Skills Workshops

NOTICE: As ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) continues to monitor the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), ADK has developed the following risk management protocols for in-person programs which include our day hike and trailless backpacking series.  Following the guidance of New York State and the Center for Disease Control, these protocols will be initiated upon entering phase four of the State reopening process. The risk of contracting COVID-19 during an ADK program cannot be eliminated, but we have identified mitigation strategies to reduce that risk in a pre-vaccine environment. With those strategies in place, we believe the risk can be managed appropriately.


Wilderness First Aid – FULL

May 8-9

This is an intensive two-day workshop that will teach students how to deal with medical emergencies when they are miles from help and dialing 911 is not an option.  Learn the essential principles and practice the skills required to manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.  Successful participants will become certified in Wilderness Medical Associates’ Wilderness First Aid and Healthcare Provider-level CPR.

Cost: $275

Please call 518-523-3441 to be placed on our waitlist.


5-Day Wilderness First Responder Course w/ Wilderness Medical Associates – FULL

April 28-May 2

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 format requires 25 hours of pre-course preparation combined with 45 hours of on-site training. Students must register at least two weeks before the course date and must complete all pre-course work prior to arrival.

Cost: $625, or $940 with meals and lodging for 5 nights.

Please call 518-523-3441 to be placed on our waitlist.


Advanced Map & Compass Bushwhack

August 21

Bushwhacking through a forested landscape can be a challenging, but rewarding journey.  Novices are encouraged to complete ADK’s Map & Compass Fundamentals online workshop beforehand.  Prepared bushwhackers will put their navigational skills to the test in the McKenzie Mt. Wilderness, following derived bearings off-trail with an ADK guide in the woods for 5+ miles while climbing approximately 1,000 feet.

Cost: $80 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and use of materials.

REGISTER NOW


To be placed on a waitlist, please call 518-523-3441, ext. 1

For more information or if you have questions about our programs, contact:

Mary Glynn, Outdoor Skills Coordinator
Adirondack Mountain Club
PO Box 867
Lake Placid, NY 12946
mary@adk.org
518-523-3480, ext. 111

These programs are available from the comfort of your own residence via Zoom, a video conferencing platform.  Private Zoom invitations will be sent out to registered participants a few days in advance of each course.


The 46 High Peaks Online Workshop

April 23
June 4

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

REGISTER NOW (April 23)
REGISTER NOW (June 4)


ADK’s Fire Tower Challenge Online Workshop

April 24

Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask about hiking the 30 fire tower mountains across the New York State Forest Preserve.  This course will cover a wide range of topics relevant for hiking enthusiasts of all ability levels: a historical introduction to the fire tower trails in the Adirondacks and the Catskills, route selection, hiking efficiency, backcountry safety, rules and regulations, and a proper gear demonstration.  

Cost: $50 (members receive 10% discount)

REGISTER NOW 


Beginner Backpacking Online Workshop

May 20
May 22

Enjoy learning the tips and tricks of backpacking and low-impact camping with a NYS Licensed Guide. We will be covering topics such as proper gear, food planning and preparation, safety considerations, map reading, camp set-up, low-impact techniques, water treatment, waste management, and stove use through the comforts of Zoom.  This is the perfect primer course to help you plan your next overnight in the woods.

Cost: $30 (members receive 10% discount)


Hiking 101 Online Workshop

April 29
May 23

Hiking is a wonderful way to experience the outdoors.  If you’re just getting started, this primer course will cover the basics: where to go, what to bring, and how to do it!  Get all your questions answered as an ADK guide explains how to be successful during your outdoorsy pursuits.

Cost: $30 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction

REGISTER NOW (April 29)
REGISTER NOW (May 23)


Map & Compass Fundamentals Online Workshop

April 22
May 8
May 15

This course offers an introduction to the fundamentals of map reading, identification of terrain features, compass use, and triangulation.  Once learned, these skills will enable participants to feel more confident with backcountry travel.

Cost: $80 (members receive 10% discount)

REGISTER NOW (April 22)
REGISTER NOW (May 8)
REGISTER NOW (May 15)


Thru-Hiking Online Workshop

April 30
May 21

The Thru-Hiking Online Workshop is designed to cover topics surrounding long-distance backpacking: a full breakdown of lightweight gear options, an earnest discussion regarding trail culture, Leave No Trace skills, food preparation, mitigating common thru-hiking ailments, and an opportunity for strategic planning before your next big trip.  This course will be taught by Tyler Socash, who has completed over 7,000 thru-hiking miles along the Pacific Crest Trail, Te Araroa across New Zealand, and the Appalachian Trail.  Whether you are aspiring to attempt a multi-week or multi-month adventure, this online course is for you!

Cost: $50 (members receive 10% discount)

REGISTER NOW (April 30)
REGISTER NOW (May 21)


For more information or if you have questions about our programs, contact:

Mary Glynn, Outdoor Skills Coordinator
Adirondack Mountain Club
PO Box 867
Lake Placid, NY 12946
mary@adk.org
518-523-3480, ext. 111