Winter 2007 Newsletter

Christmas is right around the corner, and holiday shopping season is in full swing. Skip the malls this year, and instead come to Outdoor Trails for everything you need! Our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff will help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. And don’t forget to pick up a little something for yourself while you’re here. The weather is finally cooling down, and this is a great time to browse our extensive selection of outwear to find just what you need to keep you warm this winter.

To get you started with your holiday shopping, we’re having an After-Thanksgiving Storewide Sale! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (11/23 – 11/25), everything in the store will be 15% or more!! Don’t miss it!


This just in…

This is one of the best times of year to shop at Outdoor Trails! Not only do we have everything you need to fully outfit you for all your cold-weather activities, we also have a great selection of gifts for everyone on your list!

Come in and check out our great selection of warm, cozy sweaters! For the ladies, be sure to take a look at the Cailin Sweater from Royal Robbins and the Irresistible Sweater from ExOfficio, both of which look and feel great. For the men, we have some tried-and-true favorites, including ExOfficio’s Alpental Fleece and Royal Robbins’ Spruce Crew. Whether it’s your first or your third, you’ll never get tired of these classics. And all these great sweaters are just $50 each!!

For the backpackers on your list who plan to venture out onto the trail this winter, check out the newest ultra-light, down sleeping bags from Western Mountaineering. They won’t believe it’s possible to get a 15 degree bag weighing only 2 lbs. 1 oz. or a -10 degree bag at 3 lbs. 2 oz. until they see the Apache SMF and Lynx SMF under the tree. And be sure to let them know that every single Western Mountaineering bag is handmade with pride in the U.S.A.

For that hard-to-please person on your list who seems to have everything, consider a pair of Acorn slippers, which range in price from $32 to $99. The Ultra Moc for men and Ewereka Slipper for women are great choices that will keep that special someone feeling pampered all winter long. And it’s true what your mother always said. If your feet are warm, the rest of you is warm. So get a pair of slippers for the whole family and turn your thermostat down a few degrees this winter. It’s a great way to save on energy costs AND help the environment. 

And don’t forget to check out new designs just in from Life is Good, one of today’s hottest lines of feel-good, novelty casual wear and accessories. We have a great selection of T-shirts, hats, and other accessories. Averaging about $20 a piece, Life is Good items make great stocking stuffers and are sure to please nearly everyone on your gift list.

And if you come in to either of our stores and can’t find what you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our salespeople for assistance. We’d be glad to see if we have what you need at our other location, and if we don’t, we can order it for you. All special orders will receive free shipping until December 12th. We understand that everyone on your gift list is special, and we take great pride in helping you find the perfect gift for each and every one of them. We thank for you allowing Outdoor Trails to be a part of your Christmas celebration!

News & Events

THANK YOU for making this October’s Fall Demo Day and Storewide Sale one of our best ever! We got great feedback on the climbing wall and are thrilled that everyone enjoyed it so much. Congratulations to our door prize winners. We hope that you’re enjoying your new gear. We look forward to next year and hope that it will be an even greater success. In the meantime, watch for information about our Spring Demo Day and Storewide Sale, with demos happening in Lynchburg and sales at both locations.

Special Holiday Hours

To help you with all of your holiday shopping needs, Outdoor Trails is extending its hours during the months of November and December. Staring 11/23/07 (the day after Thanksgiving) and running through 12/23/07, our holiday hours will be:

Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Also, please note the following changes to our normal hours:

11/22/07 (Thanksgiving): Closed
12/24/07 (Christmas Eve): 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
12/25/07 (Christmas): Closed
12/31/07 (New Year’s Eve): 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
1/1/08 (New Year’s Day): Closed

And be sure to come check out our After-Thanksgiving Storewide Sale, with everything in the store at least 15% off Friday-Sunday, 11/23 – 11/25. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get started on your holiday shopping while the selection is still good.


Get out there!

Styles Fall, Camp Alta Mons, Shawsville, VA

This month’s “Get Out There” recommendation comes from Rebekah, our assistant manager at Outdoor Trails Daleville. An Outdoor Trails employee for over 6 years, Rebekah enjoys hiking and backpacking with her dog Geronimo. Next time you’re in the store, ask her about her multiple trips to Montana, and wish her luck on her thru-hike of the AT, which she plans to begin in May (if we let her leave us). 

The hike to Styles Falls at Camp Alta Mons in Shawsville VA is one of Rebekah’s favorite winter hikes because of its scenic drive and short distance from Roanoke to the west. It’s a great little hike to enjoy in the winter when you’re going crazy from cabin fever and just want to get out for a quick walk. The falls are breathtaking when frozen—truly a sight that should not be missed this year!

We encourage you to visit Camp Alta Mons year-round, as it offers a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking trails, which traverse its 850 acres, heated retreat facilities, and tent/ RV campsites (water is shut off to these in the winter but available from other camp facilities). Bathrooms and water fountains can be found at the Camp Post on the right or further up the gravel road by the Dining Hall to your left. Contact Camp Alta Mons at http://www.altamons.com  for current water availability, trail conditions, and winter meal schedules.

Directions

Take I-81 South to Exit 132. Turn right on Route 11 S / 460 W towards Shawsville. After approximately 8.5 miles turn left onto Alleghany Springs Road.

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Take I-81 North to Exit 118 C. Turn right on Route 11 N / 460 E towards Shawsville. After approximately 6.5 miles turn right onto Alleghany Springs Road.

After 6 miles on Alleghany Springs Road, turn right onto Crockett Springs Road. Parking will be in the first gravel parking lot on your right, beside the Camp Post. For the first ¾ mile, you’ll walk down the gravel road past the pond, into the woods, curving right across Purgatory Creek, into a large field with a wooden fence. As the trail turns from gravel to dirt and mud and enters the woods, you’ll take the left fork and follow the signs to Styles Waterfall.

About the Trail

The walk from the front of camp is about ¾ mile on rolling terrain down the gravel road to the Styles Falls trailhead. From the trailhead, it’s about a one mile walk to the waterfall. Occasionally, there is accessible parking closer than the first gravel lot; something to keep in mind if you have people in your hiking party who need a shorter walk.

There are three creek crossings along the trail, four if you climb the boulders to the base of the waterfall. Generally the creek is low enough to step across on rocks but can be icy in cold weather. We definitely recommend waterproof shoes/boots for this hike in the winter. Terrain on the trail varies from wide and sauntering to steep inclines and rock hopping, but because this is a short hike, nothing is terribly strenuous and should be a good time for anyone. At about 3.5 miles roundtrip, this hike will take a couple hours or more, depending on creek conditions and how long you decide to marvel at the 45 foot waterfall.       

What You’ll Need

Make sure that you dress appropriately for the weather. When hiking in the winter, it’s always a good idea to have a hat and gloves; even if it appears warm and sunny when you start out, the shaded woods and winter wind can set a chill in quickly. Layers are usually a good idea, too (think long underwear under regular hiking clothes and a jacket). Keep in mind that if you do not have waterproof footwear and aren’t nimble at creek crossings, you may want an extra pair of warm socks. Be sure to take about a liter of water per person when you go; even though it’s cold out you will still sweat and get thirsty (Camp Alta Mons is the former site of the historic Crockett Springs Resort, known for it’s “healing water,” so take advantage of the tasty water and fill up your bottle from the fountain in the Dining Hall). Energy bars, snacks, or a lunch can be enjoyed on the large boulders at the base of the waterfall if it’s not too icy to climb up them. Be sure to pack out what you pack in!

Skill Level

In mild weather this hike is beginner level. In the winter it can be icy and more treacherous but should still be walkable for the average outdoorsmen. Just remember to check the weather before you start out. Chances are that if the roads are clear enough for you to drive comfortably to Camp Alta Mons, the hike will be easy to moderate and very enjoyable. Depending on parking access, you can vary the distance of the walk itself, and Camp Alta Mons has a register for hikers to sign in and out, with full time employees available for help.


Christmas Special

Use this coupon to receive special holiday savings. Redeem this coupon now through 12/24/07, and receive another coupon that can be used during the months of January and February! Save while shopping for someone special on your gift list, then save later too, and get a little something for yourself!