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.
Try it all in this 7-day trip using the trails, cliffs, and waterways of the White Mountain's most famous notch! While base camped in a nearby campground, you'll spend three days hiking iconic destinations such as Tuckerman's Ravine, Glen Boulder, and Imp Face. Next, spend a day cooling off while canoeing the Androscoggin river and finish up with a day of rock climbing one of the famous cliffs in the area such as Cathedral or Whitehorse ledge. During the trip you will learn fun and exciting new skills, make friends, utilize teamwork and build confidence in the outdoors. For ages: 14-16 General Itinerary: Day 1 ~ 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. After lunch, we will set out for a short introductory afternoon hike before driving up the road to Barnes Field Campground where we'll learn how to set up camp and cook on a camp stove. Day 2 ~ We will pack up lunch and our extra layers then head out for a full day hike on one of Pinkham Notch's many trails. Possible destinations include Tuckerman's Ravine, Glen Boulder, and Lowe's Bald Spot. The group will help decide which of the options is the right one for them. We'll return to our campsite in the evening for dinner, games, and relaxing. Day 3 ~ We'll explore a nearby river by canoe, learning paddle strokes, canoe safety, and open water rescue skills. AMC provides all canoeing equipment. Day 4 - 6 ~ In the morning, after breakfast at camp, we'll meet one or more guides from the Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School (EMS) for 3 days of rock climbing. Some of the climbing sites we use regularly include Cathedral Ledge and White Horse Ledge in North Conway and Square Ledge in Pinkham Notch. We'll learn about climbing ropes, harnesses, climbing knots, how to belay, rock climbing techniques, and rock site safety practices. On the final climbing day, the group may have the opportunity to try a multi-pitch climb. EMS provides all rock climbing equipment. Day 7 ~ After breakfast on day six, we'll pack up our campsite and head out for one last hike in Pinkham Notch before returning to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center to wrap up the trip and say our goodbyes!