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The Backpacker accesses, tests and stocks the best gear in the industry so that you don't have to search for it. And we back it with our expertise and our service. Quality gear. Quality service.

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South Carolina's Original Outfitter

The Backpacker Quality Gear, Inc. started in 1973 as South Carolina's first outfitter. Supporting 3 generations, The Backpacker has grown into a family business that provides the best hiking, backpacking and outdoor gear in the industry. We're more than just an outfitter, though. At The Backpacker, we're runners, paddlers, hikers, climbers, trekkers and, above all else, we're gear heads. We don't just stock outdoor equipment from your favorite brands, we actively test it.

Quality Gear. Quality Service

Whether is gear from The North Face, Patagonia, Marmot, Chaco, Keen, Osprey, Gregory, Vasque, Merrell, Vibram, Big Agnes, Kelty, MSR, Columbia Sportswear, Royal Robbins, Mountain Hardwear or Salomon, we wear it, we stress test it, and when it's good, we recommend it. And we back it all with our Rock Solid Customer Service.

Backpacker South Carolina We've won a lot of awards over the years as Columbia's best outfitter. Let's face it, we've been at it a long time! Whether it's the best selection of gear or the best service in town, we invite you to give the Backpacker a try and learn why we're the most celebrated outfitter in Columbia, South Carolina.

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The Backpacker accesses, tests and stocks the best gear in the industry so that you don't have to search for it. And we back it with our expertise and our service. Quality gear. Quality service.

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Learn more about our Rock Solid Customer SerivceTM

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  • The Ultimate Hike

    The Ultimate Hike

    I got involved with the Ultimate Hike in 2013 after receiving an e-mail from The Backpacker. I was intrigued by the challenge of completing the 28.3 mile hike in one day on the Appalachian Foothills Trail. I was also curious about fundraising. It wasn’t hard to make the commitment. The issue of children’s cancer was very personal to me, as one of my former students, Catherine Sherpy, had lost her courageous fight with leukemia on June 17, 2013. Meeting and training with the Columbia team is something I will always cherish. By the end of my first hike weekend, there was a sense of true accomplishment. I completed the hike and far exceeded my fundraising goal.

Upcoming Events

Campside Cooking 101 Tues. April 19th 630pm Columbia Location

Join us with our favorite Trailside chef, Bruce Cannon as he wows us with delicious easy meals for your next camp out or backpacking trip.

Palmetto Conservation Foundation Camping 101 Class Series begins Tuesday May 17th 630 Columbia Location.

Free to PCF members. Find out more at http://palmettoconservation.org/get-involved/membership/

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Started in 1973 by Malcolm and Lewis Jones, The Backpacker Quality Gear, Inc. became the first outfitter in South Carolina to bring high quality outdoor gear to South Carolina... continue reading