Preparing for budget camping season

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Camping season in the PNW is upon us! Whether you love camping or have never been, the biggest hurdle is usually the price. So here are some ways to camp on a budget.

PORTLAND, Oregon. – In this week’s Let’s Get Out There, we stay a little closer to home and head to the outdoor store next adventure in southeast Portland. When it comes to camping, finding the right gear can be daunting, so here are some ways to make it fun and affordable.

When it comes to getting out in the Pacific Northwest, there’s no limit to what you can do. The only limit for most of us might be the cost of all the gear.

“We pretty much run the gamut,” said Deek Heykamp, ​​co-owner of next adventure. “Camping, hiking, everything you need for shoes, your clothes and of course skis and snowboards during the winter.”

While high-end amenities add up quickly, there’s no reason you can’t go on a budget.

“One of our core values ​​here at Next Adventure is to elevate adventure for everyone,” Heykamp said. “We’re definitely looking at the barriers people might face getting into camping or any outdoor activity.”

There are plenty of ways to start your camping collection if you’re just starting out, but what’s your financial threshold? KGW reporter Mike Benner went camping as a teenager, but now he’s preparing to take his 6-year-old twins camping for a night or two – a completely different animal. He came to Next Adventure to get some questions answered.

“The basics are we want to start with…your shelter,” Heykamp said. “Your sleep system should be a kind of sleeping pad.”

You can also opt for a cot and don’t forget the sleeping bag. Heykamp noted that these three items, along with a stove and cooking utensils, are enough to get you started.

For example, Heykamp picked up gear from the store for a two-person camping trip. A tent, two sleeping bags, mattresses and a propane stove cost just over $500.

Before you log out, consider going down to the basement of the shop. Used equipment aisles and aisles might be a better match for your personal price.

“If you’re a budget camper, this is the place to come because we really cater to this group,” Heykamp said.

Not everyone is open to used gear, but if your finances are tight and you still have the camping bug, you might want to give it some thought. Heykamp was able to find all the brand name items, a two-person tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and stove for less than $100 in total.

“If you’re intimidated by just learning what you need, there are many ways we can help you get started in the sport at the right price and feel confident with the equipment you need when you get out,” he said. .

As for Benner, he felt his questions had been answered.

“I feel really good,” he said. “I actually feel a lot better now than when I walked in. I mean, I think I’m ready to survive a day or two in the desert with 6-year-old boys…we’re not trying to hike in the depths.” Wild region. We’re just going up, pitching a tent, digging a little, eating hot dogs.

And having a good father-son time.

“It’s true,” Benner said. “I can never get enough.”

Let’s Get Out there airs once a week on KGW’s 4pm newscast and Good things, airing Monday through Thursday at 7 p.m. We include viewer photos for this series. You can text your photos to 503-226-5088 or post them on the KGW Facebook page.

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