Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Outdoors Store

Midwest Mountaineering

Do you want cookie-cutter and utility, or do you want curation and education in your shopping experience? The West Bank's Midwest Mountaineering has everything from staple camping gear to pamphlets and tip sheets on backpacking and kayaks. There's a supply of rock climbing equipment, as the name suggests, but also a room dedicated to paddle sports, another to clothing, plus a repair shop upstairs. The first adventure is finding parking (pro tip: They validate in the lot behind the store). Inventory varies with the seasons, with lightweight backpacks, waterproof supplies, and true hiking boots. Midwest Mountaineering looks unassuming from the outside, but inside the swinging front doors, it's a pathway to adventure and a sprawling celebration of the outdoors, be it by hammock or the hard way.

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