Take a deep breath and enjoy the view. This course focuses on wilderness expedition skills in the rugged granite mountains of western Maine and northern New Hampshire.
You will depart into the wilderness on the first or second day of your course leaving all modern conveniences behind until the last day of expedition when you return to basecamp. Carrying only what you need for up to a week at a time out of your backpack as you climb and hike nearly every day on this expedition. You will be given instruction on everything you need to know to travel successfully, how to pack a backpack properly, setting up wilderness campsites, rock climb, and navigate using a map and compass. Previous knowledge of backpacking or rock climbing is not required although being physically fit will better prepare you for this course and greatly enhance your overall experience.
Your wilderness classroom will be the mountains of western Maine. During your expedition, you will backpack in one or more of the following areas: the White Mountain National Forest, the Appalachian Trail, the Carter-Mahoosuc Range, the Grafton Loop Trail, or in the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness. These spruce-fir and hardwood forests are home to hundreds of species of birds as well as moose, deer, and black bear. Most of this hiking terrain is protected from development and offers both pristine and established camping, rushing waterfalls, twisting streams, and spectacular views from rocky summits. Rock climbing sessions take place at the many granite cliffs that can be found throughout the Carter-Mahoosuc Range and in the White Mountain National Forest.