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About Mountain Gear


Over 35 years ago in his living room, Paul Fish, owner of Mountain Gear, designed a better backpack. Then he made it. By hand.


Several packs and a few other product modifications later, Paul and his wife opened a small retail shop in Spokane, Washington. The first Mountain Gear location was just a few thousand square feet and served a core group of climbers, backpackers, and mountaineers in the Inland Northwest.


A few years later, Mountain Gear moved into its current retail home at 2002 N Division in Spokane, with an indoor climbing wall and pool for practicing kayak rolls. With a passionate, experienced staff teaching classes in climbing, kayaking, backcountry cooking, how to layer clothing, and more, Mountain Gear has helped thousands of people start amazing adventures and life-long hobbies.


Mountain Gear's catalog was first published in 1993 and was considered an encyclopedic reference of climbing, mountaineering and backpacking gear. The website launched 2 years later and supported the retail and catalog foundation with a full assortment of clothing and equipment. Recently, Mountain Gear has ceased production of the catalog in part to save natural resources and with that they launched a new website recently to help our customers continue to find the very best of what the outdoor industry has to offer.


Paul Fish


Mountain Gear's corporate headquarters and environmentally sustainable distribution center now live in a newly renovated, 112,000-square-foot LEED Gold certified building in Spokane Valley. From humble beginnings, the owner and staff at Mountain Gear are excited to be on the national and international scene as the experts in backcountry adventures.


Over the 35 years with his passion for the outdoors, Paul has developed events to introduce and educate participants in climbing, paddling, skiing, backpacking, and more. Paul’s flagship climbing event, the Red Rock Rendezvous, has taught thousands to climb or improve their skills. Mountain Gear also travels the country hosting the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in many cities.


We also care about supporting charitable causes that help protect and share the outdoors. We're partners with The Access Fund, as well as with Big City Mountaineers Summit for Someone, a program that gets at-risk urban youth into the outdoors.


Overall, you can count on Mountain Gear for the best gear, the most socially conscious practices, and fun events all over the country. Whether you bought one of those first backpacks at the store or Googled us up on your phone, we hope your adventure will always start here.


Mountain Gear - Your adventure starts here!



Environmental & Wellness Initiatives


We believe the privilege of enjoying time outdoors demand that we take actions to protect the environment and the natural places we love. Mountain Gear walks this talk through environmental and wellness initiatives. We are mentors in the Green Building Education Program. Our efforts have been recognized locally and nationally, earning us the Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Practices in 2007.


Our corporate office and distribution center is LEED Gold certified. This means our building is not only a healthy place to work, it also has minimal environmental impact. We have many skylights and windows throughout the building and the carpet, cabinets, and counters in our Bistro are all made from recycled materials. Low-flow plumbing, efficient lighting, and filtered water made Mountain Gear an industry leader a dozen years ago in the promotion of safe, healthy, low-impact work places.


Mountain Gear employees are encouraged to use alternative forms of transportation, a corporate value which is supported through an indoor bike room and shop and on-site showers at both locations. We also subsidize bus passes, give incentives for carpooling, and offer premier parking for hybrid vehicles.


The Mountain Gear community garden is an organic farming effort by the employees and the bounty is shared by all. Denise, our on-site baker, uses pumpkins, sunflowers, and herbs right from our garden in her yummy creations. All of our organic waste is composted.


With 35 years of experience working in Spokane and around the world, we are deeply committed to our communities, both the Inland Northwest region and the community of outdoor enthusiasts. We participate in annual projects to clean our rivers, preserve our climbing areas, and ensure that the natural spaces we all love remain accessible to all. We are deeply grateful for your business and invite you to share your thoughts with us about these initiatives.


Contact Information
Physical Address: 6021 E Mansfield, Spokane Valley, WA 99212
Customer Service: 800-829-2009
Phone Number: 509-413-0971
International: 509-413-0971
Fax: 509.340.1170
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