Active Outdoors Camp August 18-20, 2015

Pinkham Notch, NH Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is offering a 3-day outdoor activities camp in mid-August for kids entering sixth through eighth grades this fall. The camp will take advantage of Great Glen’s scenic trail system, mountain bike rentals and paddling program, and be led by longtime Great Glen ski, kayak and outdoor program instructor, Sue Wemyss.

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The camp will meet for activities at Great Glen on Tuesday, August 18 from noon – 5:00 p.m. with a hike up to the Carter Notch Hut as well as some team challenges and swimming. On Wednesday, August 19, the camp will meet at 9:00 a.m. for mountain biking, lunch (bring your own) swimming and additional team games until 4:00 p.m.. The third and final day on Thursday, August 20 will be from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and will consist of river kayaking on the Androscoggin River, for point-to-point kayaking.

The camp is limited to ten participants and pre-registration by August 15th is required. Cost for all 3 days is just $99.00 and includes a rental bike and helmet from Great Glen (if needed), all paddling equipment and transportation from Great Glen Trails to the Androscoggin River.

For more information or to register, please contact Sue at Great Glen Trails: (603) 466-2333; ext. 148 or email,

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Great Glen Trails Opens with Weekly Running Series and Women’s Kayak Class

Pinkham Notch, NH Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center will kick off the spring season with the weekly Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series plus a multi-week Women’s Spring Kayak class. The Running and Walking Series will begin on Thursday, May 14 while the Women’s Kayak class will begin on Monday, May 18, 2015.

The Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series, an 8-week series held every Thursday from May 14 through July 2, 2015, is for all ages and abilities. Competitors can challenge themselves on a Mini (1 mile), Short (1.8 miles) or Long (3.2 miles) in either the running or walking divisions. Placement prizes are awarded in each category, and the series wraps up with an awards party and prize raffle. Competitors that compete in 6 of the 8 weeks are qualified for the raffle.

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The Women’s Spring Kayak class, held by Great Glen’s longtime instructor and Olympian Sue Wemyss, will take place on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. beginning May 18 and continuing for 4 weeks through June 15, 2015. The class will provide instruction, encouragement and camaraderie for beginner and intermediate students. Kayaks and necessary equipment will be provided if needed as well as transportation to scenic northern NH waterways. The class fee for all 4 classes will be $200.00 per person. Pre-registration with payment is required by May 15 and sign-ups are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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The Great Glen trail system is also open for trail running, Nordic walking and bird watching. Early season hours at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center are in effect beginning Memorial Day Weekend: 9am – 5pm.  Great Glen Outfitters also opens weekends for the summer season on May 23 offering the latest in outdoor apparel and accessories for trail running, mountain biking, paddling and more.


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Great Glen Trails to hold XC Ski Camp for Kids on February 16, 17 and 18

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH – Great Glen Trails will host three mornings of cross country ski camp for kids during the February vacation week on February 16, 17, 18, 2015. The annual Penguins and Polar Bears camp will focus on games and fun, while teaching cross country ski basics for kids aged six to eleven years old. The camp will be led by Great Glen Trails Ski School Director and 1984 Cross Country Olympian Sue Wemyss.

Both Penguins (ages 6 to 8) and Polar Bears (ages 9 to 11) start off the camp with games that teach and test stopping abilities. Red Light, Green Light is a favorite that can be adapted for experienced skiers with the challenge of skiing backwards. Moose in the Trail gives further stopping practice while descending hills. Games of Predator and Prey played on one ski helps to equalize levels of skiing ability will providing the fun of a chase on skis. Capture the Flag, Flag Tag, and Ultimate Frisbee are other game possibilities.

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A game of Capture the Flag is a favorite!


New at Great Glen this year is the Skier Discovery Zone. Campers will get the chance to ski through bicycle bumps, with one ski riding over a bump while the other ski descends into a corresponding dip. This continuous leg extension and retraction teaches independent leg action and is enjoyable for kids of all ages. A maze of slalom poles is also set, providing plenty of turning practice and inviting creative path-finding.

The trails of Great Glen that wind through the meadows and forest will be explored. Ascending to the Great Angel Station, a log warming hut, is a significant ski goal for campers and is rewarded by a fast and turn-filled trip down the Dragon Corridor trail. The locations of Trail Tracker critters such as Pierre Pine Marten, Marvin Moose, and Bonnie Beaver may be sought.  Another fun-filled destination with its own activity reward is Great Glen’s snowtubing hill.

Dates for the Camp, which are held each morning at 9:30 to 11:30, are February 16, 17 and 18. Cost is $99 and includes three mornings of camp, trail passes and rentals, if needed. With camp permission, there are two and single-day options for participation as well. Optional single days are $40 while two days are $75.

Wemyss has taught and coached cross country skiing for more than 25 years to students of all ages, and leads the weekly Bill Koch League ski sessions for kids at Great Glen.

To register, please call Sue Wemyss at (603) 466-2333 x148, stop by Great Glen Trails on Route 16 in Pinkham Notch, or email

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