Teen Wilderness Adventures -5-day- Appalachian Trail Backpacking Intro (Ages 12-14)
Date and Time
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 9:00AM - Sunday, August 19, 2018 3:00PM
New Hampshire, White Mountains,
Registration is required for this activity.
(best time to call: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday)
Ever dreamed of backpacking the Appalachian trail? If so, join us on this 5-day adventure in New Hampshire, where we'll cover a beautiful portion of this 2,180-mile trail. This trip provides a great introduction to the skills needed for longer backpacking trips and through hikes. You will learn about the essentials to stay comfortable and safe, and what to leave behind to minimize pack weight. You will camp at back country campsites along the trail, meeting thru-hikers along the way, and perhaps having the opportunity to hear about their travels.
Day 1: After an introductory meeting with instructors, group and parents, gear is checked and issued. After Lunch the group heads to the trailhead and begins their hike to the first campsite where they learn about camp set up, cooking on a camp stove, and sleeping comfortably in the backcountry.
Day 2-4: The group works together to break down camp. Goes over their route for the day, and hit the trail for their next camp site stopping for lunch and breaks along the trail. The group continues refining their outdoor skills, and developing friendships and enjoying scenic views along the way. After arriving in camp, the group may play a game, or participate in team initiatives, or have some down time to reflect on their experience in the outdoors.
Day 5: The group will hike out to the trailhead, where they will be picked up and transported back to Pinkham Notch. They will have lunch, de-issue borrowed equipment and debrief their trip before being picked up in the afternoon.
*Prices include instruction, transportation during the course, all meals from lunch the first day through lunch the last day, group equipment (tents, stoves, pots/pans, etc.), and all camping fees during the program.
Chelsea brings twelve years of adventure programming experience to her role at the AMC. She began leading wilderness trips for teens in 2006 and went on to work in both field and program leadership positions around the United States and South America. Chelsea joined the AMC in the role of Teen and College Adventure Programs Manager in the summer of 2016. Chelsea holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from University of North Carolina in Asheville.