• Backpacker Columbia Mt. Pleasant
  • Summer Fun Is Here!

    and The Backpacker has great LIGHTWEIGHT camping gear to get your family started right! Check out our selection of Kelty Tents, Mountain Hardwear Sleeping Bags, ThermaRest Pads, Lightweight MSR Stoves, Mountain House Foods and more... Drop by your Local Shop and let our friendly, knowledgeable staff help you find a great place to go and the good equipment that lasts a lifetime...

Welcome to the Backpacker

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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Sat: 10am - 6pm

From Our Blog

  • In The Woods - Again

    In The Woods - Again

    Monday, 09 June 2014

    It’s cold and rainy this morning in western Jersey, but I am eager to get outdoors, though a bit anxious, as my transition to ridgerunner is surprisingly difficult this year.

It's that time of year again

For over 40 years and three generations, the Backpacker has brought the best gear and the best service to South Carolina. Thanks to our great friends and customers, we've repeatedly brought home the title of Best of Columbia! And now, it's that time of year again to vote the Backpacker as the BEST OUTFITTER in Columbia!


Look for us in February in BELLE HALL Shopping Center at 600 Long Point Rd. We will be beside Pawley's Front Porch and Stein Mart. We appreciate your business and hope to see you in the new spot! Our phone number will remain the same 843-849-3482.

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.

  • Columbia, SC
    1215 Wayne Street
    Columbia, SC 29201
    803.799.7571 | p
  • Mt. Pleasant, SC
    608 D Long Point Road
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
    843.849.3482 | p
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