Trying a new activity can be both exciting and expensive. There are key stables you need when starting a season of backcountry hiking and camping. Gearing up is a learning process, one that doesn’t have to break the bank.
When buying used gear, you need to make sure it’s still functional and in tip-top shape. If you’re new or you feel your knowledge is lacking ask an experienced friend to take a look with you. For example, if you’re buying a used pack or tent, be sure to check the seams and zippers to make sure everything is in working condition. If possible, set the tent up to make sure all parts are together and working. If you can’t handle the gear in person before buying, ask for photos of all angles including close-ups.
Hop online and check out Mountain Equipment Co-op’s used gear site. Find this gem on the footer of MEC's homepage. It gives you access to items that MEC members are selling across Canada. If you’re looking for something specific, you can likely find it here!
Located in Canmore, Switching Gear is an athletic clothing and gear consignment shop. They have a wide range of gear, from packs to paddle boards, and you’re sure to find what you’re looking for here. Many Canmore locals frequently update their gear. As a result, the stock regularly updates and the quality and price of the gear are often great. The staff is very helpful and you have the bonus of being able to view and try out the gear in person before buying.
When you know where to look, the options are limitless. Save your pennies by hopping online or heading to your local hot-spot.
Not sure what gear you need or don't have your own? Want to try the gear first before spending your money? No idea where to begin? Don’t sweat it. That’s what Get Outside is here for! Leave the stress behind and sign up for Women's Introduction to Backpacking. We bring multiple stoves and tents along with otehr gear for you to try out for yourself! We’ll see you outside!