Women's Backpacking Adventure
Women's Backpacking Adventure
Take in the magic of an Adventure Recovery backpacking trip with other amazing women!
Date September 14–16, 2019
OPEN TO ALL (you do not have to formally be in recovery to join us on any trips, ever!)
Bourn Pond/Stratton Pond Loop—Lye Brook Wilderness, near Manchester Vermont, 28 mile loop
We will do a quick introduction, fill out waivers, gear up, and head out.
You will be expertly guided on an epic backpacking trip with female AR Guides. This trip is along a beautiful region of the Northeast.
AR Guides are exceptional and know all the best routes and lines through all terrain. In order to make the trip as fun and exciting as possible, you must be able to actively participate and support the navigation and leadership of our thoughtful, compassionate guides. Our principles for guiding meaningful and memorable experiences are grounded in the foundations for lasting recovery: work hard, play hard, help others.
Women’s Backpacking Trip highlights
Time with other like-minded women who share a love for the great outdoors
Epic views from Prospect Rock
Wilderness experience retreat immersed in the stunning beauty of nature and unplugging from the day to day
Take in 360-degree view from the top of Stratton Mountain Fire Tower
A trip that will push you physically, mentally, and emotionally, bringing you back to a rejuvenated sense of self
participants will be carrying their own backpacks weighing 30-40 pounds
distances of 5-10 miles per day over varied terrain
days will be long, participants may be operating in the dark or be cold
participants should be in reasonable physical shape to meet the demands of the trip, hiking up to eight hours per day
Professional instruction and guiding
Tents or lean-to shelters
Group and personal cooking gear
Transportation if needed
Participants must be 16 or older and be physically fit and able to swim in challenging conditions. Participants must sign a waiver and medical release form.
All Adventure Recovery experiences are substance free and participants cannot be under the influence of any non-prescribed mind altering substance. Please discuss any medications you are taking with your Guide.
Douglas Shelter, an eight-person lean-to (Night 1), three-bunk-high Stratton Pond Shelter (Night 2)
OR Tents (provided)
Meet at trailhead on Old Rootville Road in Manchester VT at 9am
Sort out gear
Hike 1.8 miles and ascend 1000ft up to prospect rock overlook & have lunch
enjoy the view of the verdant Otter Creek Valley and 3,816-foot Mt. Equinox (the tallest peak in the Taconic Range)
Continue 1.4 miles to Douglass shelter
Ceremony & have dinner
3 mile hike to Bourn Pond to enjoy more beautiful views and take a dip in the water
Continue 1.8 miles to Stratton Pond Shelter to have lunch and to drop everything but the essentials at the shelter before the ascent of Stratton Mountain
Hike up a mellow 3 miles on smooth trail to the Stratton Summit, and then climb the 55ft tall fire tower for incredible views of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York
Hike down to enjoy a hearty dinner and a fire ceremony for the second and final night.
Follow the Appalachian Trail south on easy terrain for eight miles through scenic hardwood forests until we close the loop at Prospect rock and head downhill to the trailhead to finish the trip.
Versatile layers than can mix and match
Bring only what is necessary
Reach out to email@example.com with gear questions
What to pack
Hiking boots or trail shoes
2 set Synthetic top and bottom (lightweight)
1 setSynthetic top and bottom (midweight)
1-2 pair Hiking pants or shorts
Insulated layer (fleece, synthetic, or down)
Hiking socks (2 pairs)
Personal hygiene kit (toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, contact lenses, glasses, personal wipes, etc.)
Personal Prescription medications
Sunglasses & Accessories
2-3 Water bottles (1L)
Camp shoes (Crocs or other lightweight shoes)
Trip is rain or shine
Temperature during the day ranges from 70-85°F during the day and as low as 50°F at night.