In case you're wondering, yes the camping guide really goes camping. I've been camping since I was eleven, and it's been some time since I've been that young. I've gone through more than my share of gear over the years. By 2006, much of my basic gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, down jacket, backpack, boots, and camp stove) was 30 years old. Even though it was still useable, I decided it was time that I finally replaced it. I spent plenty of time shopping around online and comparing specs. I was looking for quality gear with good features at a reasonable price. Once I found a piece of gear that I liked, I then did some online cost comparisons to find the best price. I personally purchased all of the items featured in this gallery, and include where I bought each item, when, and for how much. Here is my camping gear.