American Mountain Men

August 11 — August 12, 2017 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The fur trade comes to life at the Adirondack Experience on Friday, August 11, and Saturday, August 12. Join the Adirondack Experience and educational interpreters in period dress as they showcase a variety of survival skills at the annual American Mountain Men event.

Mountain Men explain to visitors what life was like in the Adirondacks in the early 19th century during the annual American Mountain Men event.

Mountain Men explain to visitors what life was like in Adirondacks in the early 19th century during the annual American Mountain Men event.

During one of the Adirondack Experience’s most popular events, visitors have an opportunity to explore and discover how life was lived in the wilderness in the 1820s to 1840s. Talk with the mountain men in their camp of tents and tipis pitched throughout the museum campus and find out about solitary and social life in the wilderness during the early 19th century.

You’ll experience demonstrations of firearm and bow shooting, tomahawk and knife throwing, fire starting, campfire cooking, and more. The mountain men have displays of pelts and furs, clothing in eastern and western mountain styles, period firearms, and much more.

American Mountain Men is an organization, with chapters around the U.S., of people dedicated to “the preservation of the traditions and ways of our nation’s greatest, most daring explorers and pioneers, the mountain men; to the actual conservation of our nation’s remaining natural wilderness and wildlife; and to the ability of our members to survive alone, under any circumstances, using only what nature has to offer.”

The group was founded in 1968 and now researches and studies the history, traditions, tools, and mode of living of the trappers, explorers, and traders known as the mountain men. Members continuously work for mastery of the primitive skills of both the original mountain men and Native Americans. The group prides itself on the accuracy and authenticity of its interpretation and shares the knowledge they have gained with all who are interested.

Mountain men are enduring – often iconic – symbols of America’s wild frontier days, having sparked legends, books, Hollywood movies, and more. True stories of their exploits are endlessly fascinating for their connection to American history, westward expansion, economic development through the fur trade . . . as well as the ever-present drama of adventure, exploration, risk, adversity, danger, survival, death, and triumph.

Included in general Adirondack Experience admission.