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Top 10 Tips for Canoeing and Kayaking Safely

  We love this cartoon! It's full of great advice AND the character kinda looks like Fred!

New video: Jesse Rolling and Sculling

Jesse had some time after the last class to practice some skills on tape. If you're looking to learn how to roll our next class is July 26th!

2014 Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race Kayak Rentals

(George and Susan enjoying race day last year)   Exkursion will be offering kayak rentals again this year for the Friends of the Riverfront Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race! We rent touring kayaks that are great for racers looking for a stable yet fast kayak to compete in. Beginners and experienced paddlers will both be satisfied. Click the link below for more info and to secure your rental today. http://www.exkursion.com/collections/rentals/products/kayak-rental-for-pittsburgh-adventure-race See you...

2014 Classes Scheduled!

Exkursion is rolling into spring and summer with a fresh schedule of classes! Check out the rock climbing page and kayaking page for full descriptions of our awesome outings.

We're Closing Our Retail Shop

If you haven't heard, Exkursion will be closing its doors for good at the end of December, 2013. After 40 years in business with the best products, great service and fantastic staff, we have decided to call it quits.  We want to thank all of you, our customers, for a wonderful experience serving the Pittsburgh area as your core outdoor store.  We will continue to offer our rock climbing and...

Black and Gold Outerwear for Pittsburgh Fans!

The weather is cold and wet, but that doesn't keep a true fan like you from attending the game! The Steelers are starting to put it together this year, and the Penguins are dominant as usual. Don't even get us started on the season the Pirates had! Bleed black and gold while sporting your outdoor style and keep warm and dry while you're at it with these Pittsburgh sports themed...

Closing early for the movies!

We will be closing at 4pm on Monday the 14th for the Reel Rock film fest. See you at the movies!

New Five Ten Rogue Lace rock shoes in stock!

We just received our supply of the new Rogue Lace rockshoes from Five Ten. These guys replace the uber popular Spire, and from our initial test, it looks like they are a worthy replacement. They seem to have a better fit for a wider range of foot shapes, and a more precise toe. Come on in and stick your foot in 'em! http://www.exkursion.com/collections/climbing-gear-rock-climbing-shoes-1/products/five-ten-rogue-lace

Tarantula restock

Just in time for cold weather bouldering, or hitting up the gym, we received a resupply of La Sportiva Tarantulas today. This is a great shoe for folks looking for comfort and performance blended into one shoe. Check 'em out here: http://www.exkursion.com/products/la-sportiva-tarantula

Free Boat Demo Day This Saturday, August 17th

This Saturday, August 17th 12-4pm Keystone State Park - At the boat launch area.   We'll have all of our kayaks, canoes, and SUPs available for demo on the lake! Over 20 styles from seven different brands will be on hand for test paddling. This is a great opportunity to try before you buy! Recreational, touring, sea, and fishing kayaks as well as stand-up paddleboards will all be represented.  ...

How to Fix Your Ruined Headlamp...

The good news: The other day I discovered my Petzl Myo XP headlamp that had been missing for a long time. I love that headlamp.   The bad news: My headlamp was toast. It would turn on but not off all the way! It would surely suck the batteries dry in no time. Like many others before me, I ruined my headlamp because I left the batteries in it unused for months/years? And when...

On the Water Demo Day- Saturday, May 25th

 Come try out our Kayaks, Canoes, and SUPs! Free Paddlesports Demo Day at Keystone State Park. 12-5pm. Rain or Shine. We will have all of our boats and boards available for test paddling. This is a great opportunity to try before you buy. Over 20 different models of kayaks and -new for 2013- stand-up paddleboards! Brands represented include BIC, Perception, Dagger, Wilderness Systems, Current Designs, and P&H/Venture Kayaks. Knowledgable staff...

Springtime means fresh products

 Even though Jesse went skiing today, it is definitely spring here in Southwestern Pennsylvania! The sun is out and its 50 degrees, and that means we are getting new stuff in stock everyday. So far we've received our spring shipments from Osprey and Gregory backpacks, Scarpa climbing shoes and hiking boots, Outdoor Research clothing, hats, and storage accessories, Black Diamond climbing hardware, trekking poles, and headlamps, Rab hiking pants and...

End of Season Sale This weekend

Friday, March 1st through Sunday, March 3rd 20% -50% Off Everything in stock! Special Clearance on winter outerwear, xc ski gear, and snowshoes! Stop in early for the best selection.  

A few pics from the first night of the PBRoblem

          February 8th. The first session of the PBRoblem was awesome! About 30 people packed Exkursion's wall area to cheer on over 20 climbers in action. This was the "Speed Round" and we were not dissapointed. The problem was set up with 20 numbered moves to be climbed in sequence while the clock was running. The competitors were scored based on how fast they climbed the problem. Taking the lead in points...

Climbing Shoe Video Review

We thought this short video by Chris McNamara on Outdoor Gear Lab was spot on. Exkursion stocks all of the top shoes mentioned; LaSportiva Miura, Five Ten Anasazi VCS, MadRock Flash, and LaSportiva Solution! Stop in, try them on our wall, and see for yourself what performance and comfort feel like. Check this out for the full in-depth review:   http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Climbing-Shoe-Reviews  

What's the PBRoblem?

  the PBRoblem Exkursion's own bouldering competition! A series to be held every thursday night in February at Exkursion. 9-11pm. Free PBRs, one boulder problem set on the woody, and a point system awarded to each climber. Climbers can come for any and all sessions. The more sessions you attend, the better your chances of getting points and winning prizes. But really you can't lose because hey, free beer. T-shirts...

Winter Outerwear Sale

 Going on now: Winter Outerwear Sale! Save 20% to 30% on winter outerwear for men and women. Patagonia, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Outdoor Research, Rab. Down parkas, GoreTex jackets, Fleece, Softshells and more! Select items on sale throughout the store. Stop in soon for the best selection!

Traveling Companions: an occasional series on our favorite gear

  In the fall of 1989 my parents gave me a gift: a pink Patagonia fleece balaclava with purple trim. I know what you are thinking. Just the thing every 12 year old boy is looking for. The thing is, I fell in love with that balaclava, and for the last 23+ years, that balaclava has been on every cold weather adventure I've taken. It has peaked out from under...

Holiday Hours

Just so you know, we'll have hours Christmas Eve for some last minute shopping! Here's the schedule: Christmas Eve: Open 10-4 Christmas Day: Closed New Year's Eve: Closed New Year's Day: Closed All other hours are the same; Mon-Fri:10-9 Sat: 10-7 Sun: 12:30-4 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Exkursion!

Are you on facebook?

 If you have a facebook account check us out on facebook.com/exkursion We post all kinds of info on products and wacky things going on around the shop! Like us and follow the action! You could also be eligible to win some interesting swag and services here at Exkursion.

Holiday Sale December 7th-9th

   Big Holiday Sale Everything in Stock 20%-50% Off! Friday Dec 7th - Sunday Dec 9th   Christmas time at Exkursion! This is the perfect opportunity to score great deals on amazing gifts for your loved ones! You could also purchase a little something for yourself if your're that type of person. The type who loves discounts on awesome outdoor gear and clothing! Everything will be on sale at least...

"El Cap Report"

  The documentary film "El Cap Report" will be premiering at the Three Rivers Film Festival November 17th at noon at the Melwood Theatre. This film features our good friend and climbing guide Mike Kozusko on his quest to solo climb the famous bigwall in Yosemite Valley. To see the trailer and to buy tickets to the show visit: http://www.3rff.com/films/#el-cap-report

Dead Man's Hollow Hike

 We're getting close to Halloween, so a hike at a place named Dead Man's Hollow seemed appropriate. This little nature preserve along the banks of the Youghiogheny River near little Boston is a cool surprise tucked away in the hills. Park at the rail trail parking lot in Boston and head downstream on the trail for about 1/2 mile. There are a couple signs indicating Dead Man's Hollow Nature Preserve owned by the...