White Mountain Backpacking
Enjoy amazing views from some of the most scenic vistas in the northeast. This trip will explore the Pemigiwassett Wilderness, which includes Franconia Ridge and the Bond peaks. This is a challenging trip that will travel roughly 30 miles. Previous backpacking experience is helpful, but not required.
Students will hike in to enjoy two nights at lean-to’s provided by the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) near their John’s Brook Lodge. The middle day will be spent day-hiking one of the Adirondack’s famed high peaks, with spectacular views of the region. There will also be great swimming opportunities at a nearby swimming hole along John’s Brook.
This is a trip designed for students wanting to try out backpacking in a beautiful, but slightly less demanding setting. The group will head out to hike a section of the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway, which will end with a climb up and over Mt. Monadnock and back to school. Students will carry their supplies in their backpacks and spend the night in series of lean-to’s and shelters along the way.
We will be sending groups to two different sites this year: Squam Lake and Umbagog Lake. Both are known for fabulous scenery and plenty of wildlife. Students will pack up their canoes and paddle out to remote campsites along the lake shore. This a great trip for both experienced paddlers, as well as anyone interested in trying canoeing for the first time.
Enjoy a three day trip on the Saco river that crosses the border between New Hampshire and Maine. The groups will paddle by day and camp along the river’s edge at night. Previous canoeing experience is helpful, but not required. The trip may involve a brief portage to avoid obstacles along the rivers.
This trip will venture to the Northern Kingdom of Vermont to East Burke, where challenging and exciting single track await. Ride the famous Kingdom Trails, known as the best trail system in all of New England! Participants will spend the day riding the trails, and the evenings will be spent camping at a local campground. You do not have to be a highly skilled mountain biker to enjoy this trip, but you will need to be very comfortable on a bike. It is also advisable to bring your own bike, but is not necessary.
Hike to some remote ponds and streams in the White Mountains in an effort to reel in the “big one.” The group will take a series of day trips from a base camp at a state park campground, exploring a variety of different fishing settings and techniques. Participants who are 16 and older will need a valid annual New Hampshire fishing license, which can be acquired upon arrival for a fee of $35.
State Park Camping
We offer a number of camping trips to state parks around the state in a variety of beautiful settings. Each trip will involve some hiking and optional swimming, as well as a chance to relax at the campground and enjoy getting to know the other students and faculty. This year’s options will be located in the White Mountains.
Camp in the White Mountains and enjoy a combination of activities, including hiking, swimming and at least one day of rock climbing, with the possibility of some additional bouldering opportunities. No previous rock climbing experience is necessary.
Camp along the Maine coast in one of the northeast’s most beautiful settings. The group will stay in a campground at Acadia National Park, with opportunities to hike, ride bikes on the famous Acadia Carriage Road system, and explore the tide pools. Early birds can have the opportunity to watch the sunrise before everyone else in the country, from one of the furthest eastern points in the US.