The Nest Gear Shop

View our Nest Outdoor Gear Shop policy document for a complete list of policies related to outdoor gear rentals or look below for the answers to our most commonly asked questions!

Comprehensive list of gear available to check out is listed at the bottom of this page.

Winter Gear Shop Hours:

  • Monday: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Friday: 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Where is The Nest Located?

The Nest is located in the Lower Level of the Activities and Recreation Center near the Fitness Studio. Walk past the front desk toward the fitness studio, when you see the orange desk we are located around that corner. If you are having a hard time finding us, ask the front desk for support.

Can I come into The Nest?

Please stop by during open Nest hours. Not sure where we are? Just check in with the staff at the Fitness Front Desk and they can assist you connect you with an Outdoor Wellness Leader or share Nest hours of operation.

Can I rent from the Nest?

The Nest Gear Shop is funded entirely by UW Bothell and Cascadia College student fees and is therefore, only available to UWB and CC students. Our campus friends, partners and community members are welcome to visit at any time and chat about outdoor opportunities in the area!

How much does it cost?

Gear rentals are free to all current UWB and CC students. We do have fees for late returns, equipment cleaning, and gear replacement.

How MUCH gear can I rent?

As much as you want, within reason. Students can rent gear for friends and family, but students are financially responsible for all of the gear they check out. Priority is always given to Outdoor Wellness programs who may be utilizing the gear for trips. We strongly recommend calling ahead during breaks and peak recreation times guarantee gear availability.

Can I return gear outside of gear shop business hours?

With advanced planning, yes. Gear may only be returned during gear shop hours OR by appointment. This is to ensure that trained staff is able to assess the condition of the gear being returned and whether any additional fees should be charged. Students will be charged a service fee if they drop off equipment outside of business hours without an appointment.

How Do I Reserve Gear?

At this point in time, gear is only available on a first-come first-served basis. If you have a big trip coming up, please feel free to make an appointment to get a sense of what equipment might be available. To make an appointment email us at and provide the day and time you would like, we will reply with confirmation of the appointment.

What gear does the Nest Gear Shop rent out?

BackpacksFanny packs
Daypacks (15, 22, 24 Liters)
Overnight/Backpacking packs (46, 48, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75 Liters)
Backpack rainfly (80, 100 Liters)
BooksField guides
Trip planning
And more!
Camp KitchenMugs
French press
Thermos (1 Liter)
Camp stoves (single burners, group 2 burners)
Jet boils
Cooking pots (1.5, 2, 2.5 Liter)
Camp kitchen kits
ChairsCrazy Creek sit pads
Folding camping chairs
Climbing GearChalk bags
Climbing harness (S-XXL)
Climbing shoes (5-13 Mens and Womens)
ClothingOnesies (M and L)
Gloves and mittens (XS-XL)
Neck buffs
Jackets (S-XL)
Pants and leggings (S-XL)
Rain gear – rain jackets and rain pants (XS-XXXL)
First AidFirst aid kits
Emergency blankets and bivvy
Food StorageBear canisters
Bear Bags
FootwearHiking Boots (Women’s 5-10, Men’s 8-13)
Rain boots (4-12 Men’s)
Gaiters (S-XL)
Bug nets for hammocks
Rainflies for hammocks
Extra straps for hammocks
LightsHeadlamps and flashlights
Solar-powered camp lights
Misc.Binoculars (10 x 25 mm, 8 x 25 mm)
Bug spray
Camp soap
Bathroom kit
Knife (fixed-blade, half tang, Mora knives)
Oyster shuckers
Trekking poles (extendable)
Packing and storageCompression bags
Stuff sacks
Dry bags (20, 35, 65 Liter, phone bags)
Shelter and sleepSleeping bags (0, 15, 20, 30, 45-degree ratings)
Sleeping pads
Tents (1-6 people, for both camping and backpacking)
Snow sportsSnowshoes
Snow Shovel
Ice axes
Micro spikes (XS-XL, Women’s 7-Men’s 12)
Snow goggles
Snow pants/jackets (coming soon!)
Water Storage and SystemsWater bottles (1 Liter)
Water storage and dromedaries (2, 4, 26 Liters)
Water filters (2, 6 Liter)
Water SportsSwimming goggles
Paddle boards
Dry Bags