Find the ideal equipment for an adventurous bike ride or a new exploratory hike by visiting one of these stores. From new wheels and a large water carrier for cross-country biking to heavy-duty boots and a multi-pocketed backpack for camping; these stores have just what you need to reconnect with the great outdoors.
P.O. Box #30
Fenton, MO 63026
The Off Road Camping Club, better known as ORCC, has all of your outdoor needs. Choose your own adventure from paddling and hiking to camping and fishing. This store even has the necessary vehicles for the kind of detour you seek. Stock up on survival kits for extreme outings or get a two-person sleeping bag for a romantic camping trip. ORCC Gear has an expansive supply of equipment, making it all too easy for you to find exactly what you need for your get-away-from-it-all outdoor excursion.
3348 Green Mountain Crossing Drive
Shiloh, IL 62269
The Bike Surgeon may sound like its namesake, but this shop has so much more to offer than bike repair. Still, it is worth mentioning that if you love your bike for its perfect precision and all the history you share with it, bring it here before giving up on your favorite ride. From a simple tune-up to complete overhauls, the Bike Surgeon promises superior service from some of the best mechanics in the area. As for selecting a new ride, pick your speed (from mountain to kids) and the staff will help you pick your style. If you are craving more than just a bike upgrade, sign up for one of the Surgeon Excursions, trail runs or a group ride to get in some serious riding time.
9755 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63124
If your idea of relaxation involves a large body of water and reeling in some fish to fry, this place is designed for you. With an extensive selection of classes for fresh water and salt water fishing, these experts know how to get you in good shape for your next trip. If you want a real crash course in fly fishing, join the three-day program held at the Ozarks for a thorough understanding of the sport. Find brand names and solid equipment in one place alongside a knowledge base well worth taking advantage of and you’ll leave a happy fisherman or woman.
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High Adventure Gear
3767 New Town Blvd.
St. Charles, MO 63301
Only a couple of years old, the staff of fellow hikers and campers at High Adventure Gear can set you up with just the right equipment for a weekend getaway. For those of you who can’t quite escape your everyday life, you can grab a solar charger to keep your phone charged while on your camping adventure. You can also pick up a cork-handled trekking pole to help keep a grip on your off-trail journeys. Find more than just the basics for camping gear at High Adventure.
Old Mountains Gear Exchange
747 Marshall Ave.
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Old Mountains Gear Exchange comes in handy for two very important things: getting new gear and getting rid of old gear. When you are in desperate need of an upgrade, this is the place to go to bring in old equipment and purchase something better for your next outdoor excursion. Chat with the staff for insider tips on the best camping spots or what gear is ideal for rock climbing. Find high-quality (sometimes even unused) equipment for much less. When planning a big outing, make this your first stop to stock up before heading out.
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