Mountain Leadership School for Backpack Leaders: Women's Specific

Date and Time

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 8:30AM - Sunday, June 16, 2019 2:00PM


AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

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Mountain Leadership School is the AMC's most comprehensive outdoor leadership development program. Individuals take advantage of MLS to learn to safely and confidently enjoy their wilderness experience with minimal impact on the backcountry. The course is applicable to those who hike solo, with friends or intend to lead groups. Originally conceived to teach personal outdoor leadership in the face of recurring demands for mountain rescue services placed on the National Forestry Service, MLS is now in its 61st year! What sets MLS apart is its learn by doing method of instruction that will have you actively using your new skills as you acquire them. Experience has shown that is this provides an optimal learning environment. MLS offers multiple levels of instruction so whether you are relatively new to or highly experienced in the outdoors MLS has an offering that is right for you. AMC's five-day Mountain Leadership School is staffed by highly experienced AMC volunteer instructors with vast backcountry experience who keep the curriculum applicable to today's leadership challenges. MLS curriculum includes: •Accident prevention •Emergency scene management •Personal management •Group dynamics & group management •Backcountry navigation •Trip planning •Low-impact travel (Leave No Trace) The women's specific group recognizes that not everyone's outdoor 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.

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Starting at:

Adult: $457 member / $503 non-member
*Lodging at Highland Center on Wednesday night, all dinner and breakfasts, lunch on Wednesday and Sunday, instruction, student manual, use of group gear, transportation during the course.

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More information on Mountain Leadership School

Mountain Leadership School


Instruction (Skills)
Leadership Training
Trip Leading

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destination

Highland Center at Crawford Notch




Adults (18+)


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


MLS Instructors 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, Instructors 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.