Skills Workshops

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 Workshop
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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 prepare for your next wilderness adventure.  The course includes a Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop, a proper gear demonstration, an introduction to Map & Compass, and an in-depth presentation including the routes and statistics for each High Peak to help every aspiring 46er accomplish their goal efficiently.

Cost: $50 (members receive 10% discount)

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Backcountry Water Monitoring Training Webinar
July 10

Join ADK, the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), and the New York Natural Heritage Program to learn how you can help detect aquatic invasive species in the Adirondacks. The training will cover invasive species identification and the implementation of Backcountry Water Monitoring Protocols.

Cost: FREE

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Beginner Backpacking
July 11

This 4-hour online workshop will cover the tips and tricks of backpacking and low-impact camping from a NYS Licensed Guide. Topics include proper gear selection, food planning, safety considerations, water treatment, and waste management.
Cost: $50 (members receive 10% discount)

ADK’s Fire Tower Challenge Workshop
July 14

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)

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Hiking 101 Workshop
July 15

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!

Cost: $30 (members receive 10% discount)

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Map & Compass Fundamentals Workshop
July 9

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)

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Thru-Hiking Workshop
July 24

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)

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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

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.


American Canoe Association Flatwater Canoe Safety & Rescue Clinic
August 15

The Flatwater Canoe Safety & Rescue Clinic introduces essential practices for canoeing preparedness and emergency response.  Should a vessel capsize during your next water-based adventure, this course will provide the rescue techniques necessary to help you right the ship and return to shore safely.

Cost: $40 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and use of equipment.

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Leave No Trace Trainer
July 18-19

The Trainer Course is a vital component of the nationwide Leave No Trace program. You will receive training in Leave No Trace skills and ethics in this two-day course. Trainer Courses assist participants in learning more about the seven principles of Leave No Trace and techniques for teaching these low impact skills to others. Overnight accommodations will be provided in a heated yurt at the Heart Lake Program Center.

Cost: $135 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction, meals and use of group gear.

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Map & Compass Bushwhack
September 26-27

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: $125 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and use of materials.

Package: $250 (members receive 10% discount); includes instructions, meals, and lodging for 2 nights in ADK’s Education Yurt Village.

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Wilderness First Aid Courses

Wilderness First Aid w/ Wilderness Medical Associates

December 5-6

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, or $400 with meals and lodging for 2 nights.
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Wilderness First Responder Recertification

November 13-15

The Wilderness First Responder Recertification is open to graduates of any wilderness-based first responder training course that was at least 64 hours long and completed within 3 years of the proposed recertification option.  Successful graduates of this course will recertify their Wilderness First Responder with Wilderness Medical Associates’, and they will also renew their Basic Life Support/Healthcare Provider-level CPR.
Cost: $375, or $565 with meals and lodging for 3 nights.
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5-Day Wilderness First Responder Course w/ Wilderness Medical Associates

December 9-13

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.
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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