Backpacking in the Pemigewasset Wilderness - the Art and Joy!

Date and Time

Friday, June 29, 2018 7:00PM - Monday, July 2, 2018 3:00PM


New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.


Join us for a 3+ day adventure into the heart of the Pemigewasset Wilderness. Visit remote waterfalls, rivers and streams. Pass through remnants of the region's logging RR past and visit some of the Pemi's other hidden historic features. Experience the quiet peace of high mountain ponds and wilderness trails. We will cover the basics of instruction in general mountain safety, hiking with a full overnight pack, equipment, proper wilderness campsite selection and setup, cooking, trail finding, map and compass, weather, trip planning, meal prep, and emergency situations. Instruction will be "on the go", with formal sessions at camp. You will receive a packet of information prior to the trip, including a gear and packing list. Friday - We will gather at the Shapleigh Bunkhouse on Friday night, getting acquainted and beginning to distribute gear. Some light snacks will be provided. Saturday - We'll start the day with a hearty, all-you can eat breakfast at the AMC's Highland Center. We'll spend some time packing, and distributing meals and gear. After setting up our car spot, we'll begin hiking via the Ethan Pond Trail. We'll visit Ethan Pond, Thoreau Falls, and a special airplane crash memorial site off the beaten path. We'll set camp somewhere along Thoreau Falls Trail our first night. Sunday - After breaking camp, we'll hike along the Wilderness Trail towards Stillwater Junction, passing through old logging railroad camps. We'll take the time to explore and take photos. We'll climb up Nancy Pond Trail, arriving at Norcross and Nancy Ponds, two high mountain jewels. Monday - A warm morning beverage on a quiet pond is the perfect way to start the day. We'll hike out via Nancy Ponds Trail, stopping to enjoy the cool mist at Nancy Falls. We'll return to our cars and drive home.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $125 member / $140 non-member
*Friday night lodging and most all meals, including Friday night snacks, Saturday breakfast at Highland Center, two trail dinners and two trail breakfasts; fuel canisters.

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AMC NH Backpacking Weekend


Instruction (Skills)

Offered By

New Hampshire



Nearby AMC Destination

Highland Center at Crawford Notch




Adults (18+)


(best time to call: 6-9 pm)

Beth Zimmer is Co-Chair for the AMC NH Excurions Committee. She has extensive experience hiking, backpacking and navigating in the back country. In Fall 2017 she was the 43rd person to complete a "Redline," which is to have hiked all 1420 miles of trail described in the AMC's White Mountain Guidebook.


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Larry has completed the 67 New England 4,000 footers in three seasons and the 48 NH 4,000 footers in the Winter including all of them in one winter season, Larry is an active hiker and is over 75% compete with the Grid and is always working on other lists. Larry enjoys teaching others and is the Director of the NH Winter Hiking Series and instructs at the AMC NH Winter and Spring Workshops. Larry also actively maintains trails during the summer.