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    Happy Thanksgiving from Our family to Yours!

    Get a jump on your holiday shopping! Drop by your local shop for deals all this week! Free Gift-wrapping and convenient store front parking! Open Mon - Wed regular business hours. Closed Thanksgiving Day. Open Fri - Sat regular business hours.

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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. 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.

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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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    4 Essentials for Camping with Kids

    Our last camping trip was a pretty big ordeal. With a 4year old, 3 year old, a 6 months pregnant mama and an eager daddy, we had our work cut out for us. I’m not gonna lie, it had been awhile. Our last camping trip with a 3 year old and 1 year old wasn’t exactly a success nor was I eager to do it again. With a baby on the way, I wasn’t sure when a good opportunity would present itself, if it ever would again. I was tired of hearing my husband’s exasperated sighs over how few times we had taken our kids camping.

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Vista Lights - Thursday Nov. 19th open until 8:30 More info...

Join us for the annual Vista Lights Celebration at our Columbia Location! Special deals storewide all day long. At 5:30 we will serve yummy food and drinks-shop to the sound of bluegrass band Double Trouble. Get a jump on Christmas shopping with FREE gift wrapping-leave your packages to pick up another day and go enjoy the neighborhood festivities!

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Columbia, SC

1215 Wayne Street
Columbia, SC 29201
803.799.7571 | p
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Mon - Fri: 10:00am - 6:30pm
Sat: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Our Story

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