Adirondack Backpacking Adventure

Adirondack Backpacking Adventure


  • Travel through the Adirondack Forest Preserve—one of the oldest protected lands in the United States
  • Travel on high ridges, through flower-filled mountain meadows, and in thick boreal and hardwood forests
  • Possible peak ascents
  • Learn backcountry baking skills and create awesome meals with fresh bread, cinnamon rolls, and more
  • Learn about local history, wildlife, ecology, and public policy
Designed for young teens with a sense of adventure, this course takes you to the premier wilderness destination of the northeastern U.S. Sparkling lakes, tannin-colored ponds, and rivers large and small punctuate this landscape. You will challenge yourself, gain trust and support from your coursemates, and develop new leadership skills that will transfer to your everyday life.

In short, you will work hard, have fun, and bring home unforgettable stories and memories for a lifetime.


Location NOLS Northeast
Tuition $3,425 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $200
Minimum Age 14
Duration 14 Days
Type Adventure - 14 & 15 Only
Start/End Paul Smiths, New York
Fly in/out Saranac Lake Airport
High School Credit
  • 0.5 Carnegie Units
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
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“I will never forget being leader of the day, for it was difficult, but as a team we succeeded that day. That experience will always stay with me and serve me when I face obstacles, big and small.”

-Nicholas N.

NOLS Adventure Grad