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Intro to Backpacking at the Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center

Date and Time

Friday, June 11, 2021 3:00PM - Sunday, June 13, 2021 11:00AM


The Stephen & Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center,
New York, Hudson River Valley,


Registration is required for this activity.


Have you ever been inspired by jaw-dropping images of true nature on the Internet and dreamed about pursing backpacking and explore deeper into wilderness miles and miles away from civilization and light/noise pollution? Then, don't think twice! THIS is the weekend to learn ALL you need to tackle future backpacking adventures. At the end of the 3-day program, you will learn all the essentials to take on the short weekend backpacking adventures locally or the entire Appalachian Trail in 6+ months! There will be free time to swim, sunbathe, paddle around the lake, or simply relax. Meals are not included. You have the option of purchasing meals in advance from the dining hall or bringing your own food to cook and eat at your campsite. We recommend bringing backpacking style meals for Saturday to get the full backpacking experience. We will stay at the backcountry Boulder Canyon campsite, which is only accessible by foot. All gear including drinking water must be carried in. Each tent platform can hold 2-3 two-person backpacking style tents. Platforms will be shared so please be considerate with the size of your tent. Tents are available to borrow with advanced request from the camp office. A secure bearbox for overnight food storage is available and required. Composting toilets are available at the campsite. This event is led by the chapter's Harriman Program Committee volunteer leaders. The camp is accessible by public transportation. Registration: Advance registration is mandatory, Space is limited to a total of 8 participants. In the past, this event has completely sold out. For this event, we will have a two-step registration process. Step 1 will require registering on the AMC activity website. Once a leader has confirmed your registration, you will be sent a code to register and pay for your ticket and any optional meals on Eventbrite. Your registration is not complete until full payment is received. An information sheet will be sent to all paid registered participants with your confirmation email. Cost: Camp: Early Bird Discount: Adults: $75 AMC Members/$115 Non-Members After May 28th Adults: $95 AMC Members/$135 Non-Members Rate includes 3 Days/2 nights accommodation (Fri-Sun) and program leadership provided by volunteer leaders. Rate excludes EventBrite and credit card processing fees for Non-members. Cancellation Policy: Reservations cancelled more than 14 days in advance receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee. Reservations cancelled 14 days or less in advance are not refundable. If the AMC must cancel a program, registrants will be notified and all fees will be refunded. Normal weather will not cancel this event.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $75 member / $115 non-member
*Rate includes 3 Days/2 nights accommodation (Fri-Sun) and program leadership provided by volunteer leaders. Rate excludes EventBrite and credit card processing fees for Non-members.

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More about the Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center
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AMC COVID-19 Policies
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Driving Directions

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The camp is easily accessible by public transportation. Take either the NJ Transit train from New York Penn Station to Tuxdeo, NY, or the Shortline bus from the 42nd Street Port Authority Bus Terminal to Tuxedo, NY. Email in advance to reserve a seat for Van shuttle pickup. The camp is about 45 minutes from NYC. Click here for detailed driving directions. ( Drive to Harriman State Park which is off the Palisades Parkway. The gate to the camp is on Lake Welch Parkway at the intersection of Pine Meadow Road. (41.217869, -74.106021). Drive up to the camp office to check-in and unload your gear. Then park in the big field.

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Offered By

N.Y. - North Jersey



Nearby AMC Destination

Harriman Outdoor Center




Adults (18+)


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