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Thu, Jul 11


Southern Adirondacks

Backpacking- Southern Adirondacks

Embark on a 4-day backpacking adventure where you'll acquire essential outdoor skills like starting fires, setting up tents, and tying knots. This journey goes beyond the basics—we'll explore ways to trust what our bodies are capable of as we traverse the wilderness, seeking belonging and wholeness

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Backpacking- Southern Adirondacks
Backpacking- Southern Adirondacks

Where & When

Jul 11, 2024, 1:00 PM – Jul 14, 2024, 7:00 PM

Southern Adirondacks, Spruce Lake, Arietta, NY 12139, USA



This 4-day backpacking trip in the Southern Adirondacks is for beginners or those looking for a more challenging hike.

If you are brand new to camping and/or backacking please consider attending the BIPOC Forest Immersion first. 

These transformative 4-day BIPOC Forest Immersion backpacking trips in the Green Mountains of VT are open to beginners, advanced backpackers, and everyone in between, intended for ages 18 and above. The program covers essential backpacking and camping skills—packing a bag, setting up tents, basic navigation, starting fires, knots, and more. There's also dedicated time for crafting, including carving spoons and cordage.

Offered on a sliding scale of $275-$1000, these trips address the significant issue of nature deprivation, which disproportionately affects Black people and people of color living in nature-deprived areas. Symptoms include attention deficits, mood imbalances, poor cardiovascular health, poor emotional regulation, and a compromised immune system. Yet, the healing power of trees and plants can significantly support human health.

The practice of forest bathing, a mindfulness practice that slows down the nervous system, is integrated into the trips. This drop in nervous system activity enhances receptivity to compounds in forest air, such as phytoncide, emitted by trees and plants. These compounds have proven benefits on immune function, natural anti-cancer cell production, cardiovascular health, cognitive skills, stress responses, emotional regulation, and mental health. Studies from the Department of Hygiene and Public Health at Nippon Medical School in Japan revealed that after a 3-day/2-night forest bathing trip, natural killer cell production and immune function increased for up to 30 days.

Reclaiming a healthy relationship with wild land becomes an act of resistance for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color against exclusionary forces. Being in nature is a way to shed ancestral traumas related to the wilderness and find a personal connection. Ancestral living skills, carried through the diaspora and the journey to freedom, deserve to be learned and enjoyed without safety concerns, allowing for the genuine benefits of the healing that nature offers.

Accessibility & Logistics:

Trail: Spruce Lake via Northville Placid Trail

total trip mileage: 16.42 miles, 2,021 ft elevation gain



The nature of hiking and backpacking (heavy lifting, distanced hikes, crouching, bending, etc) and the terrain of this specific location makes accessibility 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 will be determined based on participants' needs including allergies and food restrictions.

**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 
  • transportation to/from trailhead (will need one volunteer to caravan)


  • snacks
  • 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.


  • sliding scale

    Pay what you can! this program runs on a sliding scale $275-$1,000. if you can donate higher on the sliding scale please consider doing so. this allows other folks to attend who may not be able to pay on the lower end :)

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