Guided Backpacking Schedule 2016
June 7- July 6, 2016 Private backpacking trip
August 15-19, 2016– Half of Maine’s Hundred Mile Wilderness
Suitable to those with limited backpacking experience. We will walk 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail on this remote section of the AT in Maine. This trip will take in the 50 miles from Monson to approximate 100 Mile Wilderness mid-point.
This adventure will take approximately 5 days (4 nights). We’ll stay in lean-tos, and/or tents, space permitting.
Price Includes: Ground transportation from Lincolnville, ME, packing list, and skills instruction. Meal assistance is available by arrangement. Gear rental is an option. Rentals Available: Backpack, trekking poles, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad.
I can also help arrange your stay at local accommodations, which may include the night before & after your expedition. Up to 1 hour of pre-trip preparation consultation (via phone) is provided to participants.
Group size will be limited.
Link: My 2014 Half the Hundred Mile Wilderness blog report
September 2-10, 2016 The Whole Hundred ! (Mile Wilderness) (Monson-Abol Bridge)
Maine’s Hundred-Mile Wilderness is a huge, largely uninhabited region, beginning on the outskirts of Monson,ME. Many thru-hikers consider Maine the best part of the whole 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail. The Hundred Mile Wilderness appears on many hiker’s Bucket List. This trip will take place over 9 nights and 10 hiking days, allowing for ample time to settle into a comfortable and reasonable schedule.We will take advantage of a mid-point resupply service, so that we will not need to carry food for the whole 10 days. This trip will be suitable for a hiker who is able to carry 30 pounds on a 10 mile average per day. If you are interested in this trip but are not sure about your abilities and match for this hike, contact me to discuss. We’ll stay in lean-tos, and/or tents, space permitting.
Price Includes: -Ground transportation from Lincolnville ME, packing list, and skills instruction. Meal assistance is available by arrangement.
-Up to 2 hours of pre-trip preparation consultation (via phone) is provided to participants. -I can also help arrange your stay at local accommodations, which might include the night before & after your expedition. Additional cost for mid-point resupply is not known at this time. Group size will be limited.
Rentals Available: Backpack, trekking poles, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad.
ME: Registered Maine Guide, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Certified School Psychologist. I am also a Triple Crown Backpacker who has successfully thru-hiked over 8,000 miles on the three major long distance US trails- Appalachian Trail (2007), Pacific Crest Trail (2010), Continental Divide Trails (2013). Successful backpacking requires engaging in a learning curve that is populated with multiple discomforting experiences. That list is agonizingly long: blisters, foot pain, shin splints, knee issues, dehydration, hypothermia, falls, burns, cuts, wild animal encounters, giardia, poisonous plants, and more. Too many of these experiences clumped together have the potential to cut short one’s hopes to connect with the actual experience of engaging in the natural world. I know what works. My unique background and training has prepared me for assisting clients, both novice and experienced, to prepare for a successful wilderness experience by bolstering mental preparedness as well as advising clients about gear selection and on-trail techniques.
We learn best by watching and then doing. More experienced backpackers can sharpen their own skills and gain “an edge” by watching and learning from a hiker who has accumulated over 10,000 hours in mastering the extensive skill set of this unique solo sport.
Private guided trips are also available by arrangement. If you have a Bucket List that includes backpacking, consider the advantages of contracting with me to help assure your success. For example, I have guided individuals to the summit of Katahdin. References available from hikers that I have assisted in this manner.
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Your trip reservation can be secured with a 50% deposit.