There’s one really important step between living in Montana’s Basecamp for Art and Adventure and living that adventure. That step is gearing up.
Whether you’ll be climbing rocks, hitting slopes, running trails or any of the other you’ll enjoy here, having the right gear is paramount to success on the water, the slopes or the mountains. Adventurers and city slickers alike will want the best outdoor clothing to keep warm in the Montana winter or protected in the summer sun. No matter what you’re looking for, Great Falls is home to (and !) some of the best Montana outdoor sports stores in the state.
When it comes to gear, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking to beat a PR in [insert your extreme sport here] or just want to discover the majestic Montana outdoors with your whole family, take a trip to any of the stores below to gear up and get out there.
When we say Great Falls is Montana’s Basecamp for Art and Adventure, you probably didn’t think the art of layering was included, when in reality, layering might be the art form we are the most fluent in. The temperature in Central Montana changes often and changes quickly. In fact, the greatest 12-hour temperature change ever recorded in the United States occurred 40 minutes outside of Great Falls in Fairfield on December 14, 1924. The temperature that day dropped from 64°F to -21°F at night – that’s an 84-degree change!
Dressing for the weather is a learned skill necessary for one’s success in Montana. And if one doesn’t learn this skill, one might end up sweating in a wool turtleneck on a 75°F day because they left the house that morning at 7:00AM when it was 30°F. Or wearing sandals through the snow. Trust us: we’ve all done it, and neither are enjoyable.
But, alas, no worries. Great Falls has a wide variety of gear stores and clothing shops that supply base layers all the way up to heavy snow gear. The previously mentioned North 40 Outfitters, Scheels and Bighorn Outdoor Specialists all offer extended selections of apparel and footwear for all weather. Many downtown shops offer stylish clothes that will keep you warm or cool, whatever that day’s adventures call for.
You’ve got your thermal wear, hardshell jacket and ski goggles (or sunscreen, sun hat and hiking books) - now get out there! There’s always somewhere new to explore in or around the Basecamp.Explore the Basecamp