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Ice Climbing in Colorado: Best Places to Buy Kit locally

Ice climbing is one of the most popular sporting pursuits during winter in Colorado and for good reason. With some of the most amazing countryside, creeks, falls and mountains, it’s no wonder that people come from all over the world to test themselves in places like Ouray Ice Park and Clear Creek Canyon.

If you’re planning a trip to Colorado, here we look at the best places to buy ice climbing gear locally.

Neptune Mountaineering

As you might expect in a place like Colorado, there are plenty of outlets that are solely focused on mountaineering and ice climbing. These are often a better choice because you get to talk with a professional who knows what ice climbing is all about.

Neptune Mountaineering is based in Boulder, not far from the Rocky Mountains and generally stocks a full range of ice climbing gear such as crampons, ice tools, ice protection and boots. Located on South Broadway in the city, it’s open between 10 am and 7 pm during weekdays, and 9 am to 6 pm on the weekend.

Visit Neptune Mountaineering.

Bentgate Mountaineering

Bentgate is another local and popular source for all types of gear relating to outdoor activities and is a popular choice for ice climbers in particular. They stock top-quality brands such as Petzl, Grivel and CAMP and their staff is highly knowledgeable.

Located on Washington Avenue in Golden, Colorado in Jefferson County at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. It’s a great port of call if you are planning climbing areas such as Loch Vale Gorge and need some new equipment or additional stores. It’s open between 10 am and 7 pm most days but closed on Saturday.

Visit Bentgate Mountaineering.

Mountain Chalet

Mountain Chalet is one of the oldest stores in Colorado Springs and has been supplying mountain and ice climbing gear to locals and tourists for decades as far back as 1968. With brands such as Pretzl and Black Diamond, they stock everything from lockdown leashes to Neve Pro crampons and Kestral Ice Tools.

Based on Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs, they provide services such as expert boot fitting and you’ll always find great advice on which are the best tools for your ice climb. They also offer the chance to rent some equipment which can help reduce the costs if you are on a tight budget.

Mountain Chalet is unique in that they also play a strong role in the local community and have mountain and ice climbing in their blood.

Visit Mountain Chalet.

Estes Park Mountain Shop

If you’re planning to head to Colorado for the ice climbing season, you’ll no doubt have heard of Estes Park. It basically acts as the gateway to the Rocky Mountains and is a complex of hotels, cabins and stores that are designed to cater for the needs of hikers, climbers and other adventurers.

The Estes Park Mountain Shop is a pretty big store, covering some 4,500 feet and catering for every type of adventure junky, including ice climbers. Open between 8 am and 8 pm every day, they also provide guided trips and offer rentals on some types of gear.

Visit Estes Park Mountain Shop.

DICK’S Sporting Goods

DICK’S is one of the big names in sporting goods in the USA and there are several different stores dotted around Colorado. You’ll find them in places like Colorado Springs, Boulder and Lakewood and they are designed to cater for the mass market but also have a wide selection of goods including ice climbing gear.

Opening between 9 am and 9 pm, they stock quality as well as more budget brands and have a head start on smaller outlets in terms of pricing. You may not, however, get the quality of advice that you receive in more focused retail outlets.

Visit DICK’S Sporting Goods.

REI Store

REI are another national sporting goods business that has a store based in Colorado Springs offering a wide variety of products. The stock brands such as Black Diamond, Pretzl, Grivel and CAMP. If you’re searching for a store that has a complete range of ice climbing boots then this could be your best option as they offer well-known brands such as Scarpa, La Sportifa, Lowa and Salewa.

Based on East Woodman Road in Colorado Springs this is a good location if you are ice climbing in an area such as Pike’s Peak. Open between 9 am and 9 pm every day of the week, it’s great for choice but, as with DICK’S the local expertise may be lacking if you need advice and guidance on the best tools for your ice climbing.

Visit REI Store.

Pine Needle Mountaineering

Durango is the gateway to some great ice climbing in places such as Haflin Creek and Freed Canyon so it’s no surprise it has some great stores catering to all things mountaineering. It’s also one of the oldest locally owned stores in the Southwest Colorado region, stocking quality products and offering good advice to customers.

Located in downtown Durango, the company may be small but it stocks a wide range of quality brands from Scarpa and Osprey to La Sportium and Pretzl. Their store caters to all types of mountain climbing but in winter time they are particularly focused on ice climbers who come from all over the world to challenge themselves using Durango as their starting base.

Visit Pine Needle Mountaineering.

Ouray Mountain Sports

Ouray Ice Park is one of the most popular destinations for ice climbers and has some 150 or more different climbs aimed at various abilities. It’s no surprise that they have ice-climbing stores in town that cater to a wide range of customers.

Ouray Mountain Sports Have almost everything you might need to scale an icy slope including boots, crampons, picks and safety gear. Based on Main Street in Ouray, they are open between 9 am and 6 pm every day and you can always be sure of a warm welcome and some expert advice.

Visit Ouray Mountain Sports.

Summary

Wherever you set up in Colorado, you’re likely to find plenty of stores that cater to ice climbing, particularly close to locations such as Ouray Ice Park and Pike’s Peak. Smaller chains generally tend to come with more experience and local knowledge so they can often be worth seeking out rather than sticking to major retailers.

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