We’re Hiring!

We're Hiring!

Sales Associate

Roanoke, VA

Are You … Outgoing, High-Energy, Customer Service Driven, Computer Savvy, Highly Organized, Hard Working? If so so then, please apply!

We Are … A small, but fast-paced, outfitter selling high quality products for camping, hiking, and travel with a focus on everyday lifestyle clothing.

Current Openings …

  • Part-Time Positions, Valley View Mall location, Roanoke, VA
  • Part-Time Positions, Downtown Roanoke location, Roanoke, VA

How to Apply? Check out this page for more information! Job Opportunities!

We look forward to hearing from you!
Walkabout Outfitter is a totally smoke-free workplace.

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Gear Highlight: Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit

Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit

 

Description:

With the Guide 10 Plus Recharger and Nomad 7 Solar Panel you have a portable, rugged charging kit as adventurous as you are. Charge AAs or AAAs from the sun or any USB port, then power your phone, MP3, GPS, or perk up your tablet in a pinch.

  • The portable Nomad 7M solar panel fits easily on a backpack for on-the-go charging and features a higher output than its predecessor
  • Guide 10 Plus power pack charges 4 AA batteries using a computer or the sun with 2.5 watts USB output to run the built-in flashlight or charge your USB-compatible devices
  • Handy magnetic closure; cables attach conveniently to the back, so they don’t get lost
  • This unit charges in 6-10 hrs. by USB or 3-6 hrs. with the Nomad 7 solar panel
  • Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit Solar Charger comes with a 12V DC cord and USB to Mini USB cord

Charging your Guide 10 Plus:

  • The Sun (The Guide 10 Plus can be charged by connecting a compatible solar panel.)
  • USB (The Guide 10 Plus can also be charged by being plugged into a USB power source.)

Specs:

  • Best use: Backpacking
  • Charge time (hrs): Variable depending on device
  • External charge: USB
  • Battery included: Yes
  • Battery type: NiMH
  • Solar cell output capacity: 7 watts
  • Battery storage capacity (mAh): 2300 mAh
  • Power output to device (mA):
    • USB: 5V 1000 mA (5W)
    • Solar: 15V 300 mA (5W)
    • Mini Solar: 6.5V 1100 mA (7W)
  • Material(s): Mono-crystalline / nylon / plastic
  • Dimensions (inches):
    • Nomad 7: 17 x 9 x 1.5
    • Guide 10: 4 x 2.5 x .75
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Weight: 19 ounces

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Two Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss!

Bikes + Camping = Perfect Together

We have partnered with Shenandoah Bicycle Company for an evening of bikes, camping, information gathering, question answering, trip planning and general talk about bikes and camping!

“Getting Ready for a Bicycle Tour: Part 1″
Thursday, January 29 at 6:30pm at Walkabout Outfitter, Harrisonburg, VA

“Getting Ready for a Bicycle Tour: Part 2″
Thursday, February 19 at 6:30pm at Shenandoah Bicycle Company, Harrisonburg, VA

For more information or to reserve your spot, call the Harrisonburg location at (540) 434-9900 or Shenandoah Bicycle at (540) 437-9000.

Got Balance?

The benefits of yoga provide both instant gratification and lasting transformation. Yoga can change your physical and mental capacity quickly, while preparing the mind and body for long-term health.

Join us on Thursday, February 26 from 8:30 – 9:30 am in all our stores for a complimentary yoga class. There will also be sweet giveaways from Prana and a drawing for a free prize at each location.

Please call your store (phone numbers are at the bottom of this email) to reserve your spot. Namaste!

FYI: We are open seven days a week at all our locations!

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Gear Highlight: Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System

Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System

Description:

It’s not just about boiling, it’s about cooking. MiniMo delivers UNMATCHED simmer control, metal handles, and a low spoon angle for easy eating

Starting with the innovative new valve design, MiniMo delivers the finest simmer control of any upright canister system on the market. It’s redesigned cooking cup, the perfect combination of size, sturdy metal handles, and optimized height, provides users with an easy-to-eat experience.

  • Proprietary regulator technology and enhanced regulator diaphragm ensure consistent performance down to 20°F
  • Redesigned valve and regulator for unmatched simmer control
  • Redesigned cooking cup, with the perfect combination of size, sturdy metal handles and optimized height, provides users with an easy-to-eat experience
  • Rubber-coated metal handles provide a robust interface for both cooking and eating
  • Lower spoon angle for easier eating right from the cup
  • Convenient push-button piezo igniter
  • Includes an insulating drink-through lid and measuring cup
  • Clever sideways burner storage inside the cooking cup minimizes pack space
  • Fuel canister stabilizer included
  • Fuel canisters are available at Walkabout Outfitter stores
  • Because this stove system has a capacity of less than 1 liter, the average boil time specification represents the time required to do 2 separate boils of 0.5 liter of water

Specs:

  • Best use: Backpacking
  • Fuel Type: Canister
  • Fuel: Isobutane-propane
  • Auto ignition: Yes
  • Average boil time: 4.5 minutes
  • Dimensions (Packed): 5 x 6 inches
  • Weight: 14.6 ounces

Our Price – $129.95

 

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Gear Highlight: Outdoor Tech® Buckshot

Outdoor Tech® Buckshot

Rugged Bluetooth Speaker

Description:

This is the Buckshot, the super-portable, multifunctional, rugged and water-resistant wireless speaker by Outdoor Tech®. It’s the sneakiest little speaker on the block, so all you super-sneaky types look no further.
The Buckshot features the same angular, triangle-themed design that is signature to many of the other products in the Outdoor Tech lineup. The rugged, rubberized exterior means that it’s no big deal if you drop it from time to time, and the built-in speakerphone and microphone means that you can have little hands-free calls with your therapist basically wherever you want. The included bicycle mount allows you to mount the Buckshot to your bicycle handlebars or anything else with a similar profile. Compact, portable music has never been a more viable option.

Fully wireless, fully portable.

The Buckshot wirelessly connects with your phone, tablet, laptop, or any other Bluetooth-enabled device. It streams crystal clear audio for a range of up to 32 feet for 16 hours on a single charge. So yes, you could put the Buckshot in your go-cart and leave your phone on the porch, but if your go-cart only goes thirty-two feet your fun is very limited an you probably need a new go-cart.

Built-in call functionality.

Have your next conference call using the Buckshot portable Bluetooth speaker as a speakerphone. The built-in mic makes this possible, so you can receive hands-free calls anywhere, anytime. We get it, you’re big-time.

Rugged, dust-proof, shock-resistant, and water-resistant.

Designed and built with the outdoorsman in mind, the Buckshot Bluetooth speaker comes equipped with the features necessary to keep the music playing wherever your road may lead. Drop it, throw it, catch it, ride in a wagon ties behind a jeep in the desert with it (this is both dangerous and stupid and why you would be doing this is, you, beyond us), you name it, the Buckshot has got you covered; it’s both shock-resistant and dust-proof. Its IPX5 water-resistance rating means that it will withstand splashes of liquid, so rest easy if you spill a little bit of that expertly-done three-quarters-foam stout pour on it- your speaker’s fine, and nobody was watching, you’ll get it next time.

The sky is the limit..

The Buckshot small Bluetooth speaker comes with a rubber handlebar mount, allowing you to mount it to your bicycle, tricycle, golf cart, baby stroller, doggie stroller, moped, hang glider or anything else with a similar profile. You’re way stoked.

 Specs:

  • Wirelessly connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device
  • Included bicycle handlebar mount accessory
  • IPX5 dust and waterproof standard
  • Rugged, minimal design
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • 16 hours of hi-fi sound or talk time
  • Range of up to 33 feet from device
  • Package includes USB charging cable, bar mount accessory, soft carry bag, and user manual

 

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Walkabout Outfitter voted Best of the Blue Ridge!

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Walkabout Outfitter would like to thank everyone that voted in the 2015 Best of the Blue Ridge! We are proud to be a part of such an amazing area and excited to be able to help you enjoy the amazing location we are able to live in!  Below is an excerpt of the article.

Outdoor Shop
Walkabout Outfitter (Lexington, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Richmond, Va.)
A former Eagle Scout and longtime outdoorsman, Walkabout Outfitter founder Kirk Miller always dreamed about hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. In 1999, he decided to quit his day job and do just that. Fast-forward six years to 2005 when Kirk and his wife Tina decided to open up the first Walkabout Outfitter in downtown Lexington. Their mission was to provide quality advice and gear for all-things-hiking, and they’ve stayed true to that in the decade they’ve been in operation. Walkabout has since expanded to five locations throughout the Commonwealth and is a well-recognized outfitter among thru-hikers in particular.

If you would like to read the full article, it can be found HERE! Thanks again and we hope to see all very soon!

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100 Miles in 100 Days!

100 miles of human-powered exercise in 100 days!

Active Andy is challenging YOU to do 100 miles in 100 days! Lace up those shoes and let’s get going. Here’s how it works:

Track your miles. The focus of the Roanoke 100 Miler is to get YOU up and moving and making activity a regular part of your life, while also pushing yourself a bit! You can track your miles via a paper log or by signing up for a free RunKeeper.com account and using their website and/or free mobile app (available in iTunes and Google Play).

What counts as activity? Walking, jogging, running, hiking, biking, paddling … you name it. We know that it can be a difficult time of year to get outside, although we encourage you to bundle up and get outside! Sometimes despite our best efforts, the weather just doesn’t cooperate with us, so hitting the treadmill, elliptical, or stair climber will work!

What if I reach 100 miles before the end of the 100 days?
YOU ROCK! By all means, KEEP GOING! Why not see just how many miles you can rack up?

Sign up NOW and commit to be healthy in 2015!

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Gear Highlight: MSR Whisperlite™ International

MSR Whisperlite™ International

 

Description:

One of the most versatile stoves, the Whisperlite International multi-fuel stove was designed from nearly 20 years of proven field use and feedback. The one-piece, stamped stainless steel leg assembly increases stability and simplifies maintenance while also reducing weight. Combined with a collection of subtle engineering refinements to boost overall efficiency, the WhisperLite International stove will remain the top choice for globetrotting backpackers seeking a reliable multi-fuel stove.

Features:

  • Multi-Fuel Performance: Burns white gas, kerosene, and unleaded auto fuel.
  • Lighter & Stable: Stamped stainless steel legs offer excellent stability and low weight.
  • Compact: Folds small and fits inside most MSR® pots.
  • Field Maintainable: Self-cleaning Shaker Jet technology and new, one-piece leg assembly allow fast cleaning and maintenance in the field.
  • Includes: Fuel pump, windscreen, heat reflector, small-parts kit, instructions, and stuff sack. (Fuel bottle not included.)

Specs:

  • Burn time (kerosene) per 600ml / 20 oz. of fuel: Appx. 155 minutes
  • Minimum Weight: 10.9 oz / 309 g
  • Packed Weight: 15.6 oz / 441 g
  • Burn time (white gas) per 600ml / 20 oz. of fuel: Appx. 110 minutes
  • Boil time (white gas), 1 liter: 3.5 minutes
  • Boil time (kerosene), 1 liter: 4.4 minutes
  • Water boiled (white gas) per 100 ml of fuel: 4.4 liters
  • Water boiled (white gas) per 1 oz. of fuel: 1.3 liters
  • Water boiled (kerosene) per 100 ml of fuel: 5.3 liters
  • Water boiled (kerosene) per 1 oz. of fuel: 1.6 liters
  • Country of Origin: Made in Seattle, USA

 

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Meet the Staff: Allegra Steck

Allegra Steck

 

Where are you from?

Grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, home of Lake Effect Snowfall, hence why I am no longer there…

What Walkabout location do you work at?

I am the manager in Lexington, the first and greatest!

What do you enjoy most about working at Walkabout Outfitter?

Our awesome customers. It’s great to be able to get them ready for their best adventures and knowing what a great time they will have. Working in a local Mom-and-Pop store runs a close second, it means way more than a giant national chain store.

What is your first childhood memory of camping or being outdoors?

One summer when I was in Junior High, my mom loaded up the station wagon with a Coleman tent and a kerosene suitcase stove and drove my brothers and I from Ohio to Washington, we camped every night and saw so much- Wisconsin Dells, the Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, The Grand Tetons; then we spent the summer in a rented house in Montana, fly-fishing and climbing the Beartooth Mountains. A life-changer for a city girl!

What first interested you in the outdoors?

I always wanted to be outdoors. Growing up in the suburbs, there was a ravine with a creek across the street that ran for a few miles, I explored every inch of it as a kid and had secret hideaways where I would go to escape the sound of traffic and city life.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Trail riding my horses in the incredible Virginia countryside and introducing my son to hiking and camping.

What is your “must have” piece of gear from Walkabout Outfitter?

My Arc’teryx Nuclei jacket- the most comfortable coat I have ever owned. So light you forget it’s on but never get cold.

What has been your most exciting outdoor adventure?

Traveling in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii. Such different environments, flora, and fauna.  Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, viewing the fjords,  and hiking up a volcano  to see the sunrise.  Seeing the redwoods in CA and kayaking off the coast of Maine are tied for second place. There’s so much out there and so little time!

If you could have your “Dream Expedition”, where would you go?

Domestically, I want to take my son to hike in the Grand Canyon, an area in the US I haven’t yet been. Internationally, I’ve always wanted to go to Morocco…

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Jump Start the New Year with a 100 Mile Challenge!

Go Human Powered

The Roanoke 100 Miler is a community active-living campaign that challenges people to do 100 miles or more in 100 days completely human-powered. As a group last year, we logged nearly 300 thousand miles!

Last year, more than 1,200 people joined Active Andy  — your official mascot and motivator — during a 100 day excursion to do 100 miles completely human-powered. You can walk, run, hike, pedal or paddle your way to 100 miles or more. If the temperatures drop, just hit the treadmill or exercise bike to pick up those miles.

Throughout the 100 Miler, you’ll receive weekly email newsletter to help motivate you to keep moving throughout your 100 days. Each newsletter will have suggestions for human-powered routes (hiking trails, greenways, etc.), activities (5k runs, group walks, etc.) and free prizes. As a matter of fact, last year, we gave away sporting goods merchandise, footwear, GPS watches, Trek bikes and much more!

Alongside the emails, if you choose the shirt or dog option, you’ll also receive a moisture-wicking 100 Miler shirt, doggie bandana or both.

Sign up and commit to be fit in 2015!

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