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General Gear Discussion The General Gear Discussion forum is for the discussion of traditional and lightweight (ultralight) backpacking gear that is not covered in other Practical Backpacking™ forums. [Please post about Backpacks, Shelters, Sleeping Gear, Backcountry Kitchen (Food, Stoves) in those respective forum areas.]


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Old 07-17-2014, 05:31 PM
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Backpacking Beginner Gear Assistance

Hey all! New to the site, but decided to go ahead and gain some insight into backpacking/camping before I completely immerse myself into the hobby. I already love to hike, but I would like to delve deeper into nature so I see backpacking as the way to do this!

Background info that could help: I am a college student, so I am on a budget. I am a 6 foot male weighing around 160 lbs. I live in and will hike all around Georgia, primarily North Georgia in Cohutta and Chattahoochee. I w NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:13 AM
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Unfortunately I don't have that much advice to offer since I consider myself fairly new to light-wei NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:01 AM
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My first piece of advice, since I went through this process just a couple years ago, is to check the NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:15 AM
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Backpack: Mariposa Plus / REI Flash 65
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My best advice is to tell you where I went wrong. I didn't have any backpacking gear or experience NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:28 PM
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Since I broke my neck on a trampoline back in 1967, I’ve had to be very picky about my pillow. I nee NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:44 PM
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Thanks for all of the feedback! Very helpful and I'll be sure to take it all into account.
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:43 PM
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Backpack: Mountainsmith Maverick 65
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:49 PM
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Backpack: Gregory Shasta, Deuter ACT Lite 65+10
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Lots of really good advice above.

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Old 07-19-2014, 06:19 AM
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Old 07-20-2014, 01:48 AM
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Just wanted to clarify, I think dsuursso is talking about Alps Mountaineering. I believe he is also NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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