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Winter at Heart LakeAdirondack Landscape Photography Workshop
February 20, 2016
Join landscape photographer Brendan Wiltse to improve your photography skills. Brendan will teach you the basics of exposure and composition, along with numerous tips and tricks. The program is geared towards beginner and novice photographers. A compact camera or DSLR with the ability to adjust aperture and shutter speed and a tripod are recommended. The majority of the program will be spent shooting around the Heart Lake property and will end with a brief tutorial on post-processing techniques. Participants should be prepared to hike Mount Jo and spend a few hours outside. Mount Jo is a 2 mile round-trip hike with 700 feet of elevation gain. Microspikes or snowshoes are required to attend the hike up Mount Jo, rentals are available at the High Peaks Information Center.
Location: Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid)
Cost: $75 (Members receive 10% discount)
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GPS 101
February 6, 2016 (Lake Placid)

This course will provide an introduction to Global Positioning Systems.  We’ll discuss how GPS works, including coordinate systems and other associated terminology, and explains the uses and limitations of GPS.  Throughout the course, we’ll go outside and conduct field exercises to solidify our new skills.
Cost: $75 (Members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and use of equipment.
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Lake Placid

Introduction to Backcountry Snowshoeing
February 7, 2016
Our Intro to Snowshoeing program is a great way to experience the freedom and fun of snowshoeing. We’ll spend a full day snowshoeing in the beautiful High Peaks Wilderness. Our focus will be on learning about safe winter travel and some basic techniques that will increase your enjoyment of this activity. Your instructor will also share bits of natural history such on topics such as animal tracking and winter ecology. This program is suited for adults and children 12 and older.
Location: Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid)
Cost: $50 Adults, $17 kids 12-15 y/o (Members receive 10% discount). Includes instruction and snowshoes.
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Map & Compass Bushwhack
Summer 2016
This is a great refresher course or a good place to learn the basics of map and compass skills.  The first day will be an introduction to the fundamentals of map reading, compass use, triangulation, and identification of terrain features.  On day two, participants will put their new found skills to the test with a guided bushwhack in the Heart Lake area.  You’ll go home with much more confidence in your ability to use a map and compass when it really counts!
Cost: $110(Members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and use of materials

Map & Compass Fundamentals
March 20, 2016
This is a great refresher course or a good place to learn the basics of map and compass skills. This course offers an introduction to the fundamentals of map reading, identification of terrain features, compass use, and triangulation. You’ll go home with much more confidence in your ability to use a map and compass when it really counts!
Location: Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid)
Cost: $75 (Members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and use of materials
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Wilderness First Aid
March 26-27, 2016
This in-depth course with Wilderness Medical Associates teaches students how to deal with medical emergencies when they are miles from help. The classes offer hands-on scenarios and lecture structure, through which students will learn to assess patients and become certified in wilderness first aid, CPR, and anaphylaxis training. Class time will be spent both inside and out.
Location: Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid)
Cost: $250, includes instruction and materials.
Package: $350, includes instruction, materials, meals, and lodging for 2 nights.
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March 26-27

Wilderness Medical Associates Open Recertification
April 1-3, 2016
The Open Recertification course is open to graduates of all wilderness medical training courses of 64 hours or longer with a current Wilderness First Responder certification. Successful graduates of this course will receive Wilderness Medical Associates’ Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certifications. WMA WEMT graduates with a current EMT-B or Paramedic certificate may also recertify the wilderness portion of their WEMT with this course.
Location: Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid)
Cost: $335 (Members receive 10% discount) includes instruction and materials.
Package: $475 (Members receive 10% discount) includes instruction, materials, meals, and lodging for 3 nights.
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Winter Mountaineering School
January 28- February 3
The Adirondack Mountain Club has sponsored Winter School for over 55 years. The purpose of this program is to promote enjoyable, safe, and successful winter mountaineering and camping.  Whether you’ve just started on the trail to become a winter mountaineer or have some experience, Winter Mountaineering School may be just what you need to learn new techniques, refine existing skills, and experience new winter activities.

Winter Mountaineering School will again be based at the Adirondak Loj and take place January 28 - February 3. We are offering 4 different programs options this year: Weekend Day Hiking (Jan 28- Jan 31), Weekend Backpacking (Jan 28- Jan 31),  Week Long Combination Program (Jan 28- Feb 3) and a 4 Night Winter Backpacking Program (Jan 29 - Feb 3 enrollment restrictions apply). Space is limited so apply early. Registration closes January 15, 2016

Winter Skills Weekend
January 23-24, 2016
Winter Skills Weekend is an introductory program for those looking to begin or expand their recreational activities in the winter season.  Our goals are to help you build a foundation of skills and knowledge for your winter recreation exploits and prepare you for the unexpected in the demanding conditions of winter.  Learn about clothing & equipment; backcountry preparedness & safety considerations; nutrition; how to stay warm & dry; cold weather injuries & illnesses; backcountry winter travel; snowshoeing basics; avalanche awareness; shelter building; fire building; and Leave No Trace backcountry skills & ethics for winter.
Location: Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid)
Cost: $139 (Members receive 10% discount); includes instruction, use of snowshoes & group equipment.
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