Climbing & Mountaineering

Freedom of the Hills

“Passing through the towering ice pinnacles of Phantom Alley, we entered the rock-strewn valley floor at the bottom of a huge amphitheater... Here (the Icefall) turned sharply to flow southward as the Khumbu Glacier. We set up our Base Camp at 17,800 feet on the lateral moraine that formed the outer edge of the turn. Huge boulders lent an air of solidity to the place, but the rolling rubble underfoot corrected the misimpression. All that one could see and feel and hear - of Icefall, moraine, avalanche, cold - was of a world not intended for human habitation. No water flowed, nothing grew - only destruction and decay... This would be home for the next several months until the mountain was climbed.”
-Thomas F. Hornbein, Everest: The West Edge

For those of you who seek the challenge of climbing and mountaineering, The Backpackers Shop® can outfit you for your next adventure, no matter how big or small. Our inventory includes harnesses, helmets, carabiners, belay & rappel devices, ascenders, ropes, climbing shoes, mountaineering boots, chalk bags, climbing packs, pulleys, ice axes, snow shovels, and more. 

featured product reviews

  • Bluewater Sewn Prusik Loops

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 15, 2016

    Perfect for attacking as a prusik or klemheist from your harness to the brake-hand end at the rappel rope just past the rappel device. An excellent choice as a backup on long rappels.

  • Scarpa Mont Blanc Boots GTX

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 15, 2016

    This workhorse boot will help accomplish your mountaineering goals. Graced with Italian leather and insulating but breathable Gore-Tex, your feet will be protected form whatever harsh elements your dreams lead you to. Whether you will be tackling technical waterfall ice, Alpine routes, or kicking steps up to steep snowfields, this gritty boot is for you. The full crampon-compatible sole will accept all models and the rear rand locks your heel down for improved climbing performance.

  • Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 15, 2016

    This traditional mountaineers axe is the perfect companion for your next mountaineering trip. It is based off of a classic ice axe design, but modernized with the latest quality materials and modifications.

  • Bluewater Ropes

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 15, 2016

    Whether you are looking for a durable top rope set up, a new lightweight sport rope, or even a versatile ice climbing system, Bluewater and The Backpackers Shop have your back. They offer 50-, 60-, and 70-meter lengths and a multitude of dry treatments. If you're not sure what type or size of ropes you will need on your next adventure, swing by and we will help you figure out what rope is best for you!

  • Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet

    Posted by Tom on March 15, 2016

    Light, durable, and very adjustable, the Half Dome helmet is built for every kind of climbing and then some.

  • Black Diamond Momentum Harness

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 15, 2016

    Our most popular, all-around harness, great for the beginner gym rat to the seasoned sport climber. Also available in the DS setup which has a wide range of fit for those who enjoy all disciplines of climbing.

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