Paulina Dao Little Grunts

Little Grunts: guttural noises of the minuscule variety, typically heard when completing big and tough rock climbing moves.

Paulina Dao Little Grunts

A full time adventurer with a day job, founder Paulina Dao is a firm believer in the 5-9. Growing up with the Santa Cruz mountains in her backyard gave her an intense love of climbing, backpacking and not showering.

After graduating from college and getting a real big person job, she was ready to upgrade all her outdoor gear. There was one problem: it was tough to find things being reviewed; not many blogs catered to petite women. Thus Little Grunts was born.

Based out of the Bay Area where space is a premium, she believes in having gear that’s multifunctional for both trails, streets and more. From backpacking to climbing to mountaineering and everything in between, she tries to do it all and write about it too.

In her spare time, she enjoys cuddling with cats and hibernating. She also founded Bay Area Outdoor Women and runs social media for the Bay Area Climbers Coalition.

Want to collaborate? Let’s talk. I’ve worked with brands like Outdoor Research, Mountain Hardwear, Arc’teryx, Munk Pack, Black Diamond, REI, and more. I’d love to work with you.