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#292559 - 06/24/19 10:21 PM Re: $600 budget for the outdoors [Re: dweste]
willpo Offline
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Registered: 06/24/19
Posts: 15
I'd tell him to look on yt for "homemade wanderlust", 'followbigfoot", "DarwinonthetraiL" and "flatbrokeoutside' (especially the latter) and he'll be much more knowledgable as a consumer. I'd either get used gear thru REI, or at least, get a $50, no more, Alice pack and frame, and be ready to use his underwear and socks as additional padding on his hips and shoulders. You can get by just fine with a homemmade tarp/tent, a $40 Colemen sleeping bag from wally's, and an inflatable milsurp sleeping pad, if you're not talking temps below 20F. Temps like that are quite dangerous if you're alone, especially if there's snow hiding ice and leg-breaking holes, and if you dont have a rental satellite phone, which you're crazy to be without.


Edited by willpo (06/24/19 10:33 PM)

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#293462 - 09/17/19 09:49 PM Re: $600 budget for the outdoors [Re: dweste]
teacher Offline
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Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 792
Agreed - start with used gear, borrowed or rental.

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#293465 - 09/17/19 10:02 PM Re: $600 budget for the outdoors [Re: dweste]
Russ Offline
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Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5209
Loc: SOCAL
Why are we dredging up posts/threads from decades past? Prior to June, the last post was from over 11 years ago.

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#293466 - 09/17/19 11:11 PM Re: $600 budget for the outdoors [Re: Russ]
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 6996
Loc: southern Cal
It is still a relevant issue. How did I miss chiming in when it started? Acquisition of gear is an interactive experience, combined with learning the ropes and getting experience.

At least that is how I learned and developed many moons ago. Start with simple day hikes, progressing to more challenging and strenuous trips, and eventually to overnight and longer excursions in more extreme weather. Be sure your companions are at least as competent as you are. You can also learn a lot from books and the internet. ETS, among others, has good info.

Fundamental are the three B's - , boots, bag (sleeping), and backpack. These have to be suitable for conditions or one will be miserable, if not worse. Much of the rest of your gear can be obtained on the cheap or improvised.

You will always be buying gear and tweaking your stuff. I have been doing so for more than sixty years and there is no end in sight, although the pace has slackened a bit.

You will spend more than $600. I queried REI where I have been a member since 1963 and I have purchased over $12,000 worth of stuff since i joined. I have also purchased from other outfits.

After thought: Should not we adjust the $600 figure for inflation, considering the antiquity of this thread??


Edited by hikermor (09/18/19 12:08 PM)
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