Best Store for Mountaineering Gear

The Trail Head

Missoula’s climbing scene has followed the nationwide trend in recent years, with scores of newcomers trying their hand at everything from trad climbs to bouldering. That makes the wall full of ropes, helmets, carabiners and crampons at The Trail Head even more of a linchpin in getting locals out and about. The staff know their stuff, too, making it all the easier to score the ideal beginner harness or fill out a climbing rack for a weekend down the Bitterroot. And if you need more help figuring out the best cliffs to hit, The Trail Head’s library of maps and guidebooks will set you on the path to a memorable summer. The 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, Inc: 3015 Paxson St, 728-3220,

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