For the last 37 years, Keene Valley, NY’s Mountaineer outdoor shop has been the hub for the great Adirondack area. The small town of 1,000 is the gateway for throngs of adventurers who play in the vast wilderness of upstate New York. Living at the base of the range on Route 73, owner Vinny McClelland says they’re on “the main drag for the all the surrounding small towns—like Montreal, Albany, New York City, Philadelphia and Boston.”
The shop itself is a 5,000 square foot open-air barn, with a high vaulted ceiling and exposed beams and framework. An antiquated wooden canoe hangs suspended above the shop floor, as artifacts of climbing and other trappings of outdoor history line the walls. Much of the Mountaineer’s merchandise is cleverly displayed, offering a unique browsing experience to anyone who passes through the front door. A recently renovated book room was re-attached after Tropical Storm Irene did structural damage to the building. The addition remains true to the shop’s rustic allure, yet introduces a slightly modern feel as well.