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I'm Proud Of My Fledglings

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Offline dprather

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I'm Proud Of My Fledglings
« on: May 29, 2016, 03:58:58 PM »
If backpacking is an addiction, then I'm a pusher.  From exactly one backpacker (me) I have convinced about a dozen other members of my congregation to shoulder a load and take to the trail.

I am pleased to report that two of my fledglings have taken flight.

A man and his wife (both in their early 40s) just did an overnight up to the South Rim.  I don't have to ask if they are hooked.  I can see it  in their FACEBOOK postings.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline Hang10er

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Re: I'm Proud Of My Fledglings
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2016, 04:47:26 PM »
dprather,

It's you, the others on here and of course the Bend.  I've been interested (1st step before trying it and then addiction) since my last trip out west.  We "car camped" in a primitive spot.  Now I want to take the next step.  Maybe an overnighter.  Maybe the South Rim like that couple, although I prefer the desert floor. 

For the last few months I've been researching and asking questions.  I have a lengthy word document of NEEDED equipment and WANTED equipment.  I have models, brands, prices, etc.

My town doesn't have a decent camping store, just the old box stores.  Online is cheap but you don't get to try it on, see it etc.

Last week I was in the Dallas area and got to look at some stuff close up at an REI and a Mountain Sports in Arlington.  I'm impressed with the quality of stuff.  Really took to the Osprey Atmos 65 backpack.  Someone on here recommended it.  Browsed tents, sleeping pads, chairs, etc.  Didn't buy anything but made notes.

Now I'm back to my list and extra jobs to pay for it!!

But thanks for being one of the pushers!

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Offline dprather

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Re: I'm Proud Of My Fledglings
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2016, 05:58:06 PM »
dprather,

It's you, the others on here and of course the Bend.  I've been interested (1st step before trying it and then addiction) since my last trip out west.  We "car camped" in a primitive spot.  Now I want to take the next step.  Maybe an overnighter.  Maybe the South Rim like that couple, although I prefer the desert floor. 

For the last few months I've been researching and asking questions.  I have a lengthy word document of NEEDED equipment and WANTED equipment.  I have models, brands, prices, etc.

My town doesn't have a decent camping store, just the old box stores.  Online is cheap but you don't get to try it on, see it etc.

Last week I was in the Dallas area and got to look at some stuff close up at an REI and a Mountain Sports in Arlington.  I'm impressed with the quality of stuff.  Really took to the Osprey Atmos 65 backpack.  Someone on here recommended it.  Browsed tents, sleeping pads, chairs, etc.  Didn't buy anything but made notes.

Now I'm back to my list and extra jobs to pay for it!!

But thanks for being one of the pushers!

REI is having a nice sale now.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline mr.bean5150

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Re: I'm Proud Of My Fledglings
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2016, 08:45:17 AM »
dprather,

It's you, the others on here and of course the Bend.  I've been interested (1st step before trying it and then addiction) since my last trip out west.  We "car camped" in a primitive spot.  Now I want to take the next step.  Maybe an overnighter.  Maybe the South Rim like that couple, although I prefer the desert floor. 

For the last few months I've been researching and asking questions.  I have a lengthy word document of NEEDED equipment and WANTED equipment.  I have models, brands, prices, etc.

My town doesn't have a decent camping store, just the old box stores.  Online is cheap but you don't get to try it on, see it etc.

Last week I was in the Dallas area and got to look at some stuff close up at an REI and a Mountain Sports in Arlington.  I'm impressed with the quality of stuff.  Really took to the Osprey Atmos 65 backpack.  Someone on here recommended it.  Browsed tents, sleeping pads, chairs, etc.  Didn't buy anything but made notes.

Now I'm back to my list and extra jobs to pay for it!!

But thanks for being one of the pushers!

I would not spend big money on to many things until you have camped at least once or twice. My first trip was with a $25 tent and a $10 sleeping bag, my buddy only had a $10 sleeping bag and we stayed at the Twisted Shoe campsite. In preparing for the next trip we were able to draw on our experience in what we really needed and where our money should go. Like most here I'm still adjusting my gear based on the trip before, but the point is I would start off simple.
"Do or Do Not, There Is No Try"
                                  "Yoda"

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Offline Jalco

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Re: I'm Proud Of My Fledglings
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2016, 03:44:16 PM »
REI is having a nice sale now.

My "Christmas in June" package arrives next week  :dance:

 


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