Over three decades ago, long before one of the popular outdoor gear brands we wear and use today even existed, Spokane resident Paul Fish designed a better backpack, and soon he was making them by hand out of his living room.

It wasn’t long before he opened his own outdoor gear shop, Mountain Gear, to supply the region’s growing number of backpackers, climbers, and skiers with quality outdoor gear. As business boomed, Fish expanded to include mail-order and online shopping options that made the Mountain Gear brand well-known to outdoor enthusiasts across the U.S.

Still owned locally with a retail store with plenty of easy-access parking at 2002 North Division, Mountain Gear is celebrating its biggest sale of the year and 35 years in business with its annual anniversary sale, August 8-12.

This year’s 35th anniversary sale features some of the best prices of the year, says retail sales manager John Schwartz, including up to 60 percent off on Keen footwear, summer apparel, and other select gear. There will also be sweet deals on backpacking, climbing, and paddle sports gear; clothing; and even some ski gear.

“The deals will be great,” says Schwartz, “but it’s in-store only so you need to come down to the retail store to check it all out.”

For details, call 509-325-9000.