Teen Wilderness Adventures -14-day- Katahdin Backpacking & Leadership (Ages 15-18)

Date and Time

Saturday, August 4, 2018 9:00AM - Friday, August 17, 2018 3:00PM


Start/End Location: White Mountains, NH,
Maine, Inland,


Registration is required for this activity.

(best time to call: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday)


Adventure through the Maine Woods, along the wildest and northernmost section of the Appalachian Trail. This trip will finish at the northern terminus of the AT where we'll put our backpacking skills to the test in our summit attempt of Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine at 5,269'. Along the way, learn valuable leadership skills and gain practice and confidence in your ability to lead your peers on trips in the outdoors! You will learn lifelong skills on this continuous 14 day backpacking experience. The Leadership training backpack provides excellent instruction for older teens on managing groups, dealing with conflict, traveling confidently in the outdoors, and reacting to unplanned situations. You will focus on gaining the knowledge and experience outdoor leaders need to be successful, from route, food, and equipment planning to team work, communication and decision making and gain personal confidence in your backpacking skills and comfort in the outdoors. For ages: 15-18 General Itinerary: Day 1: After an introductory meeting with instructors, group and parents, gear is checked and issued. The group will eat lunch during the drive to the trailhead where they begin 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 2-6: The group makes their way through the Katahdin Woods and Waters and along the Appalachian Trail, moving camp each day and refining their wilderness skills as they go. They will learn about navigation, camp craft, LNT, leadership, decision making and work as a team to accomplish their goal each day. Each participant will have the chance to be a "leader of the day" working with another peer to co-lead the group, practicing and refining their leadership as they go. Day 7: The group will layover at their campsite and hike to a nearby trailhead to resupply with food and equipment. Day 8-13: The group will continue to travel each day to a new campsite, moving further along the Appalachian Trail toward Katahdin. Participants will continue to have opportunities to practice leadership and decision making and gain more independence from the instructors as they master and build confidence in their backcountry abilities. On day 12 or 13 (depending on weather and group dynamics) the group will take their shot at summiting Katahdin, a culminating experience where they will feel the reward of having gained competence and comfort in their wilderness skills as well as their ability to be a leader of a group of peers. Day 14: 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

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Youth: $2,779 member / $3,057 non-member
*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

Driving Directions



Leadership Training

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destination

Pinkham Notch Visitor Center






(best time to call: 8:30am - 4pm, Monday - Friday)

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.