What is the Thai word for fun? SANUK! This brand has taken fun to a whole new level…
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The Exos 48 is a top loading technical backpack designed specifically for superlight backpacking…
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The Mukluk 2 is our ride-anywhere fatbike designed to take you where other bikes can’t…
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Lately Bikepacking and Adventure Biking have become buzz words, but what does it all mean? At this free workshop, we’ll cover the basics, as well as many of the specifics, to get you out on your bike: our rental fleet of bikes, packs, and camping equipment, how to prepare yourself and your bike, and route selection, to name a few. Plus, demo a Salsa fatbike, gravel grinder, or full-suspension mountain bike!
We’ve had a less than stellar winter. But for every bad situation there is a silver lining! Lack of snow made for a unique opportunity to complete a loop hike on the east side of Mt St Helens in early March. The road to Lava Canyon is closed, as it normally is this time of year, but this time it’s not because of snow. The result is a beautiful bike ride from the Marblemount Sno-park to the Lava Canyon trailhead, a distance of about 5 miles. The chilly, early morning ride got me to the trailhead at 8:30am. There I… Read More »
The 2nd Annual Winter Ruck of the American Long Distance Hikers Association was held in Cascade Locks on Saturday. About 140 people, including me, Shutterbug (also known as Gary), to enjoy a day of clinics, learning, and comradery. I set up a Mountain Shop booth to highlight our selection of lightweight backpacks, hiking shoes, and gear. There were hikers ranging from brand new to 23,000 mile thru hiking masters. I have around 5,500 miles of experience under my belt and well worn shoes, between the Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail. It was awesome to hang out with such a… Read More »
Today people lucky enough to have known him are gathering to remember the short, but full life of Dasan Marshall. In honor of this, we wanted to share one of our fondest memories of Dasan with those who love him. This story is from Jeremy Rooper, longtime friend of Dasan. “I got to know Dasan as a customer first, and right away took a liking to him. Dasan personified the reason I have stayed with the Mountain Shop so long. The passion he and many other customers (and coworkers) show for their activities in the mountains always motivates me and… Read More »
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The Mountain Shop is the oldest mountaineering, climbing, back packing, and ski shop in North America, opening its doors in Portland, Oregon over 77 years ago.
Timberline Lodge and the Mountain Shop opened for business in the same year, 1937.
The Mountain Shop originally opened its doors in 1937 as the Nestle Down Outdoor Shop, selling custom made sleeping systems. Their famous 6 ½ pound premium down sleeping system sold for $27.50.
Original owners of the Mountain Shop, Everett and Ida Darr, were part of many notable first attempts and climbs in the Pacific Northwest, including Jefferson Park Glacier, Bonanza, and St Peters Dome.
The site of present day Charlie’s Mountain View bar in Government Camp was the site of Darr's Mountain Shop, for over 25 years. During this time the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol headquarters was also housed inside.
In the late 1930’s, the Mountain Shop was contracted by the U.S. Department of Defense to build mountaineering axes and metal edge skis. This equipment was used by the 10th Mountain Division to help assist the US fight against axis powers in WWII.
In the 1970’s Mountain Shop had a second store in Sun Valley, Idaho.
In the 1980’s the Mountain Shop’s annual Pajama party didn’t start until after midnight and ran thru the middle of the night with discounts getting deeper the later you came in.
In the 1990’s the shop staff was making twin tip skis for local skiers by breaking the tails of laminate GS skis, separating the layers, regluing and clamping the tails in antique tip presses, then shaping and riveting them.
2013 Mountain Shop buys the region’s most sophisticated Alpine and Nordic ski tuning machine; the same machine and tools the U.S. Ski Team uses at the Center for Excellence in Park City Utah.
In 2013 one of only two Campi Certified bike mechanics in Oregon joins the Mountain Shop staff.
In 2013 Adventure Bike Studio opens in the Mountain Shop, specializing in gravel grinders, fat tires, full suspension Mt bikes, endurance road bikes that are all custom fit for snow bike packing to full road touring.
The professional staff at the Mountain Shop carries over 175 years of collective experience working as outdoor professionals. We have four Guides, two Ski Patrollers, Nordic and Alpine ski coaches, snowboard instructors, Alpine and Nordic Masters Racers, a certified Campi Bike Mechanic, Serrota Certified bike fitters, five Climbers, one personal trainer, two Mountain Bike Patrollers, one ultra-light thru-hiker, a cultural anthropologist, two master ski and snow board technicians, more professionally certified boot fitters than you can shake a stick at, and one kick ass ballerina shredder.