A little about Mountain Equipment Co-Op in Vancouver, BC

A lot of readers have emailed me to ask am I linked in some devious way to MEC, the mountain equipment company!

I did mention this at the very beginning of my blog here that the only reason I endorse products that are carried by MEC is because I use their store regularly, and it is through doing this that I have learnt what a great place it is. saying that, I guess it would be kind of nice if they paid me something everytime I mentioned them, but that’s not the point of this blog!

The whole point of this blog is to endorse stuff from any supplier, and MEC currently are at the top of my list for supplies, service and customer satisfaction……numero uno! Why? Read on…..

Let’s face it, we’ve all been to stores, not necessarily mountain supply stores, but any retail establishment basically. You walk in the door, browse around a little, see some of the store Staff mooching about behind the counter, hoping that one will walk over to you and ask if you need any help, right?

So you wait and wait…and wait a little more, but nobody comes. It’s around that time when you start worrying maybe you have some incurable disease, so that’s why they won’t come anywhere near you?

Well, I’ve seen that so many times, it’s beyond counting. Cut a long story short, you will never, ever get that at MEC, period.

All of the time I’ve been there, there has always been at least one, if not more, attentive member of Staff who will come over and ask politely if you need any help, and if so, would you mind if he/she helped you make your mind up.

And yes, I know what you’re going to say next….do they tag along with you all through the store as well, with you wishing that they’d leave you alone?!

No, their Staff are so well trained, they know exactly when the customer needs to be left alone to browse further, and once they’ve shown you whatever you professed an interest in, they walk away, giving you the option of asking them if you need any more help later.

Now, isn’t that something? Tell me which other store you get that? It’s getting rarer than hen’s teeth, I tell you!

That’s what swung it for me. The first time I went into MEC, I was greeted and virtually chaperoned along, and when I asked about a particular item of mountain gear, the guy who told me about it was extremely knowledgeable, and I knew that this man is a seasoned mountain guy, from the way he was talking. Certainly his spiel was exemplary. And I found that MEC Staff tend to be experienced in many different disciplines, too…..if you’re a walker, there’ll be somebody specialising in that….ifyou’re high altitude climber, there will be someone there who is one, too…..if you’re a cyclist, yep, there will be a cyclist member of Staff. How can you not be impressed by that?

So for this new year, while I plan where and which walks I will be going on, all my supplies will be coming from MEC for sure. That’s not to say there won’t be a mention of other places, no…..let’s be fair, there are other stores around, too and a selection of the best ones deserve a mention throughout this blog.

Where do I plan on going? Well, this year, I’m going to be a stick-in-the-mud as they say in England! By that, they mean a person who generally stays within his comfort zone! And my comfort zone happens to be BC for this year, so it will be a selection of walks in BC, perhaps one or two in the Yukon, too. Keep it here!

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