About the Shop

Shop smart, and save money at Pro Mountain Sports-- Seattle’s only small shop dedicated to the climber, alpinist, and lightweight backpacker. In a shop the size of the REI restrooms, Pro Mountain Sports packs a surprising selection of gear. With 50 years of mountaineering experience shop owner and guide book author Jim Nelson offers customers honest and savvy guidance in purchasing the right gear for the objective. Come by the shop and say hi.


I was an employee at Pro Mountain Sports for several years, and am quite familiar with the gear carried by this specialty climbing shop. The owner and manager, Jim Nelson, is an extremely experienced climber (including climbs such as the first ascent of the South Buttress of Tiedemann second ascent of the Infinite Spur and the first winter ascent of Slesse’s Northeast Buttress), and the gear stocked at Pro Mountain Sports reflects his expertise. You’ll find a lot of specialty items which aren’t stocked in the generic climbing stores, and probably even a bunch of stuff you haven’t seen before.
— Colin Haley

Pro Mountain Sports!!! They have THE best curated selection of climbing gear, especially for the cascades. Everything in there is super high performance. Jim has an eye for the gear that is the most reliable, safe, comfortable, and lightweight. He’s great at working with his customers to help them identify their priorities and quickly walk out with just the right things. I know I can get a lot of the same stuff elsewhere, but I always choose to buy from Pro Mountain Sports because I want to keep them around hand picking the best gear for me and the rest of the community for years to come! Cheers,
— Randi Simmons
Pro Mountain Sports is a most excellent location to get information on the latest climbing and outdoor equipment. They have the latest and most efficient climbing and outdoor equipment.
— Fred Beckey