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My family has been providing outdoor gear solutions to our customers since 1974. How am I rewarded from this job and our culture? The truth is that I am rewarded by smiling people. A laugh or smile indicates to me this individual is happy in the environment we have created and our culture has exposed them to a great moment. Whether it is a customer, staff member, or vendor, smiles are my biggest reward.

-Michael Mathews, Owner.

Who We Are

Adventure begins at The Backpacker.  Over 40 years of outdoor adventure experience, The Backpacker wants to inspire you to #geauxoutthere and explore the world. From providing the best quality in adventure clothing and outdoor gear, to our concierge services and Backpacker Tours ski packages - we hope to be your resource for anything and everything outdoor. Our 2 Louisiana retail stores, Baton Rouge and Lafayette, provide our local community with educational events and services to enjoy our swamps, lakes, trails, rivers, and all the beauty of the Louisiana outdoors. We educate and train our staff to learn about our customers' experiences as well, so we can share those experiences with everyone who walks through our doors. Our team of experts have conquered their most ambitious adventures, and love to provide recommendations and advice to any outdoor enthusiast. Our website,, brings the local community feel to you at the touch of your fingertips, so you can research and plan your adventures with us. Our doors are always open, contact us with any questions or suggestions at

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