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    Winter is here and The Backpacker is ready to help you stay warm!

    Drop by and check out our warm base layers from Patagonia and Smartwool-PLENTY of hats and gloves-and a new shipment at the Columbia location of Ski bibs and Pants!

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

CureSearch Ultimate Hike - 1/23/2018

Informational meeting at the Columbia location 1215 Wayne St. Ultimate Hike is the original 28.3 m event on the Foothills Trail; celebrating 8 yrs of telling children's cancer to Take A Hike! Start your adventure now by signing up for on of our upcoming meeting. Check it out on the web www.ultimatehike.org/fh18

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Columbia, SC

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