This winter, Adirondack Mountain Club’s Education Department tried a new College Winter Weekend program.  This program, based out of the Alex Radmanovich Yurt at our Heart Lake Program Center, was piloted to give college students an opportunity to experience snowshoeing and cross-country skiing for the first time while giving them the knowledge to be able to be prepared for winter recreation in the future.  We had two universities participate this winter, Columbia University and University at Albany.    Participants had a great time and we look forward to having more students out on the trail next winter.

College Winter Weekend - yurt
Students sleep and cook in our yurt that is heated by a woodstove.
College Winter Weekend - winter preparedness clinc
Students receive a winter preparedness clinic before setting out for the day.
Photo by Paul Gallery
College Winter Weekend - snowshoeing
On the way to Mt. Van Hoevenberg where students practice
snowshoeing and active layering.

College Winter Weekend - Mt. Hoevenberg
University at Albany students on top of Mt. Van Hoevenberg.
College Winter Weekend - cross country ski
Columbia University students learning how to cross-country ski.
College Winter Weekend - skiing Heart Lake
Students skiing out on Heart Lake.
A big thank you goes out to the ADK’s Albany Chapter for sponsoring the University at Albany students.
Seth Jones

Seth Jones is the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Education Programs
Coordinator. He has worked for ADK since 2008 and is a former High
Peaks Summit Steward and Johns Brook Lodge Hutmaster. Seth has a B.S. in Conservation Biology from SUNY ESF. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities that includes paddling, fly fishing, hiking, skiing and photography.