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Best of Backcountry Petite: June 2017

By on July 1, 2017

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June 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:

Instagram – hit a milestone of 1,000 followers!
Twitter – hit a milestone of 1,500 followers!
Google Plus

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


Northville-Placid Trail Backpacking Guide – I finally got this post put together so you can all put together a backpacking trip in the Adirondacks.  This is a long, scenic, challenging hike through the Adirondack Region.  My guide discusses the trail, it’s history, the dangers and tips, and photos of the trail challenges.  The post also includes a day-by-day detailed hike and journal from the Lake Durant to Piseco section of the trail if you’re looking for a 3-5 day secluded trip.



Resources and Guides

Outdoorsy Dad Gifts for Father’s Day – This one gets a bit personal as I share some of the things I love and appreciate my dad to make me the woman that I am today.  If you’re still looking for some dad gifts, even if it’s not for Father’s Day (a bit late!), these gifts are great for the man in your life as well.

Best DIY Hiking Snacks – This post has been a big hit!  If you are interested in making your own snacks or just want to have some fun in preparation for your next hike or backpacking trip, here are a bunch of delicious ideas.  Some people just get sick of the same old trail mix or granola bars, so check out some of these recipes and try something new!

8 Tips for Bear Safety – Make sure to read up on bear safety if you’re going out into the wilderness as a newer hiker.  I know there are a lot of you outdoorsy people that live in the Southwest Region as well and don’t have to worry about bears, but if you venture away here to the East Coast (or many other areas of the country), please take appropriate precautions.


Destination Reviews

Breakneck Ridge Trail from NYC: Dangerous to Hike? – If you live in NYC or plan to visit and need an escape, Breakneck Ridge is the perfect trail!  It’s a really fun adventure with a bit of rock scrambling and hoisting yourself up (unless you go around on the easy route in a few places).  This is my favorite hike near NYC so far!



New York National Monuments: What Are They? – Are you aware of the National Monuments in New York?  Maybe you didn’t even know that there are a few right in New York City!  Make sure to check out this list and add these to your Life List!

Comprehensive List of Posts: “Monumental Day of Blogging” –  Along with my post listed above, there were quite a few other blog posts about National Monuments.  A group of us bloggers came together to stand up for the National Monuments under review and put together some interesting and informative pieces.  If you get a chance, read them all!



Appalachian Trail: Thru-Hiker Interview – Meet Mary, a strong and courageous woman that thru-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and shares about her adventures.  If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to do a thru-hike, what you pack, what you wear, what you eat, this is a great resource!

Helicopter Ride over NYC – We had so much fun taking a 30 minute helicopter ride over Manhattan.  It’s an opportunity to see this chaotic city from a whole new view and to see some of the historic and famous landmarks from above (i.e. Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge).



Northville-Placid Trail (NPT) Backpacking Photos – Please check these out if you haven’t already!  These photos are beautiful and represent the wild and rugged backcountry of the Adirondacks along with the peaceful water across the lakes as the sun sets each night.




Favorite Adventure & Travel Blog Posts (from other blogs)

Roundup #3  ·  I share some posts I enjoyed including signs of being raised in Southern Arizona (where I used to live and could relate to a lot of!), hiking in Connecticut, and thru-hiking without a crowd.



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    July 2, 2017

    Really nice overview of what you have achieved in June and congrats on hitting 1000 Instagram followers! 🙂

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      July 3, 2017

      Thank you, I appreciate it!

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    July 2, 2017

    Great way to sum up what a busy month your blog has had! Loving the entries about the monuments the best 🙂

    cabin twenty-four

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      July 3, 2017

      Thank you so much!

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    Al Christie

    July 2, 2017

    I’ve never been on the Northville-Placid Trail .I’d like to do that next time I’m back east. My wife and I eloped when she was going to Plattsburgh State to become a nurse and I was a Physics major at Hamilton College near Utica. We were secretly married during our senior year and met on weekends in Lake Placid. Then in July we had a regular church wedding. It worked out OK – we’ll celebrate our 54th anniversary July 6th!
    We both love the Adirondacks. After the church wedding we honeymooned at Blue Mt. Lake.
    Thanks for the trail guide.

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      July 3, 2017

      What a cool story! I hope you guys can get to the Northville-Placid Trail soon, it’s so beautiful!

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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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