Alaska Alpine Club hosts annual gear exchange


Sarah Manriquez / Photo Editor

Affordable quality outdoor gear, equipment and clothing in good condition will be for sale for the annual gear exchange held by the Alaska Alpine Club (AAC) on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 1-3p.m. on the upper level in the Wood Center. The annual gear swap is an event designed for hikers, climbers, skiers and outdoorsman alike to buy and sell, used outdoor gear. A wide selection of items will be available including tents, sleeping bags, skis (Alpine, AT, telemark, XC), boots, poles, snowboards, ice climbing gear, mountaineering gear, bikes, ice skates, helmets and river sports equipment.

Here’s how it works; folks who are interested in selling their used gear, equipment or clothing that’s in good condition can drop off sale items to the upper level of the Wood Center on Friday, Feb. 5 between 6-9 p.m. or Saturday Feb. 6 between 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Gear will be received and tagged for the sale. As this is a fundraiser for the club, AAC will retain 15 percent of the sale price and reimburse the seller within a week.

For buyers, the doors open at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6 on the upper level of the Wood Center and everything is first come, first served. AAC has said that payment by cash is preferred but the gear swap also accepts cards.

“Usually there is a line-up of folks waiting to get first pick of the gear,” Frank Olive, Alaska Alpine Club advisor, said.

The Alaska Alpine Club is a UAF student organization, a climbing club that “was formed to promote the exploration and enjoyment of Alaskan mountain areas – areas which are unrivaled.” They have held the annual gear exchange as their primary fundraiser for decades.

The annual gear exchange was originally established by AAC as a way for students to outfit themselves for the Intro to Ski Mountaineering class at a reasonable cost.

“Overall it is a fun way for aspiring outdoors people and climbers to get their hands on some cheaper gear that people in the community are no longer using,” Olive said.

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