Advanced Teen Backpacking
Thank you for your interest in an Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) workshop.
Health insurance is required to participate in this program.
Advanced Teen Backpacking is a 6-day experiential, cooperative group camping experience for teenagers between 15-17 years old with the shared responsibility of camp chores, cooking, and decision making while practicing Leave No Trace skills and ethics. We’ll spend our time learning about safe backcountry travel, outdoor skills, and the rich natural and cultural history of the Adirondacks. This program is great for teenagers who have had some experience backpacking and are eager to learn how to plan and execute their own excursions in the future. It will be led by two of ADK’s professional staff.
Parents or guardians should plan on meeting with the trip leaders at ADK’s Education Yurt Village between 4:00pm and 5:00pm on Day 1, located at 1002 Adirondack Loj Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946. This is where parents or guardians will also pick up the participants at 11:00am on Day 6.
Our tentative itinerary is as follows: On Day 1 at 5:00pm we will start with introductions, a classroom discussion, and a thorough gear shakedown working to build group camaraderie and to prepare for our adventure. During this time, the participants will have an active role in packing our essential meals and gear for the trip. We will spend the first night in ADK’s lodging yurts. On Day 2 we will be shuttled to the Northville-Placid Trailhead in Long Long, NY. During Days 2-5 will hike nearly 15 miles per day along the rolling Northville-Placid Trail and through the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Along the way we will learn backcountry camping skills, debate wilderness ethics, and play various games at our campsites each evening. On Day 6, we’ll hike out to our trailhead in the late-morning, and we will be ready to meet parents or guardians by 11:00am at ADK’s Education Yurt Village. This trip will be physically demanding, especially if the weather is poor. Participants should expect long days and tired feet.
All group equipment (stoves, fuel bottles, cook sets, water filters, tents, first aid kit, etc.) and meals and snacks (Day 1 Dinner through Day 6 Breakfast) will be provided by ADK. Otherwise, participants are expected to provide their own personal equipment listed in the link above. Hygienic products and other items with a scent (bug spray, sun screen, etc.) should be small in size and limited in quantity to fit inside the bear canisters. Travel-sized items are great! Please let us know well in advance if you require any equipment.
Prior hiking experience and the ability to carry a heavy pack for 15+ miles is required.
Good physical condition, proper clothing, and proper equipment are a must.
ADK members receive a 10% discount on programs and lodging. To reserve lodging at the Adirondak Loj, please call the Adirondack Mountain Club at (518) 523-3441 or book online.
If you have any questions about the program please contact Tyler Socash, ADK’s Education Programs Coordinator, at (518) 523-3480 x 120 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to meeting you. Come prepared to learn and to have fun!
For Ages: 15 to 17