My wife and I are taking an interest in hiking and possibly camping eventually. We also have two daughters 4, and 2 months, who I hope would enjoy some trips with us eventually also. We live in NYC and are going to lake george to do some of the trails around there for our first hike this spring or summer. I have a couple general questions if someone is willing to help me out here.
I have some gear lists I found on the internet, some of the stuff is really expensive like 450 dollars for a lightweight sleeping bag. I want to start out with something a little cheaper before I commit alot of money to something I haven't done that much. Are the Coleman mummy sleeping bags completely useless? Amazon.com is having a sale right now on coleman products, 20 dollars off 100 dollar purchase, and they are already reasonably priced to begin with, but I have a feeling not a lot of people are going to suggest I buy a Coleman sleeping bag or tent. Remember, this is still completely new to us and I want to make sure we like it and continue to do hikes and camps before we start spending a ton on it. With the age of our kids right now I don't picture us doing anything overnight for a while to begin with, unless we leave the kids with the grandparents.
Next question is regarding food and water. Can someone just give me some insight on what we need to think about for both hiking just for a day, and say hiking/camping out for a week somewhere.
Next question is what daypacks do you guys recommend for my wife and I. I have read that you must get something with an internal frame, and that is all I know.
Lastly, does anyone have any familiarity with hiking in the adirondacks, that is where we would likely be starting out for a while, and I would like to get some opinions on trails and things to see and do.
Thanks for the help!