Resilience - Confidence - Leadership
Real kids Need Real Mountains
Multi-day summer trips focussed on building outdoor and all-around life skills through backpacking and hiking in Maine’s wild places.
We’re excited to announce our 2021 trip schedule!
Wild Maine Adventures is a feminist, queer-friendly, safe and welcoming family-run business. All genders, gender expressions, sexual orientations, races and ethnicities are welcome.
Students will learn all the fundamentals of backpacking including gear choice and gear management (like how to fit and pack your pack for optimal comfort), food preparation, Leave No Trace camping, self-care, group-care, navigation, communication and leadership skills. There will also be a strong emphasis on natural history from the bedrock to the birds and stars above – there is magic in knowing who shares the trail with us!
Friday and Saturday nights camping, short (1-3 mile) backpack into campsite and longer (6-8 mile) day hiking on Saturday, then the short hike back out Sunday. This trip is open to everyone but we strongly encourage those interested in the longer hikes to join us on for this introductory weekend of camping.
We will pick a section of the Appalachian trail in Western Maine to meet our group’s skill and fitness levels. This area is filled with plenty of bald-topped peaks, streams and lakes that will keep us occupied even on shorter hiking days. Daily mileage will be between 5-8 miles, with one food resupply at our mid-point to keep pack weights low and enthusiasm high.
The Hundred-Mile Wilderness is the northern most 100 mile section of the Appalachian Trail and goes from Monson to Abol Bridge. It is a rugged, remote section that crosses no paved roads but provides some of the best scenery and mountains Maine has to offer. Nine nights on the trail camping in tents, ten full days of backpacking (average 10 miles each day). Food resupply on days 3 and 6 will help keep packs lighter (15 – 20 lbs fully loaded, depending on the size of the hiker)
Our trips are for tweens and teens, an age group that is often curious about romance or exclusive friendships. However, our goal is to build group-trust where kids are free to express themselves without the concerns of romance and students will be asked to stick to platonic, non-exclusive relationships on our trips.
We are open to hearing how we can help you feel more comfortable and welcome in the wilderness and in mixed-group situations, please contact us ahead of time if you have questions, concerns or ideas.