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Backpackers in New York

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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published May 16th 2011

If you think that the only place in New York City that still has a good deal of grass and natural area is Central Park, think again. There are enough natural areas in all five boroughs to allow backpackers to have their own unique experience.
If you are new to backpacking, or if you have been doing this but need new equipment, you want to make sure you're getting the best there is. There are some places in New York City where you can find backpacker supplies and equipment.

Not sure where to go backpacking? There are a couple of suggestions included in this article that will help you find out that information.

Backpackers Equipment

Tent and Trails, 21 Park Place, New York City

This is one of the most complete backpacking and camping stores in New York City. In addition to providing the supplies and equipment you'll need for your adventure, no matter how long it is, their staff members are experienced hikers themselves. They can show you the best equipment and teach you how to use it properly. Not only can you get what you need at Tent and Trails, but the staff members can also help you find backpacking excursions. You'll not only have the right equipment, but you'll also know where to go to start your backpacking adventure in New York City.

Camper, 270 Lafayette Street, Suite 512

This store also sells camping and backpacking equipment and supplies. It is conveniently located near downtown New York, so you should have no trouble finding it. The company has been in business since 1999, so you know you'll be getting help from experienced sales representatives. OK, you've got the equipment, now where can you use it? That's easy, too. There are several hiking companies located in New York City where you can make arrangements for your next backpacking trip.

Backpacking Trips

Wild Earth Adventures

This company organizes backpacking trips for residents of New York City and the surrounding areas. They arrange transportation from New York City to where the trips will begin, so you have a choice of meeting them in New York City or using your own transportation to drive to the trip's starting point. The company is based in Suffern, New York, which is about 30 miles northwest of New York City. This makes them accessible to people in all areas in and around New York City, as well as some surrounding states.

New York Adventure Club

This club does not have stiff membership fees; instead it asks for a support fee of $25. This isn't expensive at all, considering all the benefits you receive. You can meet people who take day hikes or go for longer excursions. While you on your adventure, you'll learn about rock climbing, kayaking, orienteering, and survival training, as well as other things that will serve you well as you enjoy your backpacking adventures.

You don't have to be an experienced backpacker; beginners are welcome. You don't have to be in great physical shape, either, nor do you have to be within a certain age limit. They accommodate anyone who is interested in a backpacking excursion.
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Why? Because backpacking is a fun way to get active
When: Whenever weather permits
Where: All over New York
Cost: Depends on when trips are scheduled
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