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Open Position: Store Manager

Store Manager

Backpacker Lafayette location

Full-time, consistent schedule.

Weekend shifts required.

Competitive pay plus benefits after 90 days including extra vacation hours for outdoor adventures!

Retail Experience required.

Lead sales team to reach sales and customer service goals.  Position requires strong leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to execute upon direction.   Occasional out of store or late night event shifts required.  (ie, informational or training meetings, and Saturday morning kayak demonstrations).

Apply at www.backpackeroutdoors.com

Inventory Lead, MOD

Inventory Lead, Manager On Duty

Backpacker Lafayette location

Full-time, consistent schedule.

Weekend shifts required.

Competitive pay plus benefits after 90 days including extra vacation hours for outdoor adventures!

Work with fulfillment and sales team to reach sales and customer service goals.  Heavy computer use required.   Occasional out of store or late night event shifts required.  (ie, informational or training meetings, and Saturday morning kayak demonstrations)

Apply at www.backpackeroutdoors.com

Open Position: Lead Sales Backpacker Lafayette

Lead Sales, Manager On Duty

Backpacker Lafayette location

Full-time, consistent schedule.

Weekend shifts required.

Competitive pay plus benefits after 90 days including extra vacation hours for outdoor adventures!

Retail Experience strongly desired

Work with management team to reach sales and customer service goals.  Position requires strong  leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to follow merchandising direction.   Occasional out of store or late night event shifts required.  (ie, informational or training meetings, and Saturday morning kayak demonstrations)

Apply at www.backpackeroutdoors.com

What’s in Austin’s Backpacker for Road Trip’n Colorado?


Ever since I started working at The Backpacker, it has grown my love for the outdoors. Two of my best friends from Tampa, Matt and Jack, came along with me on this trip. Matt and I completed similar trips last year to Colorado, but it was a first for Jack. As we just graduated, we decided that this was the best chance to do this trip before everyone gets too busy with jobs and luckily for me, I work at a place that encourages these trips. I’ll get into where we went and photos after I share what I brought with me.

Gregory Paragon 58 – this is an overall great pack, with many features including an optional day pack used for your water bladder and also includes the raincover. It also included several compartments for better organization.
Big Agnes Tumble 2 – The Tumble 2 has the MtnGlo feature which allows you to turn on some lights in the tent so you can either read a book or grab something without moving around in the dark
Big Agnes Air Core Ultra Pad– This is my favorite pad because it packs down small and is several inches thick which makes it very comfortable to sleep on.
SealLine Baha 30L – Great dry bag to use either in your packs for organization or to use kayaking
Sawyer Mini – Very easy to use water filter that can fit on the inline of a water bladder or screw on to water bottles.
MSR Whisperlite -Incredible stove that is light and can cook or boil water pretty quick
Salomon Quest 4D – By far my favorite boots. Uses Goretex waterproofing and has great support along with the contragrip Salomon uses. There’s a reason these boots win awards
Smartwool Hiking socks -Using wpol socks helps keep the moisture off your feet to avoid blisters and add a little more support.
Ex Officio boxer briefs – Outstanding underwear that is moisture wicking and quickdrying. Also you can wear these for several days at a time without worrying about smell.
Patagonia Baggies– These shorts are very comfortable and can be used in a variety of activities like hiking or rafting.
FreeFly Lightweight Long Sleeve – Easily my new favorite long sleeve shirt. The bamboo it is made with allows it to be quickdrying and has UPF protection. Ive worn this hiking, rafting, fishing, and also just out and about. This shirt really can do it all
Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoodie – This jacket keeps you warm with little weight and can also pack down into its own pocket to save room or be used as a pillow,

All of these items can be found at The Backpacker and all of them worked very well and made the trip better.

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Our first night we spent in the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma, which is only 10 hours from Baton Rouge and is a very nice getaway. It was a little hot during the day, but the campgrounds were great and the short hike we did had this incredible view.

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The next morning we woke up at the crack of dawn and then drove to southern Colorado and arrived at Sand Dunes National Park. We arrived early enough in the afternoon to where we could do a very fun hike that had some incredible views. Also the campgrounds were over 9,000ft in altitude so coming from sea level; you will feel the altitude but wasn’t anything that slowed us down too much as we drank more than enough water and ate properly. We hiked to the Zapata falls and filled up our water bottles there as the water was just above freezing from the snow melt. We ran the water through our filters and it was perfect.

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Then the next day after we slept in for a little bit we drove back down to see the sand dunes which were incredible. After seeing the sand dunes we then drove a couple hours north to Buena Vista where we stayed the next couple nights and hung around Buena Vista. Here we went to a local BrewPub called Eddyline and the food and beers were delicious. After A quick meal here we then went to hike up to a pair of high alpine lakes called the Harvard Lakes on Mount Harvard. The hike was pretty much straight uphill and gained around 2,000ft in elevation before reaching the lakes. So if you ever go up to the mountains be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get up the mountain as it will take longer due the altitude and elevation change.

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The day after the Harvard Lakes hike we drove over to Fairplay, CO (where the creators of South Park are from) and went to Mount Sherman and went for the summit. Mount Sherman is 1 of 53 mountains that are over 14,000ft high and they are all nicknamed as “14ers”. The range of difficulty can be anywhere from a moderately difficult day hike to a challenging overnight hike with intense switchbacks and scrambles. We chose Mount Sherman because it is one of the easier 14ers to do and this would be our first summit so we didn’t want to put ourselves into something that we weren’t prepared for. It took us a couple hours to get up the mountain and at this altitude it is much colder and the wind was howling with gusts up 60mph. By the time we got to the saddle of the mountain which was at 13,500ft we just couldn’t push it anymore as the altitude was too much and we were worried if we did make it the summit we would be too tired and make it dangerous to come down with risk of hurting ourselves. This just means I will have to go back and get the summit under my belt.

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We then drove back to Buena Vista and camped there one more night and woke up the next morning and drove to Canon City to go white water rafting with American Adventures Expedition. We met up with Garrett and Shelly, who both worked at The Backpacker and we spent the day with them as Shelly was on her way out to California and Garrett was almost done training to be a raft guide with AAE. After rafting we found a campsite on the Arkansas River and just hungout the rest of the day as we were pretty tired. The next day Shelly went on her way to California and we headed to Amarillo were we went to the Palo Duro canyon and did some hiking there and ended up back in Baton Rouge a week after leaving.

As always these outdoor trips bring something special to you as you get to experience things that you may never get to experience anywhere else. Please come by and ask me about the trip and my gear, but until the next adventure I will see y’all at the store!

What’s in my backpack? Sarah’s Georgia Vacation

Every year, I travel with my family to a nature resort, gardens, and preserve in north Georgia called Callaway Gardens. Every year, I can look forward to adventures kayaking and hiking and exploring in the foothills of the Appalachians. Now, writing this blog post in reflection of my trip this year, I’ve considered just how much gear I’ve acquired at my time at The Backpacker and how much all of it has enhanced the comfort and coolness of my adventures.

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My Gear

Osprey Daylite pack – The lightweight 13L pack that has nearly taken the place of a purse in my life. I’ve loved using it for this Callaway trip (and everyday life) because I enjoy that it sits pretty narrowly on my back, has extremely comfortable shoulder straps, and has just enough room for my daily essentials – discouraging me from overpacking!

Teva Terra Float Livia sandals – I love these well-cushioned water/day sandals. They use the same R-Mat technology as some of of Hoka One One’s highly stable, cloud-like shoes, for responsiveness and durability. They feel great even when wet and also perform well as a hiking sandal – I’ve worn them even for 10-mile hikes.

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Outdoor Tech Buckshot 2.0 speaker – Water-proof, shock-proof, and a sweet sound quality that surprisingly comes from such a small piece of tech. The pocket clip and Bluetooth made it really easy and comfortable to have on my side for hikes.

Suncloud Loveseat sunglasses – Seriously never found a pair of sunglasses that works for my face like these do. The bronze mirror lens that I have enhances colors beautifully outside as well.

Smartwool Outdoor/Darn Tough hiking socks – Both are essentials. The merino-nylon blends stay comfortable all day, even when wet, and always seem to maintain the perfect temperature.

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My little sister in my Salomon X-Mission 3s (link below).
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The two of us in our adventure shoes.


Oboz Bridger Mid hiking boots – I selected these after pondering what boot to choose for months. I decided on these because I knew the waterproof leather would be great for hiking in colder temperatures later, and I was just going to deal with them not being as breathable for this summer trip as some of my other options. They surprised me in being much more breathable than I expected (for a waterproof leather boot) and comfortable after not having given them much time to break in (like 4 hours of wear total). The aggressive tread and support were awesome. Also, I dig the red leather.

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Salomon X-Mission 3 trail running shoes – With these, I’ve finally found a running shoe that fits my foot perfectly. Their structure and tread make light hikes easy, and the QuickLace system is such a cool feature. My little sister also got to enjoy them when I let her borrow them for her senior trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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Prana swimwear (Aleka top, Sabra bottoms) – A trip to Callaway Gardens involves jumping into and getting out of lakes and pools multiple times a day, so I usually just never change out of a swimsuit. Both pieces were really comfortable, with the top providing way more support than a girl usually finds in a swimsuit top. Thus, this one was Callaway-worthy.

Nalgene bottle Because no other simple water bottle of similar durability holds as much water or stickers as a Nalgene.

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Dad’s barbecuing on the 4th of July!

Kayak Fishing and Hiking in Illinois and Missouri

This past May I went back to my old stomping grounds to visit some family, kayak fishing with my dad, and do a little day hiking. The area I visited is on the Illinois/Missouri border and has many great fresh water fishing ponds and rivers.

Many of the areas my dad and I fish are private ponds that are on his friends land or at a state park in Missouri called Wakonda. A lot of what I was fishing for when I went back up north was bass, blue gill, crappie (sacalait), and catfish. When we went to his friends pond in the Illinois countryside we caught a lot of crappie and ended up doing a fish fry with them later that week.

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A couple of the crappie my dad and I caught at a private pond and at Wakonda State Park.

 

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Spring time in Illinois and Missouri is full of greenery and flowers. Couple this with amazing 70 degree weather and you get the perfect conditions for day hiking the hilly countryside.

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A black eastern grey squirrel we saw on a day hike in Missouri.

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One of the overlooks of the Mississippi from the Missouri side of the Mississippi

Gear Used During the Trip

Columbia Tamiami L/S Fishing Shirt- Offers great UV protection and is quick drying for when you get a little wet.

Free Fly Breeze Short- An amazingly comfortable short for travel, athletic wear, and fishing. Dries quick, lightweight, and comfy. A great “do-whatever” short.

Exoficcio Give-n-Go Boxer Brief- The best underwear I have ever owned, Never bunches up and dries fast if you take a dive into the water.

Costa Fathom 580p Sun Glasses- Lightweight, polarized sunglasses that help you see into murky water while in the kayak.

Keen Uneek Sandal/Shoes- Breathable, lightweight, and comfortable. These will give you great footing on the boat, dock, and bank while fishing, and if you do get them dirty they are easily hosed of for your next adventure.

Yeti Tundra 35- If you are looking for an ice chest that is great for every occasion, look no further. This ice chest is great from the kayak to the car for the road trip. Put it through anything and youll still have ice at the end of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climbing at a Rock Near You! (approximately 7.5hrs)

Sand Rock (Cherokee Rock Village) and Horse Pens 40 are both just north of Birmingham, AL. It’s early April and it’s a gorgeous weekend to #geauxoutthere!

Sand Rock is a maze of cliff sides, pinnacles, chimneys and boulders over looking the Coosa River.  There’s plenty of Sport and Trad to be had here, along with some bouldering. The park has developed a good bit over the years, and there’s a fairly new restroom and shower facility along with a large pavilion area. It’s also easy access; you can park and camp right on top the cliff, and there’s sure to be a route right at your camp site, so watch where you put your tent. And because you’re at the top of the cliff there’s a number of places where you can set up a top rope too. We started our weekend here to get some sport climbing in before we headed back down Hwy 59 for a bit to boulder at Horse Pens 40 the following day.
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Carolina led Pigs In Zen 5.10d! Really fun; I highly recommend this one!

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Here’s Lindsey strutting her stuff on My Dog Has Fleas, 5.8+ in her Prana Meme pants!

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And then there’s me finishing up First Black In Office 5.9.

When the sun starts to go down and it gets a little cooler and you still have plenty of time to be active, I throw on my Smartwool 250 top to stay comfy and keep my body temperature just right.  And when I’m chillin’ at the top cleaning up gear for a rap down or just hanging out mid route to take a breather, the Black Diamond Primrose harness provides just enough comfort. If you’re about to head out on a climbing trip and realize you need a few more slings, an extra quick draw or a random footage of cordelette for a prusik or anchor, we got ya covered; come swing by the store and tell us all about your trip!

Day two at HorsePens40 (home of one of the Triple Crown Bouldering Competition.) With over 400 routes on sandstone the variety is incredible, from cracks to slabs, jugs to crimps, and plenty of slopers in between.  Also, extremely easy access, not only do you get to camp amongst this city of boulders, you’re also only a few yards from Lookout Point, the best place to watch a sunset or do some early morning stretches.

After our early morning stretch, Matt came to grace us with his presence, on his drive out to Greenville, SC where he is moving after 5 years at The Backpacker! If you’ve ever been to The Backpacker in the past five years, you’re sure to have met Matt. He’s that guy; that guy that showed you how to pack a pack, that guy that helped you fix your broken stove, or schooled you on what you need and don’t need for that trip to Philmont or the slopes in Colorado. He’s that guy that biked from Saint Francisville to work and back on a regular basis. He surely spent more time educating you than you may have expected but it was probably worth it. I just wanted to give a shout out to his big butt, and if his can fit in the Prana Zion short, so can yours!

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Matt on Contraband V1

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Another view of Contraband. I’m rocking the Prana Halle pant here; they are able to stretch and twist with me and are still durable enough to take a beating from the rock; hands down my favorite pant. And the TASC Core Racer Tank is so soft and comfy you won’t want to take it off; made of about 50% bamboo, naturally wicking and anti-odor.

As far as shoes go, La Sportiva’s Finale is my new go to climbing shoe, just the right balance of performance and comfort. The Vibram XS Edge rubber outsole and a tensioned heel rand allow for higher-end technical performance than say the Tarantula or Mythos. While at the same time, they aren’t super aggressive; I can keep them on for more than just a single climb.

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The Stranger V2

Goal Zero makes tons of great products to keep you charged up while out on your adventures. I like the Torch 250: solar recharge panel built in to give your phone or camera an extra boost, and it doubles as a flashlight and flood light if you get caught on the trail after the sun goes down.

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Need approach shoes or a can crusher? Matt’s got ideas.

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Lindsey flashing Merlin V1

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Cool rock formations make for some fun scrambling.

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Meanwhile, Carolina crushes this V3+, Panty Shields. Look out y’all!

Hi my name is Shelly and I’m addicted to Prana, Smartwool and Climbing. I’ve been working at The Backpacker for over 2 years. I love hearing about our customers adventures and sharing photos; come by and see us before you #geauxoutthere!

Hot Desert Hiking Checklist

Hot Desert Gear Checklist

From New Mexico to the Sahara, this gear checklist will have to prepped for any desert adventure.

by: The Backpacker Editors

Clothing
Outerwear

  • waterproof/breathable jacket
  • fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • synthetic or softshell hiking pants
  • synthetic shorts

Base Layer

  • midweight long john top
  • midweight long john bottoms
  • synthetic briefs
  • synthetic sports bra
  • synthetic T-shirt
  • cotton T-shirt

Accessories

  • wool or fleece hat
  • synthetic liner gloves

Footwear

  • camp footwear (optional)
  • wool or synthetic socks (3)
  • liner socks (2)

Extras

  • sun hat
  • personal locator beacon (optional)
  • bandanna

Gear

  • Internal or external frame backpack
  • screen tent or tarp
  • down sleeping bag (-30° to 20°F)
  • inflatable sleeping pad
  • closed-cell foam sleeping pad
  • trekking poles
  • canister stove and fuel canisters
  • lighter and waterproof matches
  • cookset
  • eating utensils, bowl, and insulated mug
  • headlamp w/extra batteries and bulb
  • 32 oz. water bottles (2)
  • water treatment (filter, tablets, or drops)
  • pocket knife or multitool
  • compass or GPS (and map)
  • sunglasses
  • first-aid kit with personal medications
  • stuff sacks
  • assorted zipper-lock bags
  • insect repellent (optional)
  • sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • lip balm (SPF 15+)
  • toilet paper and trowel

#BACKPACKERPHOTO CONTEST IS BACK!

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WE WANT TO SEE YOUR PICTURES FROM WHEN YOU #GEAUXOUTTHERE!!

Have you ever purchased gear from The Backpacker?  Well now you can use your gear to win a $500 GIFT CARD!! This February submit a picture of yourself using gear from The Backpacker on Instagram and your photo will be entered to win a $500 Gift Card!!  Multiple photos can be entered.  ANYTHING BACKPACKER GEAR COUNTS**!  Show us your adventures!  Skiing, Snowboarding, Hammock days, hiking, exercising, paddling, kayak fishing, or ANYTHING RELATED to BACKPACKER OUTDOORS gear counts!

To enter the Instagram #BackpackerPhotoContest, post your picture using Backpacker Gear on Instagram* and include these 3 tags –

@backpackeroutdoors #geauxoutthere #backpackerphotocontest

The winner may be chosen based upon combination of factors including but not limited to originality, likes, shares, and whether or not you applied the tags as stated above**.

TIPS for increasing your chances to WIN:

  • Your Instagram account needs to be visible our judges.  Private accounts may be difficult to see.
  • Be original & make it about the outdoors
  • Make sure you get “@backpackeroutdoors #backpackerphotocontest #geauxoutthere”  all into your post.  This could make or break the winning decision.
  • Email customerservice@backpackeroutdoors.com a link to your post and a copy of your picture to ensure that our judges can see your post.

The winner will be announced on Friday March 3RD!

*IMAGES POSTED TO PRIVATE ACCOUNTS MAY NOT BE SEEN BY OUR JUDGES, SO BE SURE TO CHANGE YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS ON INSTAGRAM IF YOU WANT TO WIN!

**The Backpacker withholds the right to make final determination of winner.

*** Photos of an offensive nature or depicting dangerous acts will not be considered.  All photos must be submitted by midnight on Tuesday February 28, 2017.