Skills Workshops

List of Current Workshops

Adirondack Pack Baskets at Heart Lake
November 30

Create your own traditional Adirondack Pack Basket with the owner of Adirondack Basketcase, Shea Farrell Carr. During this full-day course, Shea 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: $150 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and use of materials.

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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

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 Fundamentals
December 21
January 20

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 Winter 46 High Peaks Workshop
December 15
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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Wilderness First Aid
December 7-8 **FULL – call reservations at 518-523-3441 to be placed on a wait list**
January 4-5

These intensive courses with Wilderness Medical Associates teach students how to deal with medical emergencies when they are miles from help. The classes combine hands-on wilderness medicine scenarios and with patient assessment, through which students will become certified in Wilderness First Aid and Basic Life Support/Healthcare Provider-level CPR.  Time will be spent both inside the classroom and in the outdoors.

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 15-17

This intensive three-day Open Recertification workshop is open to graduates of any wilderness-based first aid training course that was at least 64 hours long and completed within 3 years of the proposed recertification option.  Qualified students will be reintroduced to hands-on patient assessment scenarios in a wilderness setting.  Successful graduates of this course will recertify their Wilderness Medical Associates’ Wilderness First Responder, renew their Basic Life Support/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certification, and will be certified to treat anaphylaxis through epinephrine administration.  Wilderness Medical Associates’ WEMT graduates with a current EMT-B or Paramedic certificate may also recertify the wilderness portion of their WEMT with this course.

Cost: $375 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and materials.
Package: $565 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction, materials, meals, and lodging for 3 nights in ADK’s Yurt Village.

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5-Day Wilderness First Responder
December 11-15

This is an intensive five-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.  Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the ideal medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas.  The curriculum is comprehensive, yet practical.  It includes the essential principles and skills required to manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.  Students who successfully complete the course will receive the Wilderness Medical Associates’ Wilderness First Responder certification, Healthcare Provider-level CPR certification including the use of medical oxygen and AED, and will be certified to treat anaphylaxis through epinephrine administration.

Cost: $625 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction and materials.
Package: $940 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction, materials, meals, and lodging for 5 nights in ADK’s Yurt Village.

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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

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