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Window shopping at REI

I've talked to a few people who don't have everything they need for backpacking yet. Let's start looking at backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, chairs, stoves, tents, footwear and other good stuff.

If you have experience backpacking, please come to help answer questions and tell me good places to go. I just started last year.

**call[masked]four-5187 if you don't see us right away.

Come to the row of backpacks at 6:00. After trying one on, we'll wander the store and maybe harass a couple sales associates.

At 7:00, we'll head to a local restaurant (not sure where yet) and talk about backpacking ideas.

Note: You don't need to have all premium REI equipment. I've seen many do fine with decades old backpacks from yard sales, military surplus, etc... I got my super expensive inflatable mattress from REI, but found a suitable lightweight tent for less than $30 at walmart. I recently bought a used Gregory pack on eBay. Lightweight backpacking gear is useful for regular camping too. It has the advantage of fitting more easily in a small car.


Some upcoming events:
Hiking and camping at Pinckney Rec Area

Backpacking - Jordan River Pathway

Backpacking - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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  • Dylan C.

    Here's the Manistee River Trail trip in a couple weeks, three spots left!

    Neylan, see you at the hike/camping on Saturday.

    Amar, let me know if you'd like to invite MAC to your Tough Mudder training.

    Kelly, thanks for coming with the flyers and for all your useful information!

    May 16, 2013

  • Abhay

    Sorry I missed it. Hope to catch you guys next time!

    May 15, 2013

  • Neylan A.

    Anybody willing to share the tent or have an extra one??

    May 15, 2013

  • Patrick G.

    Well thats what happens when you send a 'quick message on your iphone' was at the wrong store - sorry about that.

    May 15, 2013

  • Patrick G.

    Ops here I amateur the Troy Reid soory

    May 15, 2013

  • Dylan C.

    Stuck in traffic...

    May 15, 2013

  • Kelly A

    Dylan, I have a nice backpacking gear list. I may even have 6 left over already printed from my beginning backpacking class I ran. Since the REI is just down the street, I'll try to bring them over.

    May 14, 2013

    • Dylan C.

      Hope you can join us and hand them out!

      May 14, 2013

    • Neylan A.

      Hi Kelly, that sounds great. I just moved to MI and I have nothing yet and I want to start :))

      May 14, 2013

  • Trillium

    Not sure if I will be available to come but you need to talk with Martin Sheill, if he is working Wed evening. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2011 so he has excellent backpacking experience!

    May 12, 2013

    • Dylan C.

      If I see Martin on someone's shirt, I'll tell him you sent us. What dept does he work? Was thinking of doing a stretch of the AT this year, but don't know enough to plan it properly. I'm not tired of backpacking in Michigan yet :-)

      May 13, 2013

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