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Experience Backcountry in the City This Winter

At Backcountry, we believe that you can find your backcountry wherever you live—even in the heart of New York City. That’s why we chose SoHo as the location for our first ever pop-up shop. This winter, we’re bringing the gear closet to the city. Here are the details on Backcountry NYC so you can join us on this adventure.

What You’ll Find 

Backcountry NYC won’t just be a retail store filled with the best in outdoor gear. Yes, we’ll have Patagonia puffies, Armada powder skis, Fjällräven parkas, and the latest gear built by Backcountry—namely, our Winter Pursuit Collection with GORE-TEX technology.

But our SoHo shop will also be a basecamp of adventure. We’ll host events, from ski film screenings and happy hours to avalanche beacon scavenger hunts. And Gearheads will be on-hand to help you find your backcountry right in the city.

 

When and Where You Can Gear up With Us

Backcountry NYC will open December 6

119 Spring Street, NYC 

December Store Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-8pm; Sun noon-7pm

January & February Store Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-7pm; Sun noon-6pm 

 

Your Guides 

A rotating crew of Gearheads will staff Backcountry NYC, so you can access gear expertise and trip recommendations the minute you step inside. Ask a Gearhead about their latest adventure, get pointers for your next ski trip, or have a snowboard boot sized by a pro.

 

30 Ways to Stage an OuterventionTM in NYC

 

out·​er·​ven·​tion  

[n] the act of escaping to the outdoors when you’ve been inside too long.

 

You don’t have to travel far to stage an outervention in New York City. Day trips from the city unlock even more adventures outside. Bouldering in Central Park, wilderness survival workshops, mountain biking in Queens—here are 30 ways to stage your outervention in or around New York City. 

 

  1. When the city gives you snow, go urban snowboarding. gearjunkie.com
  2. Snowshoe from Jackie Kennedy Reservoir to Columbus Circle for après. centralparknyc.org
  3. Head to Winter Jam in Central Park on February 1. nycgovparks.org
  4. Climb one of the nearly 90 bouldering problems in Central Park.  mountainproject.com
  5. Train for the ‘Gunks at Brooklyn Boulders. brooklynboulders.com
  6. Hike part of the AT at Bear Mountain State Park. hikethehudsonvalley.com
  7. Ski, snowboard, or Nordic ski at Bellayre Mountain in Highmont. bellayre.com
  8. Cast your line for flounder off the Steeplechase Pier boardwalk at Coney Island. dec.ny.gov
  9. Put it all in perspective at the Hayden Planetarium. amnh.org
  10. On Black Friday, march in the next Global Climate Strike. fridaysforfuture.org
  11. On Giving Tuesday, support causes like the National Ability Center or The Nature Conservancy that protect and promote the backcountry.
  12. Head to the Hudson River and pick up debris before it flows into the Atlantic. riverkeeper.org
  13. Bike the windy roads and stunning cliffs of the Palisades, just across the George Washington Bridge. njpalisades.org
  14. Go glamping under the stars—rent out one of the 263 glampsites in New York on Tentrr. tentrr.com
  15. Give your kids the gift of nature on a hike at Harriman State Park. parks.ny.gov
  16. Dial in your wilderness and survival skills with a class at Mountain Scout Survival School. mtnscoutsurvival.com
  17. Hop the ferry to Rockaway Beach to catch some winter waves. Surfing Rockaway Beach
  18. Find your flow on the mountain biking singletrack at Cunningham Park in Queens. nycbikemaps.com
  19. See the frozen Kaaterskill Falls, which are nearly 70 feet taller than Niagra. greatnortherncatskills.com
  20. Visit the resting place of Theodore Roosevelt, the man responsible for protecting over 200 million acres of public land. nps.gov/sahi
  21. One of the most beautiful areas in Pennsylvania is surprisingly close—explore the river and trails of Delaware Water Gap. nps.gov/dewa
  22. See the flowers that bloom in winter at the New York Botanical Garden https://www.nybg.org
  23. Take a snowy stroll through the open-air Storm King Art Center. stormking.org
  24. Up for a challenge? Backpack Devil’s Path in the Catskills, the hardest hike in the east. alltrails.com
  25. Ice skate in the open air at Bear Mountain Ice Rink. bearmountainicerink.com
  26. Over 15k of groomed classic and skate skiing trails lie only two hours away at High Point State Park. xcskihighpoint.com
  27. Take the whole family skiing—or snow tubing—at the family-owned Plattekill Mountain. plattekill.com
  28. Get air and stomp the landing at the Velosolutions Pumptrack in Brooklyn. velosolutions.com
  29. Improve your ice climbing technique with a clinic at the Catskill Ice Festival, starting January 24. alpineendeavors.com
  30. Visit The Dinosaur—one of the oldest and most historic NYC trees at the corner of 163rd  and St. Nicholas in Washington Heights. This 300+ year-old elm provided shelter to none other than George Washington during a battle. tree-map.nycgovparks.org

 

Starting December 6, make Backcountry NYC your outervention basecamp. Stop by to map your next adventure with a Gearhead.

 

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