winter view
Winter view from Street

One of the benefits of leading and instructing hikes and workshops for the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) are the enthusiastic and energetic people that you get to meet.  One of those enthusiastic participants is Kevin Martin.  The following is his take on the experience that he has had on ADK’s education programs. -Seth Jones

My experience with Adirondack Mountain Club’s (ADK) Education Department has been a positive one.  My first experience with them was a winter guided hike up Esther Mt., a “trailless peak” at the shoulder of Whiteface Mountain.  The trip was led by two of ADK’s staff, Ryan Doyle and Seth Jones.  Unfortunately, that day did not go well for me due to poor nutrition and preparation on my part.  I decided that I needed to turn around and head back to the car after the leg cramps set in.  This didn’t deter me though.  Two days later I was rewarded with a great hike up Street and Nye that Ryan and Seth once again led.  The white-coated trees, deep blue sky and bright sun made it a perfect winter hike.

I have also been on some of ADK’s summer trips.  My trip up MacNaughton Peak might be the most memorable.  MacNaughton was a challenge but it was well worth the effort.  Seth was the guide on that trip and he did a fantastic job getting us all there and back in one piece.  The last section of the peak is trailless and excellent map and compass skills are important for getting to the summit and back.  As a result of that experience, when I received the fall issue of Adirondac magazine and saw that there was an offering for a Map and Compass course I decided I should probably take one.  I look forward to taking it this weekend.

The other workshop I signed myself and my fiancée up for was Introduction to Backcountry Snowshoeing with Ryan.  My fiancée Tina had never been on snowshoes before and she really enjoyed it.  We not only went over some of the techniques of snowshoeing but the importance of planning ahead before you even head out the door.  We had a great time hiking through the snow that day.

I am looking forward to more workshops and guided trips with ADK’s Education Department in the future.  I also look forward to more stays at the Adirondak Loj with great company and yummy meals.

You can view the full list of ADK’s education programs here.