The Outdoor Source
Whatever trip you take outside, The Outdoor Source can gear you up. Top-end climbing gear, lightweight backpacking systems, an arsenal of camping gadgets -- the two branches of this locally-owned outfitter have it all.
The Outdoor Source 3124 Kingsdale Center, Upper Arlington 614-457-3620
5969 S. Sunbury Rd., Westerville 614-818-3620 Homepage
Walls and floor spaces are lined with packs, tents, kayaks, outerwear, shoes and stoves by The North Face, Columbia, Mountain Hardware, Merrell, Gregory and other brands that have won your loyalty through the years. Price points can be somewhat high, but regular sales often sweeten the deal.
Staff is friendly and probably spends more time outside than you do. Talk to a salesman for a while, and you'll be regaled with recent stories from the Pacific Crest Trail or the Red River Gorge. Everything they learn comes in handy during classes and field trips offered through the year.
If you're looking for great gear or some trail pals, check in often.