Skills Workshops

List of Current Workshops

Adirondack Landscape Photography Workshop
FEBRUARY 3, 2018

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. Cost: $75 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction.
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Adirondack Pack Baskets
OCTOBER 22 (FULL)
MARCH 25, 2018

Create your own traditional Adirondack Pack Basket with the owners of Clear Creek Weavers, Bud Ziolkowski and Sandy Muller.  During this full-day course, skilled craftsmen will take you through the step-by-step instruction to weave your own pack basket from start to “skids”.  You’ll leave at the end of the day with a beautiful basket and a smile on your face!
Cost: $80 (members receive a 10% discount); includes instruction and materials.
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Backcountry Cooking 101
APRIL 2, 2018

Does your backcountry cooking lean more towards ramen noodles or homemade cinnamon buns? Either way, ADK can teach you a few new skills in the backcountry cooking. Learn about good backcountry nutrition, meal planning, and the use of different types of stoves. You will also get a chance to make and eat multiple types of back country meals.
Cost: $50 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and lunch.
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Backcountry Snowshoeing for Beginners
FEBRUARY 10, 2018

Snowshoes provide the opportunity to explore the beauty and peace of the world in winter. We’ll spend a full day snowshoeing in the iconic High Peaks Wilderness.  Our focus will be on learning about safe winter travel and some basic techniques that will make snowshoeing easier and more fun for you.  We’ll 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.
Cost: $50 adults (members receive 10% discount); $20 kids 12-15 y/o.  Includes instruction and snowshoes.
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Map & Compass Fundamentals
JANUARY 7, 2018
MARCH 17, 2018

Ever wondered how to find your way in the woods? Do you feel comfortable navigating on your own? If not, this is a great refresher course or a good place to learn the basics of map and compass skills.  We offer 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!
Cost: $75 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and use of materials.
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Outdoor Leadership 101
OCTOBER 28

Ever wondered what makes some people such great outdoor leaders? Wanted to lead your own trip but feel a little intimidated by being called “leader”? This experiential course includes an introduction to leadership styles, managing group dynamics, decision making, trip planning and execution, and teaching methods. Whether new or experienced, this course can help you polish your leadership skills.
Cost: $75 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and use of materials.
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The Winter 46
JANUARY 6, 2018

Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask about hiking the 46 High Peaks in New York State.  Spend the day with an experienced hiking guide going over how to be prepared for your adventure and get all of your questions answered.
Cost: $50 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction
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5-day Wilderness First Responder
DECEMBER 2-6 (FULL)

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. The 5-day format is for individuals with less time available for on-site training and requires 25 hours of pre-course preparation combined with 45 hours of on-site training. Students must register at least 2 weeks before the course date and must be at least 25 years of age. All students must complete all pre-course work prior to arrival on course.
Location: Heart Lake Program Center
Cost: $625 (Members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and materials
Package: $825 (Members receive 10% discount); includes instruction, materials, meals, and lodging for 5 nights.
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Wilderness First Aid
DECEMBER 9-10
DECEMBER 16-17

These intense courses with Wilderness Medical Associates teach 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: $275 (Members receive 10% discount), includes instruction and materials.
Package: $375 for non-members (Members receive 10% discount), includes instruction, materials, meals, and lodging for 2 nights.
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Winter Survival 101
JANUARY 20-21, 2018

Learn essential winter survival skills including: backcountry preparedness, snowshoeing basics, shelter-building, avalanche awareness, fire-building, and water procurement.  We’ll also cover cold weather injuries and illnesses, Leave No Trace backcountry skills & ethics for winter and more.  Overnight accommodations will be provided in a heated yurt at the Heart Lake Program Center.
Cost: $125(members receive 10% discount); includes instruction, materials, meals and lodging for 1 night.
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Winter Mountaineering School

The 2018 programs have been set for ADK’s Winter Mountaineering School. Weekend and week- long programs for both day hikers and backpackers are available. Program length varies, but all sections fall between Thursday, January 25 and Wednesday, January, 31 2018.  ADK Winter Mountaineering School is a volunteer run organization that is sponsored by ADK. For addition information please visit the Winter Mountaineering School website.
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For more information or if you have questions about our programs, contact:

Tyler Socash, Outdoor Skills Coordinator
ADK
PO Box 867
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Phone: (518) 523-3480 ext. 20
skills@adk.org