Mountain Leadership School for Backpack Leaders

Date and Time

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


U.S. 302, Bretton Woods, NH 03595,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

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


MLS for Backpack Leaders AMC's five-day Mountain Leadership School curriculum includes: •Accident prevention •Emergency scene management •Personal management •Group dynamics & group management •Backcountry navigation •Trip planning •Low-impact travel (Leave No Trace) The MLS for Backpack Leaders program begins with an initial interactive front-country trip preparation day followed by a group dinner and accommodation the first evening at the AMC Highland Center. The following morning commences a four-day backpacking adventure in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The backpacking format offers a wilderness setting to learn about and practice personal and group leadership as well as backcountry camping in a remote environment. Students should arrive to the backpacking program equipped with the items in the recommended gear list they will be provided. The curriculum will focus on the interpersonal and technical skills needed to lead a 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.

Group at Thunderstorm Junction


Instruction (Skills)
Leadership Training

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destination

Highland Center at Crawford Notch




Adults (18+)


MLS Instructors are all volunteer members of the AMC and are supported by AMC staff. They love to share their passion for the outdoors and their leadership experience with new leaders. They include engineers, business people, teachers, outdoor educators, biologists, medical professionals and firefighters and they have hiked, rock-climbed, kayaked, and led trips all over the world. They are all certified in Wilderness First Aid and many are Wilderness First Responders or EMTs.