Backcountry Essentials (BCE) is an outdoor specialty shop. We cater to the outdoor community, specifically: climbers, backcountry skiers, hikers, campers, kayakers, and people who enjoy the culture of the Northwest and Bellingham. We started Backcountry Essentials with the intention of being a gathering place for the local outdoor community.
Our business philosophy recognizes that, while we have to sell a certain amount of gear to remain open, we ideally want to be a resource and meeting place where people can find out the latest information on trails, routes, and conditions, swap stories about where they have been, or learn about the pros and cons of the "latest and greatest" in gear. Since we love to test gear, we can give you the real dirt on everything we sell - how functional it is, how well it holds up, and how it compares to other products in its category.