Outdoor gear with a greater cause
Outdoor Gear Store in Colorado Springs
Mountain Equipment Recyclers, Inc. (MER) is a retail and consignment outdoor gear store selling new and used high-quality outdoor equipment located in Colorado Springs, CO. Gear includes camping, backpacking, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, running, climbing, fly fishing, canoes/kayaks, and many other outdoor activities associated with beautiful Colorado.
MER outdoor gear store is committed to helping the local community through local charities. One-hundred percent of MER net profits are contributed to charitable causes.
We have three core values: First, we strive to offer high-quality gear at discounted prices. Second, we support the local community. Finally, one-hundred percent of profits go toward charitable causes.
History of MER Outdoor Gear Store
Founded in 2010, MER began as a consignment gear shop with the added goal of giving back to relief programs that assisted PTSD-affected soldiers returning from combat. In a short time, various nonprofits and advocacy groups were added to the charitable partner’s list. Adding these groups connected the MER outdoor gear store to some incredible people and organizations in the Colorado Springs community, including trails and open areas that our staff and customers were actively utilizing.
Following a unique collaboration in 2016, MER moved under the ownership of the Beanstalk Foundation, a nonprofit based in Denver, CO. Operating as a social business, 100% of MER net profits are now used for charitable causes. Beginning in 2017, MER partnered with local nonprofit Kids on Bikes to bring in the Pedal Station Community Bike Center. With the newly forged partnerships, MER outdoor gear store is now home to the largest selection of quality used and refurbished bikes in the area.
Each month MER selects one charity as our Non-Profit of the Month.
Pikes Peak Climbers Alliance is MER’s Non-Profit of the Month for November 2023. Learn how you can help PPCA advocate for local climbers by shopping in-store!
The Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers connect Southern Coloradans to the resources at Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers.
The mission of PPORA is one we can all get behind: Strengthening the Pikes Peak Region’s outdoor recreation industry through leadership and collaboration.