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.


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.

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Intro to Rock Climbing

August 28

See the High Peaks from a new perspective by going vertical with an experienced rock climbing guide.  Learn the basics of tying in, belaying a partner, and top roping as we discuss climbing ethics at the base of a scenic 80’ wall.  All climbing equipment and instruction will be provided through a partnership with the Northwood School in Lake Placid, NY. www.northwoodschool.org/

Cost: $160 (members receive 10% discount); includes all climbing equipment and instruction.

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The Winter 46 High Peaks Workshop

October 2

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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Map & Compass Fundamentals

October 3
October 23

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

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Outdoor Leadership 101

October 16

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

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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 Winter Survival 101 Online Workshop

October 17

Join us from the comforts of your own home as we cover the essential winter survival skills: backcountry preparedness, snowshoeing basics, an introduction to map & compass navigation, shelter-building, avalanche awareness, fire-building, and water procurement.  We’ll also cover cold-weather injuries & illnesses, Leave No Trace backcountry skills & ethics for winter, and more!

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

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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