Outdoors Skills: Beginner Backpack in Crawford Notch

Date and Time

Friday, September 27, 2019 5:30PM - Sunday, September 29, 2019 3:00PM


AMC Highland Center,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

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


With White Mountain fall foliage as the backdrop, AMC's professional guides introduce backpacking skills such as backcountry travel considerations, Leave No Trace ©, map & compass, campsite cooking and set-up, and basic first aid skills to active adults and kids over 13 years of age. The first night is spent at Highland Lodge for trip orientation and gear review before setting out for a two-day, one night trip to Ethan Pond perched on the edge of the Pemigewassett Wilderness. Historically one of the most extensively logged areas of the White Mountains in the 19th century, today the shores of Ethan Pond and surrounding trails provide a sense of wildness perfect for outdoor adventure and learning. The Ethan Pond Trail, part of the Appalachian Trail, will serve as the entry point following portions of old logging roads as it ascends out of Crawford Notch and reaches the pond located below the majestic cliffs of Mt Willey. Hikes will be moderately challenging, including a potential summit attempt on a nearby 4000 footer.

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $269 member / $281 non-member
Youth: $229 member / $241 non-member
*Lodging on Friday night at Highland Center, tent site fee at Ethan Pond All meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch Free use of equipment and clothing from the L.L. Bean Gear Room Guided programs and activities throughout the weekend

Past participants say...

•"The highlight was getting outdoors with a group of people- some we could learn from, some we could learn with. Other highlights were learning more skills about backpacking! Ethan Pond! Resourcefulness!" Participant, September, 2016 •"It was an all-around excellent program. Educational and thoroughly enjoyable." Participant, September 2016

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Instruction (Skills)

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destination

Highland Center at Crawford Notch




Adults (18+)


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