5 St. Louis businesses that will help you get back to the great outdoors | Health


Photo courtesy of Big Muddy Adventures

A number of businesses in the metro area are helping to quell cabin fever with adventurous services and goods devoted to the outdoors.

Alpine shop

In the roughly 44 years of Alpine Shop’s existence, its website says, it has focused on climbing as climbing, while recently branching out to “serve almost every type of climbing enthusiast.” outdoors, from backpackers, hikers, campers, paddlers and cyclists to snowboarders and skiers at four locations in Missouri and Kansas. Lisa and Russel “Holly” Hollenbeck own the company, whose website states, “We love and need mountains, trails, rivers and wilderness. They feed our spirit. Our mission is – with genuine enthusiasm – to bring or renew this love to our customers and to everyone who works with us.

Alpine Shop – Chesterfield, 1616 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, 636-532-7499; Alpine Shop – Kirkwood, 440 N. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, 314-962-7715, alpineshop.com

Big muddy adventures

On its website, Big Muddy Adventures, now entering its second decade in business, characterizes itself as “the premier professional outfitting/guiding company providing access to the wilderness wonders of the middle Mississippi and lower Missouri.” The website continues: “BMA has guided and equipped thousands of people around the world, and we are recognized as a world-class adventure company. With a full fleet of paddlers including canoes, kayaks and voyageur canoes designed and handcrafted by Quapaw Canoe Company, BMA takes great pride in our emphasis on safety and personal attention.


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