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    Let The Backpacker help you get outfitted Wherever You are Headed! All your favorite brands-Patagonia, Osprey, Vasque, MSR, ENO and more. WINTER SALE IS ON NOW! Drop by your local shop to check out the great deals!!

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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.

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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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  • 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

Backpacking 101 is for the person who wants to get ready to Hit The Trail in 2016!!

Backpacking 101 classes

Whether you're a beginner, or getting back into the game after a long break-This FREE class will introduce you to the basics of clothing, boots and gear over the course of 3 sessions. Bring a friend. Make a commitment to get in the Great Outdoors more this Year!!

Upcoming classes

  • Tuesday, March 8th - Clothing and Footwear
  • Tuesday, March 15th - Shelter, Sleeping Bags and Pads
  • Tuesday, March 22nd - Backpacks Stoves and Water Purification

All classes begin at 6:30pm at the Columbia Location (bring a Tailgate Chair please).

To Register, Call 803-799-7571 or email us and be sure to leave your name, # of attendees and phone number.

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Columbia, SC

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

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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