I had to buy a pair of hiking poles as a birthday present for my father and Outdoor Heller is closed for two weeks. So I went to the local Jack Wolfskin store. I noticed before that their choice in outdoor equipment is getting less and less, but I learned that they do not have any hiking poles at all anymore. I noticed similar things in the US (at least in Utah), most of these stores have become fashion shops. Fortunately, we have a large choice of department and sports (as in "move your body", not "shoot some critters") stores here in Nürnberg which have outdoor and camping equipment. But nevertheless, the trend is disturbing.