personalized gear shopper: i’ll shop for you!

 This is me: 

Lindsey Headshot

Some people would call me a gear head, meaning I love… nay, am addicted to researching and buying gear for outdoor pursuits.  Tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, you name it, I like to buy it.  But when money has to be spent elsewhere my itch for buying gear cannot be scratched.  So I am extending my services to you, the interested internet patron.  You can be in any walk of your outdoor life: a beginner looking to build up your outdoor repertoire; an intermediate who has some gear but feels like it is outdated, heavy, clunky, or ineffective; even an expert who is just looking for a second opinion or to shave a few more ounces of their base weight; no matter where you are in your journey to own the perfect gear for your pursuits, I can help.  Below are a list of frequently asked questions to help acquaint you with my qualifications or you can just scroll straight to the bottom of the page to see how I can help you buy the right gear, perform a gear shakedown, and pack the right food for your next adventure! Once you have read the “how to’s” send me an email at tandemtrekking@gmail.com with the required information and we will get started!

Qualifications:

Now I know what you’re thinking, why would I let some rando tell me where to spend my money, she isn’t going to have to live with this gear, I am!  But let me assure you, I have a lot of experience in finding gear and not only for my own personal use.  Here are some frequently asked questions about my qualifications:

What kind of experience do you have choosing a wide variety of gear? I am an avid outdoorswomen who enjoys anything from a day hike to a five month thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.  That’s right, my boyfriend and I hiked the AT, which required a massive amount of research and testing on the gear that we used before and during our hike.  This has familiarized me with a vast network of websites, magazines, brands, and companies when it comes to buying gear.  I also became well versed in comparing different types of gear, knowing what kind of gear is appropriate for which situation, how to balance comfort with being lightweight, and what kind of preferences to focus on when determining the perfect gear option.   

Have you ever helped someone else find gear? Of course!  After returning from the AT and writing a number of gear reviews about products we used on trail I have had a number of people, mostly friends and family, approach me wanting my advice on a piece of gear they are looking into.  Due to my passion for finding gear those advice sessions quickly transitioned into full on searches for a personalized piece of gear, always ending with success and happiness!  Since I started this service a year ago I have had a number of people contact me about a variety of gear and I always work diligently and promptly to help them find what they need!

I have a large family that I camp and hike with, if you are just one person how can you know about gear that will meet all of my needs? To begin with I worked for a conservation corps, which required us to live outside, often in a backcountry setting, for eight to nine days at a time.  This means that I am extremely accustomed to using a variety of gear for heavy duty purposes and gear that can benefit up to fifteen people.  So if you are a mom or a dad, a scout leader, anyone who is in charge of a group when you get outdoors don’t worry, I have your back!  I also hike with my boyfriend so I can give a lot of personalized advice for couples looking to be more efficient as a hiking team.  

I am a guy, can I trust a girl to find gear that will be perfect for me?  Yes, you can!  I am always very aware of the differences between gear for men and women, mostly because I have a boyfriend and we buy gear for him.  I always make sure that the reviews I am reading about gender specific gear are thorough and take anatomy and personal preference into account.  

It sounds like you have done a lot of backpacking, what if I am only into car camping or another outdoor sport entirely, like kayaking or climbing?
If backpacking isn’t your thing that’s fine, I still have advice for you!  For starters, I am an avid car camper myself.  After you have backpacked for five months straight you want nothing more than to hunker down in your spacious car camping tent on your plush camp bed snuggled deep into your fluffy huge sleeping bag, so yes, I completely understand the draw of car camping! In terms of other outdoor pursuits I dabble as well, but while I would not consider myself an expert outside of hiking, camping, snowshoeing, indoor climbing, and backpacking, I am an expert at researching gear.  If you are just beginning a new outdoor sport and you don’t want to take the time to read articles on what kind of gear to buy and then read reviews of different brands and versions of that gear, that’s where I come in.  I will do all that work for you, helping to find you the perfect piece of gear AND I will send you the articles where I got my information so you can read them at your leisure.  I also have a vast network of outdoorsy friends who’s brains I constantly pick for information about gear options.  Together we can always find you what you need.    

Testimonials from please patrons!  

“I contacted Lindsey in the very beginning stages of planning a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and had accumulated very little gear for the trip. Lindsey provided extensive information (but not overwhelming!) about almost every piece of gear I would eventually purchase, including a tent, sleeping bag, water filter, trail runners, and clothing. This is indicative of how amazingly knowledgeable she is about backpacking gear, and how eager she is to share that knowledge! She was always available for my questions and queries and her responses were prompt and packed with info. She made time to review my final packing list, and was thoughtful enough to check in with me about how the prep was going as my departure date got closer. I am exponentially more confident in my ability to be successful on the trail because of Lindsey’s guidance and advice – she is a wise woman with a ton of experience under her belt and you definitely want in your corner!”-Hannah, started AT thru hike April 2015.

 

So, how does this work? 

You’ve read about me and you’ve decided that you are willing to give this a go?  Well, the best news is that this is free!  That’s right, I am going to do all this work for you for free.  Why?  For two reasons: first, I love to research gear and would love to share my knowledge, and second, I want to see if there is even a market for this kind of knowledge.  If there turns out to be a huge need for this kind of work, then I will consider where to go next.  For now, you can have all the information you want, free of charge.  To get started send me an email at tandemtrekking@gmail.com with the following information:

  • Your name and a little bit about you.
  • Describe the kind of outdoors activities you do for me… Do you car camp?  Do you backpack?  How many nights do you usually spend in the backcountry? Do you adventure alone or are you usually with a partner?
  • What kind of gear are you looking to purchase?  (Stove, tent, water filter, sleeping bag, hiking boots, climbing harness, the list goes on and on!)
  • If you are a backpacker what is your current base weight (this is the weight of your backpack fully packed without food or water) and would you like this weight to be lower?
  • What is your price range for the gear that you want to buy?

After you send me this information I will get back to you with a list of questions specific to the gear you are looking to buy so that we can get started finding you the perfect piece of gear!  Once again, if this sounds like something you want to try then send me an email at tandemtrekking@gmail.com with the above information!

Wait, there is more!  

I can offer you two more services, for free!

  • A virtual gear shakedown: Let’s say you are getting ready for a long backpacking trip and your pack is feeling a little bit heavy.  Outfitters along the Appalachian Trail will often do what’s called a gear shakedown for you to help you slim down your belongings.  This is where they go through everything in your pack and tell you what is unnecessary or to heavy.  But why wait until you are already on your long hike, get your shakedown done before hand!  Just send me a list of your gear and I will tell you what you should take out of your pack before you start.  Make sure you include everything (even what’s inside your first aid kit).  Also, for big ticket items like your tent, sleeping bag, backpack, sleeping pad, etc. include the brand name, the specific name of the gear item, and item specific information.  For example, I need the temperature rating for sleeping bags, I need the size of the tent, whether it is for one or two people, and for backpacks I need the size of the pack in liters, etc.  We will lighten up your pack in no time!
  • Food Packing:  When it comes to packing food tends to throw off a lot of people.  But after hiking the AT I can tell you, I have food packing down to an art.  So if you want advice about what to pack for your next adventure shoot me an email with specifics about how long you are going to be out, how much you are willing to spend, if you have any dietary restrictions, and what kind of a cooking set up you have!  I will give you my best backpacking meals, direct you towards websites where you can buy dehydrated food in bulk, and even help you find companies that will do your food packing for you if you are just feeling lazy!

Once again, if you are interested in any of these services send me an email at tandemtrekking@gmail.com and we will get started!  Or if you are feeling lazy and don’t want to open your email then just fill out the information requested bellow and send me a message and I’ll get back to you. Remember, keep on trekking!

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