Pemi West: Program, Setting, History

The Program.  The Setting.  The History

Pemi West is a 3.5-week wilderness skills and leadership program that provides a challenging and rewarding experience for 16 – 17 year old campers, both men and women.

Participants who wish to extend their leadership training are invited to apply for an optional 2-week Counselor Apprentice Program held at Camp Pemigewassett, Wentworth, NH. For information on the 2-week internship, please email Kenny.


  • 3 weeks of expeditions – canoeing, mountaineering, and community service.
  • Instruction in technical mountaineering skills
  • Instruction in wilderness First Aid
  • Small groups
  • A 24-hour solo

We offer you the opportunity to:

  • Have fun with new friends
  • Acquire the skills and knowledge to safely plan, lead, and enjoy an outdoor trip of moderate length through rugged mountainous terrain
  • Develop a heightened appreciation of the natural world and a sense of stewardship of the environment
  • Enhance your awareness of your personal capabilities and potential.


Pemi West is the western branch of Camp Pemigewassett, a summer camp in Wentworth, New Hampshire for boys aged 8-15 years old. The camp was founded in 1908 and throughout its long history activities such as hiking, camping, and nature studies have been mainstays of the program, just as they are at Pemi West today. Pemi West was founded in 1997 by Fred and Jon Fauver, grandchildren of one of the founders of Camp Pemigewassett and current owners, out of the desire to provide an extensive and challenging wilderness experience for teenage girls and boys.

For the first seven seasons, Pemi West was held in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness of the Colorado Rockies. In 2005, the program moved to Olympic National Park in the state of Washington. This spectacular setting offered a unique opportunity to explore the gem of forest and mountain wildernesses of the Pacific Northwest, as well as the opportunity to learn a broad set of technical mountaineering skills as we cross the vast glaciers of Mt. Olympus on the attempt to reach the summit.

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