The Mountain Shop offers the best camping, climbing, hiking, and skiing equipment available, and makes it easy for customers to enjoy their time in the outdoors. We offer full rental packages, high-end demos, quality equipment repair, and the very best knowledge for custom fitting you to the right equipment, the first time. Just like our founders, the knowledge and product selection at the Mountain Shop is cultivated through our own outdoor experiences. We are proud to have served the Northwest for over 77 years.
About to celebrate our 80th birthday. It’s one thing to say it, but to actually understand the richness of The Mountain Shop’s history you need to really dive into what has been accomplished in the industry along the way.
The Mountain Shop was founded in 1937 in Portland, Oregon, focusing on the specialized needs of local skiers and climbers. The store quickly grew to include skis, ski rentals, specialty repairs, crampons, ice axes, and some of the very first metal edge skis ever sold in the world.
Today, the Mountain Shop focuses on those same activities, services, and forward-thinking principles on which it was founded. All employees must be avid climbers, skiers, snowboarders, backpackers, and lovers of every outdoor variation the Northwest has to offer. Each department practices continuous collaboration with local clubs, groups, and non-profit organizations with the hopes of passing on passion for outdoor recreation.
Join us for an intimate evening with Gossamer Gear! Founder, Glen Van Peski will be in the shop for a feature presentation and short film. He will be joined by Gossamer’s head of product and marketing, Jonathan Schmid, who will be on hand to answer any questions on the line, what’s coming, etc!
In “How to Go Lighter”, Glen Van Peski, Founder/Chairman of Gossamer Gear, will present the (un)critically acclaimed “Ultralight Makeover” DVD. Packed with thrills and drama, this professionally-produced DVD chronicles an ultralight makeover that reduces an experienced backpacker’s base weight by 75% before your very eyes. Following the 33-minute film, Glen will give a short PowerPoint review of the main concepts of lightening your load, review potential weight savings in “The Big Three”, discuss weights of food and water and demonstrate his personal gear as questions come up. Handouts will include an outline (he is an engineer, after all), a list of website resources mentioned in the talk (so you don’t have to try and write them down) and a copy of Glen’s personal gear list (base pack weight of under 5 lbs). The session will end with a question and answer period and raffle of cool ultralight door prizes.
Glen Van Peski is a native Californian who grew up in the western outdoors. He founded Gossamer Gear, a leading manufacturer of ultralight backpacking gear, and still serves as its chairman. Known for his humorous, information-packed presentations, Glen is an internationally sought-after speaker on ultralight backpacking equipment and techniques. He has been interviewed by numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Footprints magazine. Dubbed “The Guru of Lightness” by one writer, Glen has developed a loyal following for his innovative ideas, and his commitment to showing people the “way of enlightenment”. He has hiked most of the California and Oregon sections of the Pacific Crest Trail. Glen has wandered the backcountry in Japan, and closer to home in the Weminuche Wilderness, Wind River Range, the Tetons, the Beartooths, and other parts of the western United States. His forays have included sections of the Continental Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail.