Mountain Leadership School for Backpack Leaders: All Genders

Date and Time

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


AMC Highland Center at 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 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 at 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.

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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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Additional Information on Mountain Leadership School

Mountain Leadership School


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.