Our Story

In 2006, father and son Dan and Andrew Schlegel had a brainstorm to collectively investigate opening an outdoor specialty retail store in the Dayton Ohio area. At the time, there was no local shop to cater to those seeking an active outdoor lifestyle for paddling, hiking, backbacking and climbing. A shop where all of the staff would share their passion for their activities.

In May of 2007, Great Miami Outfitters was opened, a place where customers got excited and educated about purchasing top-quality gear to help them be comfortable, confident and safe while pursuing outdoor activities.

It wasn’t long before educational classes and presentations were added to the services at the store. From that grew the idea to become certified ACA paddling instructors and backpacking trip leaders, further sharing outdoor pursuit passions with others.

In 2020, Trek and Paddle Adventures, LLC was launched – educational programs, outbound trips and equipment rental – allowing everyone the opportunity to try such outdoor activities as backpacking, camping and paddling. These programs and trips are designed for both beginner and experienced participants with an emphasis to learn skills, building comfort and confidence in active outdoor activities. A progression of courses and trips are offered.

After fifteen years operating a successful retail store, Dan and Andrew decided to close the retail store in August of 2022 so they could pursue new opportunities, including spending more time on their own adventures.

Please review what is offered and do not hesitate to ask us questions.

Dan and Andrew Schlegel