About Us













Our story begins 21 years ago. Originally a second hand sporting goods store, Second Bounce slowly began bringing in more and more outdoor gear focused on activities such as backpacking, camping, climbing, backcountry skiing and biking. In 2001 Second Bounce moved to the current location in Ballard, ditched the "bouncing items", rebranded as Second Ascent, and became a full-service outdoor retail store with a full service bike shop selling new, used, closeouts & salesman samples. In April 2016 our bike shop moved 3 doors up the street under the name Ascent Cycles.  As we have evolved to meet the demands, second hand has become a smaller, though no less important, part of our store. We are excited to begin a new chapter with Ascent Outdoors. We are committed to maintaining our footprint in the outdoor arena with a focus on the backcountry through sales of premium outdoors brands. With the help of our personable & knowledgeable staff, we will continue to be community driven: focused on supporting our customers with fun, educational events and fundraisers that support local organizations to keep our industry thriving. 

Our Staff: We have hiked, biked, climbed and skied all over the world. We are consistently rated 4.5+ stars on Yelp and have won many "best gear shop" awards over the years. We love our customers, our sports, and helping our customers get the equipment and advice they need 

Assortment: Over the years, our focus has grown to provide a diverse selection of high quality outdoor product for the budget conscious and the cutting edge enthusiast alike. We carry a wide selection of new, used, closeout, and sample product from premium outdoor brands. 

Our Sports: Hiking, snowshoeing, trail running, cross country skiing, mountaineering, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, and much more!