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.

The Adventure

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 

Trip Expectations

  • 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

What's Included

  • Professional instruction and guiding

  • Meals

  • Tents or lean-to shelters

  • Group and personal cooking gear

  • First aid

  • Water purification

  • Transportation if needed

  • Backpacks

  • Sleeping bags

  • Sleeping pads

  • Headlamps

  • Rain gear 


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)


Day 1

  • 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

Day 2

  • 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.

Day 3

  • 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.

Gear list

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

  • Sunblock

  • Sunglasses & Accessories

  • 2-3 Water bottles (1L)


  • Bandana

  • Camp towel

  • Bug spray

  • Plastic bags

  • Hat

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Trekking poles

  • Underwear

  • Camp shoes (Crocs or other lightweight shoes)

  • Small multi-tool


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.