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Words can't describe how excited I am to have stumbled upon this site! My name is Allie. I'm a 21 year old college student living in North Jersey, where I've grown up. I've been wanting to backpack forever. My parents spent a lot of time out west and their stories and pictures have captured me. However, both my parents had cancer while growing up, and I lost my dad to it, so they've never been able to share their joy with us kids.
The biggest thing that's been holding me back from just doing it I guess is community. I love my friends and they humor me when I drag them out for day hikes, but it stops there. There is no overnighting it or longer trips requiring a real pack weight. I've looked into NOLS and Outward Bounds the past 4 summers, but between work/lack of funds it just never seems to work out. But I'm tired of excuses! I recently acquired a 60:75 Lowe Alpine pack, and I have a 0 degree sleeping bag already. It really needs to be broken in! I've thought of attempting some overnighters in the spring on my own, just starting small and working my way up. But I don't like the fact that I'd be completely alone (not even a dog in tow). And I'm very inexperienced. The internet and books can only take me so far.
So I guess what I'm asking for is any advice for a young, female beginner. I don't have a lot of cash, but I know I need equipment for cooking, filtering water, a tent, etc. It gets expensive so quickly wandering around REI, EMS, or Campmor! So any advice for cheap-ish equipment and just how to meet safe people with similar interest would be great!
Thanks for any and all help :)