Best Store for Mountaineering Gear

The Trail Head

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Also, Best Place for Paddle Sports Gear

If you’re one of the scores of Missoulians heading to the Lost Horse Climbing Festival this September, you better make sure your rack is squared away. Fortunately, Missoula’s Trail Head has all the wedges, cams, and carabiners you need to stay snuggly fastened to those soaring cliff faces. Or maybe you’re stoked to hit some high-flowing western Montana rivers, in which case The Trail Head’s line of boats, paddles, and PFDs should be more than enough to keep your summer afloat. There’s lots of fun to be had in Missoula’s backyard; Trail Head makes it easier—and safer—to play in it. Trail Head: 221 E. Front St.; 543-6966;

Finalists, Best Store for Mountaineering Gear

2. REI 3275 N. Reserve; 541-1938;

3. Bob Ward & Sons 3015 Paxon St.; 728-3220;

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