Here is a list of some businesses that rent backpacking equipment (backpacks and sleeping bags) suitable for this trip. If you are planning to rent, inspect the equipment and make your reservations NOW. Do not wait until June. If you find other sources of equipment, please let me know. I want to inspect all ‘loaners’ for your own comfort and protection. If you rent a backpack from me, I guarantee a proper fit.
POWAY BACKPACKERS 14250 Tierra Bonita Rd., Poway (858)735-3434. All equipment is picked up at my house at 7:00PM on Thursday, July 22. Equipment must be returned clean between 9AM – noon, on Wednesday, August 4.
Backpack: Kelty external frame: $35 plus a refundable $10 deposit when returned clean, undamaged, and on time.
Sleeping Bag: Marmot 15 synthetic: $40 plus a refundable $15 deposit if you keep it out of the dirt and when returned clean, undamaged, and on time. Ensolite pad included. Laundry service not included (I’ll show you how.).
REI (Recreation Equipment Incorporated) 5556 Copley Dr., Kearny Mesa (858)279-4400 or www.rei.com. This is a super market type of store. They do everything outdoors. Can find deals on REI brand equipment. The rates below are for REI members (lifetime membership $15). Reserve and pay in advance, in person.
Backpack: internal frame only: $70 with no deposit for members; $135 non member
Sleeping Bag: no rentals
Thermarest: $40 (self-inflating pad) for members; $83 non member