In support of the national effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to minimize the risks to the most vulnerable among us, AMC will immediately begin the process of temporarily closing all lodging and foodservice facilities and suspending all in-person staff and volunteer led programming through April 30.

Backpacking for Beginners: Crawford Notch

Date and Time

Friday, April 24, 2020 5:30PM - Sunday, April 26, 2020 3:00PM


AMC Highland Center,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.

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


AMC's Outdoor 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 during this spring adventure. Both nights are spent at the AMC Highland Center with hikes and clinics offered both Saturday and Sunday. This weekend will set you up with the knowledge and skills for your first backpacking trip. Overnights are spent in the Highland Center Lodge, not in the backcountry. Participants will learn outdoor skills: Hiking Safety with Spring Considerations (stream crossings, snow, ice, inclement weather) Map & Compass: Learning to plan routes, pacing of hikes, read maps, orient maps based on land features and compass direction, taking and following bearings, and more Camp Kitchen: Equipment used for cooking, water purification, and backcountry meals recipes and demonstrations. Equipment for backpacking: covering everything from choosing and fitting backpacks, to packing a pack, to tent/shelter choices, sleeping bags, gear repair, first aid, etc. First aid for the trail: NOT A CERTIFICATION, just an overview of common injuries &illnesses related to backpacking and how to deal with them in a backcountry setting. Natural history Guided Hikes

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $189 member / $215 non-member
*Lodging on Friday and Saturday nights All meals from dinner on the first night to lunch on the last day Free use of equipment and clothing from the L.L. Bean Gear Room Guided programs and activities throughout the weekend Instruction and leadership by AMC Outdoor Guides

Past participants say...

"[The highlights were] learning everything I needed to do an overnight in the woods and how to pack. The guides were very friendly and nice, also very knowledgeable. AMC Lodge was very comfortable and nice." Participant, May 2015 "Great skill and confidence booster!" Genevieve, Participant, May 2015 "[Highlights were] learning about equipment, how to find location and set up tents, mock situation for camping, [and] eating out!" Sonya, Participant, May 2015

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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)


AMC Guides 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, guides 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. As lifelong learners, AMC guides create the connections and moments that become lasting memories.