Gear Me! (Canadian Version)

I often get people asking me about backpacking gear. What to buy, etc. so, what is this?

This is a gear list for someone who would like to go backpacking, in canada, and would like to pick up all their gear to do so. It is focused on being *lightweight* but comfortable.

This particular list is designed to be picked up, inexpensively in canada at MEC and other stores. It attempts NOT to use Do-it-yourself gear, or gear purchased over the internet. There are actually some better choices available this way, but often these are not for the beginner who doesn't want to mess around on the 'net.