Name: Vinny McClelland

Role at The Mountaineer: Vinny helped cut down the trees that were milled for the lumber that built the store and hammered the nails in 1974. In 2018 his family passed The Mountaineer torch to the Wise family.He now assists in managing the store for the Wise family along with the store’s department managers.

Favorite product sold at The Mountaineer: Backcountry skis. Backcountry skiing has to be the most fun way of climbing and exploring the mountains I can imagine.

Notable outdoor adventures: Vinny lived in Alaska for many years which were filled with climbing, mountaineering, skiing and sailing adventures.  Ask for a good story and you’ll get one! He’s is full of bull sh*t.

Fondest memory in the Adirondack Park: Following my father, leading (and now chasing) my kids through the mountains.

When you’re not working, what are you doing? Backcountry skiing, trail running, hiking, helping with various community projects and trying to keep up with his grown kids.

Favorite food after a long day in the mountains: Beer.

Favorite Quote(s):

“The best climber in the world is the one who’s having the most fun.” – Alex Lowe

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzsky