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Lonely Planet review

As much an adventure as a shopping experience, this state-of-the-art megastore has its own climbing wall – a 65ft rock pinnacle to the side of the store’s entryway. The wall is open for scrambling at various times daily, except Tuesday, when it’s reserved for private groups. (You can climb free of charge, but be prepared to wait your turn.) You can also check out the rain-proofing of various brands of gear by entering a special rainstorm shower, or road test hiking boots on a simulated mountain trail. REI also rents various ski packages, climbing gear and camping equipment – call for daily and weekly rates.