If you get to the mighty “T” and realize that you forgot your helmet, need a pair of Chacos, or are looking for a book on local flora and fauna, you are not completely out of luck. There are actually several options for buying river gear and camping equipment in the Tuolumne area.


Mountain Sage: Outdoor gear (including rain coats and Chacos) and clothing are sold that is quaint store in a beautiful garden setting. They also have fair trade coffee, baked goods, and live music on weekends. Located in Groveland on Main Street (Hwy 120). (209) 962-4686.


Sierra Nevada Adventure Co. (SNAC): New and used mountaineering and paddling gear, plus books, maps, and technical equipment. Located at 173 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. (209) 532-5621.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Mountain Shop: Backpacks, carabiners, tents, sleeping bags, and loads of technical outdoor gear are available. While the gear is not whitewater specific, they have a wide variety of outdoor clothing. Located in the Yosemite Village Store. (209) 372-8396.

Insider Tip

There are some very nice canned beers and boxed wines out there these days. Glass bottles don’t always hold up well going through technical Class IV rapids. Check out Dale’s Pale Ale and Black Box wine.

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