October 26, 2013 · 10:00 AM
New to backpacking? Want to start primitive camping but feeling overwhelmed by all the options? Come to our REI Field Trip to get hands on with some gear.
Our field trip will center around the big 3:
Sleeping bag and sleeping mats
Everyone will have a chance to try on backpacks and load them with weight to simulate an actual backpacking load.
We will check out the different tent types and discuss which tent is right for you and your type of hiking.
Sleeping pads and bags can ruin a backpacking adventure if they're too heavy, not warm enough, or spring a leak. We will roll out some of the sleeping gear and discuss the pros and cons.
There is a beginner's backpacking trip scheduled at Lake Texoma two weeks after our gear field trip. Sign up through the NTO Meetup page. All are welcome!
REI has a great return policy. If the gear you buy fails, it's uncomfortable, or you just plain hate it, they will gladly return or exchange it.