advice needed!!

1:34 p.m. on April 25, 2002 (EDT)

I am interested in getting into backpacking along with my fiance, and would like some advicer on must have gear at reasonable cost. Will be needing gear for 2-3 day hikes and would like info on packs, sleep bags, and food, as well as any other useful info. Will be in warmer climate (new mexico). Thanks a lot.

5:40 a.m. on April 26, 2002 (EDT)


I am certainly no expert at this backpacking thing. I have only been twice - last year. It's not my pratice to spend a ton of money on a new interest (what if I don't like it, then I've spent a fortune on gear I probably won't use). Go to They have a wide price range, carry several brands, and their gear is good quality. Their item descriptions are very informative too. They also have great customer service should you have any problems.

My $.02 worth.

6:26 a.m. on April 26, 2002 (EDT)

May I suggest before you take off on a 2-3 day backpack try a few day hikes first. Bring water,whistle,first aid kit(w/ ace bandage),extra clothing(no 100% cotton) & map. Also dont hike alone. Campmor & Cabelas have lots of gear.

1:51 p.m. on April 26, 2002 (EDT)

Rent or borrow as much as you can

also try

10:22 p.m. on April 26, 2002 (EDT)

First thing is learn what the 10 essentials are, get them, and learn how to use them. After that, it all depends on how much comfort, budget, and long term use/intense use you will have.

If you are going to really get into it, then buy quality gear. It will be worth it. I still use the Marmot bag and North Face tent I bought almost 20 years ago.

You can find good deals on quality stuff by surfing the gear stores.

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