@AlexH-C Welcome Alex!  I went to UMASS Amherst (among other places) for undergrad and love western MA.  If you ever have any questions about gear, hit us up here!  Also, I know it would be quite the drive to get to an REI store from where you are, but did you know that REI offers virtual outfitting?  It's a virtual video conference where we can connect you with an expert to answer any questions you might have.


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