Remember the days when the local camping equipment dealers carried just a couple options of tents, a few sleeping bags, a handful of fishing poles and a small array of backpacks? You might have been able to get a camp stove and a lantern but that was about it. They did not have a lot of options and usually you had to go to more than one store to get everything you needed to take your family camping or to take your annual hunting trip with your buddies. Those are definitely the stores from the past. Have you been to your local camping equipment dealer lately? If not you are in for quite a pleasant surprise. Today stores are larger and carry everything you need for a weekend camping trip to a month long get away up in the mountains or out on the lake. They even carry outdoor equipment to make your own back yard more convenient and enjoyable. The modernized camping equipment dealer has so much more than just camping gear. They carry a vast assortment of hiking gear. Interested in hiking gear but not sure what all you will need? Go to your local camping equipment dealer and tell them what your hiking plans are and ask them what you will need and if they can help you find everything. The clerks are very friendly and helpful and most importantly well trained and knowledgeable. They will help you get everything from the correct backpack to the proper clothing and hiking boots. Most even have non perishable foods to take on your hike. What about those of you who have kids wanting to get into sports? Or maybe you want to get healthy by taking up a sport or two, yourself. These local stores even have all of the sporting goods you can imagine. Whether your sport is baseball or football, tennis or golf, skiing or snowboarding, water sports or sports at the gym they carry everything you could possibly need. The actual sports equipment to the clothes and gear you need to play in.