Stores, Equipment Manufactures and Mail Order (1/9/03)

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The web contains many informative sites for the mountaineer. Some of the better ones are listed below. Please help me keep these links up to date by suggesting new sites, address changes or identify any link not working. Contact

At the end of this list of equipment manufactures and mail order are a few select stores in California that are worth checking out.

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Equipment Manufactures and Mail Order

Adventure Doo Dads--tons of backpacking, hiking, climbing equipment, books and CD's with the sounds of nature. Check them out.

Arc'teryx--packs, gortex parkas, bibs, fleece jackets and much more. Phone: (800) 985-6681.

Backcountry Access--Tracker DTS, the world's first digital avalanche beacon. Phone: (800) 670-8735, e-mail:

Backcountry Equipment--Backcountry Equipment specializes in backpacking gear by major international manufacturers with limited exposure in the USA and unique items of particular use for backpacking. We currently carry tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, knives, headlamps, water filters and other accessories by Walrus, Moss, Ferrino, Leatherman, Buck, Petzl, Katadyn, PUR, Sweetwater, SmartWool, Therm-a-rest, Tracks, SealLine, Bibler, Suunto, Brunton, Princeton Tec, Macpac, Cold Cold World, Quest, Lafuma and others. Our goal is to recreate on-line the in-store buying experience. Our site contains detailed descriptions of backpacking equipment. Each of our tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, knives, water filters and accessories are pictured in the site and described in tables of specifications. We welcome suggestions that would improve our site's presentation of backpacking gear.

Backcountry Gear Limited--winter gear.

Bandanamap--Professional Impressions, Inc. specializes in reproducing full color topographic maps on bandanas.  Bandanamaps are highly durable and can be used in all types of weather.  The Bandanamaps cover some of the United States most beautiful national and state parks, seashores, wilderness areas and monuments.  Highlighted on the maps are various lakes, rivers, campgrounds, picnic areas as well as numerous trails for hiking, backpacking and mountain biking. More than 50 scenic sites such as Mount Whitney, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Grand Teton National Park are available plus custom orders are encouraged. Available at REI and other outdoor stores. Phone: (916) 921-6136.

Black Diamond Equipment Ltd.--top of the line equipment, clothing and ski gear. Phone: (801) 278-5533, e-mail: or

Bibler Tents--Todd-tex tents, bivy sacks and the best hanging stove on the planet. Phone: (801) 278-5533

Build Igloos--this bucket makes building an igloo easy.

Campmor--big variety. Phone: (800) Campmor, (800) 226-7667

Cascade Designs--the Therm-a-rest people. Phone: (800) 531-9531

Climb High--60 Northside Drive, Shelburne, VT 05482, phone: (802) 985-5056. Terrific mail order for climbers.

Cloudveil Outdoor Clothing--dedicated to making the most technically advanced performance outerwear in the world for climbers, skiers, snowboarders, boaters, runners. Cloudveil is a corporate member of the American Alpine Club. They are located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83002, toll free (888) 763-5969.

Cold, Cold World Packs--well designed and beautifully constructed, Cold, Cold World has some of the best and lightest day packs and multi-day packs available on the market. Randy Rackliff, the owner of this small company, will customize his packs for your individual needs. Cold, Cold World, Carter Notch Road, Jackson, NH 03846. Phone 603-383-9021.

Early Winters--P.O. Box 4333, Portland, OR 97208, phone: (800) 458-4438.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)--climbing school, guide services and a long-established retail suppler and mail order for backcountry and climbing equipment and clothing. Phone toll free: 888-463-6367.

Feathered Friends--high quality down bags and clothing. Phone: (206) 292-2210

Fischer Skis--cross country, telemark, racing, skating, and alpine skis, with bindings and accessories.

Fogdog Sports--carries over 60,000 products from 500 top brands including North Face, Nike, Reebock, Callaway, Brooks.

Gear World--hiking, backpacking, camping, ice climbing, and rock climbing are all products from this online store.

Glacier Glove--we are the leader in neoprene and neoprene/fleece gloves designed to keep hands warm and maintain dexterity in cold, wet conditions. Use them for fishing, paddle sports, hunting, ice climbing, windsurfing and all outdoor sports. Toll Free 1-800-728-8235, 4890 Aircenter Circle, #210, Reno, NV 89502, phone (775) 825-8225 or e-mail us at

Grand Shelters Inc.--igloos made simple and easy to construct. E-mail Gary Menge,

Grivel Mountaineering--crampons, ice axes and more.

Gregory Packs--packs for all seasons and all uses.

Ibex--outdoor clothing that breaths, stretches, is windproof and highly water resistent. Too good to be true!!! See there offerings of loden cloth, Merino lambs wool, stretch wool blend, Schoeller's Skifans. Phone 800-773-9647.

Integral Designs--gear for anywhere, anyplace, anytime.

Jagged Edge Mountain Gear--Technical outerwear, down jackets, mountain wear, fleece jackets, pants and vests, hooded fleece jackets, and much more. Phone: (800) 926-0159, Telluride, CO.

K2snowboards--ultimate backcountry equipment for the snowboader including K2 guide boots, Interglacier pack, Clicker crampons and traverse showshoes. Phone: (800) 666-2579.

Kootenary Experience--online guide books, links, mail order, gear and equipment. Qua Lake Lodge, avalanche courses and heli-skiing for backcountry skiers and climbers in the Southern Selkirks (near Nelson, B.C. Canada). Backcountry skiing Ymir Yurts located in the West Kootenay's with great powder tree skiing. Phone: (888) 488-4327.

Life-Link International--ski poles, avalanche beacons, shovels, probes, Dynafit skis, boots and bindings, and more. Phone: (800) 443-8620.

Light is Right--a new web site with a line of ultra light equipment for a variety of outdoor activities

Lowe Alpine Products--some of the best internal frame packs are made by Lowe and much more.

Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC)--Canada's equivalent to REI with a better selection on some items.

Mountain Gear--wonderful selection of hiking, climbing and skiing gear. Phone: (800) 829-2009.

MountainWoman--devoted to outdoor gear and issues for women.

Mountain Hardwear--tents, clothing and much more.

Mountain Miser--Black Diamond, Tua, Voile, Rainey Super Loop, Garmont. Phone (800) 841-0707.

Mountain Tools--will personally counsel climbers and mountaineers regarding their best equipment choices for trips on rock, snow, ice and any place in the mountains. Catalog and Equipment Guide. E-mail: or

Mountainsmith--designers of high quality technical carrying systems for the self-propelled adventurist. Products include Panniers for cycling, dog packs, sleds, backpacks, day packs, fanny packs, expedition packs and alpine packs. The Mountainlight series of packs weigh half that of their competitors packs.

Nikwax--waterproofing for boots, clothing and all fabrics.

Northern Mountan Supply--backpacking, climbing, mountaineering, paddlesports, same day shipping and online ordering. Including tents, sleeping bags, packs clothing, GPS, books, maps by Dana Design, Vasque, Walrus, Marmot, North Face, Vasque and many more. 800-878-3583, 707-445-1711 or

North Face--equipment, gear, clothing and expeditions.

Omnikit--includes a first aid kit, ski repair kit and survival items all in one small package.

Outdoor Research (OR)--terrific design and quality products. The best gaiter on the market!!!

Patagonia--backcountry clothing for extreme weather conditions. Phone: (800) 336-9090.

Planet Outdoors--

Rab--the Rab down clothing and sleeping bags are proven year after year to provide the best defense against the tested by humans. Rab Carrington, 32 Edward Street, Sheffield S3 7GB. Phone +44 (0)114 275 7544 or E-mail:

Rainey Designs--the super loop, the best cable binding on the market--bar none.

REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.)--Co-op mail order since 1938. Ten percent dividends paid annually to memebers. Phone: (800) 426-4840.

REI Outlet--for some good buys at considerable discounts.

Rossignol--attaque the backcountry with the wider, shaped ski that floats in the powder.

Royal Robbins--high quality outdoor and travel clothing. Stores in Modesto, Berkeley, Sacramento and Fresno. Phone: (800) 587-9044

Salomon--skis, snowboards, snowblades, in-line skates and boots for trekking, climbing, backpacking and expeditions.

Serratus--a Canadian company that makes simple, sturdy backpacks including several lightweight packs weighting less than 5 pounds.

Sierra Designs--manufacturer of tents, clothing, and much more.

SnowShark Monoskis--Check out these big boards and the considerable health benefits of less impact and strain on the knees in all snow conditions. The Monoski is a single ski with both regular ski bindings mounted on a single wide ski--A monoski. Talk with the expert, Bill Silliman, e-mail

Survival On Snow (SOS)--travel with the most technically advanced, directional beacon in the world. Manufacturers of avalanche beacons, probes and shovels. Phone: (403) 973-5412, e-mail:

Tecnica--hiking and skiing boots and in-line skates.

Telemark Pyrenees--an on-line store with great prices specializing in tele and alpine touring skis, boots, bindings, and mountain gear, outdoor clothing, climbing, camping, and trekking.

Telemarkski--a telemark specialty site from Crested Butte, CO.

Terra Nova Equipment--Tents Tested to the Limit. Terra Nova Equipment, Ecclesbourne Park, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 4RF, England. Phone: 01773 833300 or E-mail:

Teton Outfitters--technical outerwear. Teton Outfitters is a company proud to produce gear of the finest quality. All its gear is made in the U.S.A. Phone (888) 828-3866. P.O. Box Rigby Idaho 83442.

Tireless the convenience and low prices of internet shopping and the personal attention of a small town store. We carry the best in outdoor gear.

TUA Skis--equals telemark. Phone: (303) 417-0145.

Vortex Backpacks--specializing in backpacks for all seasons and uses.

Wild Things--equipment for hikers and climbers. Since 1981 Wild Things has been making state of the art lightweight climbing equipment and clothing for expedition, Alpine, Ice and Rock climbers. We have personally field tested all our products on many of the hardest routes. Our Light is Right philosophy is now the gospel for modern climbers. Phone: (603) 356-6907 or visit

Yostmark Mountain Equipment--backcountry and beyond. Known for their famous Mountain Noodle backcountry ski. Located near Jackson Hole in Diggs, Idaho. Phone: (208) 354-2828, e-mail:

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A Few Selected Stores in California

Alpenglow--N. Lake Blvd. (Highway 28), Tahoe City, CA 96145, phone: (530) 583-6917

The BackCountry--Two excellent stores, one in Tahoe City and another Truckee specializing in backcountry skiing and boarding, cycling, mountain bikes, snowshoeing, climbing and backpacking. 690 N. Lake Blvd. (on the lake side of Highway 28 at the location of the old Fast Eddies Restaurant), Tahoe City, CA 96145, phone: (530) 581-5861 and 11400 Donner Pass Road, Donner Center, Truckee, CA. Phone 530-582-0909.

Kittredge Sports--specializing in alpine ski equipment. 3218 Main Street, P.O. Box 598, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, phone: (760) 934-7566

Fifth Season--Mount Shasta City, CA 96067, phone: (530) 926-3606, and (530) 926-5555 for daily report on conditions on Mount Shasta.

Mammoth Mountaineering Supply--for backpackers, hikers, ski mountaineers, they have the most complete inventory in Mammoth Lakes. 3189 Main Street, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546. Phone: 760-934-4191.

Marmot Mountain--clothing as equipment, for life. Great store with a wide variety of manufactures and products for x-c skiing, boating, climbing, backpacking, hiking, travel and mountaineering. Address: 2321 Circadian Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95407, phone: (707) 544-1344, e-mail:

Marmot Mountain Works and Western Mountaineering--cross-country skiing, rock climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, travel, mountaineering school. Three locations in California: Marmot, 3049 Adeline Street, Berkley, CA (510) 849-0735;Marmot, 901 Sir Francis Drake, Kentfield, CA (415) 454-8543; and Western Mountaineering, 2344 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA, (408) 984-7611.

Sunrise Mountaineering--490 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA, 94596, phone: (925) 932-8779 and in Livermore (925) 447-8330. Both stores are excellent with a wonderful selection of climbing, mountaineering equipment, tents, skis and clothing. There is a rock gym at the Livermore store.

Wilson's Eastside Sports--a great selection of backpacking, technical rock climbing, ice climbing and backcountry ski equipment. Highway 395, 224 North Main Street, Bishop, CA, 93514, phone: (760) 873-7520.


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