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.


Backcountry Snowshoeing for Beginners

February 23 – FULL
March 5

Snowshoes provide the opportunity to explore the serenity of the winter world.  We’ll spend a full day snowshoeing around the beautiful Heart Lake Program Center.  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 discuss the rich natural history of the region, 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.

REGISTER NOW (March 5)
Please call 518-523-3441, ext. 1 to be put on the waitlist for February dates.


Advanced Map & Compass Winter Bushwhack

March 11 – FULL

Bushwhacking through a wintery landscape can be a challenging, but rewarding journey.  For individuals with Map & Compass familiarity and snowshoe experience, this course is designed to put your skills into practice.  Novices are encouraged to complete ADK’s fundamental courses 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 snow.

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

Please call 518-523-3441, ext. 1 to be put on the waitlist.


Wilderness First Aid

April 3-4

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

March 20-24, 2021

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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Wilderness First Responder Recertification

April 9-11, 2021

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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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)
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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)


Leave No Trace Online Awareness Workshop

March 21

Join us from the comforts of your own home for a virtual Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop.  This course will help you maximize your enjoyment of the natural world while protecting it at the same time.  Join ADK’s Educational Staff via Zoom for a robust presentation of the Leave No Trace seven principles and a discussion of outdoor ethics.

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

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Map & Compass Fundamentals Online Workshop

February 23
March 9
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)

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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

The ADK Winter Mountaineering School is a non-profit volunteer group sponsored by the Adirondack Mountain Club that has been a leader in snow and ice expeditions across the northeast since 1954.  The purpose of the program is to promote enjoyable and successful winter mountaineering and camping through a learn-by-doing approach.  For the first time in over 60 years of instruction, the Winter School will deliver their content remotely during the 2020-2021 winter season.  The topics highlighted below will be conducted via the Zoom platform.

These online workshops are available to ADK Members at no additional charge.  Thank you for adapting with us as we strive to offer high-quality instruction during the pandemic.


Electronics in the Backcountry – FULL

JANUARY 27 at 8 p.m. EST

GPS, SPOT, cell phone, camera, Inreach, sat phone… The list goes on and grows every year.  The paradigm shift of the last few decades is noticed by everyone spending time in the wild over the last 50 years.  Where do you draw the line with technological comforts and safety in the backcountry?  Some factors to consider are the desires to escape the digital world, engaging in weight-conscious travel, and improving the margin of safety.  If you are 40 or over you might learn about a piece of technology or an app for your phone that you wished you had all these years in the mountains.  If you are 40 and under you might be inspired to try a trip without a device the next time.  This online workshop will be led by one or more Winter Mountaineering School volunteers.

Cost: FREE (active ADK Membership required).

A private Zoom link to join the course will be sent out 2 days in advance.

Please call 518-523-3441, ext. 1 to be put on the waitlist.


Advanced Trip Planning – FULL

FEBRUARY 3 at 8 p.m. EST

This class is designed for those who have already participated in the introductory trip planning class or those who have been planning three-season trips and want to learn more about what it takes to plan wintery adventures.  Cold-weather journeys can complicate group dynamics, put your gear to the test, and heighten our risk vs. reward decision making.  Participant management is paramount when the stakes are raised, and strong leadership is necessary to meet the demands of the wintery world.  This online workshop will be led by one or more experienced Winter Mountaineering School volunteers.

Cost: FREE (active ADK Membership required).

A private Zoom link to join the course will be sent out 2 days in advance.

Please call 518-523-3441, ext. 1 to be put on the waitlist.


Women in Mountaineering

FEBRUARY 10 at 8 p.m. EST

ADK’s Winter Mountaineering School has a group of amazing women who are strong in the mountains and they want to share their stories.  Please join the experienced leaders in the Winter School, including Christianne Dagenais, Aimee Heavey, Alysa Arnold, Amanda Carpenter and Michelle Corn Farrell, as they discuss past mountain trips, successes, and lessons learned.  Don’t miss the conversation with this motivational group!

Cost: FREE (active ADK Membership required).

A private Zoom link to join the course will be sent out 2 days in advance.

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Risk Management – FULL

FEBRUARY 17 at 8 p.m. EST

The goal of every trip into the wilderness is to have a great time and then be able to tell others all about it!  Getting back safely is paramount.  While a story that involves a search and rescue might make for an interesting press release, it’s not the best way to enjoy the outdoors.  During this session we will talk about how leaders can mitigate the hazards and risks associated with recreational activities through proactive management.  We will also discuss situational awareness and review some tips to help avoid the common traps that can affect both leaders and participants.  This online workshop will be led by one or more Winter Mountaineering School volunteers, Search and Rescue volunteers, and an ER doctor.

Cost: FREE (active ADK Membership required).

A private Zoom link to join the course will be sent out 2 days in advance.

Please call 518-523-3441, ext. 1 to be put on the waitlist.


Getting Started and Next Steps

FEBRUARY 24 at 8 p.m. EST

After a year filled with pandemic-related anxieties and economic volatility, this inspirational presentation will jolt us into dreaming big once again.  Please join our experienced instructors from the Winter Mountaineering School who have climbed everywhere from Alaska to Europe to South America as they show pictures, share stories, and highlight great places to begin your own lifelong mountaineering quest.  Sometimes the best place to start is right out our back door!  Learn about a few of the beautiful places around the world where you can take your mountaineering to the next level.  With a little imagination, while steadily building your own skill set, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to next.

Cost: FREE (active ADK Membership required).

A private Zoom link to join the course will be sent out 2 days in advance.

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Making and Modifying Gear – FULL

MARCH 3 at 8 p.m. EST

Have you ever put a small rip in a jacket, a sleeping bag, or a tent?  Don’t let the initial anxiety of damaged gear items overwhelm you.  Instead, take a deep breath.  With a little bit of ingenuity and effort, you’ll be refurbishing and fixing those common gear mishaps in no time!  From simple sewing kits to various adhesive tapes, some creative solutions are easier than you may think.  Take it to the next level and turn a pile of raw fabrics and notions into your very own homemade backpack or even a new sleeping system.  Learning how to create your own homemade gear and mending items on the fly can be a liberating outdoor skillset.  This online workshop will be led by one or more Winter Mountaineering School volunteers.

Cost: FREE (active ADK Membership required).

A private Zoom link to join the course will be sent out 2 days in advance.

Please call 518-523-3441, ext. 1 to be put on the waitlist.


Introduction to Ski Mountaineering

MARCH 10 at 8 p.m. EST

Have you ever been at a ski resort and looked past the boundary signs and saw a mountain or a line that you wanted to explore?  Maybe you have been on a few mellow ski tours and wanted to take it to the next range in the distance?  Then this is the presentation for you!  Multi-day winter trips or larger mountaineering objectives can become more accessible via skis and splitboards.  Come join volunteers from the Winter Mountaineering School as they breakdown ski mountaineering into the basics of necessary equipment and discuss some of the specialty gear items that they use to be successful during their remote ski tour trips within the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.

Cost: FREE (active ADK Membership required).

A private Zoom link to join the course will be sent out 2 days in advance.

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Glaciology and Glacier Travel

MARCH 17 at 8 p.m. EST

Are you curious about topographical features like moraines, bergschrunds, and accumulation zones?  Are you interested in learning about how one traverses these dynamic landscapes via Prusiks, pickets, and pulley systems?  If you’ve been successful climbing non-glaciated areas, then maybe it’s time to start planning for the bigger mountains that involve snow travel.  Learn about the anatomy of a glacier and all the new gear required to move safely across these icy landscapes.  Please join volunteers from the Winter Mountaineering School as they discuss what they have learned over the years about traveling on a glacier.  Topics will include rope skills, a conversation regarding snow safety, which mountains to start with, and how to pick the right partners to learn these new skills with.

Cost: FREE (active ADK Membership required).

A private Zoom link to join the course will be sent out 2 days in advance.

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