Skills Workshops

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The Winter 46 High Peaks Workshop

January 4
February 10

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

Register Now  – Jan. 4
Register Now  – Feb. 10


Map & Compass Fundamentals

January 28
February 18
March 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.

Register Now – Jan. 28
Register Now – Feb. 18
Register Now – Mar. 13


Wilderness First Aid:

December 4-5

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, or $400 with meals and lodging for 2 nights

Register Now – December 4-5


5- Day Wilderness First Responder

December 8-12

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. (Lodging package sold out)

Register Now


Wilderness First Aid

April 9 – 10
May 7 – 8 

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: $299

Register Now – April 9 – 10
Register Now – May 7 – 8


Wilderness First Responder Recertification

March 18 – 20
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: $399

5-Day Wilderness First Responder

March 30 – April 3 
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: $725, or $1,040 with meals and lodging for 5 nights.

Backcountry Snowshoeing for Beginners

January 16
February 4
February 12

Snowshoes provide the opportunity to explore the serenity of the winter world.  We’ll spend a full day snowshoeing around the beautiful Heart Lake Program Center.  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 discuss the rich natural history of the region, 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.

Register Now (January 16)
Register Now (February 4)
Register Now (February 12)


ADK’s Winter Mountaineering School*

January 27–30        -OR-
January 27–February 2

For over 60 years ADK Members have ventured out into snowy High Peaks region with our experienced, all-volunteer Winter School staff to expand their winter recreation skills.

Join us on January 27th – 30th, 2022 for the Winter Mountaineering School Day Hike Course, Backpacking Course, or the Johns Brook Lodge Advanced Day Hike Course**.

Or, join us from January 27th – February 2nd for the week-long Winter Mountaineering School Day Hike and Backpacking “Combo” Course.

Cost: Variable from $400-$500, includes some combination of meals and lodging based on your course selection.

Register Now

*All participants must be ADK Members and must submit proof of a complete vaccination against COVID-19 during registration.
**Participants in the Advanced Day Hike Course require prior successful completion of any other Winter School course (Day Hike, Backpacking, or “Combo”).


Backcountry Skiing for Beginners

February 5

Skiing the wooded trails of the Adirondacks will always be a memorable experience.  Come spend a full day skiing the narrow trails and wide slopes across Heart Lake Program Center with a knowledgeable guide.  We’ll focus on safe winter travel and some basic techniques that will make backcountry skiing easier and more fun for you.  Backcountry skis are not provided and may need to be acquired well in advance.

Cost: $50 adults (members receive 10% discount)

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Advanced Map & Compass Winter Bushwhack

February 6
March 13

Bushwhacking through a wintery landscape can be a challenging, but rewarding journey.  For individuals with Map & Compass familiarity and snowshoe experience, this course is designed to put your skills into practice.  Novices are encouraged to complete ADK’s fundamental courses 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 snow.

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

Register Now (February 6)
Register Now (March 13)


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@dev.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 46 High Peaks Online Workshop

December 3
December 19

Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask about hiking the 46 High Peaks in New York State during the winter months.  Spend the day with an experienced hiking guide going over Winter 46 preparation, how to find each mountain’s route on the map, and how to combine peaks to increase winter travel efficiency.

Cost: $50 (members receive 10% discount); includes instruction

REGISTER NOW (December 3)
REGISTER NOW (December 19)


Winter Hiking 101 Online Workshop

January 5
January 18

Hiking in the wintertime is a wonderful way to experience the outdoors.  If you’re just getting started with cold-weather adventures, this primer course will cover the basics: where to go, what to bring, and how to do it!  Get all your questions answered as an ADK guide explains how to be successful during your snowy pursuits.

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

REGISTER NOW (January 5)
REGISTER NOW (January 18)


Map & Compass Fundamentals Online Workshop

December 5
January 9

This course offers an introduction to the fundamentals of map reading, identification of terrain features, compass use, and triangulation.  Once learned, these skills will enable participants to feel more confident with backcountry travel.

Cost: $80 (members receive 10% discount)

REGISTER NOW (December 5)
REGISTER NOW (January 9)


The Winter Survival 101 Online Workshop

December 17
January 8
January 14
January 19

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

REGISTER NOW (December 17)
REGISTER NOW (January 8)
REGISTER NOW (January 14)
REGISTER NOW (January 19)


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@dev.adk.org
518-523-3480, ext. 111