The Shop

The Great Outdoor Shop is located in Pinedale, Wyoming, situated at the foot of the Wind River Range and the headwaters of the Green River, which many people consider to be both the best backpacking and finest backcountry fishing in the United States.

The owners of the Great Outdoor Shop and their knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff are proud to offer the finest in outdoor clothing, equipment, and services and will help in any way to assure your Wind River adventure is the absolute best it can be. As a friendly, full-service fishing and backpacking store, we can help with anything you may need for your next trip from stove fuel and flies to maps and portable coffee solutions. Even if you just need advice on planning your next mountain trek, our staff is always happy to help, and excited to promote new locations within the beautiful Wind Rivers.

The Winds

The Winds alone claim 15 of Wyoming's 16 highest peaks, with Gannett Peak topping the list at 13, 804 feet above sea level. There are more than 400,000 acres of wilderness, 27 active glaciers, and over 1,500 alpine lakes accessible by 9 different trailheads within close proximity to Pinedale.

Whether you are searching for golden trout, bagging Gannett Peak, plotting a new route up Pingora in the Cirque of the Towers, or just heading in for a quick day hike to enjoy the beautiful wildflowers, you are sure to find this area to be a special place, and will want to return again and again.

Our Staff

Fred

Sales Associate

Fred Pflughoft was born in Wichita, Kansas, raised in western Washington at the foot of Mt. Rainier and moved to Pinedale, Wyoming in 1996 to work at the Great Outdoor Shop and pursue his dream of becoming a professional photographer. … Read More

Maddison

Sales Associate

Maddison (Maddi, Meredith) graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s in Nutrition, but found herself wanting the live the mountain country lifestyle. As Meredith, she has the uncanny ability to forecast mountain weather up to three weeks in advance … Read More

Davis

Sales Associate

Whenever I’m asked why I picked Pinedale and the Great Outdoor Shop, I tell them two things: 1) it’s far away from Georgia, and 2) the Wind River Range. Since I started climbing three years ago, climbing big mountains have … Read More

Andrew

Fishing Guide

Andrew Drasch was born and raised outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When he was ten, Andrew and his father began making annual fishing trips north to Eagle River Wisconsin. Now, Andrew makes his annual fishing trips to his cabin near the … Read More

Jesse

Sales Associate-Fishing Guide

Jesse has been obsessed with fish since the time he could walk. If it swims, he casts to it. Raised on the banks of the Animas, over the last seven years Wyoming’s rivers and mountains have become home. Jesse is … Read More

Kyle

Fishing Guide

Kyle Burrell was born and raised in the Chattooga River country of northeast Georgia and has been seriously fly fishing, fly tying, and building custom fly rods since 1984. Kyle has an extensive resume when it comes to trout fishing. … Read More

Laura

Owner

Laura is a dedicated backpacker who likes to cover a lot of miles in a small amount of time. When she isn’t hitting the trails, she can be found dangling off a rock on climbing days, stretching it all out … Read More

Josh

Owner

Josh is a machine. For him, a day out usually involves huge distances, huge elevations, or both. Whether climbing, backpacking, flyfishing, snowboarding, or ice climbing, he is determined to make the most out of each outing, and is happy in … Read More