I am new to backpacking. As a newbie backpacking can get really overwhelming especially due to the idea of being on your own and of course there's all this gear you have to buy. While I am getting some really good help from the REI store folks but due to the covid 19 situation all the activity classes are not happening. Is it a good idea to look for someone who I can tag along for the first couple of backpacking until to get a hang of it? Unfortunately, none of my friends are up to it so yeah I am on my own.
For a quick background, I live in North Texas and I have done a lot of small to medium day long hikes in Zion, Bryce, Smokies and Rockies NP's so I have some experience. I also like outdoor and nature adventure so that's why I am putting in some money to buy all the necessary equipment and gears for backpacking. Any help in finding like minded people to tag along would be really helpful.
@trails You still looking? I'm sort of in southern Texas but I can make it up towards Austin and maybe farther North if that's where you are. But I def feel the same way, during all this NO ONE wants to do stuff like this when it should be the other way around. Clearing the mind and going out a d having fun while being safe.
@trails Hello there! I just made a post about trying to find someone as well. I can definitely relate to your story as I'm currently going through the same thing. Got all my equipment & location but no one to go with. I'm loving the support from REI staff, but they can't bring their support out there irl and I understand that. If you can't find an experienced backpacker, let me know! Learning how to do these sort of things is def better done with someone vs without anyone. Depending on how up North you are and how central I am, I can probably make things work out on my end.