Paddlefest Clinics

At Paddlefest you can attend free clinics by paddling industry experts. Learn new techniques and pick up great hints on how to paddle more efficiently and safely. The clinics are always fun and a big hit with Paddlefest visitors. The clinics and schedule are subject to change, so check back for changes and additions.

Adirondack Paddlefest Clinic Schedule, May 17 - 18

All clinics will be presented at the vendors’ booths at the Mountainman shops.

Wilderness Systems: Which Kayak is right for you.

Fri., 2pm; Sat., 11am; Sun., 11am

Wilderness Systems: Fishing Kayaks 101

Sat., 1pm; Sun., 1pm

Wilderness Systems: Fishing Kayak Rigging

Sat., 3pm; Sun., 2pm

Werner Paddles: How to Choose a Kayak Paddle

Fri., 3pm; Sat., 12pm, Sun., 12pm

NRS: Understanding Paddling Clothing

Fri., 2pm; Sat., 1pm; Sun., 11am

NRS: The Forward Stroke

Fri., 4pm: Sat., 3pm; Sun., 1pm

NRS: Kayak Angler Skills

Sat., 11am; Sun., 3pm

Growler Bikes: Mountain Bike Tire Clinic

Sat., 12pm; Sun., 12pm

SylvanSport GO; GO Camper Demo

Fri., 2pm; Sat., 10am; Sat., 4pm; Sun., 11am; Sun., 3pm

Northstar Canoes: Planning a Solo Canoe Trip

Sat., 10am; Sun., 3pm

Cascade Designs: Canister Stoves vs. Liquid Fuel

Fri., 3pm; Sat., 11am: Sun., 11am

Cascade Designs: Water Treatment

Sat., 1pm; Sun., 1pm


Sasha Stone, Werner Paddles

Sasha joined the Werner Paddles team last spring as the NE Sales Rep after working in specialty retail as a buyer, event coordinator, and sales manager for nearly 20 years.
Clinic Locations: Saratoga Springs & Old Forge

How to Choose a Canoe, Kayak or SUP Paddle: Whether you are in the market for your first paddle, or looking to upgrade, the half hour interactive conversation will have you up to date with how to personalize your paddle selection. Topics include: parts of the paddle, techniques to compare the on water benefits of paddles, and basic paddling instruction.


Rick Amering, Growler Bikes

Clinic Location: Old Forge

Mountain Bike Tires Clinic – Everything you need to know about sizing, set-up and maintenance. Enhance your understanding of what tire and wheel set-up is best for you. The experts at Growler Bikes will also offer expert tips and tricks, from fixing a flat to setting up and maintaining tubeless tires.


Wilderness Systems

Members from Wilderness Systems' Pro Staff will be presenting clinics at their booth.
Clinic Locations: Saratoga Springs & Old Forge

Fishing Kayaks 101: This clinic covers all the features you should consider when choosing a fishing kayak. We will cover the features you should look for, depending on how and where you plan to fish.

Fishing Kayak Rigging and Customization: Whether you have a sit-on-top or traditional kayak, you have a lot of options when it comes to outfitting your fishing kayak. Learn how to turn your kayak into a fishing machine. You can add accessible storage containers, an anchor systems, and even adjustable set-ups for your electronics. After this clinic you’ll be ready to hit the water and really catch some fish!

Which Kayak is Right for You?:  You are a beginner. You desire to get out on your favorite body of water, but you are lost on where to begin. All kayaks look the same to you. We'll help guide you towards the type of kayak that will work best for your future adventures.


Danny Mongno, NRS

Clinic Locations: Saratoga Springs & Old Forge
"Since my initial introduction to paddling in 1988, it has remained a favorite past time. I fish from a kayak, run rapids and love to play in the ocean. I even did my first ever canoe race this year!" Danny comes to us from our friends at NRS and is celebrating his 14th Paddlefest in 2019.

Understanding the vast options in Paddling Clothing: Cold feet... cold hands... just plain col? Sweaty...sun burnt? Is it really a ladies fit, or is it just purple? In this open discussion, we will address everything above and then some and make sure we answer all your questions, even the weird ones. In the end we assure you, you will walk away with a better understanding of what to wear paddling, for any season.

Essential Paddling Skills for the Kayak Angler: With proper skills, anglers can spend more time out on the water by using significantly less energy. We can also move more effectively and quietly, positioning our boats for the perfect cast. Lastly, there is the safety element, how do we avoid a flip and what to do when one occurs. Join Danny, as he demonstrates how to perform at your best when fishing from your kayak.

The Forward Stroke, sit down or stand up, let's be EFFICIENT! : To enjoy the sport of paddling we need an efficient Forward Stroke. Join Paddlefest instructor Danny Mongno as he breaks things down in a very easy to follow, step by step process. This is an interactive class, so be ready to participate and have fun. To wrap things up, Danny will send you off with exercises to do at home, to help develop your new techniques. (In this class we will address skills for kayakers, stand up paddlers and canoeists.)



Jay Gustafson, Northstar Canoes

Clinic Location: Old Forge
Jay is a former IT Business Analyst turned river rat that has spent the last three years solo canoeing full time. Navigating nearly 6,000 miles in that time, he has paddled the Mississippi River from Source to Sea, as well as 30 of 34 major rivers in Minnesota. He has since joined the team at Northstar Canoes as their Customer Service Manager.

Planning a Solo River Trip: Join Jay as he discusses the scouting and planning of a solo river trip by canoe. Jay will review solo canoe options, gear considerations, and how to choose appropriate routes for all skill levels. No two rivers or paddlers are the same. Find out how you can create the adventure you want, safely and thoughtfully.



Ian Ferketich, Cascade Designs

Representing ThermaRest, SealLine,  MSR, PackTowl and Platypus.
Clinic locations: Old Forge

Canister Stoves vs Liquid Fuel Stove: Learn the difference between canister stoves and liquid fuel stoves to decide which type best suits your needs. Topics include how to prime and light a liquid fuel stove, environmental variables to consider when choosing your stove and which type is best suited for your cooking style.

Water Treatment 101: Learn the basics of water filtration and treatment in order to keep you safe in the backcountry. We'll discuss different filtering mediums, which filter best suits your needs and whether purification should be considered rather than just filtering your water source.



Group Mountain Bike Ride!

Sun., May 19th, 9:30 am. Old Forge Meet at the Mountainman Outdoor Gear Shop

Ride with us through the up and coming McCauley Mountain trail system. Group rides are an amazing way to improve your skills and meet new people. Bring your own bike or demo a Growler Performance Bike! (note: demo bike availability may be limited). Bike helmets are required.



SylvanSport GO Camper Demo

Clinic Locations: Saratoga Springs & Old Forge

Come check out the coolest Camper ever! Each morning we’ll be demonstrating how easy it is to setup the GO and discuss the features that make this camper so unique and versatile. In the afternoons we’ll demo how quickly you can break it down to get back on the road!



Fly Fishing 101

Sat. & Sun., May 18 & 19, Old Forge
Doug Smith, Orvis Regional Representative
Clinics are free, limited to 10 per session. All equipment provided. Pre-registration required.

Lead by an Orvis regional representative and Old Forge Hardware’s fishing manager Doug Smith  The sessions will cover: the basics of gear and fly selection, casting, general fishing methods, and rigging and knot tying techniques.



Kayak Safety Clinic

Sat. & Sun., April 27 & 28,
Clinic location: Saratoga Springs
Meet at the NRS Booth

Danny Mongno will conduct this safety clinic geared to all kayakers. He will cover properly outfitting your kayak, trip planning and preparation, weather and water conditions, and dressing yourself for a safe and enjoyable paddling experience.  It will review safety prep for all paddlers before you hit the water. This clinic is free. Learn how to properly outfit your kayak, trip planning and preparation, weather and water conditions, and dressing yourself for a safe and enjoyable paddling experience.


Old Forge Locations
Paddlesports, Outdoor Gear and Rental Store
2855 Route 28, Old Forge, NY 13420

Paddlesports Shop: (315) 369-6672 ext. 1
Moose River Trips & Boat Rentals: (315) 369-6672 ext. 2
Outdoor Gear & Apparel Shop: (315) 369-6672 ext. 3

Saratoga Springs Locations

Saratoga Outdoor Gear & Apparel Shop
490 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 584-3500

Saratoga Paddlesports Shop
251 Staffords Bridge Road on Fish Creek, Saratoga Springs, NY
(518) 584-0600

Copyright Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company. 2014.

Prices are subject to change with out notice. Call us at (315) 369-6672 to verify prices and availability. Mountainman is not responsible for typographical errors.