Our Story














Our story begins 24 years ago. Originally a second hand sporting goods store named Second Bounce, we 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. On May 1st, 2017, after 16 years, we rebranded from Second Ascent to Ascent Outdoors. As we have evolved to meet the demands, second hand has become a smaller, though no less an important part of our store. After a sudden closure of the store in April 2019, Sandeep Nain, the founder of retail and mountain climbing group Miyar Adventures, bought the store and Ascent Outdoors reopened July 2019 with a new focus on diversity and community.
Under new ownership, we are excited to continue to cater to our existing community, foster the same close connections with our guiding service, Miyar, and continue growing both locally and nationally! We are committed to maintaining our footprint in the outdoor arena with our focus in the backcountry, year round, through sales of premium focused brands. With the help of our personable and knowledgeable staff, we will continue to be community driven: supporting customers fun educational events and fundraisers that support local organizations to keep the industry thriving.

Our Staff:
We have hiked, biked, climbed and skied all over the world. We love our customers, our sports, getting outdoors and helping our customers get the equipment and advice they need.

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 so much more!