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2017 Garden Parking/Shuttle Schedule

Chuck Bruha hiking in the High Peaks

Chuck Bruha hiking in the High Peaks

Once again the Town of Keene will manage the Garden Parking Lot in Keene Valley in acordance with the Adopt a Resource Agreement with New York State Department of Conservation. The Town of Keene will also serve as operator of a public transportation system that will serve hikers and the general public.

This program was initiated in response to illegal and unsafe parking that prevailed. The parking fees pay for attendants on weekends, maintenance and winter snowplowing of the Garden, Rooster Comb and Roaring  Brook Parking Lots, portable toilets, information kiosks and donations of rescue equipment.

Commencing Friday, Mat 12th, a fee of $10.00 American (Candaian @$13.00) per calendar day, 12:01 AM Midnight to Midnight, will be assessed for parking at the Garden Lot . The daily fee will continue through the month of October. An attendant will be at the Garden Lot from 1:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Fridays and from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays during the period. Town Employees and DEC Rangers will monitor the lot during the week.

The shuttle will operate from the Southwest corner of Marcy Field, off Route 73, when the Garden Parking Lot is full, beginning with the two Holiday periods in May, from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, as follows:
Victoria Day Weekend – May 20th, 21st & 22nd
Memorial Day Weekend- May 27th,28th& 29th

Shuttle operation will resume on Saturday, June 17th, operating on Saturday, Sundays and Holidays. Sunday, October 15th will be the last day of operation.

A fee of $10.00 American (Canadian @$13.00) will be changed per person for a rounds trip.

Thank you for the continued support of this project. We hope that reasonable management will ensure continued access the the High Peaks Wilderness.

-The Town of Keene
(Adopt a Natural Resource Manager for the NYSDEC)

Patagonia Helps Protect Adirondack Waterways

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The Mountaineer, in partnership with Patagonia, Inc., announces a $10,000 donation to the Ausable River Association (AsRA). The funds will be put to work this summer reconnecting prime habitat for brook trout and reducing community flood risks by replacing a deteriorating culvert in the Town of Jay.

The site is on a tributary of Rocky Branch, an amazing natural stream system that descends from a designated wilderness area and supports an abundance of wildlife. Five genetically distinct native strains of brook trout have been identified in its waters. But in several locations where the stream meets rural roads, its clear waters are forced under those roads through 20-30” steel or plastic pipes. These undersized culverts degrade habitat and stream function, block connectivity for species diversity, and cause serious roadway flooding, cutting off access for residents. When the project is completed at summer’s end, flooding will be minimized and the stream will flow uninterrupted below the road with room for fish, turtles, amphibians, and small mammals to pass through.

“Protecting the clean waters of the Ausable River and its many small streams is a priority for Mountaineer employees,” said Vinny McClelland of the Mountaineer. “We’re excited to join with Patagonia to make a difference in our community by supporting fish-friendly, flood-resilient culverts like the one AsRA is building.”

Since 2014, the Ausable River Association and partners, including several town highway departments, The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have replaced or retrofitted seven culverts in New York’s Lake Champlain Basin with climate-ready, fish-friendly designs. The new structures connect over 90 miles of river habitat.

“Fish-friendly, flood resilient culverts like this one make a big difference for people and for wildlife,” said AsRA’s Executive Director, Kelley Tucker who is coordinating the survey, design, and construction of the project. “Building a critter-friendly culvert that can manage a 100-year stream flow with room to spare takes many hands. AsRA relies on partnerships with local road crews, town officials, engineers, non-profit partners, and exceptional supporters like Patagonia and the

A culvert restoration on Otis Brook Left photo courtesy: Kelly Turner Right photo courtesy: Larry Masters

A culvert restoration on Otis Brook
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Right photo courtesy: Larry Masters


The Mountaineer and Patagonia Transform Black Friday into Green Action

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How Proceeds from America’s Busiest Shopping Day are Supporting

Local Conservation in the Adirondacks

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Pictured above: A new culvert allows a river to be a river. Fish can swim up and down stream which allows for spawning, flood debris can pass through and ecosystems can thrive when a river culvert is correctly and thoughtfully built . Photo: The Nature Conservancy (Erika Bailey)


The Mountaineer, in partnership with Patagonia, Inc., today announces a $12,000 donation to The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter. This grant will support the nonprofit’s work to inventory stream barriers in the Great Chazy and Saranac river watersheds in the northeastern Adirondack Park.

The field data will serve as a basis to help transportation departments identify where upgraded culverts can provide multiple benefits to people and nature, such as reducing flooding risks, preventing road damage and allowing fish to reach cool headwater streams. Specifically, the funding will enable a two-person crew to assess the condition of road-stream crossings, plot them on a map, and determine which serve as barriers to fish and other species. At the conclusion of the season, the Conservancy will have field results for all of the major Adirondack watersheds feeding directly into Lake Champlain.

“Our Mountaineer employees are happy to support this important initiative with funds provided through Patagonia’s environmental benefits program. With climate change, we are witnessing more severe, more frequent storms, and resulting flooding. This work is as important to our communities as it is our rivers and streams, which are among our most valuable natural assets,” said Vinny McClelland of The Mountaineer

Since 2014, the Conservancy and partners, including local highway departments, the Ausable River Association, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have replaced or retrofitted seven culverts in New York’s Lake Champlain Basin with climate-ready, fish-friendly designs. The new structures connect over 90 miles of river habitat.

“This time of year, the opening of fishing season gets anglers thinking about flies, deep pools, and waders. It gets us thinking about culverts and fish habitat,” said Michelle Brown, the Nature Conservancy senior conservation scientist spearheading this work. “We are grateful to the Mountaineer and Patagonia for helping us bolster climate resiliency in the Adirondack. This is good for outdoor recreation, as well as local community budgets and businesses.”

13th Annual Great Adirondack Trail Run

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13th Annual Great Adirondack Trail Run- June 10th

The Mountaineer is excited to host the 13th Annual Great Adirondack Trail Run on June 10th, 2017 in Keene Valley, NY!


Additional race info and course description can be found here

The 11.5 mile trail run is Full. We are still taking racers for the 3.5 mile FUN RUN!


The New Black Diamond Couloir Harness

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The new Black Diamond Couloir harness takes the meaning ultralight to an entirely new level (7.5oz). This full-featured technical harness packs down to the size of an a pb&j sandwich making it easy to store without the mess. Built with a full strength belay loop and an extremely low profile design means you can wear the harness all day and it goes unnoticed until you need it! The speed buckle and on-the-fly leg loop buckles allow for easy on and off with ski boots or crampons allowing you to move fluidly through the mountains.  4 Ice clipper slots, 2 ice screw slots and 2 gear loops mean you wont be struggling to find room for extra carabiners and cordelettes, you can store two ice screws in the ice screw slots on the legs to reduce clanking and still carry an additional few screws if your mission involves some more serious climbing. In short this harness is ideal for big mountain ski lines and moderate glacial travel where weight is a factor. When is it not?


Intent on building a harness that would move with the body it protects, we designed a triple-weave webbing on the interior of the harness’s waistbelt that provides movement-focused technology while maintaining superior breathability, durability and strength. Also featured on the harness’s leg loops, this technology offers excellent load sharing, relieving pressure from sensitive points of contact.

The Mountaineers take: Hanging in this harness is proof that rappelling might actually be comfortable in a piece with such a low profile. “I put a full rack of ice screws and cams on this bad boy and it was still comfortable”.  Wearing this around the shop for an hour felt like it would be a great lightweight option for all day ski mountaineering where you might have a rappel or multiple rappels involved, this harness gives you the comfort and functionality to leave it on all day and not have to be pulling it out and storing it before and after rappels or when roping up on a glacier. Another great application for this harness is going to be your long alpine ice routes in the Tetons, Sierra or even the North Face of Gothics . If you are planning a big mountain ski trip or an alpine climbing trip this is a must have trip so do yourself a favor and buy one!