Sixteen years ago Dave Talsky was the proprietor of a rock gym in Mammoth, California. At that time the local climbing shop was selling gear only during summer months—what they considered climbing season. When the shop switched over to winter enthusiasms, they shelved rock shoes for skis, and there was no place for climbers to acquire gear. Dave did a little math and started selling climbing equipment to his customers, climbers who kept it going throughout the year. As the retail side of the gym started outdistancing the gym income, Dave went all in with retail, and in 1996 Mammoth Mountaineering was born.
“The number one thing we are known for would be our status as a committed mountain shop,” says store manager Jon Crowley. “We have all the best product from small unknown manufacturers, as well as the from the big name brands.”
He’s not kidding. The shop itself is swollen with product. Much to the chagrin of employees, Dave packs his store with as much product as possible to ensure customers that they have what they’re looking for. “It’s jam packed with gear,” says Crowley. “There’s stuff hanging from the ceiling, and in corners you wouldn’t think existed.” For the record, Mammoth Mountaineering is the only shop in town to cover all aspects of backcountry skiing and mountaineering.