Introduction to Backpacking

Learn how to keep warm, dry, well fed, found, and comfortable. In this one-day workshop we will learn how to pack, what to bring, how to stay comfortable, and how to stay found. Topics include: How to pack for extended trips: Backpack size Gear needed for 2 days – 3 months Tents or tarps? Kitchen: Stoves, pots, pans…what is really necessary. Nutrition requirements for extended backpacking LNT Managing human waste Dealing with kitchen waste Fires…yes or no? First Aid & … Read More

Baxter State Park Adventure

Join North Star Adventures for a journey to the north end of Baxter State Park. This iconic park, home of the Northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, is an outdoor destination in Maine. We will be camping at Trout Brook Farm group site.  Enjoy sweeping views of Katahdin from the peak of North Traveler, take a nice refreshing dip in the “power pools” on Howe Brook trail or enjoy a leisurely paddle on Matagamon Lake.  An evening fire and stargazing … Read More

Women’s Backpacking

Designed for women of all ages. If you have always dreamed of backpacking but don’t have the gear or knowledge than this trip is for you. Yes, you will work hard but, you will have the experience of a lifetime. Backpacking will challenge you physically, mentally and spiritually. The mountains are a special place to get in touch with your authentic self and challenge those voices that keep you from reaching your potential. We create a safe environment where you … Read More

Maine Hiking & Backpacking Adventures

Explore the Mountains, Coastline, and Hills of Maine with North Star Adventures!   Contact us to Book Your Adventure!   Full Day Hiking Expeditions Are you pressed for time or just want an introduction to hiking? Our full day excursions may be just what you are looking for. We will meet you at the trailhead with maps, snacks, and an itinerary that will meet your needs. We typically hike in the following locations but will meet you anywhere in the … Read More

Women’s Hiking & Paddling Fall Foliage Adventure

Experience Maine foliage by foot and by paddle. Join North Star Adventures for a weekend of hiking & paddling in Mid-Coast Maine.  Located near the picturesque town of Camden, Camden Hills State Park has some of the most beautiful and moderate hiking trails in the state. With sweeping views of Penobscot Bay, Western Waldo County, and Camden there is a hike for everyone. We have the option of sea kayaking in Penobscot Bay or Lake Meginticook. Lake Megunticook allows us … Read More

Tips for Hiking Safely

After reading about accidents in the White Mountains and in Baxter State Park it was clear to me that my next blog had to be about hiking safely. Not all these accidents are due to inexperience. Often, folks with years of experience find themselves unprepared for the conditions they are faced with. You never know when conditions will change. Weather can be unpredictable. I have found myself on the Knife Edge in Baxter State Park when the weather, which was … Read More

Fall Foliage Paddle & Hike

Spend the day paddling on beautiful Lake Meguinticook with North Star Adventures. Views of the Camden Hills make this is a spectacular place to paddle and see the fall foliage. Our paddle will take us across the lake to the Fernald’s Neck Preserve where we will enjoy a lunch prepared with local ingredients. We can enjoy an easy 1 1/2 mile walk through the preserve checking out the pines, hemlocks, and hardwoods that dominate the peninsula. Mosses and mushrooms carpet … Read More

Caring For Your Outdoor Gear

Outdoor people often invest a lot of money acquiring gear. If you spend a little extra time on the back end of a trip washing, drying, replenishing and repairing you will save time, money, and prolong the life of your gear.  You know the scene, you get home, you’re tired, want a shower, and a cold beverage. In a rush you throw your gear in the garage telling yourself you’ll get to it later. Next thing you know it’s time … Read More

Respecting Natural Places

I have been passionate about the value of spending time in nature since the 1980’s. It has always been a place of peace and grounding. Since the pandemic more and more people have been flocking to our parks, trails, lakes, and rivers for physical fitness and mental health.  Trails are more crowded. If you don’t arrive early, parking lots are full and you are left looking for another place to enjoy nature.  While I embrace this sudden love of the … Read More

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