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Thu, Jun 22


Mount Washington

BIPOC Backpacking 2023- Mount Everett, Mount Race, & Bear Mountain, MA/CT

4-days of backpacking the Appalachian Trail in Mount Washington State Forest. We will summit Mount Race and Mount Everett in MA, and Bear Mountain in CT while camping in one of Massachusetts' old growth forests.

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BIPOC Backpacking 2023- Mount Everett, Mount Race, & Bear Mountain, MA/CT
BIPOC Backpacking 2023- Mount Everett, Mount Race, & Bear Mountain, MA/CT

Where & When

Jun 22, 1:00 PM – Jun 25, 6:30 PM

Mount Washington, Mt Washington State Forest, Mt Washington, MA 01230, USA


These trips run on a sliding scale $300-$1000.


COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

-Small Groups

-Individual Tents

-Negative COVID-19 test taken at least 3 weeks prior to trip

-Health screen day of trip

-Full vaccination preferred


Trail: Appalachian Trail (South Bound)

VIEW THE TRAIL HERE (this is not the official trail map and it is not the map for our trip.)

This is a point-to-point trail.

Daily Mileage and Elevation: 

Day 1: no mileage. stay in Petersburg NY

Day 2: 6.13 miles  2,546 ft elevation gain

Day 3: 4.53 miles 814 ft elevation gain

Day 4: 4 miles 787 ft elevation gain



These trips run on a sliding scale $300-$1000.

The BIPOC backpacking trip is a 4 day wilderness excursion for Black, Indigenous, and People of color. During this trip participants will summit Mount Race & Mount Everett in Massachusetts, and Bear mountain in Connecticut. We will engage in daily journalling and a few group activities. These trips are much more destination-based in comparison to our BIPOC Forest Bathing Immersion which are more focused on slowing down and finding rest. These trips are more focused on covering mileage and summiting peaks. Please take this into consideration when registering for this trip.

These trips are intended for folks who have some experience with backpacking and camping or hiking with a weighted pack and/or anyone who feels comfortable and capable of pushing their body in this way. If you are brand new to backpacking and camping we suggest you start with the BIPOC Forest Bathing Immersion which is an easy introduction into backcountry skills so you can learn the basics that will better support you for this kind of trip.


The nature of hiking and backpacking (heavy lifting, distanced hikes, crouching, bending, etc) and the terrain of this specific location makes acessibility to this specific event limited. We are working to ensure these trips are accessible to everyone and are open to feedback on how to do that.

Meals are determined based on participants needs including allergies and food restrictions. Meals are primarily vegitarian with the option for meat.

**Due to safety concerns for the group, we do not disclose specific sleeping locations prior to registration. I understand this may cause some concerns/ feelings around uncertainty for folks looking to register and want to respect what may arise. Please reach out to if you would like more details and information before registration.**


  • gear (your own tent, backpack, sleepings bag, sleeping pad, cup, bowl, spork, & headlamp).
  • food and snacks
  • transportation to/from trailhead (will need one volunteer to caravan)


  • transportation to/from meeting location (please contact if transportation support is needed. A carpool list will be sent upon registration).
  • personal gear (clothes, shoes, toiletries, etc)
  • personal dietary snacks

Please contact for support with clothing. A packing list will be sent upon registration.


As Black people, our ancestors’ journey to freedom from the South was made possible by traveling in undeveloped wild areas. To remain undetected by slave patrols freedom seekers used the landscape. Ancestor Harriet Tubman freed over 300 enslaved people from the South by utilizing waterways, moss for navigation, bird language, and plant medicine. Maroon camps in remote hard-to-reach wilderness areas served as a place for temporary or semi-permanent refuge for freedom seekers. We still see today there is a connection for Black people between wilderness and freedom, and a complex duality between this freedom and fear for our lives.

Today, Black people and people of color are 3x more likely to live in nature deprived areas. Symptoms of nature deprivation include but are not limited to attention deficits, mood imbalances, poor cardiovascular health, poor emotional regulation, and a compromised immune system. Yet, trees and plants have an incredible capacity to support human health.

Reclaiming a healthy relationship to wild land as Black, Indigenous, and People of color is a means of resistance to forces that seek to exclude us. Being out in nature is a way for us to shed ancestral traumas related to the wilderness and find our own way of connection. We deserve to enjoy wild spaces and learn these skills without worrying about our safety, and truly benefit from the healing that nature has to offer. 





  • sliding scale ticket

    Pay what you want

    this program runs on a sliding scale $300-$1000

    Pay what you want





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