The year was 1971.

The Beatles had just released their first post-break-up albums. An enterprising dirtbag named Yvon Chouinard was selling his newest pieces of climbing protection – hexentrics and stoppers – and Exum guide Bill Briggs opened extreme skiing in North America with a first descent of the Grand Teton.

Phil Teeter opened the modest doors of the Mountain Shop and welcomed the Fort Collins, Colorado community to gather in his small gear shop on Laurel Street that same year. Teeter welcomed the northern Colorado outdoors community into his store and offered them a fare shake on the best selection of high quality, high value equipment and clothing for climbing, backpacking and backcountry skiing.

Our customer service and depth of knowledge set us apart

Fast forward more than 35 years and the Mountain Shop continues to offer the best climbing gear, ski gear and backpacking gear from around the world. Always eager to explore new adventures, the Mountain Shop also offers the best gear for snow and water kiteboarding.

Technical apparel from leading and emerging brands, including Patagonia, Mammut and Arc’Teryx, and the most stylish casual wear from Kuhl, Prana and Cloudveil line the walls of the shop’s Old Town Fort Collins location.

Anyone with a cash register can sell gear, however, and we feel that our customer service and depth of knowledge set us apart from all else. We realize that you have many choices in your outdoor gear purchases. We hope that, with the level of service we provide online and offline, you’ll come back again and again for all the information, inspiration and equipment you need for your next trip into the backcountry. And remember, when it’s time to return to civilization, you’ll find all the threads you need to look good on the town here at Themountainshop.com.

Whether you call northern Colorado home or your pillow lies across the hills and plains from our home in Fort Collins, we hope you come in, say hello and share in our collective outdoor experiences at the Mountain Shop and Themountainshop.com.