Kind of an odd post in the middle of ski season, but my brother wants to get into hiking and day packing this spring. We're in the Albany/Capital Region area of NY. I used to hike a lot when I was a kid, but lost interest in it when life called. I'm sure there are plenty of good spots around, the Helderbergs specifically come to mind, I just don't know where they are. I used to hike the Taconic area for a night or two, go in with a canvas tent and an old Jansport pack. What are the good brands now? I may get a new frame pack, since the Jansport weighs a ton, but my brother definitely needs one. Would get a "modern" tent. Any info on good equipment/spots would be great!