Wilderness Trips

FOP's original trip type, wilderness trips, travel self-supported through woods, across lakes, and over mountains. Each night, the trip will camp in a new location. There are three types of wilderness trips:

Wilderness Backpacking trips are six-day hiking trips in the mountain ranges of either Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont. Backpacking FOPpers and their leaders spend each day hiking from one site to another and experience a variety of mountainous terrain.

Wilderness Service trips are six days long and combine backpacking with trail work service projects. These trips allow FOP to give back to the national forests we visit through trail work and maintenance while providing a great opportunity for a FOP group to build teamwork and cooperation.

Wilderness Switch trips are six-day trips during which FOP groups spend three days canoeing and three days backpacking in Maine. By "switching" from hiking to canoeing, FOPpers are able to see the beauty of the areas we visit both by trail and by water.

Trip Difficulty

We offer trips of three different levels of difficulty. You will be able to indicate your trip type and difficulty preferences when you confirm your spot in FOP.

AModerately ChallengingA trips are suitable for most levels of experience or fitness.  Trips usually travel 3-5 miles over elevation changes of 1000' - 2000' per day.  Much of the route will be in wooded areas with gradual elevation changes.
BChallengingLonger days and higher peaks than A trips.  B trips travel 5-8 miles per day with elevation changes up to ~4000'.  May include significant above-treeline exposure.  FOPpers on these routes should be in good physical condition and welcome challenges.
CMost DifficultC trips are designed for very fit participants. C trips travel 7-10 miles per day with elevation changes up to 6000'. C trips will ascend some of the highest peaks in New England with considerable above-treeline exposure. You can participate in a C trip ifyou are confident in your fitness level, even if you do not have hiking or backpacking experience.

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