Outdoor Skills: Backpacking 101

Date and Time

Friday, April 27, 2018 5:00PM - Sunday, April 29, 2018 3:00PM


Highland Center at Crawford Notch,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

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


Program Highlights: o. Participants will learn outdoor skills: oHiking Safety with Spring Considerations (stream crossings, snow, ice, inclement weather) oMap & Compass: Learning to plan routes, pacing of hikes, read maps, orient maps based on land features and compass direction, taking and following bearings, and more oCamp Kitchen: Equipment used for cooking, water purification, and backcountry meals recipes and demonstrations. oEquipment for backpacking: covering everything from choosing and fitting backpacks, to packing a pack, to tent/shelter choices, sleeping bags, gear repair, first aid, etc. oFirst aid for the trail: NOT A CERTIFICATION, just an overview of common injuries &illnesses related to backpacking and how to deal with them in a backcountry setting. oNatural history •Guided Hike Options Include: oMt. Willard (best view of Crawford Notch) oArethusa Falls (highest waterfall in NH) oMt. Avalon (a great winter hike with a unique view of the Presidentials) Sample Itinerary Friday Check in to the lodge any time after 3pm. 5:00pmMeet & Greet 6:00pm Dinner 7:30pm Welcome & Orientation to AMC Spring Considerations for Hiking Safety & Tricks for Comfort Saturday 8:00amEquipment for backpacking 10:00amGuided hike with full packs 11:30amCamp Kitchen (including lunch prep) on the trail 1:00pmMap & Compass 101 3:00pm Free time/Nature Walk 5:00pmSocial Hour 6:00pm Dinner 7:30pm Featured Evening Program: Long Distance Hiking presentation with Guest Speakers Sunday 8:00amFirst Aid for the Trail 10:0amGuided Hike practicing navigation and first aid scenarios 12pmLunch 1:00pmNext Steps! Route planning for your next adventure 2:00pmDebrief, farewells

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $189 member / $219 non-member
*•Lodging on Friday and Saturday nights •Dinners on Friday and Saturday •Breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday •Lunch on Saturday & Sunday •Free use of equipment and clothing from the L.L. Bean Gear Room •Guided programs and activities throughout the weekend

Past participants say...

"[The highlights were] learning everything I needed to do an overnight in the woods and how to pack. The guides were very friendly and nice, also very knowledgeable. AMC Lodge was very comfortable and nice." Participant, May 2015 "Great skill and confidence booster!" Genevieve, Participant, May 2015 "[Highlights were] learning about equipment, how to find location and set up tents, mock situation for camping, [and] eating out!" Sonya, Participant, May 2015

Driving Directions

Driving Directions to Highland Center at Crawford Notch and Shapleigh Bunkhouse Address to enter into GPS: U.S. 302, Bretton Woods, NH 03595 (44.22° N, 71.41° W) From Greater Boston Area: 1. Take I-93 North to NH Exit 35 toward Rt. 3 North. 2. Take Rt. 3 North for 10 miles. 3. Turn right onto Rt. 302 East and continue 8.3 miles to Highland Center, located on right side of road. Or 1. Take I-95 North to NH Rt. 16 North (NH exit 4) 2. Follow 16 North to 302/16 Junction in Glen, NH. 3. Turn right onto Rt. 302 West. Follow for 15.8 miles to Highland center, located on left side of road. From Portland, ME: 1. Take Rt. 302 West approximately 90 miles to Highland Center, located on the left side of the road. From Montreal: 1. Take AutoRt. 10 East to AutoRt. 55 South (north of Magog). 2. Take AutoRt. 55 South to I-91 South (at US/Canada line). 3. Take I-91 South to I-93 South (VT Exit 19). 4. Take I-93 South for 22.2 miles to Rt. 302 East (NH Exit 40). 5. Take Rt. 302 East to Highland Center, located on the right side of the road. From New York City (and Hartford, CT, or western MA): 1. Take I-95 North to I-91 North (Exit 48). 2. Take I-91 North through MA and VT to Rt. 302 East (VT Exit 17). 3. Take Rt. 302 East to Highland Center, located on the right side of the road. Approximate driving times and mileage to Crawford Notch: • From Boston, 160 miles, three hours. • From Portland, 90 miles, two and a half hours. • From New York City, 360 miles, seven hours. • From Montreal, 175 miles, three hours and a half hours.

Hikers on trail


Instruction (Skills)

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destination

Highland Center at Crawford Notch




Adults (18+)


AMC Guides are passionate about the outdoors and have the skills necessary to ensure safe adventures. Certified in wilderness medicine, with focused training in outdoor leadership and risk management, guides provide individual attention while reaching group goals. They possess local natural and cultural history knowledge and solid backcountry skills, and they follow well-planned itineraries. As lifelong learners, AMC guides create the connections and moments that become lasting memories.