Skills Workshops

List of Current Workshops

Adirondack Pack Baskets
FEBRUARY 16

Weave a traditional Adirondack pack pasket with Shae Carr of Adirondack Basket Case. During this full-day course, skilled craftsmen will take you through the step-by-step instruction to weave your own pack basket from start to “skids”.  You’ll leave at the end of the day with a beautiful basket and a smile on your face!
Cost: $125(members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and materials.
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Backcountry Snowshoeing for Beginners
FEBRUARY 9 (FULL)

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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The Winter 46 High Peaks Workshop
JANUARY 26

Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask about hiking the 46 High Peaks during the winter 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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The 46 High Peaks Workshop
April 7
June 1

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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Backcountry Cooking 101
APRIL 27

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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Fly Fishing 101
May 4-5

Fly Fishing 101 is a two-day fly fishing workshop for beginners (no experience necessary, but a valid NYS fishing license is required) that will address casting techniques, fly selection, fish identification, low-impact stewardship techniques and more.  The Adirondack Park is a premier fly fishing destination that draws thousands of fisherman each year from around the world.  During this course you will have the opportunity to learn to fish on beautiful Heart Lake, the West Branch Ausable River, and Marcy Brook while practicing Leave No Trace skills and ethics.
Cost: $125 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction.
Package: $275 (members receive 10% discount); includes instructions, meals, and lodging for 2 nights in the Adirondak Loj bunkroom.
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Map & Compass Bushwhack
May 11-12
September 28-29

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
APRIL 6
JULY 13

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
MARCH 23

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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5-Day Wilderness First Aid Responder
April 3-7

Wilderness First Responder 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 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and materials.
Package: $825 (members receive 10% discount off tuition); includes instruction, materials, meals, and lodging for 5 nights.
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Wilderness First Aid
March 30-31
May 4-5

These intense courses with Wilderness Medical Associates teach students how to deal with medical emergencies when they are miles from help. The classes offer hands-on scenarios and lecture structure, through which students will learn to assess patients and become certified in wilderness first aid, CPR, and anaphylaxis training. Class time will be spent both inside and out.
Cost: $275 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and materials.
Package: $375 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction, materials, meals, and lodging for 2 nights in ADK’s Yurt Village.
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ADK Winter Mountaineering School
NEW HAMPSHIRE WHITE MOUNTAINS WEEKEND DAY HIKE
ADK WEEKEND DAY HIKE
ADK WEEKEND BACKPACK (FULL)
ADK WEEKLONG COMBINATION HIKE/BACKPACK (FULL)
ADK ADVANCED DAY HIKE (FULL)

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

Tyler Socash, Outdoor Skills Coordinator
ADK
PO Box 867
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Phone: (518) 523-3480 ext. 20
skills@adk.org