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Intro to Backpacking Skills: Crawford Notch

Date and Time

Friday, April 23, 2021 5:30PM - Sunday, April 25, 2021 3:00PM


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 reading and orienting a map with a compass, campsite cooking and set-up 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 Reading : Learning to plan routes, pace hikes, read maps, orient maps based on land features and compass direction, taking and following bearings, and more. Camp Kitchen: Equipment used for water purification, cooking backcountry meals, and creating a backcountry kitchen; recipes and demonstrations. Equipment for backpacking: covering choosing and fitting backpacks, tent/shelter options, sleeping bags, gear repair, clothing, first aid supplies, etc.

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $239 member / $271 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

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Instruction (Skills)
Specialty Skills

Offered By

AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destination

Highland Center at Crawford Notch




Adults (18+)


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.