Road Trip October LA/SF to Seattle via Colorado or Utah
Replies: 17 - Last Post: May 18, 2013 6:18 AM Last Post By: trekker502
May 18, 2013 12:04 AM
We definitely do intend to camp in the National Parks.
We are experienced campers and camp a lot here in Australia. We do intend on buying some equipment when we get there as we need to upgrade to a small lightweight tent but will probably bring sleeping mats and sleeping bags with us.
Some of the other basics we will pick up at Walmart like we did in Canada a couple of years ago and donate them to someone at the end.
Any advice you have would be appreciated!
May 18, 2013 5:58 AM
16For a good quality lightweight backpacker's tent I'd go to REI (Recreational Equipment Incorporated). Their own brand (REI) is pretty good with a wide selection at more reasonable prices, but if you prefer, they sell upper end brands like North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Big Agnes as well.
I use a Mountain Hardwear single man Skyledge, a roomy one-man tent easily accomodating two people - weighs 3 pounds, is wind-firm and waterproof - but costs over $400. The Big Agnes series of tents have been highly rated for a number of years now as well (and are also relatively spendy).
May 18, 2013 6:18 AM
17It does not look as though you plan to do any trekking/backpacking, so you do not need a fancy, lightweight tent -- buy one at Wal-Mart or at Target instead. Also, there are many garage and yard sales and if you scan the Classified Section of newspapers, you may see that people are selling outdoors equipment -- especially if they live in an outdoors environment such as Seattle and Vancouver. I purchased a superb Marmot 3-season lightweight backpacker tent for $100, instead of $300, at a yard sale in the Rocky Mountains -- it had been used in the Himalayas, and I took it with me on my trek in Patagonia, where there were 60+ mph winds and torrential rains and the tent held up magnificently.
I think that you are spending too many days in Las Vegas, unless you are into seeing the shows or have lots of money for gambling.
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