W. Alton Jones Campus

Granite State of Mind
White Mountain Multisport Adventure!
Ages 14-17

  • Day Hiking in Franconia Notch
  • Rock climbing
  • Swimming
  • River kayaking
  • Simulated Sky Dive in a Vertical Wind Tunnel



Your expedition begins at W. Alton Jones.  Check in is 2:00-3:00 on Sunday.  You will meet your group mates and expedition leaders, take a swim test, pack all your equipment and food for your expedition, have dinner, then participate in an all camp campfire.



On Monday, you will wake up early and drive via 15-passenger van to Franconia Notch in the White Mountains of New Hampshire (about a 3.5 hour drive).  You will set up a base camp in Lafayette Campground, which features flush toilets, showers, and rustic tenting areas.  Sleeping will be in same sex 3-6 person tents for the duration of the week.  After setting up camp, you may have time for a quick hike before dinner.



Tuesday will be dedicated to a day hike through Franconia.  There are many options in this area of The Whites, and your exact route will depend on group ability and interest.  Whatever your hike, prepare for scenic views and wilderness, perhaps even heading above tree line for some breathtaking views.  You will bring lunch with you, returning to your base camp in the evening.



On Wednesday, you will go rock climbing on some of the world-renowned granite cliffs of the New Hampshire White Mountains.  Varieties of routes, from beginner to expert, are all close together, so prepare for routes that are challenging, yet within your abilities.  We will start out with an introductory workshop for those who are new to the sport.  After a hard day of climbing, we’ll cool off with a dip in a cool mountain lake.



Thursday morning, after a hearty breakfast, we will drive to the Pemigawesset River (about a 20 minute drive), where we will spend the day river kayaking through its beautiful flatwater and exciting class I and II rapids.



On Friday, your trip will culminate with a simulated sky diving experience at Skyventure, a vertical wind tunnel in Nashua, NH.  The wind tunnel allows you to safely experience the thrill of skydiving without the falling sensation.  Check out additional information on their website. Anyone who has dislocated their shoulder in the past will have to pass on the sky dive activity.  We will then head back to Alton Jones in time to clean and pack away group gear, pack up our personal belongings, and head home.  Camp ends Friday with a family program at 2:00 PM  followed by check-out at 2:30 PM.