Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Welcomes Next Adventure as a Retail Member


Grassroots Outdoor Alliance is excited to announce that Next Adventure has joined our organization as a Retail Member.

Next Adventure is Portland's alternative outdoor store and was started in June of 1997 by Deek Heykamp and Bryan Knudsen. Deek and Bryan are childhood friends and from day one, were committed to building a business that allowed for a balanced life of work and play. This commitment continues today and has created a company culture of passion and excitement for outdoors adventure and the products they sell.

The company was started as a fun and funky used gear and closeout store. Through their passion for service and the unique customer service, they have developed their own customer base of true enthusiasts. Whether a customer is a kayaker, climber, snowboarder, hiker, camper, skier, cyclist, mountaineer, or just someone who loves the outdoors, Next Adventure can help with anyone’s next adventure.

With their customer’s support, they have grown to a full inline specialty retailer and continue to maintain their roots with used gear in their Bargain Basement. Next Adventure occupies three physical addresses:

  • The Grand Store, their original 16,000 square foot location that houses all their outdoor categories.
  • The Paddle Sports Center, a 13,000 square foot building with all their kayak, canoes, SUP’s and other paddling products.
  • Their 20,000 square foot warehouse with a yard for storage.

At Next Adventure, they value the customer. Their non-commissioned crew “ain't here for the money” – and you can tell that they love what they do. And what they do is help customers get the gear they need to get out there and do it right.

Stuart McCornack, co-owner of Yukon Trading Company and sales representative to Next Adventure shared his thoughts on Next Adventure. “Deek and Bryan have are two of the smartest, hardest working retailers I have the pleasure of working with. They have remained true to the roots of their original business model while expanding into new categories with some of the premier brands in the outdoor industry. They are very active in the community and sponsor numerous events over the course of any given year. It’s always a pleasure to work with them and I feel like the “P” in partnership is always capitalized. They should prove to be a great resource for other Grassroots members and a tremendous addition to your membership. Congratulations!”

Their constant focus on customer experience and community involvement makes them a hub of activity and a community town center. These are traits that match many of the retail members of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance. We are honored to have the owners, management and staff join our group. 

Next Adventure will be attending the Grassroots Early Show being held from June 10 – 13, 2013 in Ogden, UT.

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance unites independent outdoor retailers as a strong voice to protect and promote the experience of outdoor enthusiasts across the United States. To learn more about Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, visit our website at