Mountain Leadership School for Backpack Leaders - Women's Specific

Date and Time

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:30AM - Sunday, June 17, 2018 2:00PM


Highland Center,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

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


MLS for Backpack Leaders - Women's Specific This women's-specific group recognizes that not everybody's outdoors journey is the same! The Mountain Leadership School women's-specific group provides the same rigorous curriculum and experience the school is known for but in a unique environment many women have requested. To that end, the program will be led by experienced female instructors. The program is designed to teach you the skills you need to lead in the backcountry and is not intended to teach women to exclusively lead women. During the one-day "front-country" and four-day backpacking adventure you will expand and practice personal and group leadership skills and enable your companions to learn as you share your own experiences. Everyone in turn will take on the role of leader but it is as a group that you will successfully meet the challenges in order to thrive in this wilderness environment of the White Mountains National Forest. The curriculum will focus on the interpersonal and technical skills needed to take charge of yourself and your group in the backcountry. Scholarships for active chapter leaders are available! Please contact for an application.

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $444 member / $494 non-member
*The cost of MLS includes instruction, materials, meals and lodging, excluding trail lunches. Participants are responsible for their own lunches and snacks on the trail, Thursday through Sunday. Participants may select the following payment option: $99 down, with the remainder due two months prior to the program start. If you would like your card charged accordingly you may select this payment option by detailing your preference in the comments box of the web registration form.

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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.

You will be led


Instruction (Skills)
Leadership Training

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destination

Highland Center at Crawford Notch




Adults (18+)


Wanda Rice has been an MLS field instructor since 2009. For the NH Chapter of the AMC, she serves as the chapter secretary, a member of the Excursions Leader Review Board and a Class 1 Excursions Committee trip leader offering trips in all seasons. She has also been running trips for their Family Group since 2010. She finished her first round of the NH 48 in 2011, her winter 48 in 2016 and the New England 67 list in August 2016.


Karen, who many know her by her trail name of "Big K", has climbed the 4000fters of New Hampshire's White Mountains. Many of these peaks were with her husband, son Richie, and daughter Kelly. She also has climbed in the Colorado and Wyoming reaching the summits of South and Grand Teton. Most of the climbing in New England has been accomplished in winter (Mt Katahdin, Adirondacks, Catskills and White Mountains). She has earned the Adirondacks's Winter Leadership Award.