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Northwoods Multi-Sport Adventure Week - Katahdin - Penobscot River Region

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A fun filled week of adventure in the northern reaches of Maine. This remote and wild region of Maine is home to rugged mountains, great white water rivers, and the rich Native American history and legends of the Penobscot Nation. This is a great trip for teens would like to spend a week paddling, hiking and climbing.

After learning some basic canoe skills campers will strap their gear in and point their canoes down the East Branch of the Penobscot River inside the newly created Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Short stretches of easy whitewater are great for improving canoe handling and river reading while keeping the risk low. Get those legs in gear for a mid-week ascent of mile high Katahdin - The Great One. Give your legs a break and get back on the river for some down river travel in duckies, rafts or kayaks (depending on river levels and group interest) with a possible side trip to some "cool" ice caves. Wrap up the week rock climbing over Ripogenus Lake and if river levels permit we will end the week with a spectacular rappel and rope bridge over the deep chasm of Ripogenus Gorge.

Day 1: Arrive in Orono, Travel to camp in the East Branch region.
Day 2 - 3: Paddle through the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Park on the East Branch of the Penobscot River.
Day 4: Hike to the summit of Maine.
Day 5: A day of paddling and floating on the West Branch of the Penobscot River.
Day 6: Climb and rappel over Ripogenus Gorge and Ripogenus Lake.
Day 7: Return to Orono to rest up for the next week or head home.

Northwoods Multi-Sport Adventure Week - Moosehead and Kennebec River Region

Immerse yourself in a week of multi-sport adventure in the interior regions of Maine. This area is home to rugged mountains, big lakes, whitewater rivers, and rich Native American history and legends. During the week campers will journey across the region canoeing, hiking, rappelling, rock climbing, rafting and camping alongside pristine Maine lakes and rivers. After leaving basecamp, campers will travel to Moosehead Lake and paddle down to a beautiful lakeside campsite on Indian Pond. Hike to treeline on Moose Mountain where campers can relax, climb or rappel before heading back to camp. The next day we journey further down the Kennebec River watershed in canoes across Indian Pond to camp at the headwaters of the famed Kennebec River. If time allows, we will chill a bit by rappelling a waterfall on Moxie Stream and relaxing in clear pools and potholes along the stream. On the next day you can test your fingertips while rock climbing high above Lake Moxie then swim or paddle back across a narrow part of the lake. Wake up to a final day of high energy rafting on some of the world's greatest whitewater rapids on the Kennebec River with Maine river guides. Campers will shoot through rapids with names like Magic Falls, Big Mama, and Whitewasher before floating the lower river and ending with a celebratory dinner. Limit: 12. No experience necessary. Whitewater programs will be led by ACA certified instructors and all rock climbing will be taught by PCIA or AMGA certified instructors.

Day 1: Arrive in Orono, Travel to Indian Pond camp, learn paddling techniques.
Day 2: Paddle from the West Outlet of the Kennebec River back to Indian Pond.
Day 3: Hike to and climb Little Yosemite Dome on Moose Mountain.
Day 4: Paddle from Indian Pond to Harris Station Dam. Waterfall rappelling.
Day 5: Climbing and rappelling at Lake Moxie.
Day 6: A final day of rafting in Kennebec Gorge.
Day 7: Return to Orono to rest up for the next week or head home.

Campers will sleep in tents separated by gender. We stay in backcountry campsites and public campgrounds on this trip.

Overnight campers join the leaders in preparing delicious, healthy camp meals. Vegetarian options are available as well. Sample evening meals include pasta with sauce and salad, vegetable stir fry w/ chicken side, etc.

Meets at Alpenglow Adventure Sports / Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School at 92 Main St. (Route 2), Orono, ME, unless otherwise announced.  Meeting time on the first day (Sunday) is 11:00 a.m. Pick up will be at the same location at 11:00 a.m. on the final day (Saturday).

Up to six weeks of rock climbing and adventure camps can be combined for greater savings. Create your own sequence of adventure. The possibilities are nearly limitless, just like the fun! Register for multiple camps: Save $50.00 off second camp, $75.00 off third, $100.00 off fourth, etc.

USA Climbing members receive a 15% discount up to January 15th, 10% to February 15th and 5% discount to March 15th.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available.

__ Day pack – appx 30L (1800 ci)
__ Backpack or duffel bag large enough to hold all your gear
__ 20 - 30 degree sleeping bag *
__ 72” x 24” ground pad or inflatable pad such as ThermaRest*
__ Crazy Creek camp chair (optional)
__ 2 one-quart water bottles
__ Hiking shoes or sturdy sneakers
__ Insulating inner layer of clothing such as  polypropylene  
__ Insulating middle layer of clothing such as fleece or wool
__ Lightweight, loose fitting long pants that dry quickly
__ Warm socks (wool)
__ Hat
__ Shorts
__ 2 tee shirts
__ Rain jacket and pants
__ Swimsuit
__ Towel
__ Headlamp or flashlight
__ Journaling supplies (optional)
__ Sunscreen / lip balm
__ Insect repellent
__ Unbreakable cup, bowl, spoon and fork
__ Toilet kit (toothbrush, comb, etc)
__ Camera if you want

* rental available

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