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Gear Rental Guide

Where are you headed? The choices are rich in Seattle NorthCounty, but whether you’re car camping, skiing, paddling or climbing, your adventures will be oh-so-improved with the right gear and provisions.

Depending on your recreation plans and experience, you can consider options to buy or rent what you need.

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Retail options abound. Pick up basic camping or fishing supplies at Target or Wal-Mart or head to specialty stores for higher-end gear and knowledgeable staff to guide you, according to your needs.

While not located within Snohomish County, you have rental options, too, if you plan ahead.

Informed by years of personal experience, the folks at Back 40 offer rentals in pre-made kits for backpacking, car camping and concert camping. They can also create custom-made kits. Reserve well in advance, especially for outdoor concerts; pick up locations are in the greater Seattle area.

Back 40 Outfitters (no physical store; pickup points in Seattle) (206) 414-8407


Phoenix-based Lower Gear has been renting gear to outdoor adventurers for more than 15 years. Go online to choose what you need; they’ll pack it up and ship it to your jumping-off point. If you’re not sure what you need, a live person can assist you by phone. The details: you don't pay rent during the shipping transit time; delivery should be scheduled for the day before you plan to depart; you re-box and ship the rental gear back on the first business day upon your return.

Lower Gear (Phoenix, AZ based) www.lowergear.com (480) 348-8917


REI rents camping and mountaineering gear, including stoves, backpacks, sleeping bags and tents, from its Seattle flagship store only; call ahead to check availability and rates. Gear must be picked up from and returned to the store.

REI 222 Yale Avenue N, Seattle (206) 223-1944 www.rei.com






Erika Olson
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