Meet the Staff: Wendy Stanley

Wendy Stanley

Where are you from?

Grew up all around SW Virginia, but call Lexington my home town.

What Walkabout location do you work at?

I get to work them all! I’m the buyer, special events and marketing person.

What do you enjoy most about working at Walkabout Outfitter?

Connecting and being part of the community. It’s such a cool experience to see so many folks you know return to the stores and remember you by name. With doing the special events, it really allows us to be creative and see our fans, customers and friends outside the store walls. Nothing like seeing a Klean Kanteen pint cup or a North Face Venture jacket on a customer at a festival!

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

My family would pack up the pop up camper and head to the beach every year. Usually a KOA. Dad had this mad skill of getting it all packed, 4 kids and our bikes on top! Before that, it was probably camping in the back yard!  When the pop up wasn’t moving, we would set it up in the yard or driveway and all summer long, we slept in it.

What first interested you in the outdoors?

It has always been a peaceful, grateful place for me. Calming really. Some place where I can choose a passive or active activity, which is pretty amazing.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

I usually take on wherever I live. When I lived in SC I did a lot of sea kayaking, VA calls for hiking and backpacking (but I’m pulling out the boat again!) and Wisconsin, well, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and in the summer, biking.

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

I’m a techy person. I never go anywhere without a headlamp. However, as I’ve gotten older and wiser, I know that sleeping is key, so my new Nemo Cosmo Air sleeping pad has been pretty golden. Especially when I can use the 2 inch memory foam at festivals and car camping.  Almost like home!

What has been your most exciting outdoor adventure?

In grad school I got to teach a 30 day course for 9 credits in Virginia with backpacking, caving and climbing. When I ran college programs at FSU, Sweet Briar and Hollins we did an 8 day sailing trip to the Bahamas where we were the crew. We did it all. Dropped the anchor, trimmed the sail and cooked the bacon!  I also did a 10 day canoe trip in Saskatchewan Canada a few years back. I don’t know if I’ve ever been that remote before.

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

Good question.  I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. I’ve done some pretty cool things.  I continue to be in awe of what’s around me and what these mountains and rivers offer me.  But I think Machu Picchu is on the list.  And I’d love to do another extended paddling trip on some blue, blue water.

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Gear Highlight: Patagonia Black Hole Duffel

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel

45L Duffel

Description:

Bike parts, camera gear and a change of clean clothes—whatever you stuff into this tough, highly weather-resistant duffel bag will be protected and easily accessible. Its main compartment is accessed by a zippered U-shaped lid, which has a pair of zippered mesh pockets on the underside for small items. A zippered exterior pocket holds the stuff you need to access quickly. The padded bottom panel adds structure and helps cushion the load when your duffel gets the baggage-handler treatment. Carrying options include webbing handles with a snap closure and haul loops at either end that facilitate linking multiple bags. Four daisy chains let you lash additional gear to the outside. Made from 14.7-oz 1,200-denier polyester (50% solution-dyed) with a TPU-film laminate and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish.

Specs:

  • Waterproof fabric with bound seams protects your gear in all but the wettest conditions
  • Carry with handle or haul handles; four corner-mounted webbing daisy chains facilitate hauling and tying down big loads
  • U-shaped lid provides easy access to the main compartment; zippered exterior pocket; two zippered internal mesh pockets
  • Bottom padded with foam to protect contents
  • 14.7-oz 1,200-denier polyester (50% solution-dyed) with a TPU film laminate and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • 793 g (1 lb 12 oz)

 

60L Duffel

Description:

This burly duffel bag carries what you need to go places (and stay there). Highly weather-resistant, it protects gear from travel and rough handling. Its main compartment is accessed by a zippered U-shaped lid, which has a pair of zippered mesh pockets on the underside for small items. A zippered exterior pocket holds the stuff you need to access quickly. The padded bottom panel adds structure and helps cushion the load when your duffel gets the baggage-handler treatment. Carrying options include webbing handles with a snap closure and haul loops at either end that facilitate linking multiple bags. Four daisy chains let you lash additional gear to the outside. Made from 14.7-oz 1,200-denier polyester (50% solution-dyed) with a TPU-film laminate and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish.

Specs:

  • Waterproof fabric with bound seams protects your gear in all but the wettest conditions
  • Carry with handle or haul handles; four corner-mounted webbing daisy chains facilitate hauling and tying down big loads
  • U-shaped lid provides easy access to the main compartment; zippered exterior pocket; two zippered internal mesh pockets
  • Bottom padded with foam to protect contents
  • 14.7-oz 1,200-denier polyester (50% solution-dyed) with a TPU film laminate and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • 963 g (2 lbs 2 oz)

 

90L Duffel

Description:

For alpine climbers, river guides and ski patrollers, schlepping gear is in the job description. That’s why they choose our Black Hole Duffels. Highly durable and highly weather-resistant, these bags protect your gear from rough handling. The main compartment is accessed by a zippered U-shaped lid, which has a pair of zippered mesh pockets on the underside for small items. A zippered exterior pocket holds the stuff you need to access quickly. The padded bottom panel adds structure and helps cushion the load when your duffel gets the baggage-handler treatment. Carrying options include webbing handles with a snap closure and haul loops at either end that facilitate linking multiple bags. Four daisy chains let you lash additional gear to the outside. Made from 14.7-oz 1,200-denier polyester (50% solution-dyed) with a TPU-film laminate and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish.

Specs:

  • Waterproof fabric with bound seams protects your gear in all but the wettest conditions
  • Carry with handle or haul handles; four corner-mounted webbing daisy chains facilitate hauling and tying down big loads
  • U-shaped lid provides easy access to the main compartment; zippered exterior pocket; two zippered internal mesh pockets
  • Bottom padded with foam to protect contents
  • 14.7-oz 1,200-denier polyester (50% solution-dyed) with a TPU film laminate and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • 1190 g (2 lbs 9.6 oz)

 

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Gear Highlight: Vasque Grand Traverse

Vasque Grand Traverse

Vasque

Description:

Ignoring limits…an admirable mantra, but easier said than done. The Grand Traverse is our best effort at making it happen. Embark upon a rocky, loose hike and the dual-density EVA footbed and molded EVA midsole happily oblige. Change plans to an exposed ridge traverse, and fear not—the Vibram® Ibex sole features dual-compound rubber to maintain grip under your toes, but wet-weather traction underfoot and beneath the heel. Climb, descend, hike, repeat…that’s what makes a Grand Traverse.

 Uses:

  • Performance hiking
  • Car-to-car adventures
  • FKT attempts where climbing is involved
  • Flat pedal MTB

 Benefits:

  • Versatile
  • Athletic shoe comfort
  • Category defining traction

 Features:

  • Webbing Heel Lock
  • Poron® Strobel
  • TPU Heel
  • Rubber Toe Cap

 Women’s:

Stats:

  • WEIGHT : 1 lb. 6 oz. (610g)
  • LAST : Equalizer
  • UPPER : 1.8mm Suede Leather, PU Overmolded Mesh
  • FOOTBED : Dual Density EVA
  • MIDSOLE : Molded EVA
  • OUTSOLE : Vibram® Ibex with Idrogrip and Megagrip Compounds

 Men’s:

Stats:

  • WEIGHT : 1 lb. 10 oz. (730g)
  • LAST : Equalizer
  • UPPER : 1.8mm Suede Leather, PU Overmolded Mesh
  • FOOTBED : Dual Density EVA
  • MIDSOLE : Molded EVA
  • OUTSOLE : Vibram® Ibex with Idrogrip and Megagrip Compounds

 

 

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Get your Christmas Gifts Wrapped & Donate to a Cause

Spread The Holiday Spirit
in Your Community!

Each Walkabout Outfitter store is partnering with local non-profits on Saturdays in December. During our store hours, volunteers from local organizations will be available to gift wrap your presents in style!

Some of the wonderful non-profit groups we are supporting include:

  • La Leche League
  • Lexington Mom’s Club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Roanoke Outside
  • Angels of Assisi
  • The Rotary Club
  • Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance
  • Foxbro Middle School
  • James River Association
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • … and more!

100% of all donations made will go back to our community. 

It’s a win-win for everyone!

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Meet the Staff: Suzanne E. Mayerchak

Suzanne E. Mayerchak

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Where are you from?

Lexington, VA

What Walkabout location do you work at?

I work at all five locations, traveling from location to location!

What do you enjoy most about working at Walkabout Outfitter?

I love the family atmosphere, the people I work with and of course our wonderful customers.  We focus on customer service as a small mom and pop business and it is so rewarding when a customer says: “I come here for the friendly & knowledgeable staff!”  When there is time and I get to lead a backpacking class & trip, I also LOVE that part of my job!

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

Every year my family would take us to Lake Moomaw and we’d pitch the HUGE 8 person tent that we needed to haul in a trailer behind the Peugeot because it was so big. We’d hike, cook on the ole Coleman two burner and roast marshmallows.  Shhhhh…don’t tell mom, but my friend and I would also catch salamanders…we had a thing with those cute little creatures.  Of course we’d let them go, but catching them was so much fun.  Getting dirty, smiling, riding bikes, listening to dad tell us ghost stories by campfire and living out of our enormous tent for the week!

What first interested you in the outdoors?

All of my friends and I were always outside growing up in our neighborhood. In the summers mom would see us at breakfast and tell us to be home by dark.  We ruled the neighborhood by playing war and capture the flag and pretending to be nomads with our hankies full of food attached to a stick.  By middle school I was attending all sorts of summer camps and my love for the outdoors just continued.  In high school I convinced my parents to let me and 8 friends take a 5 day backpacking trip on the AT for spring break….that took some convincing, but all of us had the plan down, what to pack and where we were going; it was really a rite of passage.  Right after high school I joined the Army and spent five years doing field exercises, which just sealed the deal.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Backpacking for sure. I love the exhilaration of carrying everything I need on my back and going from place to place and seeing the wildlife is just extra points.  I’ve run into wild boars in North Carolina, bears in Virginia, timber rattlers, hawks and much more.  It’s especially an amazing experience solo.  Lions and tigers and bears oh my!

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

My Petzl Tikka XP headlamp. I can’t imagine a life without it.  Hands free lighting….what an amazing concept and so useful!

What has been your most exciting outdoor adventure?

This is a tough one because so many have been extraordinary. Even though my favorite is backpacking, I can remember probably the most meaningful outdoor experience I’ve ever had and it was sailing.  For Christmas break from fulfilling my undergraduate degree in Outdoor Leadership at Warren Wilson, I was asked by an old friend of my family’s to help him transport his 30 ft. sailboat from Trinidad to the Virgin Islands.  He chartered the boat in the winter times in the Islands.  It was a three day trip of constant sailing; we worked in shifts so that there was always someone at the helm.  I learned an incredible amount about sailing of course, but most importantly I learned a lot about myself and how I work with others (three men).  Once the sea sickness stopped (first 24 hours) I enjoyed waking up to dolphins swimming in our wake, being surrounded by nothing but the ocean, the sunrises and sunsets I will never forget.  Once we made it to the Virgin Islands we anchored in “Christmas Cove.”  On December 25th I woke up to no Christmas tree, no presents, but to 80 degrees and utter beauty – this was the BEST Christmas present EVER!  I threw my swimsuit on and dove off the boat and swam the mile to shore dodging the barracudas!

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

I have already fulfilled my dreams in the expedition world.  I could say it would be great to climb Kilimanjaro or Mt Everest, but really, everything I’ve already experienced has been a dream.

 

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Gear Highlight: The North Face Apex Bionic Jacket

The North Face Apex Bionic Jacket

TNF

Women’s

Ws Apex Bionic

Description:

The ultimate, windproof coat for mild aerobic activity in challenging weather, this coveted TNF™ Apex ClimateBlock soft-shell jacket now sports a sleek, updated design that keeps you warm and windchill-free. The comfortable fleece backer feels smooth against the skin or baselayers. Finished with a hem cinch-cord that allows you to adjust the fit.

Features:

  • Windproof soft shell delivers all-around protection in windy weather
  • TNF™ Apex ClimateBlock 100% windproof fabric rated at 0 CFM
  • Fleece backer
  • Active silhouette
  • Hem drawcord
  • Stretch cuff panel detail
  • Partially exposed hand pocket zips
  • Hidden zip chest pocket
  • bluesign® approved fabric

Specs:

  • Fabric: 90D 351 g/m² TNF™ Apex ClimateBlock—96% polyester, 4% elastane
  • Avg Weight: 500 g (17.64 oz)
  • Length from Center Back: 26.5”
  • Guarantee: Lifetime Warranty

 

Men’s

Ms Apex Bionic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description:

Designed with an updated, streamlined fit for 2014, this coveted windproof soft shell is the all-around jacket for windy weather. The protective TNF™ Apex ClimateBlock fabric is windproof and water-resistant, maintaining a comfortable level of breathability during aerobic activities while delivering for full-body protection against the elements.

Features:

  • Windproof, water-resistant soft shell with stretch delivers lightweight weather protection
  • TNF™ Apex ClimateBlock fabric rated at 0 CFM (100% windproof)
  • Fleece backer
  • Hem cinch-cord adjustment in pockets
  • Zip chest media pocket
  • Internal zip media pocket
  • Molded cuff tabs
  • Napoleon chest pocket
  • bluesign® approved fabric

Specs:

  • Fabric: 90D 351 g/m² TNF™ Apex ClimateBlock—96% polyester, 4% elastane
  • Avg Weight: 620 g (21.87 oz)
  • Length from Center Back: 28”
  • Guarantee: Lifetime Warranty

 

Technology

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TNF™ Apex soft shell fabrics are a signature material, researched and developed exclusively by The North Face®. TNF™ Apex offers the dynamic duo of a tightly woven abrasion-phobic face for protection, and a soft-brushed interior for performance and comfort. Built to stretch for comfort and mobility, TNF™ Apex is also treated with our Durable Water Resistant (DWR) finish to achieve the ideal balance between weather resistance and breathability.

TNF™ Apex Aerobic The lightest and most breathable of the TNF™ Apex fabrics, TNF™ Apex Aerobic offers the greatest stretch and mobility, making it ideal for running, cycling and other highly mobile aerobic activities.

TNF™ Apex ClimateBlock The most protective TNF™ Apex fabric, TNF™ Apex ClimateBlock is virtually waterproof and windproof while also maintaining a comfortable level of breathability. The fabric is ideal for trekking, skiing and snowshoeing in challenging, inclement weather conditions.

TNF™ Apex Universal The most versatile of the TNF™ Apex Fabrics, TNF™ Apex Universal is both breathable and water resistant, making it ideal across a wide range of activities and weather conditions.

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Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Sale Specials ALERT!

Save Big This Weekend!

The North Face


Chimborazo Full Zip Fleece Jacket (TNF Black & High Rise Grey)
Regular $99.99, NOW $69.99

Morning Glory Full Zip Fleece Jacket (Parlour Purple and Dapple Grey)
Regular $99.99, NOW $69.99

Horny Toad

Black Oblique Skirt & Black Chaka Skirt
Regular: $60.00, NOW $39.99

Mountain Khakis

Save $15 on $75+ purchase

Original Mountain Pant & Teton Twill

25% OFF all sleeping pads and pillow top

Prices good November 28-30 only. In-stock merchandise, while supplies last. No other discounts apply, sorry.

 

 

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Gear Highlight: Mountain Khakis Men’s Original Mountain Pant

Mountain Khakis Men’s Original Mountain Pant

Description:

From basecamp to boardroom, the OMP is the definitive outdoorsman’s pant. The proprietary 10.4oz cotton canvas is unmatched in rugged durability and buttery softness. You’ll reach for them every time. Perform best when worn daily. Flat front and rear patch pockets. Diamond-shaped action gusset. Triple-stitched seams. “Mudflap” reinforced heel cuffs. 5 hand pockets including signature hidden side seam pocket.

Features:

  • 10.4oz 2-Ply 100% Cotton Canvas
  • 5 Pockets
  • Patch Back Pockets
  • Diamond-Shaped Action Gusset
  • YKK®Zipper
  • Reinforced Heel Cuffs
  • Triple-Stitched Seams
  • Garment-Washed
  • Mid-Rise, Relaxed Fit

 

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2014 Extended Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours

For your shopping convenience, we will have extended hours for November, December and January:

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Win a Walkabout Outfitter Trucker Hat!

It’s a Season of Gratitude for Local Shoppers Like YOU!

Downtown Lexington merchants are truly grateful for loyal local shoppers. On Saturday, November 22, small businesses want to express their gratitude for local shoppers with open houses, extended hours, hot cocoa, soup, muffins, massages, and more!

We invite you stop by our downtown Lexington location to enjoy hot chocolate and nibble on a cookie. Holiday Wish Lists are available to be filled out for those hard-to-shop-for individuals. Let us help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list so you get that shopping list done early this year! We will be open from 9 am to 7 pm for your shopping convenience!

The first fifty people to visit us will be entered in a drawing to win a
FREE Walkabout Outfitter trucker hat !!!

Thank you for shopping local. We enjoy nothing more than serving our customers and we greatly appreciate your business.

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