of the event but we prefer (for planning purposes) to Please call the Mountaineer to pre-register 518-576-2281
Start Time: 7AM The green flag drops and you’ll start the 4+ mile course!
Cost:$60 per participant. Fee includes uphill pass valid through the end of 2018
Back in 1975 The McClelland and Miller families opened a small mountaineering, hiking and ski shop in the sleepy mountain town of Keene Valley, NY, nestled in the Adirondack Mountains. Vinny McClelland describes how “everyone thought his father was crazy” in doing so, the struggles and successes of running a small business in the digital age and what it’s like living, playing and working in this beautiful place we call home. We feel lucky to have the relationship that we do with our friends at Primaloft, we believe in their products, and we share a similar thought process on how we do business. We keep it simple, we care about our community, we believe in knowledgeable staff, we’re users of our products and outdoor enthusiasts. All of these beliefs lead to passion and this is why we are thrilled to team up with Primaloft and create a glimpse in to the evolution of our shop. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the latest episode of “tent talk” featuring Vinny and The Mountaineer. Enjoy!
Commence screaming and jumping up and down! The second edition of Blue Lines by Author Don Mellor arrived in The Mountaineer this week! A long-awaited moment by many local and visiting ice climbers finally came to fruition just in time to build the psych up for our 21st Annual Mountainfest and the general Adirondack ice climbing season. Mellor’s second edition doubles the amount of routes of its predecessor, Blue Lines. Blue Lines 2 takes the story of this region even further, describing the explosion of new, big, back country climbs in Panther Gorge along with the discovery of dozens of new and exciting climbing areas such as Hayes Mountain, Hoffman Notch, West Canada Cliff and the popular Silver Lake area. The back country climbing in the Adirondacks can be a true adventure . Take a read through Blue Lines 2 to get a taste of the secrets we house here in the vast Adirondack Park! HAPPY CLIMBING! Purchase Blue Lines 2 here