We can't think of a better location to come to learn and play!

We are excited to partner with Congaree National Park in our classes program at The Backpacker (Columbia location) this Spring in conjunction with their celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. ALL CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK IN THE HARRY HAMPTON AUDITORIUM.

Come to all or pick and choose the class that you're most interested in. For these FREE classes, the size is LIMITED so please call or email us (contact info in class details) asap and put BACKPACKING 101 in the subject with the dates you will be attending. Please leave a phone number for us to reach you in case of class date change/cancellation.

Upcoming Events & Happenings

Tuesday, April 22nd - Green for Green Businesses for Conservation Mt. Pleasant
Saturday, May 17th @ 5:00pm - Book signing & Slideshow by Harry Farthing, author of Summit Mt Pleasant
Saturday, May 17th @ 10:00am - Backpacking 101 Columbia
Saturday, June 7th @ 10:00am - Leave No Trace Columbia

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.

  • Columbia, SC
    1215 Wayne Street
    Columbia, SC 29201
    803.799.7571 | p
  • Mt. Pleasant, SC
    608 D Long Point Road
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
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