somewhat of a poser /out/. I like the idea of being /out/ though I think I'm too used to creature comforts.
how do I get into it for real? especially if I don't have friends or a social life?
what are some cheap/affordable yet surprisingly handy edc gear to get for an average person
Yeah, I browse here just to get inspo for my sick /out/ aesthetic. I don't go outdoors or anything, but I sure like to look the part when i'm walking between classes on my college campus. I EDC a ferro rod, a mora, and a shemagh.
Why not just go /out/ for real. It doesn't have to be an episode of Survivorman when you go /out/.
Wear good shoes and go to a state park. Hike a trail for the day. Carry and backpack with water and snacks. Use your phone as a camera. Find a stick to use as a walking stick.
It'll be fun. You might actually like it.
I'm not op, but what compass would you recommend that is also affordable? Preferably one that serves multiple uses and I water tight, though that's not a necessity. What is the /out/ favorite compass?
The one I have now basically amounts to what you might find in a cereal box.
Any orienteering compass, go to your local outfitter or and REI EMS or whatever and ask about an entry level orienteering compass. Then go take a community ed class on how to use it, so you don't look like a fool when you show it off.
>how do I get into it for real?
Go on a trail hike for a few hours to a day every once in a while.
Being /out/ doesn't mean that you are out camping for days at a time, you could be going snowshoeing in the winter, or cross country skiing, or just day hiking. You can do all of these things just by yourself, in fact I really like these short solitary time away.
Get into it gradually, no need to rush. Day hiking on trails is the most basic, and probably the best place to start. If you can find a local hiking group that does intro courses or can recommend a group outing suitable for a beginner that's even better. You don't always have to go with people, but you'll learn more and be safer if you start out with companions.
Get some light hiking shoes and a simple backpack, don't forget your rain gear, and bring enough water and snacks so that you can keep your energy up and not get thirsty. The compass and map are handy but you should seek instruction on how to use them first (again, local clubs/schools.) I bring a knife to cut cheese and that's about all, if you must have one get something simple and don't spend too much. You'll get more use out of a good rain jacket or a nice pair of hiking pants this early in the game.
Don't be afraid to ask more experienced people for advice. You are a beginner, it's OK to act like it. You'll get more respect from the community by asking before you leap and keeping a good attitude than you will by jumping in and then asking later.
OP don't listen to this guy, this is exactly how thousands of unprepared idiots get lost in state and national parks every year and get raped and killed by bears, lions, big foot, crazy hill-billies, wolves, some kind of attack eagle or eagle owl hybrid, aliens.
Your best bet is to just hide inside your house and maybe crack a window open. Wait until its dark and the breeze is really howling, then imagine if you weren't home in a comfy bed but instead miles and miles away from anyone with bugs crawling all over you and no microwave to heat up a delicious poptart. Now stop imagining that nightmare, flick a lightswitch on, go get that poptart you earned it, and crawl back into your snuggly warm bed, hug your sheets tight around you and watch another episode of Survivorman or Man vs Wild or Dual Survival or whatever your favourite survival show is. And laugh at those retards for putting themselves in a dangerous situation for NO REASON AT ALL.