About Us

At Pingora, we understand the importance of choosing the best technical outdoor apparel and camping gear for all of your adventures. Our team’s mission is to sift through the newest and most innovative gear, and putting each item to the test before recommending it to you.

Purchase online; find us locally at our storefront located in the heart of Uptown Ankeny, Iowa off of the High Trestle Trail or look for the Pingora van for our pop up stores.

Pingora Outdoors offers a variety of trips for all ability levels including mountain biking, canoeing, hiking, skiing and more! We love working with groups to customize private trips. E-mail by clicking the contact button below if you would like to book a trip with Pingora.

We also offer classes to give you the confidence to ‘get out there’ and make your adventure dreams a reality!

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Locally owned and operated, Pingora Outdoors is an outdoor store that inspires all levels of experience to get outside. We use our storefront, located in the heart of Uptown Ankeny on the High Trestle Trail, as a place to share our passion for adventure and quality gear with our customers.

We are only as strong as our community. Come in, hang out, get inspired and gear up for your next adventure with us.

Store Hours: 
Monday | Closed
Tues – Thurs | 10 AM – 7 PM
Fri – Sat | 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday | 1 PM – 5 PM

Personal Gear Appointments | 
Tuesday – Friday


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Locally owned and operated, Pingora Outdoors is an outdoor store that inspires all levels of experience to get outside. We use our storefront, located inside Jester Park, as a place to share our passion for adventure and quality gear with our customers.

Here we offer everything that you would find in our flagship store while also offering rentals, day trips and much more!

We are only as strong as our community. Come in, hang out, get inspired and gear up for your next adventure with us.

Summer Store Hours: 

Sunday –  Wednesday | 10 AM – 5 PM

Thursday – Saturday | 10 AM – 7 PM


Fall Store Hours: 

Mon – Wed | Closed

Thurs – Fri – Sat | 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday | 1 PM – 5 PM



The Pingora Team is here to help simplify your search for the best gear for your adventure. Our focus is to search and test the gear we sell so you know that everything we sell we stick behind.

We have a team of 15 Pingora Ambassadors scattered around the country. This is designed so that we can test gear in different climates and review everything!

Dom Keeling

CEO & Founder

I studied Kinesiology and Health in college and found that I wanted to make a longer lasting impact on peoples lives through inspiring people to get out there, set goals and achieve them. Before starting Pingora Outdoors I was a student for NOLS (the National Outdoor Leadership School), worked as an operations intern at the NOLS Teton Valley Branch while focusing my time in the issue room and I also guided trips for the ISU Outdoor Recreation Program throughout my 4 years in college. I love going on trips and testing out gear. But, ultimately I am passionate about changing peoples lives in a positive way through outdoor adventures, gear and a total lifestyle change.

Hannah Wiltse

Outdoor Retail Specialist

I grew up in mountains of North Carolina, where I developed a respect and a deep love for the outdoors. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have climbed some amazing routes, biked some great trails and camped in some beautiful places. I double majored in Human Services and Psychology with the hope to help individuals obtain their goals and live a happy, productive life. I also have hopes to help individuals obtain their outdoor goals by providing the passion, guidance, and the necessary gear that is needed to have a safe and successful outdoor experience. I want to spark the flame, of outdoor love, in others as it has been burning bright in me for years!

John Anderson

Pingora Guide

I grew up in rural Iowa exploring the outdoors, going on canoe trips to boundary water, skiing and backpacking. I am a gear enthusiast, always improving my kits and discussing new options. I began rock climbing as an adult in the year 2000 then went all in; Rock, Ice, Mountains and Alpine. Some areas of note that I have explored are; Mt. Everest, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Rainier, Moab and Indian creek, Devils tower, and the Grand Tetons. I started as a climbing guiding in 2005, holding certifications with American Mountain Guide Association and Professional Climbing Guide Institute. Instructing, leading trips and mentoring others in the outdoor pursuits are a real passion and joy to me. Currently I am certified by the AMGA as a Top Rope Site Manager, NOLS Wilderness First Aid and Leave No Trace. Fueled by caffeine, I plan to inspire, educate, train and lead others on grand adventures.


Shop Dog

If you’ve ever visited Pingora Outdoors, then you’ve most likely been greeted by Percy, the shop dog. Percy is a European Golden Retriever who loves a good adventure or just lounging around soaking up the sun.

Pingora Ambassador Team

The Pingora Ambassador Team

Our ambassadors are made up of passionate enthusiasts and athletes. They all have their specialties. Each person will test different technical outdoor apparel and camping gear for you to see.

Growing the Pingora family is essential for us. If you’re interested in becoming an ambassador please reach out to us and apply today!

Lydia Heydlauff

Pingora Ambassador

Heyo! My name is Lydia Heydlauff and I am currently residing in Ames, Iowa as a student at Iowa State University. I spend my free time rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, taking photos and avoiding adult responsibilities. My passion for rock climbing began at the beginning of my freshman year when I was introduced to the Outdoor Recreation Program at Iowa State. The nature of the sport hooked me. Climbing for me is both laid-back and thrilling, allowing me to both push myself as an athlete and make incredible friends along the way. I am majoring in psychology and advertising in the hopes of taking my passion for the outdoors toward a career with a large outdoor brand. Because of my tall, gangly build I typically struggle to find gear that suits my body type. Luckily for me, Pingora focuses on scoping out the best gear for individuals of all shapes and sizes.

I am 5’9.5″ and 125 pounds. I usually wear an extra small top, and a size 2 in bottoms.

Alex Saunders

Pingora Ambassador

I’m Alex. I started my climbing career around 10 years old and first learned to lead on gear when I was 12. Although I wasn’t allowed to start leading multi-pitch till I moved out of my parents house. I made my first trip out to devils tower when I was 19, since then I have spent 15+ nights sleeping in a “port-a-ledge” (Similar to a cot which hangs from the side of a cliff). Some of my proudest accomplishments are the Grand, Rainier, and Elbert the summer I turned 13, 20+ summits on devils tower, 5 Grade V walls (routes that take 2+ days to climb) “The Nose” on El Capitan, and the first accent of North West Regular on Half Dome after the 2015 rock fall.

  • Size: Small/medium tops depending on the cut | 30/28 pants
  • Height: A majestic, 5’6
  • Outdoor Activities: If I have to name them, in order of preference: Climbing, Biking, kayaking/rafting (I also sail), fishing (prefer fly but also spin), hiking and skydiving (8 jumps).
  • Favorite items of clothing and gear: I am an avid collector of anything Petzl. When it comes to hardware, if Petzl makes it, it’s better!

Frank Young

Pingora Ambassador

What’s up?! I’m Frank and I’m not frank when it comes to being outside. I love getting out of my house, office, or wherever there are walls and getting into the wide open. Whether that’s skiing up at the local resorts here in Utah, riding my road bike all across the state or road tripping to a National Park to explore America’s greatest outdoor landscapes. Having grown up in the shadows of the Wasatch Range, I’m no stranger to rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking and summiting a few mountain tops here and there.

Right now I’m working as the digital marketing manager for a nearby university, but once the weekend rolls by I teach skiing up Sundance Mountain Resort during the winters, or am off exploring the state with my wife during the warmer months.

Size: Large Top | Size 34 Pant
Height: 6 foot 1.5 inches
Outdoor Activities: Climbing, skiing, cycling, mountain biking, hiking and mountaineering.
Fav Item of Clothing: Jackets and anything with a hood.

Kevin Gunawan

Pingora Ambassador

Hey everyone! My name is Kevin Gunawan and I’m currently residing in Chicago, Illinois as an undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago studying Film/Digital Media. As a Minnesota Native, I’ve always had the Land of 10,000 Lakes as a resource for everything outdoors. I grew up fishing at my cabin, kayaking the endless system of lakes, and running the trails. Today I absolutely love competitive running, photography/videography, and my new-found passion for bouldering! I love bouldering, because there are a variety of ways to solve the same problem and I also don’t have to wear a harness! When I graduate from school I hope to work as a Travel Filmmaker for a lifestyle brand, capturing all the rad landscapes this beautiful world has to offer. 

Build: Nimble guy with a lot of emotions
Size: Medium Top | 29/29 Pants
Height: 5 Foot 8 Inches
Outdoor Activities: Running, Climbing, Photography/Film
Fav Item of Clothing: My wool socks!

Jessie Muntz

Pingora Ambassador

My name is Jessica (Jessie) Muntz currently reside in the great state of Utah! I am an Iowa native and an adventure seeker by birth. I grew up camping, exploring the woods, hunting/fishing and building forts outside with my family. My eyes were truly opened to the possibilities of outdoor recreation (and life in general) when I was in college. Since then, my stoke for pursuing life in the fullest has continued to grow. I currently thrive in Utah as and Adventure Wilderness Therapy Guide.

Spending nearly all of my time outside I am passionate about being prepared with quality gear. I enjoy climbing hard, running fast, sleeping sound and having a blast. Graduating with a degree in Event Management and Apparel Design I have learned the importance of quality vs quantity, aka I want my gear to work well and for a long time.  I am a petite yet strong 4’11” gymnast build. I typically wear a size 4 pants and frequently have to hem and a small on top.

Adventure is out there!

Call your mom.

Hunter Forseth

Pingora Ambassador

Hi! My name is Hunter Forseth. I was born and raised in the mountains of coastal British Columbia, Canada and am passionate about everything in the wild! So much so, that I have a degree in outdoor guiding and take people out on epic adventures into the mountains with me. In the coming years I plan on using the knowledge gained from my guiding degree and youth work degree to start up an outdoor adventure program for youth at risk in my community!


Cooking is one of my favorite backcountry skills and my favorite dish to serve up in the woods is pad Thai! Although there are many different activities I enjoy when outdoors, I would have to say that I enjoy backcountry ski touring the most. However, I also love backcountry split boarding. I guess I am a jack-of-all-trades!

  • Size: Small/Medium Top| 31” Waist (shorter inseam) | US 9.5 Shoes
  • Height: 5 Ft 9 In
  • Outdoor Activities: Backcountry split boarding however I am a jack-of-all-trades!
  • Fav Item of Clothing: This is hard since I’m a gear junkie! Has to be Arcteryx atom AR jacket and millet soft shell pants.

Jason Stierman

Pingora Ambassador

My life has always revolved around the outdoors!  Growing up in Iowa meant most of my time was getting lost in the woods, chasing wildlife, fishing, and camping.  Those passions slowly evolved throughout my life to encompass almost anything that provides a means to get lost, unplug, and see what mother nature has to provide.  Current passions are photography, rock climbing, fishing, cycling, adventure riding (motorcycles), adventure racing, camping, and skiing (adding ski touring in 2018).  Physically I am 5’7” 160lbs but wide.  I have a large chest/shoulders for my size which can make sizing an issue with some euro cut clothing.  33” waist and 30” inseam.

Taylor Becker

Pingora Ambassador

Hi! My name is Taylor Becker and my favorite things on this planet are rock climbing, snowboarding and I recently discovered a new love for surfing. I spent the past year living and working just outside of Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Forest where I taught at an outdoor school. This gave me the unique opportunity to think of Yosemite as my back yard, and I took full advantage of that! Climbing is such an essential part of my life because it helps me to be the happiest version of myself and at the same time question everything I’ve ever done. I love it all, from hard and techy sport routes, to thousand foot alpine routes, to powerful and skin thrashing boulder problems.

Where you can find me: climbing in Red Rocks, Nevada (also where I currently live and work), Bishop, California (my favorite place on earth because of the mix of snow, boulders and alpine routes) or surfing in San Diego (which has amazing waves and tacos).

  • Build: Tall, slender and athletic build
  • Size: Medium Top | Size 28 or Medium Pants
  • Height: 5 foot 9 inches
  • Outdoor Activities: Climbing, snowboarding and surfing!
  • Fav Item of Clothing: My ugly fall sweater that I wear every month of the year.
  • Fav Piece of Gear: Black Diamond .75 cam or La Sportiva miura’s…I can’t decide.

Audra Manzer

Pingora Ambassador

Hi! My name is Audra Manzer and I live, work, and play in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. As a Wyoming native, I was born with a passion for the outdoors and everything it has to offer. After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Journalism and Film Studies, I decided to move to Jackson Hole to work with Teton Gravity Research and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. When I’m not skiing/snowboarding/backpacking/camping/trail running, I’m pursuing my passion for photography and writing to show the world what our great national parks and public lands can offer us as mere mortals! 

As a 5’4″ girl and fluctuating in at around 125 lbs, I typically wear a small top and medium bottoms!

Selling technical outdoor apparel and camping gear, Pingora Outdoors works with individuals and groups seeking a true outdoor experience in the remarkable wilderness areas of the central and western United States. We take pride in delivering exactly what our customers are looking for: knowledge, innovation and safety. By combining these elements with a sound selection of technical apparel and gear, we offer a perfect-fit to customer interests and needs. Together this delivers peace of mind that your adventure will be a successful one.

CEO and Founder of Pingora Outdoors, Dom, is an experienced outdoorsman and avid traveler. After spending a semester in the Rockies with NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School), Dom began an internship in Driggs, Idaho with NOLS Teton Valley as an Operations Assistant. While at NOLS, his knowledge of  issuing gear and trip logistics grew. This made his passion for the outdoor experience explode.

The name Pingora Outdoors comes from the mountain Pingora, in the Wind River Range, Wyoming. Pingora was also Dom’s first serious technical outdoor rock climb. It represented conquering a dream he had set for himself after struggling with 3 years of shoulder injuries from skiing. “When I got to the top of that climb I came across a small rock which was painted white with pink lettering on it” it said “dream on and on.” Helping others achieve their goals through educational training, trip guidance and providing expert advice and recommendations became the passion that helped create Pingora Outdoors.


Our brand is only as strong as our community. Pinogra Outdoors’ ambassadors aren’t just photographers, bloggers or full time adventure seekers; they are weekend warriors, college students, business professionals and the list goes on. They all have one thing in common, their love for the outdoors and the want to share their passion with others.