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 isn’t just a retail store filled with the best in outdoor gear. Yes, we 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 is also a basecamp of adventure. We’re hosting events, from ski film screenings and happy hours to avalanche beacon scavenger hunts. And Gearheads are on-hand to help you find your backcountry right in the city.
When and Where You Can Gear up With Us
Backcountry NYC is now open!
119 Spring Street, NYC
December Store Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-8pm; Sun noon-7pm
January & February Store Hours: Mon-Thur 11am-6pm; Fri-Sat 11am-7pm Sun 12-6pm
A rotating crew of Gearheads 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
[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.
- When the city gives you snow, go urban snowboarding. gearjunkie.com
- Snowshoe from Jackie Kennedy Reservoir to Columbus Circle for après. centralparknyc.org
- Head to Winter Jam in Central Park on February 1. nycgovparks.org
- Climb one of the nearly 90 bouldering problems in Central Park. mountainproject.com
- Train for the ‘Gunks at Brooklyn Boulders. brooklynboulders.com
- Hike part of the AT at Bear Mountain State Park. hikethehudsonvalley.com
- Ski, snowboard, or Nordic ski at Bellayre Mountain in Highmont. bellayre.com
- Cast your line for flounder off the Steeplechase Pier boardwalk at Coney Island. dec.ny.gov
- Put it all in perspective at the Hayden Planetarium. amnh.org
- On Black Friday, march in the next Global Climate Strike. fridaysforfuture.org
- On Giving Tuesday, support causes like the National Ability Center or The Nature Conservancy that protect and promote the backcountry.
- Head to the Hudson River and pick up debris before it flows into the Atlantic. riverkeeper.org
- Bike the windy roads and stunning cliffs of the Palisades, just across the George Washington Bridge. njpalisades.org
- Go glamping under the stars—rent out one of the 263 glampsites in New York on Tentrr. tentrr.com
- Give your kids the gift of nature on a hike at Harriman State Park. parks.ny.gov
- Dial in your wilderness and survival skills with a class at Mountain Scout Survival School. mtnscoutsurvival.com
- Hop the ferry to Rockaway Beach to catch some winter waves. Surfing Rockaway Beach
- Find your flow on the mountain biking singletrack at Cunningham Park in Queens. nycbikemaps.com
- See the frozen Kaaterskill Falls, which are nearly 70 feet taller than Niagra. greatnortherncatskills.com
- Visit the resting place of Theodore Roosevelt, the man responsible for protecting over 200 million acres of public land. nps.gov/sahi
- One of the most beautiful areas in Pennsylvania is surprisingly close—explore the river and trails of Delaware Water Gap. nps.gov/dewa
- See the flowers that bloom in winter at the New York Botanical Garden https://www.nybg.org
- Take a snowy stroll through the open-air Storm King Art Center. stormking.org
- Up for a challenge? Backpack Devil’s Path in the Catskills, the hardest hike in the east. alltrails.com
- Ice skate in the open air at Bear Mountain Ice Rink. bearmountainicerink.com
- Over 15k of groomed classic and skate skiing trails lie only two hours away at High Point State Park. xcskihighpoint.com
- Take the whole family skiing—or snow tubing—at the family-owned Plattekill Mountain. plattekill.com
- Get air and stomp the landing at the Velosolutions Pumptrack in Brooklyn. velosolutions.com
- Improve your ice climbing technique with a clinic at the Catskill Ice Festival, starting January 24. alpineendeavors.com
- 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
Make Backcountry NYC your outervention basecamp. Stop by to map your next adventure with a Gearhead.