@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.