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Our Backwoods store in Tulsa is like an outdoors club of enthusiasts who enjoy sharing their deep knowledge of everything from bouldering to mountaineering to angling and more. Whether your idea of nirvana is tent camping at the lake and fishing everyday, or loading up your backpack for an extended hiking trip through mountain trails, we’ve got a staffer who shares your enthusiasm and can help you choose from a full range of outstanding outdoor clothing and equipment.
The most fun event we’ve ever hosted didn’t even happen at the store! We took a big group of customers on a night hike at Oklahoma’s Sequoyah State Park using headlights to guide our way. Sharing such a unique experience outdoors together was a great way to get to know our customers beyond just helping them choose backpacks and hiking boots back at the store.
We are really fortunate to be located with easy access to southeastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas; both are easy mini adventure travel destinations and we’ve found some excellent locations for testing outdoor gear and shorter getaways. Spending time in nature makes our jobs even better and we all love wildlife – we’ve had an Eastern Screech Owl and a blind squirrel visit our Backwoods store as well as a ten-foot Boa Constrictor. The Boa made kind of a mess, but the squirrel charmed everyone and pretty much had us eating out of his little hands!
Of course it wouldn’t be our Backwoods store without our stuffed animal dog mascot; he doesn’t bark much and kids especially love him! We have a stuffed bear wearing a backpack that the kids find fascinating and leads to all kinds of talk about everything from cooking on a camp stove to keeping camping food safe from bears. Kids naturally love the outdoors so we get a big kick out of talking with kids when families are selecting a tent for camping, a sleeping bag for each family member and all the other camping equipment that kids are excited to set-up and use.
Our staff has a great range of interests and loads of practical experience in everything from angling to rock climbing and hiking. Combined we offer more than 50 years of retail expertise in matching personal hobbies and pursuits to specialized gear like GPS hiking units, hydration systems and survival kits. The store opened in 1982 and today’s staff has extensive adventure travel experience to exotic and remote locations including Nepal, Hawaii, Africa, India, Canada, Ukraine, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Japan, Patagonia, Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, and Morocco, so we are well-versed in what you need for your next trip across the globe or down to the local lake. And that’s exactly the kind of customers that come into our store; we have world travelers, hikers and backpackers; everyone who walks through our doors is a bit of an adventurer at heart.