Stephen Green loves rugged outdoor recreation so much that he even thinks that ice climbing is fun.

"You go right up a vertical wall!" he said.

That means he is the perfect person to open Alpine Outfitters in Lake Oswego, a store that meets all of your backpacking, hiking and ice climbing needs. You don't need it if Alpine Outfitters doesn't have it.

This is ironic, because Green and his wife, Jennifer, originally intended to open a restaurant when they moved from Bend to Lake Oswego a year ago. Obviously, they changed their minds.

"It made sense to do something in the realm that I love," Green said. "I love backpacking, climbing and hiking."

The best way to become acquainted with Alpine Outfitters is to roam through the store, located on Second Street between Chuck's Place and Clarke's Restaurant. You will even find equipment to pursue the new fad of outdoor yoga. Otherwise you'll get soaked.

"In Oregon you can only do yoga outdoors for two months of the year," Green noted. "The other 10 months you'll get wet."

The first thing a customer will encounter at Alpine Outfitters is the woodwork at the front of the store, all done by Green himself. The piece is entirely made out of wood that is more than 100 years old, which he stripped from an old barn near Albany. Then it is on to the sunglasses, caps, climbing and hiking shoes, water bottles, backpacks, sleeping bags and many essential gadgets, such as knives.

The food line available for purchase is from Hungry Hikers, which Green claims is even better to eat at home than it is on the trail - "especially after you've been starving in the woods," he said.

As for apparel, Green has lined up some of the biggest names, such as Patagonia, Marmot, Arc'teryx, Pistil, Merrell and Horny Toad.

"We will definitely cater to the lifestyle of Lake Oswego," Green said. "You don't need to be an ice climber to want to wear a Patagonia jacket."

The outdoor store lifestyle is really amenable to Green. Most of his professional life has been spent in the retail, business and banking world. But he would much rather be his own boss.

"I like it much, much more," Green said. "I desperately wanted to have my own business. We have really simplified our lives since moving here from Bend."

One of Green's first moves was coming up with a very cool name for his business.

"We were on our way to a trade show in Salt Lake City, so we had to have a name," he said. "We scribbled it on a napkin."

Alpine Outfitters is seeking to start out quickly in July.

"The whole month will be a grand opening," Green said. Discounts will be offered on all items and there will be door prizes, drawings, giveaways and adult refreshments (beer and wine).

Alpine Outfitters is located at 461 Second St. For more information, call 541 390-5866.

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