Midwest Mountaineering

Midwest Mountaineering


Grey Duck Outdoor's new Vision 17 is their first canoe built in Roseville, MN -- check out the engineering that went into this one on their website! The night will include a free prize drawing and the unveiling of the custom-made MWM edition of the Vision 17! See you at Midwest Mountaineering for tonight's launch!

We're looking forward seeing Grey Duck Outdoor's newest offering at Midwest Mountaineering next Wednesday - a sweet canoe that looks like the perfect mix of style and substance. See you at the launch!
Someone will be going home with a brand new canoe from Northstar Canoes tonight! Will it be you?

We'll be at Midwest Mountaineering from 5-7pm tonight (8/11) for the Boundary Waters Raffle. Come stop by and enjoy the festivities, sign our petition for the Forest Service, and grab a last-minute ticket before the 7pm drawing! You don't need to be present to win, but we hope to see you there.
Have you entered the Boundary Waters Raffle yet?

In one week, we’re raffling off over $5,000 in gear (including a brand new Northstar Canoes canoe!) during Midwest Mountaineering’s Customer Appreciation Party, and all proceeds help our fight to protect the Boundary Waters! You don’t need to attend to win, but join us for free food and drink, good music, and grab a raffle ticket before our drawing if you can!
Our Campaign is busy as ever making progress toward Boundary Waters protections and growing our movement's already widespread support. If you're looking for a chance to get involved in our efforts, here's a look ahead at where you can meet up with us in August!

Events include:
- August 8, 5-7pm: Save the Boundary Waters Supporter Celebration at Sociable Cider Werks
- August 11, 5-7pm: Boundary Waters Raffle at Midwest Mountaineering
- August 13, 10am-2pm: Community Canoe Country Clinic at Red River Market
This summer's best gear raffle is approaching fast.

On Aug. 11 (only two weeks from now!) we'll be raffling off $5,000 in gear during Midwest Mountaineering's 50th Anniversary Party. The first prize is a brand new canoe from Northstar Canoes, and all proceeds help our fight to protect the Boundary Waters.

Get a ticket for the raffle: https://www.savetheboundarywaters.org/boundary-waters-raffle
There are only 3 weeks left to purchase a raffle ticket (or two) for our Northstar Canoes Raffle with Midwest Mountaineering! We’re giving away $5,000 in gear to upgrade your Boundary Waters equipment, and all proceeds go toward the fight for permanent Wilderness protections.

The drawing takes place on August 11 during Midwest Mountaineering's 50th Anniversary Celebration, so make sure you get your ticket soon! See where you can get tickets: https://www.savetheboundarywaters.org/boundary-waters-raffle
Treat yourself to this podcast episode and “get outdoors”!

Just this morning, spinning around the streets of Minneapolis on my bike 🚴‍♀️, I listened to episode 178 of The Dirtbag Diaries, where owner and founder Rod Johnson shares how Midwest Mountaineering grew from an impromptu gear shop to the current ‘community hub for outdoor enthusiasts’, over their 51 years of business.


Coincidentally, this pic was taken one year ago (7/12/21) at one of Rod’s infamous Pint Nights. Thanks for the ❤️ Midwest Mountaineering !
Loved the episode of Dirtbag Diaries (podcast) on your store. It was so great to have two of my favorite things come together.
Loved hearing all of the history about Midwest Mountaineering. Made me love the store even more!
Keys lost at Lake Nokomis! Has a Midwest Mountaineering carabiner on there! Thought I’d share just in the off chance the owner follows this page.
This summer, you have the chance to support the fight for permanent Boundary Waters protections and make a big upgrade to your outdoor equipment. Along with Midwest Mountaineering, we’re raffling off $5,000 in gear!

Tomorrow, we'll be at Sociable Cider Werks in Northeast Minneapolis from 4-6pm providing campaign updates and selling raffle tickets — we hope to see you there!

For more raffle info, visit our website: https://www.savetheboundarywaters.org/boundary-waters-raffle
Check out the best sporting goods stores in Minnesota! Joe's Sporting Goods, Adler's Sporting Goods, Midwest Mountaineering, Centennial Sports, Tiger City Sports, Hanus Sports, , South Central Athlete
We'll be at Midwest Mountaineering for the Outdoor Adventure Expo this weekend - stop at our table and say hi!


We're kicking off our raffle of a Northstar Polaris StarLite Canoe with E6 Carbon Trimwith this weekend at the Midwest Mountaineering Expo! Tickets are $20, and other prizes include Sanborn Canoe Paddles and a Cooke Custom Sewing Canoe Pack.

Come find us at Midwest Mountaineering and get your ticket:

Friday, April 22 until 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We’re thrilled to be back tabling at Midwest Mountaineering's Outdoor Adventure Expo next weekend from Friday, April 22-Sunday, April 24! Check out this FREE event and stop by WaterLegacy’s table for the latest updates on copper-nickel mining and protecting Minnesota clean water:
Join us Earth Day (4/22) for a fun-filled evening at Minneapolis Cider Company pickleball, live music, s'mores by the fire, blueberry crepes and Blueberry Borealis BWCA-inspired cider!

We'll also have a drawing for gear and gift cards from Fjällräven, Sanborn Canoe Co., Midwest Mountaineering and Klean Kanteen.

Fun with Friends next Friday!

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Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 09/18/2022

A big thanks to everyone who came out to last week’s annual Smartwool Pint Night! To keep up to date with upcoming events hosted at Midwest Mountaineering, like next month’s Patagonia Pint Night on 10/13, be sure to sign up for our outdoor community newsletter, either in-person at MWM or online at www.midwestmtn.com/mailinglist/

Midwest Mountaineering updated their business hours. 09/05/2022

Midwest Mountaineering updated their business hours.

Midwest Mountaineering updated their business hours.

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 09/01/2022

It’s finally here! The new Vision 17, Grey Duck’s first canoe model out of nearby Roseville launched yesterday. We’re extra excited about the custom-made Midwest Mountaineering edition, which is only available here at MWM.

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 08/22/2022

A big thanks to everyone who attended our Customer Appreciation Party and Wednesday Night Hangout with the Brass Messengers! We’ve been having a blast, so be sure to swing by our Wednesday Night Hangout this week, 8/24 from 5-7, for an outdoor community meet up where attendees can plan trips, talk gear, swap stories, and connect. Also, save the date for our Smartwool Pint Night- September 13, from 5-7.

Photos from Thrifty Outfitters's post 08/17/2022

Save while you gear up for the rainy weekend with discounted rainwear in Thrifty Outfitters!


Join us tomorrow evening for a Midwest Mountaineering Wednesday Night Hangout with special guests Brass Messengers! Connect with other outdoor enthusiasts over a fire and good music form 5PM to 7PM in our boatyard. Dogs, food, and refreshments are welcome!

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 07/26/2022

When you join Midwest Mountaineering’s Outdoor Community Newsletter, you get:

✅ Immediate access to some of the best deals in the outdoor industry

✅ Notified about upcoming events hosted at Midwest Mountaineering, including our Pint Nights and gear demos

✅ Easy returns and exchanges to ensure you get the right gear for you.

Sign up through our website, or in person at Customer Service!


The Kawishiwi Falls are roaring! With the water volume 2x higher than ever recorded in the last 100 years, it’s definitely worth a visit! 🌊🌊🌊

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 05/27/2022

Hot of the press: new Buy or Die swag! These are a customer & staff favorite and so comfy 😍


It’s sandal season- and we’ve got something for everyone!
Swing by the store and see how happy your feet will feel in a new pair of summer kicks. We’ve got choices from , , , , , and more!

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 05/20/2022

Employee Garage Sale Starts tomorrow, 10am. Tons of great deals on new and used outdoor gear. There is a ton of stuff in the expedition room and more is appearing every hour. Be here early to get the best selection and the best deals!!!!

Garage Sale is Saturday and Sunday down in the Expedition room below camping.


It’s officially ‘I need gear that helps me stay cool’ season!
We’ve got gear from Hydroflask and Icemule to keep your snacks and bev’s cool all day long. If it’s a picnic, or a paddle you’ll be happy you have it!

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 05/17/2022


Meet on me if our Thrifty staff, Wren!

•Wren’s passions include climbing, biking, xc skiing, snowboarding, and pastries of any kind
•She was born & raised in St. Cloud, MN
•Wren’s favorite places to adventure so far has been moab and sedona!

Come swing by thrifty for some summer goodies and ask Wren about her favorite bakery, what ‘slay’ means, and her must have summer essentials!

📸 Photo locations: photo 📍: Great Sand Dunes Natl. park CO, Black Hills SD, Cuyuna MN, Osceola WI, Sandstone MN.

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 04/20/2022

Thrifty has new mens and womens samples, just in time for Expo!!!

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 04/15/2022

Join us tomorrow from 12-4pm for Puppy Day! Hang out with adoptable pups from , shop discounted dog gear, and spin the wheel for prizes! All four legged friends are welcome to join. 🐕🦴🏕

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 04/06/2022

If you or someone you know is an outdoor enthusiast looking to spend a weekend at your local outdoor retailer, we’ve got the thing for you!

We’re still looking for a few temps to work our Spring Expo (April 19-25th).

On top of getting paid to help out, you also get some pretty sweet gear discounts!
If you’re interested please send an email to [email protected] or call the store!

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 04/06/2022


Meet one of our cashiers, Autumn Han!

•Autumn's passions include running, climbing, hiking, napping, and reading 1960s sci-fi.
•She was born and raised in Appleton, WI
•Her favorite places to explore are WA, CO, and the kitchen fridge.

If you catch Autumn on a day she's working at Midwest or climbing at MBP, ask her about her favorite sci-fi movie/book, show her pictures of your dog, or fire off your best pun - she enjoys getting sucker pun-ched with em'.

📷photo locations: Munising-MI, Mt.Hood-OR, Shelf Rd-CO, Mazama-WA.

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 04/04/2022

Join a team of Outdoor Enthusiasts who have a passion for sharing their knowledge!

Midwest Mountaineering has a range of open positions we're looking to fill:
- Camping Sales Associate
- Boats and Ski's Sales Associate
- Footwear Associate
- Cashier
- Full Time Floor Manager

If you or someone you know might be a good fit, please complete the hiring application on our website and email it to [email protected], or stop by the store!

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 03/31/2022


Meet one of our cashiers, Jack E! (far right in the photos)

•Jack’s passions are xc skiing, hiking, camping, and climbing!
•Jack was born and raised in Moorhead, MN.
•His favorite place to adventure (so far) is Grand Teton National Park!

Next time you see Jack ask him about his excellent footwear collection, his favorite trail snack, and what makes a sticker worthy of water bottle placement.

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 03/21/2022


Meet one of our clothing staff, Raen!

•Raen’s passions are sustainability and getting outside.
•She was born and raised on Kodiak Island, Alaska.
•Raen’s favorite place to adventure is “anywhere above 30 degrees, love the rain and love the desert :)”.

Come in and ask Raen about her must have rain jacket, how to tie the perfect neck bandana, and what makes a good matcha latte.

Photo locations: Alaska, Isabelle Glacier- CO, Boulder Canyon-CO, Boulder-CO, Mt. Albert- Leadville CO.


Meet Ellie-Mae! Rod, our store owner, adopted her last week so that his pup, Teton would have a pal. Ellie is 10 weeks old and so far loves running around the store, giving kisses, and playing with her brother! 🐾🦴🏕

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 03/15/2022


Meet one of our floor staff/ part time managers, Izzie Smith!

Izzie’s passions are kayak guiding, climbing, type 2 fun, and borrowing other peoples dogs!

Izzie was born and raised here in Minneapolis.

Her favorite place to adventure is the Apostle Islands or anywhere with a good sunset.

If you run into Izzie ask her about her must have hiking pants for curvy gals, what dog she’s babysitting that week, and the best way to eat potatoes👖🐕🥔

Photo locations: Apostle Islands, Moab-UT, Thakhek- Laos, Snowbird-UT.

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 03/13/2022

Footwear staff, JP, was in Colorado and realized his boots needed a little bit of tlc.

The MN salt and snow is hard on our footwear, and always brings our leather back to life. 🥾💛

In a few weeks it’ll be the perfect time of year to clean, condition, and waterproof your favorite footwear- come in and ask us about the right product for your shoes.

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 03/11/2022


Meet one of our cashiers, Brennon!

Brennon’s passions are hiking and spending time in the outdoors with the people he loves! Especially his partner and her dog, Rayne.

He is originally from Antigo Wi. But moved out here to go to school and graduated from The U.

Brennon’s favorite place to adventure is anywhere Rayne is allowed to tag along! 🐕🏕

Come in and ask Brennon about what makes a good croissant and his favorite climbing warmup. 🥐

Photo locations: Mt. Elbert, North Shore, Paris

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 02/28/2022


Meet one of our footwear/climbing staff, Josh Stansberry.

•Josh’s passions are bouldering, ultimate frisbee, stargazing, and camping with his brothers.
•He is from Michigan but has been a Minnesota lad for the past 10 years.
•Josh’s favorite place to adventure is the BWCA and Yosemite national park!

Come in and chat with Josh about his spring hiking boot picks, what makes a perfect slipper, and all things outer space. 🌏🪐🌕

Photo locations: St.Croix River, Big Sur-CA, Santa Monica State Beach-CA, Colorado

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 02/27/2022


If you’ve been to Midwest in the last 5 years you’ve probably crossed paths with our Thrifty Department Coordinator, Kris Robertson!

•K-Rob’s Passions include disc golf, fly fishing, kayaking, and hanging with his sidekick Barley 🐕.
•He was born and raised on the Lakes in Alexandria, MN.
•Kris’s favorite place to adventure is anywhere on a body of water or in the woods.

Next time you’re up in thrifty ask him about his must have gear items for on the river, his altra shoe collection, or why his dog Barley hates ladders.

⭐️bonus if you can spot K-rob in the second photo⭐️

Photo locations: Undisclosed fishing hole 😉, Glymur Waterfall- Iceland, Black Sand Beach-Iceland.


More amazing pics of Steve enjoying .
Come in and chat with him about his favorite ice climbing gear & the new additions to our ice climbing inventory!!🧊🧗🏼

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 02/24/2022


Meet one of our clothing staff, Lydia!

•Lydia’s passions are long distance backpacking, alpine skiing, and large chocolate Wendy’s frostys.
•She is originally from Northern Wisconsin.
•Lydia’s favorite place to adventure is “Anywhere with good company (or Mineral Basin @ Snowbird)”.

Come and and chat with Lyd about her elite winter layering systems, her most recent art project, or how she cross-trains for big trips.

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 02/23/2022


Meet one of our clothing staff, Madie!
•Madie’s passions are canoe camping, folk/indie music, and leading kids in outdoor adventure.
•She is from from La Crescent, Minnesota
•Madie’s favorite places that she’s adventured at are the Boundary Waters and Glacier National Park!

Come in and ask Madie about her spring clothing must haves, and her favorite trail food!


Izzie getting out to enjoy some -22 winter Boundary Waters adventures!
Izzie’s must have gear: “ Rugged Crew socks, my Revel IV High boots and Trail Evo snowshoes. Paired they keep me warm and agile all day long”.


Showing Midwest Mountaineering some love at Michigan Ice Fest! 🧊🧗🏻


Climbing Buyer, Steve, at Michigan Ice fest this past weekend.
Route: ‘Dryer Hose’ aka. ‘Life’s a Pitch’ (WI3+ 60ft)

Steve’s must have gear: “Patagonia R1 hoody- I have 4!”


Owner, Rod, and his pup Teton love skijoring together.
Swing by and pick up a set up for you and your 4-legged friend!

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 01/26/2022


Meet our Camping Department Coordinator (& triple crowner), Ben Bumsted!

•Ben’s passions are long distance hiking, winter camping, paddling and Willie Nelson.
•Ben was born & raised here in Minnesota.
•His favorite places to adventure is anywhere but Connecticut.

Stop by camping and chat with Ben about getting in the headspace to LD hike, his favorite ultralight gear, what makes a good pair of wranglers jeans, and mustache maintenance.

Photo locations: Colorado Trail, Lake Isabel California, Kings Canyon National Park, Continental divide trail Wyoming.

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 01/24/2022


This is one of our floor managers and the warranty wizard, Joe Mahank!

•Joe’s passions include rock climbing and climbing rocks. 🧗🏻
•Joe was born and raised in South Bend Indiana.
•Joe’s favorite adventure “so far has been multi pitch climbing in Red Rock Canyon.”and his favorite recurring adventure is climbing in the Red River Gorge in Kentucky!

If you run into Joe ask him about rocks, rock climbing, and his global adventures! You’ll know it’s Joe by the dad jokes or flowing curls.

Photo locations: South Bend IN, Taylors Falls MN, Alicante Spain

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 01/23/2022

Joe & Layla’s January climbing trip to Red Rock Canyon, NV.
Route: Unimpeachable Groping 10c 7 pitches
Joes must have gear: 70 m rope, lots and lots of quick draws, sterling hollowblock, and all of the stoke.

Photos from Midwest Mountaineering's post 01/16/2022


Our Nordic/paddlesports department coordinator is Trevor Ellsworth!

•Trevor’s passions include adventures with his family, and 90’s hip-hop.
•Trevor was born and raised in Portland, OR.
•His favorite place to adventure is “anywhere I am”.

Come in and ask Trevor about all things nordic, paddling, backcountry skiing, climbing, and more. If you’re lucky you might get to meet his adventure pup, Luna.

Photo locations: BWCA, Metolius River Oregon, Joshua Tree, George Crosby Manitou State Park MN.


Winter must haves from Manager, Sheridan!
From left to right: Hydroflask wide mouth flex, Smartwool 250 bottoms, WarmSkin, Snowline chainsen trail lights, Kari Traa rose headband, Gordini wooly mits, Craft hybrid weather glove

❄️Craft Hybrid Weather Glove- I bought these to wear on cross country skiing in early spring and on warm winter days. They're now the only gloves I wear skiing.

❄️Snowline Chainsen Trail Light- The best traction devices, hands down. OK, I haven't actually tried them all, but I stand by that statement. The spikes are large enough to provide good traction on steep, icy trails, but light and low profile enough that I barely notice I'm wearing them. Well worth the premium price over other brands!

❄️WarmSkin- Before discovering warm skin, I used a lot of Dermatone to protect my face from the elements. Effective, but greasy and not great for my acne-prone skin. Warm skin provides great protection without that greasy feeling, plus it works as a moisturizer, which we could all probably use more of during the dry, Minnesota winters.

Timeline photos 01/11/2022

We’re closed today (January 11) for physical inventory, but we’ll be back to business as usual tomorrow!


We will now be requiring masks per the City of Minneapolis Mask Mandate effective 1/6/22 until further notice.

Also, Midwest Mountaineering will be closed Tuesday, January 11th for Inventory. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your understanding and support.


The Midwest Mtn Staff

Midwest Mountaineering updated their business hours. 01/04/2022

Midwest Mountaineering updated their business hours.

Midwest Mountaineering updated their business hours.


Black Friday Coupon Deals at Midwest Mountaineering November 26th - 28th:

✔️ $10 Off $50 Purchase
✔️ Free cuffed Merino Beanie
✔️ 50% OFF Bambo Utensils with Chopsticks
✔️ 50% OFF Midwest Mountaineering custom buff
✔️ Free Thrifty Outfitters warm winter gloves

Get coupons here: https://bit.ly/3FJKhgT


Join Midwest Mountaineering and all our friends for an Outdoor Adventure Expo November 19 - 21st!

Everything in the store is on sale. Attend free presentations, mingle with outdoor exhibitors and factory reps. And don't forget our raffle on Friday from 2-8pm - prizes announced at 8:30pm. Come spend a memorable weekend with us!

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3DDoW80

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Climbing 101 is back!!! The first class will be Monday July 5 at 6 PM! Call the store at 612-339-3433 to reserve your sp...
Wondering how you will keep your drinks & snacks cold in this wildly hot weather? @icemulecoolers is the answer! Backpac...
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Midwest Mountaineering Presents: An Evening with Conrad Anker & Sam Elias
Recording of the Clinic for how to edit your landscape photos
Virtual Clinic with Cliff Jacobson | Canoeing the Boundary Waters, with Style
Combining Biking, Backpacking, & Canoeing into a Single Expedition
Using sliding snowshoes to ski up the Split Rock River. They’re the Black Diamond GlideLites.
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309 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

Opening Hours

Monday 11am - 7pm
Tuesday 11am - 7pm
Wednesday 11am - 7pm
Thursday 11am - 7pm
Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday 11am - 6pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

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