Saturday, July 22, 2017 - Saturday, July 29, 2017
New Hampshire, White Mountains,
Combine the thrill of two adventurous sports on this 8 day adventure and experience the White Mountains in a new light! The first half of this new teen wilderness adventure will be spent exploring the rapids of rivers such as the Androscoggin or Saco during the day and return to the same campsite each night where you will have time to build fires and bond with new friends. Programs start on flat water to learn paddle strokes and skills, then move on to moving water, and finally Class I, II and possibly lass III whitewater! On the second half of your trip, ride some of the best mountain-bike terrain in New England. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the White Mountains as you hone your skills on dirt roads and trails, capping each day off with a swim in one of the many pristine mountain pools we'll visit. Soon you'll venture onto longer rides learning to shift like a pro, cross streams, hop logs, make field repairs, climb and descend varried terrain with confidence. This trip is designed for all paddling and riding levels. For ages: 14-16 General Itinerary: Day1: After an introductory meeting with instructors, group and parents, gear is checked and issued. After Lunch the group will be picked up and transported to Great Glen trails where they will get outfitted with boats and paddling equipment. They will spend their first afternoon on flat water, learning paddle strokes and how to maneuver their kayaks Day 2-4: Participants will have opportunities each day to challenge themselves further in rapids of increasing difficulty and excitement and on different rivers around the area. Day 5: The group will trade their boats for bikes and begin the mountain biking section of their trip. They will continue base-camping at Great Glen Trails campsite. Day 6-7: The rest of the trip will be spent learning basic techniques for carriage road and single-track riding on their trail system. At night we'll camp at Great Glen, cook some fabulous food, have an evening session on bike maintenance, and possibly enjoy a sunset ride. We'll spend the rest of the trip exploring the wide variety of trails in this area, improving our skills, and enjoying longer rides. Throughout the trip, we will seek out nearby swimming holes to cool off after challenging rides. This trip is designed for beginner to intermediate bikers to ensure that everyone is comfortable riding together. Day 8: The group is transported back to Pinkham Notch in the morning where they will have lunch, de-issue borrowed equipment and debrief their trip before being picked up in the afternoon.