Gift Ideas for the Beginner Backpacker

When it came time to ask stores to help out with gift lists the first store that came to mind for the Beginner Backpacker was Denali Wakefield. The staff is always out doing something. Store Supervisor Cameron has hiked the Appalachian Trail and Emily recently did the Rhode Island North-South Trail. These guys have done their research and know what is good out there. When you’re in the store feel free to ask them questions about their experiences both on the trails and with gear. The following are items that the staff at Denali Wakefield recommend for the beginner backpacker.  – Amy
Mountain Hardwear Lamina 35: Its extremely lightweight, very warm, packs down to the size of a volleyball and quite versatile.
Osprey Kestral 48: Big enough for a few nights, but small enough for a short walk.
Vasque Breeze 2.0: Sturdy, waterproof and light; virtually no break-in period.
Smartwool PHD: Soft wool socks you’ll never want to take off your feet.
Light My Fire 6 Piece MealKit: Even has a pasta strainer

Camelbak Bladder: Hands free water…need i say anymore?
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