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SUBMITTED by Rich Sensenbach, Adirondack Mountain Club (11-Oct-2010)

November Meeting of ADK's Genesee Valley Chapter on Wednesday, 10 November 2010

At the Eisenhart Auditorium, Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY

6:30 Workshop – Thatcher Hogan & Peak Finders

You may remember reading about Peak Finders in the Democrat & Chronicle last summer. This month you can come hear about it from Thatcher Hogan, the hiker who created Peak Finders. Thatcher will tell you where the idea came from, how it was put together and what's next!

7:30 Program – ADK Winter Mountaineering School - Experience the Fourth Season in the High Peaks

Would you like to learn new winter skills? Do you need to refine some existing skills? Are you looking to expand your three-season fun into the fourth season? ADK Winter Mountaineering School may be the place for you! The curriculum includes, but is not limited, to hydration and nutrition, winter ascent techniques, efficient gear use, route finding/navigation, and risk management and includes instruction in climbing steep terrain using crampons and ice axes and opportunities for above tree-line travel in winter.

The Adirondack Mountain Club has sponsored Winter Mountaineering School for over 50 years. Our purpose is to promote and teach safe winter mountaineering and camping techniques. We attempt to spend the majority of the time in the woods learning, practicing, and applying these techniques. Activities in most of the groups will include non-technical ascents of major peaks. Upon completion of the program, each participant will have been exposed to a wide range of complementary skills that allow safe travel and recreating in the best and worst northeastern winter conditions.

Len Pratt has attended the 2009 and 2010 ADK Winter Mountaineering School programs, is now a member of the school staff and was recently voted a member of the school advisory committee. He has been hiking and fly fishing the Adirondacks for 40 years. He and his best hiking partner (wife Mary) have logged many summer and winter miles throughout the Adirondacks as well as in the mountains of Arizona. While he enjoys bagging a high peak now and then, he prefers the solitude of more remote and less traveled trails.

This event is free and open to the public. The meeting is handicapped accessible and interpreters for the deaf are available by calling 394-5856 one week before the meeting. For more information, call the club hotline at 987-1717 or www.gvc-adk.org.

The Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club is the second largest chapter with almost 3,000 members. We offer local area hikes every weekend and events for all seasons as well. Event information is available at www.gvc-adk.org or by calling the chapter hotline at 987-1717.

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