I was finally able to find some time to hit up their Camping Basics class last week. The class was fun, though it was focused more on “car camping” or actually going to a site and staying for a while. Granted, this isn’t really what I’ll be doing when I am hiking but it still gave me a good base of the kind of gear I’ll need.
As a bonus, my best friend came with me and now we’re planning to do some car camping, but outfit about half our gear as hiking/backpacking stuff and the other half (tent, stove) as car camping gear. Then I’ll be able to start getting some experience with camping in less difficult circumstances than a long hike. But we are thinking we won’t start that until spring. Not really keen on going out in the winter as a first step.
The class was great, and the REI in Tyson’s is quite nice, so I’ll definitely be going back there, probably for a backpacking for beginners class.