Recreation

Winter News:

WE ARE NOT RENTING WINTER EQUIPMENT AT THIS TIME. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE BELOW:

Skis and Snowboards – Rentals of skis and snowboard packages will begin once the local ski areas have at least 50% of trails open and groomed.

Backcountry gear – Rentals begin once The Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) begin posting avalanche forecasts

Snowshoes – Rentals begin when Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass report a base of approximately 24″ of snow.

For more information, call 206.685.6767

Gear Garage Hours

Day Times
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 3 – 7 p.m.
Tuesday and 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

  • CLOSED: Nov. 25-Dec. 1, Dec. 16-Jan. 1 (Will revise if ski areas are in operation)

Reserving Gear

Reservation Process

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

Cancellation Policy

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

Reservation Inquiry

How Pricing Works

  • There is no 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.
  • Rentals that begin on Monday are a 2-day minimum.
  • Prices are subject to change.

Equipment & Prices

We carry gear from many the best brands: Mountain Safety Research (MSR), Thermarest, Sealine, Kona Bikes, Mountain Hardwear, Osprey Packs, Black Diamond, Camp Chef, Hilleberg Tents, K2 Skis and Snowboards, and more.

Snowshoeing

Item First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student Additional Day
Adult Snowshoe Package (shoes and poles) $18 $9 $13 $6.5
Youth and Child Snowshoe Package (shoes and poles) $10 $5 $7 $3.5

Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding

Item First Day Additional Day Student First Day StudentAdditional Day
Avalanche Beacon $24 $12 $18 $8.5
Backcountry Shovel $6 $3 $3 $1.5
Avalanche Probe $7 $3.5 $4 $2
Touring Package (Beacon, Shovel, Probe) $37 $18.5 $25 $12.5

Backpacking

Shelter & Sleeping

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

On-Trail Essentials

Item First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student Additional Day
Osprey 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 First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student Additional Day
Fast Boil Backpacking Stove (pot included, fuel sold separately) $10 $5 $8 $4
Standard Backpacking Stove (pots needed, fuel sold separately) $7 $4.5 $6 $3
Lightweight Nesting 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 First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student 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
Foam Sleeping Pad $3 $1.5 $2 $1
Inflatable Sleeping Pad $6 $3 $4 $2

Camp Kitchen

Item First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student Additional Day
Camp Chef 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

Biking

Item First Day Additional Day Student  First Day Student Additional Day
Kona Mountain Bike (Hardtail, 27.5” wheels, helmet) $35 $17.5 $26 $13
Kona Gravel/Adventure Bike (drop bar, disc brakes, front and rear racks, Integrated lock, helmet) $35 $17.5 $26 $13
Touring Package (Bike + front and rear panniers) $56 $28 $43 $21.5
Ortlieb Front Panniers $10 $5 $8 $4
Ortlieb Rear Panniers $11 $5.5 $9 $4.5
Car Rack $4 $2 $3 $1.5

Events, Parties, Tailgates, & Music Festivals

Shelters

Item First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student Additional Day
9×7 Pop-Up Sun Shelter (not waterproof) $8 $4 $7 $3.5
10×10 Pop-Up Sun Shelter (not waterproof) $15 $7.5 $13 $6.5

Coolers

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

Mountaineering

Item First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student 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 First Day Additional Day Student First Day Student 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 the 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 are 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