Inside Track on the Outdoors
The premier outdoor outfitter in the northwest had modest beginnings as a climbing gear cooperative in Seattle
back 1938. Portland
's REI outpost in the Pearl district is located in one of the sustainably repurposed warehouses now filled with retail, office, and residential. You need to tune your radar to REI for any Portland visit because of the weather. When unprepared for the sudden turn to precipitation, you'll find what you need in all the major brands and REI's own line of rain-centric fashion. They have a regular educational clinic, travel services, and all kinds of high-quality equipment. Locals don't buy clothes, they buy gear, and REI has a great selection for the casual climber to the road-tested traveler. It's a great space to get lost in on a rainy afternoon, too, with an exhaustive maps section offering options to find your way.