Boy Scouts of America
1501 N Raymond Ave Ste O, Anaheim, CA 92801
Phone: (714) 774-3270
Los Angeles Scout Shop
Location: 2333 Scout Way, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: (213) 488-1095
Recreational Equipment Incorporated is the "Grand Daddy" of outdoor sports stores. This is a great source of information, backpacking food, hardware, boots, clothing and rental equipment. Many free workshops are held through out the year. Started as a consumer co-op, REI members receive a "rebate" at the end of the year in the form of patronage dividend averaging about 10%. Membership is not necessary to purchase.
Generally good selection of backpacking equipment, clothing and food but can become limited in winter months. Rental gear is available. Dependable information from staff.
Long Beach: Long Beach Towne Center, 7440 Carson Street Long Beach , CA 90808 (562) 429-9560
Huntington Beach: 16242 Beach Boulevard Huntington Beach, CA 92647 (714) 848-0988
Brea: Imperial Center East, 2500 East Imperial Highway #150 Brea , CA 92821 (714) 255-0132
Preferably know exactly what you want before going in or take and experienced backpacker with you. Some name brand gear and clothing incidentals at moderate prices. Occasional deals can be found in fall as store makes room for winter sports. A limited backpacking food selection is stocked in spring and summer.
Cerritos: 11900 South Street Cerritos , CA 90703 (562) 402-3800
Fullerton: Orangefair Shopping Center, 1515 S. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton , CA 92832 (714) 680-4700
La Habra: La Habra Marketplace, 1531 West Imperial Highway La Habra , CA 90631 (562) 690-7900
A 16/The Camp
This is a great store specializing in backpacking and mountaineering with a good selection and knowledgeable staff. Only drawback is the closest location, Costa Mesa, isn't convenient for many of us. Big North Face dealer. Free slide shows and workshops offered throughout the year. If you get a chance check it out. Great newsletter too!
Costa Mesa: (The CAMP on Bristol near Baker) 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (714) 427-0410
Torrance: Rolling Hills Plaza (Crenshaw and PCH) 2533 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA 90505 (310) 534-9683
Big 5 Sporting Goods
Their shoe and boot sales are good for rapidly growing new backpackers. Functional trail shoes (Hi-Tec) for around $30. Many items are closeouts or factory seconds so know how to properly select and fit hiking boots before going. Bring your own socks to try on trail shoes. Some incidental items such as Camp Suds may be available.
Cerritos: 11310-183rd Street Cerritos, CA 90701 (562) 860-5411
Buena Park: 8990 Knott Avenue Buena Park, CA 90620 (714) 229-0135
Lakewood: 5247 Lakewood Blvd. Lakewood, CA 90712 (562) 634-7779
Wal Mart / Target
Good for many small items such as zip loc bags, bandanas, whistles, utility cord, insect repellant, lip balm, flashlights, etc. Hot tip: small travel size refillable dispenser bottles. These are great for repacking and carrying small quantities of liquids such as Camp Studs, syrups, cooking oil, and sunscreen.
Online. Very scout friendly and inexpensive. Good price and selection and no problem return policy. http://www.campmor.com