Forums: Archive: Used Gear / Great Deals:
Buying gear near Washington DC?
RSS FeedRSS Feeds for Used Gear / Great Deals

Premier Sponsor:

 


haggail


Sep 16, 2004, 5:17 AM
Post #1 of 11 (2398 views)
Shortcut

Registered: Oct 10, 2003
Posts: 10

Buying gear near Washington DC?
Report this Post
Average: avg_1 avg_2 avg_3 avg_4 avg_5 (0 ratings)  
Can't Post

Hi ;
Anyone knows of a good ( <=> cheap ) place to buy climbing gear in Washington DC or the surroundings (like Gaithersburg)?
I need shoes and a harness..


rockclimbergabor


Sep 16, 2004, 6:47 AM
Post #2 of 11 (2398 views)
Shortcut

Registered: Oct 18, 2003
Posts: 131

Re: Buying gear near Washington DC? [In reply to]
Report this Post
Average: avg_1 avg_2 avg_3 avg_4 avg_5 (0 ratings)  
Can't Post

Haggail,

There is a gym called Sportrock in Alexandria, VA where you can buy shoes (not the best selection) and maybe harnesses. There is also an Earth Treks gym in Columbia, MD that has a pretty good shop. If you need more, you should go to another Earth Treks in Timonium, MD (1 hour drive in good traffic from Bethesda) where you can buy anything you need. Here are the adresses:

Sportrock:
5308 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
703-212-7625
sportrock.com

Earth Treks Columbia:
7125-C Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, Maryland 21046
(410) 872-0060
earthtreksclimbing.com

Earth Treks Timonium:
1930 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, Maryland 21093
(410) 560-5665
earthtreksclimbing.com


mischief8


Sep 16, 2004, 7:13 AM
Post #3 of 11 (2398 views)
Shortcut

Registered: Aug 17, 2004
Posts: 416

Re: Buying gear near Washington DC? [In reply to]
Report this Post
Average: avg_1 avg_2 avg_3 avg_4 avg_5 (0 ratings)  
Can't Post

If you go to rei.com you can go to store locator and put in your area code and mile radius you want to drive, it will give to all the stores within the that area. I know there is one in fairfax, baileys crossroads and in rockville, md.

daniela


cantdog


Sep 16, 2004, 7:14 AM
Post #4 of 11 (2398 views)
Shortcut

Registered: Jun 13, 2004
Posts: 61

Re: Buying gear near Washington DC? [In reply to]
Report this Post
Average: avg_1 avg_2 avg_3 avg_4 avg_5 (0 ratings)  
Can't Post

There are a few folks who work at Hudson Trail Outfitters who can help you...tell me where you are and I'll let you know which shop to visit.(I used to work there...)


ben87


Sep 16, 2004, 7:41 AM
Post #5 of 11 (2398 views)
Shortcut

Registered: Mar 26, 2004
Posts: 229

Re: Buying gear near Washington DC? [In reply to]
Report this Post
Average: avg_1 avg_2 avg_3 avg_4 avg_5 (0 ratings)  
Can't Post

there's a hudson trail on wisconsin ave -- good store, though not the cheapest, in general. However, I've noticed that retail price of technical climbing gear doesn't vary that much in stores. They should have a good selection though, and be able to make a good recommendation

There are two REIs in the DC metro area. One in Baily's Crossroads, in VA, and one in College Park, MD.

To really get a cheap price, you'll probably have to look for a sale or buy online.

Gyms can be a good place to buy, too. It helps the gym make money, which helps them stay open, which helps you climb.

Earthtreks is a GREAT gym and should have a pretty good selection. a little out of the way though.


brianc


Sep 16, 2004, 7:50 AM
Post #6 of 11 (2398 views)
Shortcut

Registered: Nov 6, 2003
Posts: 96

Re: Buying gear near Washington DC? [In reply to]
Report this Post
Average: avg_1 avg_2 avg_3 avg_4 avg_5 (0 ratings)  
Can't Post

In reply to:
There are two REIs in the DC metro area. One in Baily's Crossroads, in VA, and one in College Park, MD.
Three actually. A new one in Fairfax,VA as well.

Re: HTO (and I've had this conversation w/ cantdog) - seems like they largely gave up on climbing a few years ago. They still stock items and have staff members that know what they're talking about but it seems like more of a legacy - they're typically understocked in terms of quantity and variety. My .02 anyway.


cantdog


Sep 16, 2004, 7:07 PM
Post #7 of 11 (2398 views)
Shortcut

Registered: Jun 13, 2004
Posts: 61

Re: Buying gear near Washington DC? [In reply to]
Report this Post
Average: avg_1 avg_2 avg_3 avg_4 avg_5 (0 ratings)  
Can't Post

yeah, the friggen fairfax store doesnt even have any screw lock pear shaped biners. Just those quickturn lock ones.... I cant remember the last time we got a resupply of 1inch webbing either. Those red CAMP ice axes are still there brian if you are interested....

But the springfield store has a few knowledgeable folks(both managers) and a good selection. kinda weird for being in springfield mall, not exactly the climbing crowd.

REI in fairfax blows hard. Dont expect to find anyone who knows what they are talking about.

Someone needs to open a serious gear shop in DC staffed by good folks. No more HTOs who pay 6.00 an hour, or REI/walmarts.


brian...let me know if you want to do some climbing up here this winter, I'm biting the bullet and buying ice tools.


cragmasterp


Sep 16, 2004, 7:24 PM
Post #8 of 11 (2398 views)
Shortcut

Registered: Feb 1, 2003
Posts: 278

Re: Buying gear near Washington DC? [In reply to]
Report this Post
Average: avg_1 avg_2 avg_3 avg_4 avg_5 (0 ratings)  
Can't Post

Take a trip to Seneca and shop at the Gendarme, a climbing museum of sorts. They usually have an excellent selection of gear, and the store is a great little gathering spot after a day on the quartzite fins.

Score some shoes and take home some great memories as well.


brianc


Sep 17, 2004, 2:24 PM
Post #9 of 11 (2398 views)
Shortcut

Registered: Nov 6, 2003
Posts: 96

Re: Buying gear near Washington DC? [In reply to]
Report this Post
Average: avg_1 avg_2 avg_3 avg_4 avg_5 (0 ratings)  
Can't Post

In reply to:
Those red CAMP ice axes are still there brian if you are interested....
And still marked at full price I'm sure. ;)
In reply to:
REI in fairfax blows hard. Dont expect to find anyone who knows what they are talking about.
To be honest, I really don't expect anything out of anyone in a gear shop - be it REI, HTO, or whatever - I'll do my own research thank you very much. I have more faith in my ability to discern BS on the net (e.g., doing searches against the person posting the advice) vs. a one-time meeting w/ the local staffer. Might be lots different if there was a local shop that I frequented.
In reply to:
brian...let me know if you want to do some climbing up here this winter, I'm biting the bullet and buying ice tools.
I will. Funny b/c I was talking about you last night - have a friend that lives in Portland and I was talking about abusing you as our ski source. ;)


cantdog


Sep 17, 2004, 2:57 PM
Post #10 of 11 (2398 views)
Shortcut

Registered: Jun 13, 2004
Posts: 61

Re: Buying gear near Washington DC? [In reply to]
Report this Post
Average: avg_1 avg_2 avg_3 avg_4 avg_5 (0 ratings)  
Can't Post

Haha, yeah..I've got my AT setup here already. I'm hoping to get some turns in by the end of october.

I was hiking last weekend scoping lines out on saddleback and mt abrams, outside of kingfield. Get a tow in by a 'biler and then skin up the summit trail, and there are tons of north facing slide paths and some summit slabs that would be tasty.

Make sure you dont come up during january though...I'll be in montana and interior BC chasing storms. :D


haggail


Sep 18, 2004, 7:28 AM
Post #11 of 11 (2398 views)
Shortcut

Registered: Oct 10, 2003
Posts: 10

Re: Buying gear near Washington DC? [In reply to]
Report this Post
Average: avg_1 avg_2 avg_3 avg_4 avg_5 (0 ratings)  
Can't Post

Thanks a lot to all those who answered !


Forums : Archive : Used Gear / Great Deals

 


Search for (options)

Log In:

Username:
Password: Remember me:

Go Register
Go Lost Password?



Follow us on Twiter Become a Fan on Facebook