Posted by adventure16 | 12.17.2019


November 2019

Dear Friends,

Adventure 16 was started 57 years ago by members of a Scout Explorer Post who were passionate about high adventure. They created a backpack that changed the course of pack design, and over the years we grew to seven unique outfitter shops, while also designing other innovative and high-end gear for exploring our planet’s wilder places. 

We’re proud to be employee-owned and to have run a Foundation, that with the help of our Customers, put tens of thousands of pieces of gear into the hands and onto the backs of adventurous underserved youth throughout Southern California. So we’ve seen a lot, learned a lot, made a lot of friends, and hopefully, we did some good along the winding trail. It’s certainly been an enjoyable and rewarding journey and a great run with all of you!

But times change. It’s no secret that our style of retailing is extra challenging these days. Online shopping, including direct selling from manufacturers, is on the rise and continues to outpace traditional specialty stores like ours. It’s time to strike camp and move on.

Before we go, please join us for one “last hurrah.” Our Going Out of Business Sale will include our entire stock of high-end outdoor and travel gear, clothing and footwear from the finest brands with storewide savings up to 50% off. We’ll even be selling our extensive collection of fixtures, signs, antique props and backpacks … even the kitchen sink, if you want it. Everything Must Go! 

We’ll be closed Monday through Thanksgiving Day to reduce prices and prepare. Sale starts Friday, Nov 29th at 9:00 a.m. in our San Diego and West LA store locations. 

Whether you’re into hiking, rock climbing, mountaineering, camping, trail running or traveling with an adventurous twist, we’ve got the gear, and it’s all on sale. Shop early, before the word is fully spread, and grab the best stuff at liquidation prices.

It’s been our great joy to have served you and So Cal’s outdoor community for so many years. We’ll certainly miss it. On behalf of our entire crew, I thank you for your friendship and support. In the weeks ahead we look forward to helping you find the perfect outdoor gear and clothing during this final sale.


                                              Happy Trails to You… 


                                              John D. Mead
                                              Trail Boss @ Adventure 16

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