The White Mountains

Women’s Backpacking & Hiking Trip

Includes a Guided Navigation Course

Saturday, Sept. 1st – Saturday, Sept. 8th, 2018

White Mountains of New Hampshire


The White Mountains … a  mountain range covering about a quarter of the state of  New Hampshire  and a small portion of western  Maine. They are part of the northern Appalachian Mountains and the most rugged mountains in  New England .

This week’s trip is designed for the adventurous woman who has some backpacking experience, can hike up to 10 miles per day and can carry her full pack for the duration.  Each woman will need to provide her own gear, food and transportation.

Join us for a full week of peak bagging, day hiking, map reading, rock scrambling, mountain climbing, backpacking, navigation orienteering, confidence soaring, friendship blossoming, stream crossings, spectacular viewing, compass using, safety awareness … and so much more!

For a taste of what you will experience during this week of learning and exploring … scroll on down and check it out! 

All hikes, trails, duration, difficulty, schedule, backpacking, itinerary and such is subject to change due to unforeseen weather, situations or mishaps.  Flexibility is important…



The Bonds and Beyond … 

Three days/Two nights – 23.0 miles

This particular backpacking trip will have you summiting seven (7) of the New Hampshire’s 4,000 footers with an elevation gain of 4,850 feet.

  • Zealand Mountain 4,260′
  • West Bond 4,540′
  • Mt Bond 4,698′
  • Bondcliff 4,265′
  • South Twin Mountain 4,902′
  • Galehead Mountain 4,024′
  • North Twin Mountain 4,761′

Visiting two huts along this route for a short break before moving on, the Zealand Hut (Day 1), and the Galehead Hut (Day 3), both offer baked goods and hot drinks that can be purchased and where there is also a restroom available for our convenience.

Day 1 – 7.2 miles 

From northern hardwoods, beaver swamps and wetlands to Zealand Falls … to the Zeacliff overlook with views of the cliffs of Whitewall Mountain … the summit of Zealand Mtn and Mt Guyot hiking our way to the Guyot Campsite … setting up camp and if the weather is promising, a summit of West Bond for a spectacular sunset …

We will be tenting at the Guyot Campsite, using it as our home base for two nights.  The Guyot (Gee-O) is the largest campsite that the Appalachian Mountain Club maintains.  It can support 40-50 people comfortably and can get over 100 people on holiday weekends. Guyot has 1 shelter, 8-10 small and large tent platforms, composting privy, metal food boxes and has a nearby spring for our water source.  It is about 1 mile off of the Appalachian Trail.  

Day 2 – 4.6 miles

West Bond, Mount Bond, and Bondcliff, are known as The Bonds. These summits are above treeline and provide fantastic views of the Pemigewasset Wilderness and surrounding mountains … slack packing, peak bagging and enjoying the full day on The Bonds … a day of adventure awaits!

Day 3 – 11.2 miles

Appalachian Trail, South Twin, Galehead and North Twin Mtn … with a steadily steep, rock decent, three fords across the Little River … approaching the final stretch of this magnificent trip!

Navigation Workshop

Private Guiding provided by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)

Sunday, September 2nd – 9:00am – 4:00pm

AMC’s Highland Center at Crawford Notch

This one day easy-moderate, Map and Compass Course is designed for hikers seeking to gain skills in map reading and compass use.  This course offers a full day of indoor and outdoor classroom instruction.  Course topics will include map reading, learning the features and use of a compass, taking and following bearings, pacing, reading the landscape and identifying features on the map, and other navigation techniques in the field.

Exploring the White Mountains requires planning and preparation.  When dressed properly, even the most challenging conditions can be encountered successfully.  If you are adequately equipped with the right gear and clothing, you will have a more comfortable and enjoyable experience.  Fall days can be unusually warm (in the 60’s) or surprisingly cool and crisp (in the 30’s).  The majority of the morning will be spent indoors; we will be outdoors and active throughout the afternoon.  Please come prepared for the most extreme weather.

Peak Bagging 

“An activity in which hikers, climbers, & mountaineers attempt to reach a collection of summits, published in the form of a list” …

Mt Osceola & East Osceola

Mt Tom, Mt Field & Mt Willey

North Tripyramid & Middle Tripyramid

Ladies Choice…after our navigation course and our backpacking trip, we will give the ladies a chance to make some decisions as to which 4,000 footer summits they would like to accomplish.  This will provide our ladies additional confidence in using their knowledge in preparing & executing a day hike, using their map & safety skills, weather awareness & gear choices and the essentials necessary for a successful hike.


Bethlehem, New Hampshire 

Check In – 3:00pm ~ Check Out 10:00am

This simple, quaint, fully supplied, spotlessly clean, New Hampshire country home will have everything you need. Private spring-fed pond on 24-acre property incredible for swimming in summer. Close to all amenities (food markets in town, larger stores 20 minutes away in Littleton).

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7 
  • Bedroom 1 – 1 king (2 women will share the bed)
    Bedroom 2 – 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 – 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 – 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 – toilet , combination tub/shower , First Floor
    Bathroom 2 – toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub, Second floor  

This house is supplied with internet, washer & dryer, fireplace, private pond with boat, heating and air, hair dryers, iron & board, full kitchen, TV, towels & linens, parking. 

 Reservation Expectations

Included & Not Included with your reservation

Your week of adventure includes the following …

  • Professional Guides
  • Lodging ~ in a private home
  • AMC guided Navigation Course
  • Parking passes & permits
  • Camping fees

Your week adventure does not include the following …

Refund Policy

A Time To Keep reserves the right to cancel trips.  A Time To Keep is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by preparing for the trip (for example: non-refundable advance purchase air tickets, clothing, equipment, car rentals, medical expenses, etc.).

  • More than 60 days prior to the trip start date, we will grant you a full refund less a $100 per person administrative fee.
  • Between 59 and 30 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 50 percent of the trip cost.
  • Less than 30 days prior to the trip start date, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund.


Cost for this full week of adventure in the White Mountains…




For complete registration…contact:

Yvonne Entingh

The Hike Safe Card

Search & rescue is costly…I highly recommend The Hike Safe Card which can be purchased through the site given below.  


The cost is $25.00pp


Application & Medical Form

Getting the Most Out of Your Adventure Form

Upon registration, please read, fill out and return the following 2 forms to…


Application & Medical Form A Time To Keep


ATTKeep Getting the Most…

Lead Guide

As your hike leader, Yvonne will assure everyone’s safety and comfort as her main priority.  She is certified in Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, CPR & AED.

– Yvonne Entingh


Adventure and exploring, safety and awareness are Varsi’s key components that she brings to our women courses.  Varsi is certified  in Wilderness First Aid, CPR and AED.

– Varsi Shanley