Skills Workshops

List of Current Workshops

American Canoe Association L1-L2 Essentials Touring Canoe Instructor Certification Workshop
June 15-17

This three-day certification program is designed for competent paddlers who want to teach others how to paddle safely and efficiently or for those who want to improve their own paddling skills.  This workshop is led by ACA certified Instructor Trainers and is ideal for those in the paddlesport industry, trip leaders, and other canoe enthusiasts.  ACA membership ($25/year) and affiliation with the ACA Safety Education Instruction Council ($35/year) are also required.

Cost: $600 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and use of equipment.

Package: $725 (members receive 10% discount); includes meals and lodging for two nights in ADK’s Education Yurt Village, instruction, and use of equipment.

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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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Backcountry Cooking 101
April 26

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 8

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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Leave No Trace Trainer
March 14-15
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
May 9-10
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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Map & Compass Fundamentals
January 20
April 19

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
April 25

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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The 46 High Peaks Workshop
April 18

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.  This workshop will answer all of your High Peak hiking questions.

Cost: $50 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and use of materials

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The Winter 46 High Peaks Workshop
January 25

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 Course
April 1-5

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 Aid
April 11-12
May 2-3

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 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and materials.
Package: $400 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction, materials, meals, and lodging for 2 nights in ADK’s Yurt Village.

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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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Winter Survival 101
January 11-12
January 18-19

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: $135 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction, materials, meals and lodging for 1 night.

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Winter Mountaineering School

The ADK Winter Mountaineering School is a volunteer-led, non-profit group sponsored by ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) that promotes winter mountaineering through educational courses taught in small classes with experienced instructors. Below are the programs available for Winter 2020. All except for the White Mountains trip take place in the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness. ADK membership is required to participate. Further information about the ADK Winter Mountaineering School can be found on their website.

Day Hikes: 4 days / $440 (FULL – call reservations at 518-523-3441 to be placed on a wait list)

Backpacking: 4 days / $390

Combination Day-Hikes & Backpacking: 7 days / $495

Advanced Day Hikes: 4 Days / $440

Winter Mountain Leadership: 4 days / $450

New Hampshire White Mountains Backpacking: 4 days / $375

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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
Phone: (518) 523-3480 ext. 111
mary@adk.org