Multi-Day Backpacking

All Junior campers (ages 8-11) spend a night each session with their cabin mates at the Adirondack-style shelter on Pemi Hill, complete with marshmallows and cocoa around a campfire in the evening and, in the morning, a rustic breakfast to start the day before heading back to camp.

Lowers (ages 11-13), Uppers (ages 13-14), and Seniors (ages 14-15) have the option of going further afield with our specialized trip counselors, younger boys for 2 or 3 days, older boys for 4 or more.

The granddaddy of overnights is the annual Senior trip to Mt. Katahdin in Maine, the spectacular mile-high peak at the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. It is helpful to be in good shape for some of these longer trips, but no prior backpacking experience is necessary.

 Other Typical Overnights

  • The Carter-Moriah Range
  • The Mahoosucs
  • Garfield-Bond Traverse in the Pemigewassett Wilderness
  • Kinsman Traverse in Franconia Notch
  • Mt. Moosilauke Traverse
  • Mt. Osceola

Prior to these hikes, campers receive lists of essential items to pack with several items that can be borrowed from other campers or from camp. However, older boys who plan to take full advantage of the Trip Program should look closely at the packing suggestions that follow Pemi’s standard packing list and consider bringing these from home.

Read about Pemi’s AMC Hut trips >>