Friday, September 30, 2011

Local Trail Days

With October upon us, now is the time to squeeze in some trail work before the weather turns on us. CRAG-VT is calling on volunteers to help with the trails at the Bolton Quarry (which incidently is only 5 miles down the road from the future location of our retail store). Tomorrow's event (Oct. 1) starts at 9am and runs until 4pm...rain or shine. Looks like there will be great food and raffle prizes for participants. We found out about this from the Petra Cliffs newsletter, check out their site for other great events coming up.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Help us Pack our Things!

That's right we need your help packing up our gear and Moving Up. We're moving up the road a few miles to a new retail location in Waterbury, Vermont. Our new location will be right off Exit 10 on the road to Little River State Park. We want you to help us carry some of our gear out of the old store. Each day for the next 15 days we'll be putting great gear on sale at incredibly low prices. Please don't spread the word as we don't want to get in trouble here. (These prices are so low we can not advertise them.)

So if you want the lowdown on low prices check out our Moving Up Sale where we'll be featuring popular name brand products at outrageous prices. Supplies are limited to stock on hand and prices may only be valid for a few hours. If there was a time for acting fast this is it.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Trekking with Leki Poles

Leki Trekking Poles offer stability and security whether you're trekking the hills of the Scottish Highlands or tackling a mountain pass on the John Muir Trail. offers Leki Trekking Poles at a great price: 20% off through 9/28!

The Leki Corklite Aergon Speedlock Antishock pole is our most popular trekking pole this year. This mouthful of a pole from Leki's Corklite series offers all the features: a cool lightweight Aergon-design cork grip, easy to use speedlock adjustments, and shock absorption in a lightweight package.

Another great option for trekkers wanting a sturdier pole is the Leki Khumbu Speedlock Trekking Pole. Easy to use, the Khumbu Pole pole offers you function and strength without putting a big dent in your budget. And as with most Leki poles you can upgrade to a Khumbu with an antishock option. When choosing among different pole brands, it is worth noting that Leki Poles set the industry standard for strength through a unique process for manufacturing their aluminum shafts.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Nemo Tents and Pads

While Nemo tents have gotten lots of great press in recent years, it is their backcountry pads that have stolen the attention of late. The new ultralight NEMO Zor self-inflating sleeping pad is finally available as is its more luxurious inflatable cousin the Nemo Astro Pad. Using innovative technologies Nemo has improved on the industry standards for comfort, weight,and cost.

The Nemo Astro Sleeping Pad attracted much of the attention this year...and we finally have a good amount of stock of options like the Astro Air Insulated Sleeping Pad and Pillowtop Combo that won Backpacker's Editor's Choice Award this past spring. With horizontal baffling and a removable 1 inch pillowtop foam you get an incredible amount of comfort for sleeping on the ground wherever you choose to lay out your pad. Best of all is the price. While it is not the lightest inflatable pad, for the price we think it offers the best all around value. Follow the links above for more details...and act now while these great pads are in stock and on sale.

September Promotions

Momentum Watches, Nemo Tents, Julbo Sunglasses and Leki Trekking Poles are featured promotions at in these final days of September. Look for sale prices at 20% savings on great Nemo Equipment and super strong Leki poles. Become a member of our loyalty program and get in line for some great clearance specials in the weeks to come.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Recovering from Irene

While outside of Waterbury village--was spared the ravages of Tropical Storm Irene, many of our friends, neighbors, and loyal customers were not. Our store staff responded immediately and have been volunteering every day since devastating flooding wrought havoc on our community. With the exception of the first day after the flood, we've managed a skeleton staff to keep our store going while we have rolled up our sleeves volunteering to help others.

The human and physical costs of this natural disaster remain to be tallied but for one snapshot of this event you can check out this story.

While work is ongoing trying to organize to rebuild the approximate 200 homes and businesses ruined by Irene, folks wanting to donate to provide funds directly to needy families can do so online thru the Waterbury Good Neighbor Fund. (The button is tricky to find, but is on the bottom of the page.)

Finally updating our blog three weeks after the Irene disaster is one of many steps we'll need to take as we try to return to some semblance of normalcy.