Our Story

Outdoor Source is an independent specialty outdoor retailer based in Columbus, Ohio that opened its doors over ten years ago. Since then we expanded to two locations, continually offering great customer service and the highest quality outdoor products. Beyond the brands and expansive inventory we carry as a brick and mortar store, we at Outdoor Source are committed to sharing our own experiences with customers. Our staff doesn't just sell what we carry, but uses it in their outdoor activities on their own time. In addition to offering logistical product specifications, we are eager to share out own gear opinons and stories with you to help meet your needs. In fact, we were featured on WBNS-10TV in Columbus, sharing our expertise.

With a dedicated staff of outdoor enthusiasts and gear experts, Outdoor Source offers only the very best outdoor apparel and equipment from the likes of Arc'Teryx, Horrny Toad, Lole, Marmot, Patagonia, The North Face, and many other top brands to ensure that you are comfortable and safe in the outdoors!

With our online specialty shop at TheOutdoorSource.com we provide quality outdoor gear for a host of sports including kayaking, rock climbing, camping, day hiking and backpacking endivers.

Our Mission

Our Mission here at the Outdoor Source is to provide the highest quality service to each and every customer. We share with each customer our knowledge and expertise allowing them to make better buying decisions. We build trust and a lasting relationship that encourages them to return. We become the source for our customers to be properly outfitted for each and every adventure.

We are "Where Adventure Begins"

History of Our Shop

Who are we? We are outdoor enthusiasts who, like you, love the outdoors and the gear we use. We enjoy what we do and the environment in which we do it.

Outdoor Source owner, Andy Graham, worked for a large specialty outdoor store in the Columbus area, The Benchmark, prior to its closing in 2003. Embracing the outdoor lifestyle, Andy decided to open his own outdoor shop and continue the tradition of quality gear and knowledge of the outdoors in Columbus. Andy, with the help of Ryan Hamler and other former Benchmark employees opened Outdoor Source in the fall of 2003.

The Outdoor Source is here to expand this vision to a broader range of people who share our same enthusiasm!

Outdoor Source is a proud member of the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, a group of independent outdoor shops dedicated to the sustainability of the specialty outdoor channel and the quality of the outdoor enthusiast's experience. We stand together to help facilitate a market for performance-oriented, revolutionary products, create a unified marketing presence for high quality, local outdoor specialists, and help protect and sustain the quality and access to the environment on a local, national and global level.