• Backpacker Columbia Mt. Pleasant
  • Where are YOU headed this season?

    Let our friendly, knowledgeable staff help you get there with the right clothing and gear from your Favorite Outdoor Brands...Quick dry clothing from Patagonia, Columbia Sportswear and The North Face. Lightweight Travel Accessories from Eagle Creek. Tilley and Wallaroo Hats. Chaco, Sanuk, Merrell, Vasque and Oboz footwear. Osprey Packs and so much more... New shipments are arriving weekly...Drop by your local shop and check it out!

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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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  • Update from the Ultimate Hike

    Update from the Ultimate Hike

    It was a dark and stormy night...OK, actually Saturday was a sunny and cool (starting just above freezing) morning...a beautiful day for hiking. Four members of our team met at Harbison Forest and hiked just over eleven miles. Sixty-nine days from the 28.3 mile/one-day Ultimate Hike, I am feeling pretty good but I know that I will need the time to improve my stamina and toughen my feet. Saturday night was an Advil night! For whatever reason, the eleven miles this week took less of a toll on me than the six+ miles last week. Our Columbia team has lost a couple of members (due to scheduling conflicts, not injury) but we still have about fifteen members, including distant hikers assigned to us...from WI, UT, CA and FL. At Saturday's practice, we had Mel (the Coach of the Columbia team...who I hiked with me in the 2013 Ultimate Hike), Abby from West Columbia, Krystina (amazing 16-year old hiker) and me.

It's time for Backpacker events!

We know winter isn't over, but that just means that spring is right around the corner. To help you prepare for your outdoor adventures, the Backpacker's scheduling a range of classes and events to help you get up to speed on everything from gear to grub! Click here to check out our events (we're bringing more online, so check back!)

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.

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