Intro to Backcountry Cooking — A Free Class!

Cooking Outdoors - A Free Class

Free “Cooking in the Outdoors” Demo

Saturday, July 26th, 2– 7:00pm — stop by any time!

On July 26th, our Valley View location will be making meals, answering questions and providing ideas for camp (and kid) friendly dinner options. Whether you’re a professional campfire chef or new to the outdoor scene, you’ll walk away from the demonstration with tons of delicious ideas and a full belly.

The Menu

  • Hungry Hikers Murray’s Hurried Curry (coconut chicken curry)
  • Backpacker’s Pantry Pad Thai (Thai seasonings over rice noodles with vegetables and roasted peanuts)
  • Backpacker’s Pantry Spaghetti and Sauce (noodles covered with a rich tomato sauce)
  • Hungry Hikers Beef Stroganoff (noodles cooked in rich beef and velvety mushroom sauce)

Featured Equipment

  • Jetboil Flash Cooking System

    Whether you’re out on the river or up on the summit, the Jetboil Flash Cooking System gives you hot drinks or a quick, satisfying meal in just over 2 minutes.

  • MSR WhisperLite 

    Backpackers, climbers, hikers and adventuretravelers alike have come to rely on its easy-to-use design and durable, stainless steel and brass construction to deliver dependable performance in most any situation.

  • MSR PocketRocket

    The PocketRocket backpacking stove provides full cooking functionality in an incredibly efficient form. Barely noticeable in your pack, it delivers impressively in camp. Precision flame control goes from torch to simmer while the Wind Clip wind shield boosts efficiency in breezy conditions.


    FREE Recipes for Trail Pizza & Grilled Banana Boats!

    FREE MSR Aquatabs!

    FREE 3.9 oz condensed gas canister with the purchase of a JetBoil cooking system!

    Hope to see you on Saturday … just stop by any time between 2 and 7 pm! Bring your questions and your appetite!

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Honey Stinger placed in Camp Food Hall of Fame by Backpacker Magazine!

Honey Stinger placed in Camp Food Hall of Fame by Backpacker Magazine!

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What’s the difference between a MSR PocketRocket and a MicroRocket stove?

MSR designed the MicroRocket stove for those who are serious about moving through the backcountry with the absolute lightest and smallest pack possible.

The MicroRocket is MSR’s smallest and lightest stove, weighing about 14% less than thePocketRocket stove, without sacrificing boil performance. In addition, the MicroRocket stove features improved pot stability. And it comes with a handheld MSR Piezo Igniter.

The MicroRocket’s improved stability and smaller packed size are thanks largely to its ingenious redesigned pot supports. Creative engineering allowed us to shorten them, increasing their rigidity for a stable platform for cookware. It also allowed for a folding design that’s key to the MicroRocket’s streamlined, ultra-compact form.

MicroRocket stove packed (left) PocketRocket stove packed (right)

The WindClip™ windscreen on the burner head is present on both stoves. With the burner surface separated into three areas, wind can blow one or even two sectors, and the stove will remain lit, minimizing wasted fuel.

MicroRocket (Left) PocketRocket (Right)

Here’s a side-by-side spec comparison of the stoves:


In short, the PocketRocket is one of the most popular backpacking stoves on the market still today. It’s reliable, fast and compact. With the MicroRocket, MSR simply took a proven design and made it even better, engineering the ultimate solution for thru-hikers and anyone truly moving as fast and light as possible.

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Treat Your Feet this Summer to Chacos + SmartWool ( … not at the same time, of course!)

From the Vault: Chacos’s Greatest Hits

Chacos is celebrating their 25th anniversary with a super limited-edition collection of their most popular webbing styles from the past twenty-five years, all made in the USA.

We are honored to be one of only two other outdoor stores in all of Virginia to carry these hot colors! All five styles are now available at the Valley View location only. Get them before they’re gone!



Sweet New SmartWool Styles

At the heart and soul of every SmartWool sock is the amazing fiber they use: nature’s finest Merino wool. It’s the best fiber available for outdoor apparel – manages moisture better than cotton, smarter than synthetics and more comfortable in any weather condition.

New men’s and women’s styles for summer are available at all our locations! Add them all to your collection.

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Celebrate Beer, Dogs, and the AT!

 Let’s Celebrate Beer!

Are you ready for this Saturday’s Carytown RVA Craft Beer Festival? Over 40 craft beers from all over will be on hand at The Diamond! Enjoy great live music, food and more. Tickets are just $25 in advance.

We’ll be there! Please stop by our booth and clink glasses with us!

A Tail-Wagging Good Time

Saturday, June 7, 2014 | 10AM-5PM
Elmwood Park in Downtown Roanoke
Tickets $5 –  Cash only at the gate — Kids 12 & under and dogs are FREE!

The Woofstock Dog Festival is very excited to support local animal rescues with a festival meant for you and your dog. Join us for a great time in the park with live music, contests, games, treats, water fun, and more!

Stop by our downtown Roanoke location afterwards for a free Pooch Portrait featuring our original artwork. We will post all photos of your furry friends on Facebook and email them to you as well!

Celebrate the Appalachian Trail!

Join the 3rd annual family-friendly celebration of the Appalachian Trail and outdoor fun in our area the weekend of Friday, June 6 to Sunday, June 8Troutville Trail Days will feature activities for AT thru-hikers and anyone who loves the great outdoors.

There will be a thru-hiker picnic on Friday, June 6 at 6pm in Troutville Town Park. The Bear Bait 5K presented by Barkett Allen Capital will take place on Saturday, June 7 at 9am at Greenfield Park. Retail and craft vendors, food vendors, nonprofit informational booths, kids activities and performances, Battle of the Bakers (Saturday only) and live music on Saturday, June 7 from 10am-5pm, concert from 6-9pm and Sunday, June 8 from 12-5pm at Daleville Town Center. A Blessing of the Dogs and the Dog Dayz Dash will take place on Sunday, June 8 at 2pm.

Please visit our booth! We’ll be there Saturday & Sunday!

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Carytown-Richmond Walkabout Outfitter Grand Opening Party!!!

We are throwing a Grand Opening celebration for the newest member of the Walkabout Outfitter family at our Carytown-Richmond location – 3015 W. Cary Street, Richmond, VA – Friday, June 13 & Saturday, June 14. There will be music, snacks, raffles, and giveaways!

And don’t miss out on seeing Jennifer Pharr Davis speak at 5 pm on Saturday! Jennifer currently holds the speed record for a supported thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail by finishing the 2,181-mile trail in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes.

Email us at or call (804) 342-5890 to reserve your FREE spot. And please bring a camping chair!

Friday, June 13th

  • 12:00 – 2:00 pm: Live music by Clay Spokes, local acoustic Americana jam band
  • Snacks and raffles for prizes

Saturday, June 14th

  • 12:00 PM: Official ribbon cutting
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM: Live music by Sweet Fern, old time country duet
  • 5:00 PM: Jennifer Pharr Davis

Hope to see you! Bring the entire family!

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Open for Business in Carytown!

Come in! We're Open!

Yahooo!!! Now Open For Business!

We are delighted to announce the opening of our newest store in Carytown-Richmond, Virginia. Please stop in to say hello. Free hugs to all, in addition to our from-the-heart customer service, knowledge of our gear and products, and desire to help you find what you need to stay warm/comfortable/dry/happy in the great outdoors!

Our store hours are:

  • Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 7 pm
  • Friday: 11 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday 10 am – 8 pm
  • Sunday: 12 noon – 5 pm

Hope to see you soon!

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Introduction to Hiking: A Free Class!

Introduction to Hiking

Thursday, May 15th at 6 pm
Harrisonburg Location

Walkabout Outfitter is excited to offer this FREE hiking class at our Harrisonburg store!  From Old Rag to Hillandale Park and every peak in between, this introductory class will cover the basics of what you’ll need to get the most out of your next adventure.

Topics will range from trail maps and first aid to water filtration and trail side cooking. Our instructor will draw on a wealth of first-hand hiking experience and product knowledge to guide you, step by step, through all of the most current hiking gear and clothing options on the market.

If you have ever considered hiking, but have yet to take that first step, this is the perfect opportunity for you! Taste the food, try the gear, ask questions, and then join us on the trail!As an extension of this class, we will be offering a FREE guided hike on Sunday, May 18th. Details will be finalized at the completion of the class.

Call us at (540) 434-9900 or e-mail us at to reserve your free spot. And please bring a chair, if you have one!

Introducing LEKI Hiking Poles

Save your knees and improve power and endurance. Hiking poles enable you to use your upper body muscles to help preserve your joints.

Trekking poles are primarily for endurance, building upper body strength, and reducing injury, but they serve many other functions like moving poison oak/ivy, nettles, and other no-touchies out of the way, temporarily marking a trail, resting and stretching while standing, probing depth of water and mud, and poking companions, as needed.

The LEKI Cristallo (top photo) is light, thin, stable but still extremely comfortable. Made from high-quality aluminum, they feature an Aergon Soft Rubber grip and the innovative Speed Lock system for a hiking experience that’s simply unparalleled.

The LEKI Jannu Women’s trekking poles (bottom photo) offer high-performance features like easy-to-use external locking mechanisms, integrated shock absorption and ergonomic grips equip the poles for varied terrain.

Stop by any of our stores and we can tell you more about why we love to hike with LEKI poles!

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Awesome Savings at the Lexington Annual Sidewalk Sale!!!

Big Savings at the Annual Sidewalk Sale in Lexington

Join us Friday and Saturday, April 25-26th, for the Sidewalk Sale in downtown Lexington. Our doors will be opening at 9am on both days! Many shops will have great deals and sales going on, so start your holiday shopping early and come check out the incredible savings. Be sure to arrive early for the best selection!

As always, thank you for shopping local. We hope to see you on the sidewalk!

No other discounts apply. In stock merchandise only. Not good on prior purchase.

The Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharger is an ultra-lightweight power supply that charges smartphones and USB devices anywhere. Switch 8 is the perfect pocket-sized companion and won’t weigh you down–only charge you up so you’re always connected.

Fully charge a smartphone in just one hour with the included recharger. The Switch 8 recharger is powered by charging with the included USB cable, or charge it from the sun using a Goal Zero solar panel such as the Nomad 3.5 (sold separately). It fully charges from solar in 5 to 10 hours, or can recharge in 4 hours via any standard USB port. Once the Switch 8 recharger is fully charged, you can use it to power up your device’s batteries for 1 to 3 hours.

About Goal Zero
Goal Zero equips families and individuals seeking to improve the outdoor experience with the most innovative portable power products on the market. Field-proven in some of the most remote places on earth, Goal Zero works to continually deliver smart, innovative power solutions that will change the way you adventure.

Stop by any of our shops so we can tell you more about Goal Zero!

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You’re Invited to Harrisonburg’s One Year Anniversary Celebration!

Celebrate With Us!

Last April, we opened our fourth store in downtown Harrisonburg, VA.  In honor of this milestone, we are kicking-off our very 1st anniversary with an in-store celebration.

This two-day event at the Harrisonburg location on Friday, April 18, from 11 am – 6 pm, and Saturday, April 19, from 10 am – 6 pm, will feature free birthday cake, balloons, and a drawing for a variety of prizes, including $20 gift certificates. Winners will be announced on Monday, April 21.

We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the customers and employees who have made this success possible, so please join us!


Best Inexpensive Light Hiking Shoes!

Outside Magazine‘s Gear Guy has named the Vasque Grand Traverse one of the best inexpensive light hikers on the market right now. Designed for all-day comfort across a variety of terrain for fast hiking, running, rock hopping and wet rock scrambling, the Grand Traverse Hiking Shoe is a lightweight shoe with a grippy-outsole and a mesh and suede upper.

Stop in any of our stores to try a pair on to see for yourself! We think you’re going to love how they feel.

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