Recreation

Gear Garage Hours

Day Times
Thursday – Monday 3 – 7 p.m.
Tuesday – Wednesday By Appointment Only
  • Bike rentals stop 1-hour before closing due to the length of the rental process.
  • Other gear rentals stop 15-minutes before close.

Revised Hours

  • OPEN: Wednesday, July 3 (3-7 pm)
  • CLOSED: Thursday, July 4
  • CLOSED: Monday, September 1
  • CLOSED: All Home Football Games

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Reservation How-To

  • A request for a reservation can be made online or by phone, 206.685.6767.
  • Submission of a reservation request form is not a completed reservation. All request forms must be finalized verbally with a Gear Garage Staff person.
  • A credit card is required for the security deposit.
  • Reservations may not be made more than 7 days in advance.
  • Reservations must be picked up no later than 1.5 hours prior to closing.

Cancellation Policy

  • Reservations canceled with less than 2 days notice = 50% refund
  • Reservations that are not picked by 6 p.m. on the specified day are canceled = 0% refund

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How Pricing Works

  • We do not charge for the day equipment is picked up and the day it’s dropped off. For example, pick-up on Friday and drop-off on Sunday is a single day rental.
  • Student rate when renting 2+ of the same item – When a single person is renting multiples of the same item, the student rate is applied to the first item only. Each additional item is charged at the standard rate. (Example: two tents are being rented by the same student, the student rate is applied to the first tent and not the second). For more information on how the student rate works, please contact us.
  • Rentals that begin on Monday are a 2-day minimum.
  • Prices subject to change.

Equipment & Prices

Backpacking

Shelter & Sleeping

Item Standard Price First Day Standard Price Additional Day Student Price First Day Student Price Additional Day
Bivy Sack $12 $6 $9 $4.5
2-Person Lightweight Tent $10 $5 $9 $4.5
Ultralight Tarp Tents (3 & 4 person option) $16 $8 $12 $6
Sleeping Bag (20 and 30 degree) $10 $5 $8 $4
Sleeping Pad $3 $1.5 $2 $1
Inflatable Sleeping Pad $5 $2.5 $3 $1.5

On-Trail Essentials

Item Standard Price First Day Standard Price Additional Day Student Price First Day Student Price Additional Day
Backpack (Expands from 50L to 75L) $16 $13 $9 $4.5
Compass $2 $1 $2 $1.5
Hiking Poles (set) $4 $2 $2 $1

Camp Kitchen

Item Standard Price First Day Standard Price Additional Day Student Price First Day Student Price Additional Day
Fast Boil Backpacking Stove (fuel sold separately) $10 $5 $8 $4
Standard Backpacking Stove (fuel sold separately) $7 $4.5 $6 $3
Lightweight 3-pot set $5 $2.5 $3 $1.5
Small Bear Can $4 $2 $2 $1
Standard Bear Can $5 $2.5 $3 $1.5
Water Filter (pump) $6 $3 $4 $2
6L Dromedary Bag (water storage) $2 $1 $2 $1.5

Camping

Shelter & Sleeping

Item Standard Price First Day Standard Price Additional Day Student Price First Day Student Price Additional Day
2-Person Tent $10 $5 $9 $4.5
4-Person Tent $12 $6 $11 $5.5
5-Person Tent $14 $7 $13 $6.5
Sleeping Bag (20 and 30 degree) $10 $5 $8 $4
Sleeping Pad $3 $1.5 $2 $1
Inflatable Sleeping Pad $6 $3 $4 $2

Camp Kitchen

Item Standard Price First Day Standard Price Additional Day Student Price First Day Student Price Additional Day
2-Burner Stove (fuel sold separately) $5 $2.5 $7 $3.5
70qt Cooler $7 $3.5 $5 $2.5
100qt Cooler $8 $4 $5 $2.5
120qt Cooler $10 $5 $7 $3.5
Rechargeable Lantern $5 $2.5 $4 $2

Cycling

Item Standard Price First Day Standard Price Additional Day Student Price First Day Student Price Additional Day
Mountain Bike (Hardtail, 27.5” wheels, Helmet) $35 $17.5 $26 $13
Gravel/Road Touring (disc brake, front and rear racks, helmet) $35 $17.5 $26 $13
Touring Package (Bike + front and rear panniers) $56 $28 $43 $21.5
Front Panniers $10 $5 $8 $4
Rear Panniers $11 $5.5 $9 $4.5
Car Rack $4 $2 $3 $1.5

Events, Parties, Tailgates, & Music Festivals

Shelters

Item Standard Price First Day Standard Price Additional Day Student Price First Day Student Price Additional Day
9×7 Pop-Up Sun Shelter $8 $4 $7 $3.5
10×10 Pop-Up Sun Shelter $15 $7.5 $13 $6.5

Coolers

Item Standard Price First Day Standard Price Additional Day Student Price First Day Student Price Additional Day
70qt Cooler $7 $3.5 $5 $2.5
100qt Cooler $8 $4 $5 $2.5
120qt Cooler $10 $5 $7 $3.5

Games

Item Standard Price First Day Standard Price Additional Day Student Price First Day Student Price Additional Day
Horseshoe Set $5 $2.5 $4 $2
Ladder Ball $5 $2.5 $4 $2
Bocce Ball $5 $2.5 $4 $2
Washer Toss $5 $2.5 $4 $2
Kan Jam $4 $2 $3 $1.5
Spike Ball $6 $3 $5 $2.5
Ramp Shot $6 $3 $5 $2.5

Fishing

Item Standard Price First Day Standard Price Additional Day Student Price First Day Student Price Additional Day
Wading Package (Breathable Waders and Wading Boots) $19 $9.5 $17 $8.5
5wt Fly Rod and Reel $9 $4.5 $5 $2.5

Mountaineering

Item Standard Price First Day Standard Price Additional Day Student Price First Day Student Price Additional Day
Plastic Mountaineering Boots $19 $9.5 $17 $8.5
Strap Crampon $9 4.5 $8 $4
Semi-Auto Crampon $12 $6 $11 $5.5
Standard Ice Axe (55-75cm) $11 $5.5 $6 $3
Helmet $8 $4 $4 $2
4-Season Expedition Tent $32 $16 $27 $13.5
Alpine Backpack (expands to 45L) $8 $4 $7 $3.5

Rock Climbing

Item Standard Price First Day Standard Price Additional Day Student Price First Day Student Price Additional Day
Climbing Shoes $5 $2.5 $4 $2
Helmet $8 $4 $4 $2
Standard Crash Pad $15 $7.5 $9 $4.5
Stick Clip $7 $3.5 $6 $3
Belaggles Belay Glasses $9 $4.5 $8 $4

Please Read Before Renting

Who May Rent?

  • Enrolled Seattle campus students with valid Husky Card. During the summer months, students must be registered for fall classes to receive the student rate.
  • Groups including RSOs, UW departments, fraternities and sororities will be charged the standard rate.
  • All UW faculty/staff are eligible to rent, IMA membership not required. Employment verification may be required at time of pick up. Call 206.685.6767 for more details.
  • Spouses, alumni, Bothell & Tacoma students must possess an IMA Membership to be eligible.

Picking Up Gear

  • All renters must complete a rental agreement and release of liability form. When renting for others, a release of liability form must be completed by the person using the equipment.
  • Please bring a Husky/IMA membership card and a valid photo I.D.
  • A credit card is required for a security/damage deposit.
  • Accepted forms of payment include Visa, MasterCard, Discover, personal checks, and Husky cards. No cash.
  • Please allow 20-30 minutes for the rental process. Fitting bikes, backpacks, and other items may take up to 60 minutes. Rentals of other equipment stop 15 minutes before closing.
  • Ask the attendant how to avoid late fees, cleaning charges and repair fees.
  • Returns are NOT accepted at the IMA membership desk or the WAC boat rental window during summer hours.

Rental Policies, Fees & Fines

  • Full payment is due at time of pickup.
  • A credit card security/damage deposit is required to rent equipment.
  • Renters are responsible for all damages, lost/destroyed equipment, and cleaning fees.
  • All equipment must be returned clean and dry. Items in need of cleaning and/or drying are charged a fee of $15.50 per hour.
  • Equipment returned late is charged a flat $25 penalty plus the standard daily rate for each item and day the equipment is overdue.
  • Equipment returned outside hours of operation is subject to a $15 off-hours drop fee.
  • Lost items are charged the replacement cost of the item including tax and shipping.

Off-Hours Appointments

To schedule an appointment, please contact the Gear Garage at garage@uw.edu or 206.685.6767. Please email at least 7 days prior to the desired pick-up date as email response times may take up to 3 days. Off-hours pick up and drop off is subject to availability and may be requested no later than 7 days in advance. Off-hours pick up is subject to a convenience fee.

Location:We are located on the 1st floor of the Waterfront Activities Center. From the parking lot walk through the breezeway towards the lake, enter the building at the boat rental office, we are just down the hall and to the right.
3710 Montlake Blvd NE
Seattle, WA 98195