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Best of Backcountry Petite: May 2017

By on June 3, 2017

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May 2017: Thank you to everyone who has stopped by Backcountry Petite, read our posts, left comments, as well as engaged on social media.  Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the posts so far and found them helpful.  If you have ideas to share, please leave comments, send an email, or reach out on one of the following:

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If you’re new to Backcountry Petite or missed any posts, here’s a roundup of the posts from May 2017:

Petite Specific

Backpacking Guide for Petites  · It can be a challenge finding the right gear for your body!  If you’re petite, this guide will help you select the right gear as I share my experience

9 Petite Struggles vs Empowerment  · Are you petite and find it frustrating?  You will definitely relate to this post but I share how you can turn your perspective around to something positive.


Resources and Guides

Backpacking Guide for Petites – featured above

5 Essentials For Your First Hike (Hiking for Beginners)  · If you are new to hiking check out my recommendations for gearing up before you get out on the trail.  Some items get overlooked but are really important for being safe and responsible.

Ultimate List of Snacks for the Trail  · Bored of the same hiking snack?  Here’s a gigantic list of snack ideas broken down by type of snack.  Suggestions welcome!

Best Backpacking Gear 2017 (and Petite Counterparts)  · Here is a summary of Backpacker’s Magazine Editor’s Choice selections and what you can buy as a petite for a few of the size-specific items.


Destination Reviews

Camping Off-Season and Killens Pond State Park  · This campground is only about 3 hours from New York City (also near Philly, DC, and Baltimore) and is great for a quiet, although not completely excluded escape.

West Branch Angler Resort Review  · West Branch is a few hours from NYC on the Pennsylvania/New  York border perfect for fly fishing or just enjoying peacefulness.  Stay in one of a variety of cabin types on the Delaware River!


Meet an Adventurer/Adventure Company

Adventure from NYC (Transportation Included)  · Destination Backcountry Adventures is an Adventure Guiding company that takes people from New York City to the wilderness to hike, backpack, and explore for day hikes or weekend trips.  Read about what how they started from an interview with Dave, the founder.


Outdoor Inspiration

New York Life List of Outdoor Adventures  · Often referred to as a “bucket list”, I call this list my Life List for finding adventures in New York.  This is a long list of adventures to find around the state from the famous tourist destinations to lesser known adventures.  If you’re around or visiting New York, make sure to check this list for some amazing things to do in New York!

6 Instagrams Will Inspire You to Hike New York ASAP  · Do you get inspired by beautiful photos?  I share some Instagram accounts that showcase some of the hikes around New York and the beautiful views along the trails.

5 Outdoorsy Airbnbs North of NYC  · Looking for an “outdoorsy” accommodation in New York?  Here are some great options with something for everyone!



Favorite Adventure & Travel Blog Posts (from other blogs)

Roundup #1  ·  I share some posts I enjoyed including one about colorful travel destinations, traveling to Namibia, and what you should know before traveling to Peru.

Roundup #2  · A few more posts of interest include one about feeling out of place living somewhere different than you’re used to, changing your perspective through camping, and where to find the darkest skies for stargazing!



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    June 5, 2017

    I found your blog this month and am so happy to read your posts! =o)

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      June 5, 2017

      Thank you so much!

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    June 5, 2017

    I love that most blogs I follow do these monthly recap posts – that way I can catch up on entries I may have skipped 🙂 Also, gotta check out that backpacking guide – I’m so indecisive when it comes to finding that *perfect* daypack. Have you heard of Cotopaxi? They have a daypack that I’m absolutely in love but I also really want a Camelbak Hydration Pack… the struggles!!

    cabin twenty-four

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      June 5, 2017

      Great, I’m glad you didn’t miss anything! Yes I have heard of Cotopaxi but I don’t own anything from them right now.

      Check out the guide, you will see I use an Osprey. I see that Cotopaxi has a warranty, which Osprey does as well. But, I have personal experience using the Osprey warranty when I had an issue with another bag and know that I had a good experience with that, so I can only share what I know. In terms of the hydration pack, my Osprey holds a bladder so you can keep water in that if you opt for their daypack.

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I am Rachel, an early 30's Midwestern girl residing in NYC with my husband and dog. I have learned to appreciate the city but am also a huge adventure girl. Follow along with my outdoor adventures as well as my city adventures and fitness journey. I'm an advocate of empowering other petite women not to be limited by our size!


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