We offer exciting, rewarding outdoor adventure education for youth ages 12-18 ranging in length from 5-20 days. Teen Wilderness Adventures combine one or more outdoor activities--like hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, --with spectacular destinations.
Go beyond the basics on this 10 day Multi-Sport adventure. Spend the first 4 days mastering the skills needed to travel confidently in the back country, exploring the rugged and scenic terrain of the White Mountains, camping in back country tent sites, and bonding with your group. Next spend three days learning technical rock climbing skills on the classic granite ledges of New Hampshire, learn climbing technique, belaying, and climbing safety skills. Finally, develop and hone your paddle strokes and canoe expedition skills on the lakes and rivers of northern New Hampshire, enjoying lake or river side camping with sunset views and wildlife sightings. By the end of this 10 day adventure, you will have developed competence in multiple skill sets, made new friends, and developed comfort in a variety of mountain environments. For ages: 14-16. General Itinerary: The participants will meet each other and the AMC instructors on the first morning at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. We will spend the morning getting to know each other, covering logistics and expectations, and thoroughly checking our personal gear and all group equipment. After lunch we will make any final equipment adjustments and head out for four days of backpacking in the White Mountain National Forest. On the 5th day, we will transition to base-camping for our three day rock climbing section, followed by three days of canoeing and camping along the remote and beautiful shores of Umbagog lake. The group will end their trip back at Pinkham notch. Backpacking ~ We will hike four to eight miles a day over mountainous terrain, through hardwood and boreal forests and past alpine bogs. Some of the places we may explore the Pemigewasset Wilderness area. We will camp at AMC or U.S. Forest Service shelter sites, designated tenting areas, or at our own low-impact campsites in these wild and beautiful areas. Rock Climbing ~ The three-day rock climbing section of this trip will be spent with the AMC and Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing staff learning standard rock climbing techniques. We will learn about proper equipment use, how to belay, as well as the correct way to move over rock. After a morning of introduction, we'll spend two days top roping at climbing sites such as Cathedral Ledge and White Horse Ledge in North Conway. On the final day, participants may have the opportunity to experience a multi-pitch climb. EMS will provide all rock climbing equipment needed Canoeing- Upon arrival at our put-in we will review paddle strokes and pack our equipment into dry-bags and boats. Each day will be spent paddling from a scenic lakeside campsite to the next, looking for birds, moose, and enjoying a swims and sunsets.