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  • Gearhouse | Outdoor Gear Rentals Seattle | Seattle Social Club

    Because we could all use more adventure buddies Gearhouse is the friendliest place to hop on a trip, try a new activity, and rent gear: Trip Planning + Carpools + Classes + Premium Gear Rental Become a Member Public Gear Rental Featured Events Our Story An adventurous community for your big city life. A Seattle Social Club for the Adventurous Gearhouse is so much more than a Seattle Social Club. It’s a gathering place for adventurers of all experience levels. A place to make new friends, explore the outdoors, learn new skills, and adventure more together, no matter how big or small your gear closet. Affordable Outdoor Gear Rentals in Seattle Say goodbye to overspending on gear, sacrificing your free time on trip planning, and relying on reluctant friends to join your adventures. Gearhouse was born to accelerate the time it takes to collect specialty gear, learn new skills, and find your adventure pals. Community Centered Adventure Community ownership is at the core of Gear House. Better than renting & more sustainable than buying, we’ve developed a revolutionary new outdoor industry model that centers around community, sustainability, and accessibility. Breaking down financial, space, and friendship barriers to the outdoors. Join the Adventure Gearhouse Seattle Social Club Events From group ski outings and guided hikes to nightly workshops, yoga classes, and film screenings, Gearhouse is a one-of-a-kind outdoor Seattle social club that is your ticket to enjoying all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. We supply so much more than affordable access to the outdoors and the gear you need to enjoy it. We provide a community for our members to learn and thrive while falling in love with the outdoors. View Calendar Our Sustainability Goals We can’t enjoy the outdoors if we don’t strive to protect what’s in our backyard. Beyond our focus on increasing the accessibility and affordability of outdoor adventure, reducing carbon admission through carpooling, and decreasing waste by decreasing the amount of gear bought, Gearhouse gives back. We spend 1% of revenue removing CO2 from the atmosphere. More than just eliminating CO2, being an early price-insensitive customer helps new technologies get down the cost curve and scale up allowing for participation by more people. Learn more here .

  • Basecamp Cafe | Gearhouse

    Welcome to Basecamp Cafe A place to make Seattle home, a spacious comfy cafe for working, socializing, and exploring Sip & Snack We're proud to serve local small-batch roasted beans by Caffe Lusso. If coffee isn't your thing, we also have tea and Kombucha on top from Ballard favorite, Shen Zen Tea. We also feature a rotating tap list from local breweries. ​ Join us for happy hour daily 3pm to 6pm for $6 pints. ​ ​ Gearhouse community members get 30% off cafe purchases; all-access members get free coffee. Learn more about membership See Menu Join the community About Gearhouse Gearhouse started out in 2021 with the goal of helping Seattlites get outside by overcoming two common barriers - not having appropriate gear, and not have the people to go with. We carry a variety of gear from SUPs to backpacking kits to skis and snowboards. We have 5-7 events weekly so there's never a shortage of things to do. Visit the gear window in the back of Basecamp Cafe for a chat! Visit Gearhouse Host your next event Basecamp Cafe is centrally located (5 minute walk to Light Rail Station) and full of natural-light. High ceilings and cozy couches make us the perfect hang out spot. We even have a projector ready if needed. Book us for your next event! ​ Send an email to The Space

  • Trail Running | Gearhouse

    TRAIL RUNNING What is trail running? Winding forest paths. Rocky trails carved into the mountainside. Steep inclines and lush valleys. Embracing the challenge and exhilaration of conquering new trails. That's trail running. What is trail running? Trail running is, at its simplest form, running outside on a trail, usually through forests, mountains, or the wild. Unlike running on paved roads, trail running takes place on varying terrain, from dirt to rocky mountaintops. It can be as simple as a slow jog through the woods on a Sunday or a multi-day marathon around Rainier. There’s a reason why people love trail running- it takes focus, endurance, and agility to navigate trails when you’re running. It’s also a fun and great way to take your running up a notch. Lace-up your shoes and explore! Who can do it? All trail running takes is a ready-for-anything attitude, good shoes, and a water bottle. Anyone can trail run, no matter your running experience. Trail running is more physically demanding than running on the street. There are uneven surfaces, elevation changes, and environmental challenges to navigate in the wild. Pay attention to trail difficulty when planning your runs- especially elevation gain/loss, trail reports, and weather. How do I get started? The simplest way to get started is to pick a trail, lace up your shoes, grab a water bottle, and head out! If you’re looking for more structure, we’ve created a 25k training plan to get you in shape for one of our favorite races- the Ragnar Relay! (No need to run the race to join our training program!) Run your first 5k While we don’t currently have a training plan set up, we recommend starting with a couch-to-5K program. These programs are designed to help get you to a 5k (that’s 3.2ish miles) safely and can be used on trails or on the road. Try Discovery park if you’re looking for somewhere nearby to ramp up your trail running practice!! Spring 25k Trail Running Training program Join us for our Summer 2024 25K training program! We’ll take you from a comfortable 5k to 25k in 3 months (just in time for the Ragnar Relay, hint hint). We have a comprehensive plan with solo runs, a weekly workout run with our trail running community, and weekly long runs in the trails along I-90. We’ll plan the workouts and the long run. All you have to do is show up ready to sweat. Advanced (25K and hungry for more) The Ragnar Trail - Rainier is back August 23-24th. Join our team and race the trails around Crystal Mountain ski area with breathtaking views of Mt.Rainier. (If you can run a 10k or a half marathon, you can do the Ragnar! And if you're not there yet, you have time to train either with our trail running program or on your own). ​ Ragnar is a relay race that takes you and seven friends through the mountains, past alpine lakes, waterfalls, and flowing creeks. Cover 120ish miles of trails and 2,700ft of climbing at Crystal Mountain in two days, spending the night camping in Ragnar Village. ​ Check out our events calendar for all our trail running events and adventures! Gear you’ll need Scrambling Gear Here’s a few things we suggest taking on your trail runs Water: A good rule of thumb for water is to bring 10-27 oz of water per mile, but it depends on your body, how strenuous the trail is, and even the weather. Want to try out a running vest? How about a water filtration kit? Rent one for your next trail run! Good trail running shoes Sunscreen Layers if the weather is questionable Bug spray Snacks for energy (and to enjoy after your run!) Headphones A great playlist Hone your Craft - Skills Progression For our events, here is how we classify beginners, intermediate runners, and beyond. ​ Beginners (0-5k) You’re either just starting your journey or are on your way to running a comfortable 5K. You’re probably mostly running in Seattle but are interested in venturing out into the trails. ​ Intermediate (comfortable 5k+) You’re comfortable running a 5K. You’ve been running for a few months, and you may have some trail experience under your belt. You’re ready for more mileage, have a sense of adventure, and want to explore what your body can do in the wild. ​ Advanced (25k+, hungry for more) You’ve been at this for a while. You’re high mileage. You’ve explored WA trails, and you’re hungry for more—more elevation, more adventure, more mileage. (Have you joined our Ragnar relay team yet?) Let's go on an adventure!

  • The Team | Gearhouse

    Meet The Team Evan Maynard Founder I've spent the last 8 years trying all the ways you can explore the PNW. From boots to bikes to ropes or skis, you'll find me outdoors year-round. If I'm not at Gearhouse, I'm out testing your next adventure. Come find me! Tessa Hawkins Head of Community I’ve called adventure my home since I was 18 years old. Whether it's adventures in the outdoors, in the urban wilderness, with new people or new projects, I love to learn, share and explore. Most recently you’ll find me snowboarding, hiking, paddleboarding amd generally in places you don't expect! ;) Jason Goodman Head of Adventures I bring fifteen years as a bike mechanic, the skills of a mountaineering guide, and the contagious curiosity of a lifelong learner. Raised by passionate naturalists and never a fit for the conventional classroom, my curiosity and creativity are unlocked by life outdoors. Ben Corbin Head of Growth Ben loves to trail run and ski mountaineer, and lead trips in these activities around the country and globe. He also believes in conserving and stewarding our wild places, and is a part-time volunteer wilderness ranger Maddie Zhang Marketing I grew up outside of Boston and moved to Seattle 3 years ago. I spend weekdays taking neighborhood walks near Green Lake. On the weekends you can find me snowboarding, or cycling around local trails when the weather’s right! Luke Schwettman Lead Gear Wrangler Though I was born in Arizona, I have lived in the PNW for most of my life and the accessibility to abundant trees and towering waterfalls opened my eyes to the beauty this world has to offer. I love spending my free time outdoors, going fast and having fun. Making fresh lines in open powder fields, or shralping berms at the local bike park, and I find great joy in the process of capturing these moments with my camera. Big gear nerd, and Lead Technician at Gearhouse (though "Gear Nerd" should be my official title). Here to share my knowledge and experience life outdoors with great company! Let's get out there! Bill Howe Adventurer in Residence I am mainly into skiing and rock climbing, but starting to dabble in mountaineering. WFR and AIARE 1 certified. Ben Hunthausen Shop Assistant I grew up in Montana and moved to Seattle this past September. You'll find me year round in the mountains, whether its shredding the slopes or hiking peaks, I'll find a way to get outside for a new adventure! Charlotte Sedlock Shop Assistant I am a California native whose passion for the outdoors landed me and my partner (fellow Gearhouse member Sean!) in Seattle three years ago. I love working at Gearhouse for its fantastic community and mission to build an inclusive outdoors community. When I'm not in the Gearhouse shop, you can find her paddling in the Sound, browsing other people's bookshelves, or unsuccessfully trying to tire out my dog Olive.

  • Jobs | Gearhouse

    Jobs at Gearhouse Gearhouse is currently hiring for the positions listed below. If you don't see one that fits but you have have ideas on how you could help, send an email to with a few details on what you're thinking! Open Positions

  • Community and Rental Pricing | Gearhouse

    More than gear. Become a member and connect with Seattle's outdoor community. Members are the heart of everything we do. At either membership level, you’re welcomed into our awesome community of down-to-earth outdoorsy people of all experience levels, identities, and passions. Got questions? Take a tour or chat with us BOOK APPOINTMENT Membership Options Community Membership $39/mo billed monthly ​ ​ ​ ​ $30/month gets you: Access to all Gearhouse member events 30% off Gearhouse instructional courses 10% off courses and perks from our partners 30% off gear rental 30% off house-made beverages at Basecamp Cafe (tea, coffee, etc) Access to our active Slack community where we plan adventures, share tips, and connects Two guest passes per month - invite friends to events! Sign up No minimum commitment All-Access Membership $95/mo billed monthly +$50 one-time startup fee $95/month gets you everything included in Community Membership plus: Unlimited access to our massive gear library! 🤯 Free craft coffee & tea at Basecamp Café (yep, totally free coffee) Early access to instructional courses from both GH and our partners ​ ​ ​ Sign up 4 month minimum commitment Got questions? Take a tour or chat with us BOOK APPOINTMENT Membership gets you more. Can you rent gear from Gearhouse without joining as a member? Sure. You can attend a lot of our community events, too. But as a member, you’re Gearhouse royalty. All members get: Invitations to Gearhouse community & exclusive events 250+ new adventure pals A weekly events digest in your inbox for easy planning Access to PNW outdoor experts & seasoned trip leaders who are ready to help you plan your next adventure Opportunities to host your own events! Two guest passes a month (bring a guest along to two member-only events every month) Want to try a new activity, or suggest an event? We'll help you make it happen! Perks with our partners Good To Know For all memberships and event participation You must sign a liability waiver to rent gear or join adventures. Our members commit to treating each other with respect, kindness, and open-mindedness. Gearhouse, Inc. reserves the right to cancel membership for any reason. You provide Gearhouse, Inc. and its assignees the right to use your name and likeness in advertising and other materials. (We may use photos of you in marketing materials. If you don’t want us to do this for whatever reason, please let us know when you join or anytime!) Membership pauses and cancelation You must return all rented gear before canceling! After you’ve been a member at GH for 4 months, you can pause your membership anytime for up to 3 months within a 12-month span. To help cultivate a sense of consistency and trust in our community, cancellation incurs a 4-month wait period before you can rejoin. Community Membership You can cancel anytime, no fees. No monthly minimum commitment. Upgrade to All-Access anytime with community membership dues offsetting the startup fee. All-Access Membership 4-month initial commitment. $350 fee applies if you cancel before 4 months. After 4 months, you can cancel anytime, no cancellation fee. FAQs 1. What kind of gear do you offer? 2. Do you ever run out of gear? 3. What kind of events do you offer? 4. I already have all my own gear. Why should I join? 5. I’ve tried outdoor communities before and was left feeling bummed out. 6. Can I use my membership to rent gear for friends or family? Still have questions? Shoot us an email at . We’d love to chat.

  • Mountaineering | Gearhouse

    MOUNTAINEERING What is mountaineering? Rocky, jagged peaks. Snow covered mountain tops. Climbing on glaciers and reaching new summits. Reflecting on the adventure of getting up there. That’s mountaineering.​ Scrambling vs. Mountaineering Scrambling is hiking, but taken up a notch. It’s climbing over rocky, steep, rough terrain. It’s relying on your hands almost as much as your lower body to navigate a path. It’s taking your time to forge a path in sometimes unmarked terrain. Scrambling doesn’t really require any specialized gear. All you really need are some navigational skills and a hunger for hard work. ​ Mountaineering is all about the summit. It’s crossing crevasses, navigating glaciers, scrambling rocky terrain, and lots and lots of hard, physical work. Unlike scrambling, mountaineering requires technical gear and a solid understanding of how to use it. Climbing mountains is no easy feat, which makes reaching the summit that much more rewarding. Who can do it? If you’re a climber or hiker ready to forge ahead and (literally) reach new heights, you’re ready to start scrambling now. If you’re an experienced hiker and are setting your sights on summiting some mountains, you’re ready to start your mountaineering journey. Both scrambling and mountaineering are very physically challenging. In order to be safe and have a good time, you need to make sure your body is ready for the work to come. If you’re looking for a benchmark for your current physical fitness, take a hike up Mt. Si carrying 20% of your weight in a daypack. If you can make it within 2.5 hours with few rest breaks and without being exhausted, you’re ready for scrambling. If not, you’ve got a good goal to work towards. How do I get started? Ready to start your scrambling or mountaineering adventure? We’ve planned a skills progression course to get you out there summiting mountains by summer. Join us for all of our events, or just some. It’s up to you how you want to adventure. Weekly Conditioning Hikes Good for: Getting in shape for longer, harder, more demanding summits in Summer. Come hike with us Tuesdays nights to get in shape for your summer adventures. We’ll hike to some of the high points in the I-90 corridor for a workout to help you reach your scrambling and mountaineering goals. Interested? Check out our calendar. Crevasse Rescue Course with Cascade Mountain Ascents Good for: Getting hands on practice with glacier traveling and rescue Crevasse rescue is a necessary skill for glacier travel at any level. Get your glacier climbing career started right with a comprehensive crevasse rescue course. Our two-day program efficiently teaches the necessary skills for dealing with various crevasse fall scenarios, without rushing through practice of these important tools. This is a two day course with multiple dates. Sign up for April 20-21, 2024 Sign up for May 4-5, 2024 Intro to Mountaineering Clinic with Mountain Bureau Good for: Learning to travel safely over snow, using mountaineering gear, and basic mountaineering skills ​ This clinic is designed to introduce aspiring scramblers and mountaineers to the exciting world of Washington’s snow covered peaks. This program will give you the knowledge and techniques to ascend some of the PNW’s moderate summits. ​ Come join the clinic! Gear you’ll need Scrambling Gear The beauty of scrambling is that, at it’s core, it’s just a vigorous hike with a summit as the destination. Besides boots, a daypack, and the 10 essentials, there’s not much gear you’ll need on most scrambles. (Double check the trail reports. In some situations, specialty gear like crampons, ice axes or helmets might be necessary) Mountaineering Packing List Mountaineering takes special gear (as well as the skills to use them properly). Depending on the route, you might need to pack: 10 essentials Helmet Ice Axe Crampons Sunnies and Sunscreen Backpacking gear Meals and extra snacks Need to rent gear? We’ve got you covered. Our gear is top-of-the-line so you stay safe and have fun while you’re out adventuring. Not sure what you’ll need? Visit our gear counter to chat with our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Ice Axe Ice axes are used for safely navigating glaciers and icy terrain. Check availability Crampons Having traction is crucial on uneven and slippery terrain. Check availability Ultralight Camping Gear Sleep and cook food with lightweight equipment provided by Gearhouse. Check availability Hone your Craft - Skills Progression We’re so stoked to help you along your scrambling/mountaineering journey. We’ve created quite a few events to help you hone your skills and go from beginner to expert. You can see all upcoming events on our Gearhouse events calendar (pro-tip: filter by “Mountaineering/Scrambling” to find these events easily). Keep an eye out later in the season for more advanced events and adventures. Wondering what kind of events you’re ready to join? Check out our list below. Remember to start with a skills check. If you can reach the top of Mt. Si in 2.5 hours without being exhausted, you’re ready to start your journey! ​ Beginner You're an avid hiker or backpacker but are looking to go higher and harder. Join our weekly after-work conditioning hikes in the I-90 corridor to get your legs ready for steeper and more challenging days ​ Intermediate You’ve taken our Intro to Mountaineering skills clinic, your legs can get you atop Mt. Si comfortably. Now you're ready to come on our easy scramble days offered in May, June, July, August, and September. Advanced You're feeling strong. You've been joining our easy scramble days. You're comfortable with long days, off-trail travel, route finding, and “scrambling” over 2nd & 3rd class terrain. Join our “hard” scramble days, May-September Let's go on an adventure!

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  • Wilderness Medicine | Gearhouse

    WILDERNESS MEDICINE Overview: What are Wilderness Medicine courses? Wilderness Medicine courses use hands-on scenarios, interactive activities, real-world examples, and experienced instructors to prepare participants to assess, treat, and prevent common outdoor injuries and illnesses. The courses are divided into both Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) options. ​ Wilderness First Aid (WFA) ​ WFA courses are designed for all experience levels and are a good introductory-level fit for those who recreate in outdoor spaces where EMS response can be expected in a timely manner or for those who work at wilderness camps. ​ Delivered in a hybrid format, participants of this course can expect 4-8 hours of self-paced, online instruction, followed by a practical hands-on training component at Gearhouse, and a final assessment. ​ Wilderness First Responder (WFR) WFR courses teach participants how to provide emergency care and make crucial evacuation decisions in the wilderness. These wilderness medicine courses are a good fit for those who work or recreate in outdoor spaces where access to medical care is delayed, or communication is unreliable. Wilderness First Aid courses prepare students for the unexpected in a fun, hands-on way. They are the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, and outdoor recreationists. Delivered in a hybrid format, participants of this course can expect 40 hours of self-paced, online instruction, followed by a practical hands-on training component at Gearhouse, and a final assessment. Deciding between Wilderness First Aid vs Wilderness First Responder? Wilderness First Aid courses provide the skills to treat basic injuries and to assess more serious injuries, while Wilderness First Responder courses provide the ability to mitigate more serious injuries and evacuation decisions in wilderness environments. Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training is a great choice for those that can spare the cost and time. We have designed our WFR offering and ensure that our courses are significantly cheaper and more convenient than other offerings by pricing them at $375 for members (normally $1000 and often far away) and by splitting them across two weekends. It's also common for people to take WFA one year and then WFR the next. Both courses will leave you better prepared and safer in the outdoors. Wilderness First Aid This Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification course is delivered in a hybrid format, with 4-8 hours of self-paced, online instruction, a practical hands-on training component at Gearhouse, and a final assessment. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the assessment of, and basic treatment given to an ill or injured person in an area where advanced help and access to definitive care is not easily accessible. ​ A Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is recommended for: ​ Non-medical recreational users in outdoor areas where advanced help, evacuation, and access to definitive care is generally available.​ Wilderness First Aid Course Details Objectives Upon completion of a Wilderness First Aid course, an individual is expected to: Be able to complete a patient assessment to identify potentially life-threatening problems. (Apply) Complete the necessary first aid and non-invasive interventions to prevent medical problems and injuries from occurring or progressing. (Apply) Identify the need for additional resources and higher-level care for patients with life-threatening problems. (Analyze) Identify the need for and urgency of evacuation for ill or injured patients. (Analyze) WFA Course Part One: Online Learning (4-8 hours) Once you sign up, you can get started right away. All lectures are video-based, and the course can be taken at your own pace as long as you finish by the deadline. Review as many times as necessary. WFA Course Part Two: Hands-On Practical Training (1 day) The practical training focuses on the hands-on skills necessary to practice first aid in the field. We'll do simulations of injuries and practice wound care in realistic scenarios with you and your classmates. WFA Sign Up Upcoming Events Cost Comparis on Average cost of WFA courses in Seattle region: $250-$350 Gearhouse Non-member: $220 Gearhouse Member: $125 Wilderness First Responder A Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is a medical responder trained to provide initial patient assessment and management, risk-benefit analysis, and evacuation decision-making in an area where organized rescue and hospital care is delayed. The WFR has a limited advanced skillset to deal with specific, common issues in wilderness medicine. ​ A Wilderness First Responder course is recommended for: ​ Non-medical recreational users in outdoor areas where advanced help, evacuation, and access to definitive care is generally unavailable. A WFR's "scope of practice" is generally defined as whenever you are more than 1 hour from contact with trained emergency personnel. Persons involved with organizations operating in remote environments. Outdoor professionals employed or volunteer, such as wilderness guides, outdoor instructors and educators, Search and Rescue members, Mountain Rescue members, ski patrol, medical personnel for adventure races/events, missionaries, and National Park Service members. Adventurers pursuing long trips into the backcountry or on overnight trips. Wilderness First Responder Course Details Objectives Upon completion of a Wilderness First Responder course, an individual is expected to: Assess a patient to identify potentially life-threatening problems. (Evaluate) Complete the necessary non-invasive first aid and basic life support interventions to prevent medical problems and injuries from occurring or progressing. (Apply) Manage a patient in a remote setting for an extended time (more than 4 hours) while mitigating environmental and terrain risks. (Analyze) Coordinate patient care as the lead medical provider in the absence of higher-level care providers. (Create) Determine the need for additional resources and higher-level care for patients with life-threatening problems. (Evaluate) Determine the need for and urgency of evacuation for ill or injured patients. (Evaluate) WFR Course Part One: Self-paced Online Learning(40 hours) Once you sign up, you can get started right away. All lectures are video-based, and the course can be taken at your own pace as long as you finish by the deadline. Review as many times as necessary. WFR Course Part Two: 2 Weekend days at Gearhouse Topics include Basic Life Support, CPR, Patient Assessment, Emergency Simulations WFR Course Part Three: 3 Consecutive days (Fri/Sat/Sun) at Gearhouse Topics include Evacuation Techniques, Wound Care, Simulations, and Final Group Simulation ​ WFR Sign Up Upcoming Events Cost Comparis on Gearhouse Course Cost with membership: $375 (CPR/AED certification included) Gearhouse Course Cost w/o membership: $700 Typical Course Cost: $800 - $1000 ​ Can't commit to 5 days? Try out WFA . WFA Sign Up WFR Sign Up Overview WFA Details WFR Details

  • Member Gear Library | Gearhouse

    Outdoor Rental Gear Members Only Gear Library Guest Gear Rental No matter what adventure you are planning, we’ve got the gear you need. With hundreds of unique, premium outdoor gear pieces, we have the best rental selection around. Let us help optimize your next adventure with premium outdoor gear rentals. Our Gearhouse Members have access to discounted or free gear rental, customized to your trip, for up to 6 days at a time! Not a member? No problem, we rent gear a la carte or customized to your trip too! Outdoor Gear Rental FAQS ​ Can I only take the gear I need?​ Yes! You can pick and choose what you want to take from just one thing to an entire set. What models and brands do you carry? We have too much inventory to list all our models and brands of gear so the best way to find out is to stop by or give us a call. Unlike normal rental fleets, we only carry top-quality stuff. For example, our current backpacking inventory includes packs from Osprey, Arc'teryx, Gossamer Gear, and Gregory. We carry many styles, brands, and models within a specific gear category to make sure we have the gear to suit every need and common preference (i.e., we carry trekking poles with both cork and foam grips, mummy sleeping bags as well as quilts).

  • Climbing | Gearhouse

    CLIMBING What is Rock Climbing? Rock climbing is one of the world’s fastest-growing sports and outdoor activities. All over the world, new climbers are experiencing the rush and serenity of climbing both indoors and out. Rock climbing is the sport of climbing up or down vertical rock faces, usually with the aid of equipment. ​ Is Rock Climbing Safe? Rock climbing is a safe activity when done correctly and with proper equipment. At Gearhouse, safety is our top priority. We use high-quality gear that is inspected thoroughly after each use. And with many fellow climbers in the community, you will be able to meet new climbing partners. ​ You May Enjoy Rock Climbing if… You’re an avid hiker who enjoys scrambling, vertical ascents, and a physical challenge. ​ Types of Rock Climbing Bouldering Bouldering is the most bare-bones version of climbing. In bouldering, climbers don’t use ropes or harnesses. Instead, they ascend routes (called problems) over padded mats (called bouldering pads) with just their climbing shoes and a chalk bag. Bouldering typically involves a series of challenging moves that require a combination of strength, technique, and problem-solving skills. Boulder problems usually only take climbers to heights they can safely fall from, usually from 7 to 15 feet. Top Rope Climbing Top rope climbing is a widely popular form of climbing for both outdoor and indoor climbs. It’s also great for new climbers. In top rope climbing, the climber is belayed from a fixed anchor at the top of the wall. Top rope climbing requires a rope, helmets, a belay device, and harnesses for the belayer and climber. Belayers must know how to set an anchor, tie into a harness, and use a belay device. The beginning top-rope climber does not need to know as many technical skills if their belayer is experienced, which is why top rope climbing is great for new climbers. Sport Climbing For many climbers, sport climbing is the next progression after top rope climbing. Unlike top-rope climbing, which uses a fixed anchor at the top of the wall, sport climbing involves climbing from the ground and setting fixed protection as the climber ascends. The sport climber is tied into the rope through their harness and uses quickdraws (two carabiners connected by sturdy nylon runners) to clip into fixed bolts in the wall as they climb. Sport climbers are belayed like top rope climbers but are given more slack as they climb. Sport climbing belayers need to have experience and use extreme caution, as sport climbers can fall from greater distances than top rope climbers. Trad climbing Trad climbing is an advanced form of rock climbing where a climber places protection on or into the wall as they climb. Unlike in sport climbing, where the climber places protection using fixed bolts in the wall, trad climbing protection uses the rock’s natural features to place protection. The most essential part of trad climbing is understanding how to place the gear so that it holds in the case of a fall. Multi-Pitch Climbing In multi-pitch climbing, two climbers ascend a wall with several pitches and belay each other from anchored positions, ledges, and even from above, as they ascend. Multi-pitch climbing is a highly skilled version of rock climbing used to tackle especially large features. ​ Rock Climbing Season in Washington Washington, and the Pacific Northwest more broadly, is a mecca for rock climbers with some of the best rock climbing in the country. The climbing season in Washington typically runs from late spring through early fall, when the weather is mild and dry. During this time, you can expect clear skies and moderate temperatures, making for the perfect climbing conditions. How to Start Rock Climbing in Washington Getting into rock climbing can be intimidating, but Gearhouse is here to help. Our Intro to Rock Climbing program is designed for beginners who want to learn the basics of climbing in a safe and supportive environment. We offer equipment rentals, group outings, events at local climbing gyms, and more. Meet climbing buddies, get the gear you need, and adventure with Gearhouse. Gearhouse climbing trips are run by professional climbing guides also trained in wilderness first aid. Rock Climbing Gear In Rock climbing, having the right gear is paramount to your safety. If you’re heading out for a climb, research what gear you need. Gearhouse’s gear library includes top-of-the-line climbing shoes, bouldering pads, and helmets, so you can focus on enjoying your climb. Our experienced staff can help you select the right gear for your next climbing adventure. Upcoming Events

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