Backcountry Leader in Training: White Mountains (21 day) - Ages 16 - 18

Date and Time

Sunday, July 5, 2020 9:00AM - Saturday, July 25, 2020 3:00PM


AMC Joe Dodge Lodge,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

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


The Wilderness Areas of Northern New Hampshire and Maine provide an excellent landscape for backcountry leadership and outdoor skills development. This 3-week program first takes participants through the Pemigewasset Wilderness and over the Presidential Mountain Range in a two week backpacking trip that includes the group completing a 3-day Wilderness First Aid course through SOLO Wilderness Medicine. Returning to Pinkham Notch, the group will transition to a 7-day canoe trip along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in Maine, which will bring the trip to a close. This trip is ideal for teens who desire to challenge themselves on a fun trip and who want to spend time in the backcountry learning leadership and wilderness skills that will easily transfer to other pursuits back home. Day 1: After arriving at Pinkham Notch Visitor's Center, the group will get to know each other via fun games, pack gear, and prepare for the trip with the instructors, before enjoying lunch at the Pinkham Notch Trading Post. The group will set off after lunch, catching a shuttle to Lincoln Woods and set out on the first leg of the trip. Day 2-8: Backpacking through the heart of the Pemigewasset Wilderness, the group will practice outdoor and leadership skills, as they traverse remote ridges and ford wild rivers as they work their way East towards Crawford Notch for a resupply on the eighth day. Day 9-11: After spending two nights in Crawford Notch State Park along NH-Route 302 which provides a relaxing day, the group will embark on a 2-day journey over the Southern Presidential Range to reach Hermit Lake Shelter in the shadow of Mount Washington. Day 12-14: While camping at the Hermit Lake Shelter, the group will earn their Wilderness First Aid Certification through SOLO Wilderness Medicine's hands-on three day course. Day 15-20: Upon returning to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center from Hermit Lake Shelter, the group will be shuttled up to the northern end of Mooselookmeguntic Lake in Maine, to paddle for seven days along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. During this section, teens will be given the opportunity to learn about their leadership style as Leaders of the Day. Thoughtful feedback sessions with the group and their instructors will help cement learning, develop communication skills and enhance group bonding on this rewarding and fun trip. Day 21: After completing the last few miles of the paddle, the group will return to the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center for clean-up, good-byes, and departure at 3PM.

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Youth: $4,200 member / $4,666 non-member
*Instruction, Wilderness First Aid fee and materials, all meals from lunch on the first day through lunch on the last, camping fees, group camping and cooking gear, during trip transportation, and the ability to borrow some personal gear as needed.

Click map for driving directions
Fording the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River.


First Aid
Instruction (Skills)
Leadership Training
Paddling - Canoeing

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destinations

Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Joe Dodge Lodge


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


AMC Field Staff are passionate about the outdoors and have the training necessary to prioritize safety. Certified in wilderness medicine, and trained in outdoor leadership and risk management, AMC Field Staff provide individual attention while reaching group goals. They lead fun trips while teaching important life and outdoor skills. They follow well-planned itineraries. As lifelong learners, AMC Field Staff create the connections and moments that become lasting memories.