The 1,000-square-foot climbing Rock Wall represents the only pay-to-play class/event space in the Public Lands store. Think of it as just another individual outlet in a building full of them. Look for weekly themed climbs (Ladies Climb Night, Family Climb Night, Youth Climb) as well as monthly classes (Bouldering, Yoga+Climb).
With a full-service bike shop onsite, Public Lands has the capacity to handle any cycling repair or upgrade that guests may have. While the work might come at added cost, stewardship and shared knowledge supersede financial gains from the fixes. “There is an emphasis on transparency and education,” Clark adds. “We do all of our repairs in plain sight of the public and explain what we’re doing and why, often instructing the guests on how they can avoid coming back for the same problem by showing them the preventative maintenance required.”
From the BootDoc 3D scan machine, which provides accurate suggestions for arch support and boot inserts, to the full-service shop equipped for any upgrade or repair, the Public Lands ski and snowboard shop is as capable and robust as any chalet shop you might encounter near the slopes.
In addition to the well-equipped tackle shop, this area offers free line-winding services (with purchase of line), live and frozen bait, fishing licenses and a wealth of angler information for those seeking out the secret spots of Western PA.
From hiking boots to backpacks, bindings to board size, getting the appropriate fit is the difference between falling in love with a new sport and never wanting to do it again. Public Lands’ guides aren’t just folks who work in the store, they’re avid users ready to translate outdoor skills and experience in order to help guests make the best decisions for adventures ahead.
Not sure you’re ready to lay down $2,500 on a new trail bike? Need a high-performing camp cooler? Wondering if snowshoeing might help you enjoy the winter? Public Lands has you covered. And no, you don’t need to be at the store to take advantage; gear rental reservations are available via FedEx delivery to anywhere in the contiguous U.S.
Bikes & Racks
Check out the Public Lands rental fleet and decide whether the time is right to buy. In addition to a bike, or bikes, you can rent a rack to fit your vehicle and carry one, or multiple bikes.
Curious about all the hype surrounding this beastly brand? Rent one in a variety of sizes and find out why these rugged ice chests are so sought after.
Ski & Board
Skis and snowboards are available on a seasonal basis. For one flat fee, you can rent brand-new, top-of-the-line gear for the season—popular among those trying the sport(s) for the first time and also for parents who know their kids will grow. Price includes skis, boards, boots and poles (where applicable).
Wondering if snowshoeing might help you enjoy the winter? Stop guessing. Go give them a try for a reasonable daily fee. Price includes snowshoes and poles.
Kayak and standup paddleboard packages are available and include the boat or board, paddle and personal floatation device, along with some recommendations on the best places to float based on your level of experience.
Nestled on the right-hand side of the climbing Rock Wall are a selection of goods from local, Western Pennsylvania artisans. Look for unique items like coffee, tea, soap and pottery that reinforce Public Lands’ commitment to cultivating regional relationships and spotlighting worthy, lesser-known goods for their guests.
Visit publiclands.com for full details and additional services, from hiking permits and park passes, to sales of the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, which covers entry and day-usage at national parks and national wildlife refuges, national forests and grasslands, plus lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.