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    Where will 2018 take you?

    Let The Backpacker help you get there in comfort and style. Drop by our store for great outdoor and travel gear-our experienced staff is ready to assist you!

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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.

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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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  • Ultimate Hike Update

    Ultimate Hike Update

    Bear with me a moment, I am running a bit behind...first let me tell you about the hike on March 18. We met at Harbison State Forest for a 7:30 AM start. We hiked eighteen miles.

Upcoming Events

Experience Mt. Kilimanjaro - April 24th, 6:30pm

CTuesday April 24th, 6:30 pm, join us with local adventure traveler, Stacey Thompson, as she shares her Summit Experience to Mt. Kilimanjaro. This is a FREE event, but we ask you to register please at 803-799-7571 or email columbia@backpackerqualitygear.com with ph # and # attending. BRING YOUR CAMP CHAIR PLEASE.

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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