*Includes breakfast and dinner each day.
Full refund less $50 non-refundable deposit for cancellations made before May 1. Cancellations after May 1, there is no refund or transfer.
“I appreciate the support I received doing something I would not normally choose to do because of the perceived difficulty; the group energy helped me move through my fears. ”
“I loved watching my teenage son find his way with the younger participants; I also enjoyed watching myself find my way without my husband and relating to new people and a new time in life.”
“It was a great physical experience and it was great bonding with other people in the group.”
“Hiking in the White Mountains was transformative and transcendent!”
“I loved the group time and the way we broke into smaller groups and also that there was time for solitude.”
“I loved the opportunity to meet people while hiking, and sharing the beauty and rigor of this very special place.”
“I enjoyed forming close relationships through shared experiences and the intimacy gained from dripping sweat all over each other, snoring and farting together, and from the shockingly beautiful nature around us.”
“It is a nice introduction to backpacking and it was especially comforting having the support of the group and yet ample time to be in smaller groups as well. Perfect.”
Have you ever wanted to go on a family backpacking trip, but got hung up on all the logistics? Is playing board games and cards after a day of hiking your idea of a good time? Have you ever been curious about those Appalachian Mountain Club huts that serve gourmet breakfasts and dinners? If so, this could be the trip for you!
Wild Earth has reserved 30 spots for a four-night trip in New Hampshire’s Presidential Range for late July (this is the week off from Wild Earth day camp). This family hiking adventure is for adults and kids ages 12 and up who are up for the challenge of serious hiking and backpacking.
All lodging will be at Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) facilities, so we won’t need to pack tents, cooking gear, or food beyond lunch and snacks (the AMC provides breakfast and dinner). However, this is an area where serious weather passes through, even in the summer. It can snow or sleet in July, so proper gear is a must (gear list below).
We will spend the first night together at the Highland Center in Crawford Notch, NH (a 5-6 hour drive from New Paltz). Then we will hit the trail and spend each night at a different AMC hut along New Hampshire’s Presidential Range. The huts provide sleeping bunks, home cooked meals served family-style, running water, and composting/waterless toilets. They are situated in beautiful mountain settings and run by friendly, helpful, and entertaining staff members (aka the “croo”) who cook, clean, schlep supplies and trash, educate and entertain.
Various detours are available if folks want to check out the many summits we’ll be hiking through. We will hike at our own pace and will gather at night in the huts for shared rest, relaxation, and maybe some fun Wild Earth games!
Backpack, water bottles, sleeping bag, rain coat and rain pants, thermal layers, wool hat, gloves, lots of layers as the weather can change from beautiful and sunny to wet and freezing, all in one day. Headlamps or flashlights are optional.
Breakfast and dinner are included in the cost of the backpacking trip. The huts serve breakfast at 7am, and dinner at 6pm, all family-style. Food allergies and vegetarian needs can be accommodated upon prior request. The huts do not provide lunch, but hot soup, homemade bread, and snacks are available for purchase. We recommend that you bring lunch fixings, gorp (good old raisins and peanuts), and other high energy foods.