BAWT’s gear libraries are conveniently located in San Francisco, Oakland, and Milpitas. The Oakland gear library is the biggest, the San Francisco library only serves our Camping at the Presidio program and the Milpitas gear library is a smaller, but fully outfitted with outdoor gear. Our gear libraries are the only of their kind in the West!
Each library has the capacity to serve at least 100 campers at a time with high quality sleeping bags, ground pads, tents, stoves, and cookware. Whether you are going on a car-camping trip, backpacking adventure, or snowshoeing up in the mountains, we’ve got you covered. Our gear libraries have everything you need for a successful trip, thanks to generous support from our company sponsors and individual donors.
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Gear Library hours:
Oakland Library Hours
Monday – 2pm to 6pm
Tuesday – 1pm to 6pm
Wednesday – 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm
Thursday – 1pm to 6pm
Friday – 1pm to 5pm
Milpitas Library Hours
Wednesdays – 10am to 2pm (by appt only)
**We have moved our South Bay Gear Library!**
As of August 27, 2014, BAWT’s South Bay Gear Library is occupying a new location within the same Sobrato Center for Nonprofits. Our warehouse is now in Building 1, Suite 471. The new office includes:
- first floor location
- a roll-up door for gear pick ups and drop offs
- gear library with a large open floor plan and high ceilings
- ample space to set up tents inside and stage gear
- office space
- gear hospital for gear repairs and quick fixes
- our own bathroom
The downstairs location will expedite pick ups and drop offs for trip leaders and save those endless trips up and down the stairs. Our larger warehouse space will mean we can house more gear and therefore support larger youth trips than before. Please keep an eye out for a Grand Opening celebration of our new South Bay Gear Library in Milpitas:
Bay Area Wilderness Training
471 Valley Way, Bldg. 1
Milpitas, CA 95035
All Pick Up appointments will be scheduled for 1 hour
All Drop Off appointments will be scheduled for 2 hours
Last Pick Up appointment will be scheduled for 1 hour before closing time
Last Drop Off appointment will be scheduled for 2 hours before closing time
Only one appointment will be scheduled at a time. If the time you requested has already been filled you will be assigned another appointment time by BAWT staff.
For question about our hours contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the gear library at 510-452-BAWT (2298) ext. 312
The South Bay gear library is open Wednesdays by appointment only.
Both the Oakland and South Bay libraries will be closed around the Wilderness Leadership Training dates, on weekends and on major US Holidays. Please see our events calendar.
Q: I am not a BAWT trained leader, and I am not taking youth outdoors. Can I still get gear?
Please contact us at email@example.com or by phone at (510) 452-2298 x312 if you have any questions.