The Appalachian Mountain Trip program is a seven week backpacking trip that takes campers from Mt. Katahdin in Maine to the New Hampshire border – over 300 miles on the Appalachian Trail. Campers carry all they need on their backs - with weekly resupplies.
The first phase of the trip involves hiking through a relatively flat section of lake country known as the 100-Mile Wilderness. During this portion of the trip, the hikers focus on gaining strength and mastering new outdoor living skills such as cooking, map-reading, and leadership.
Soon they are prepared to undertake the dramatic terrain and breathtaking vistas of the Bigelow, Saddleback, Bemis, and Baldpate mountain ranges. Their journey concludes with a dramatic finale in the Mahoosucs where they hike the most challenging mile of the Appalachian Trail- the Mahoosuc Notch.
AMT is a very physically and mentally demanding trip. Campers live in a wilderness setting - away from running water and electricity. A typical day involves 8 miles of hiking rugged terrain with 2000 feet of vertical elevation gain while carrying a pack weighing approximately 45lbs. The trip is also designed to mentally challenge campers as they learn to live simply and discover personal strength and determination as they navigate life on the trail.
AMTers move at a pace conducive to observing the beauty of the natural world and to forming long-lasting connections in their small, self-contained community.