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Weekend Workshop: Mountaineering

Weekend Workshop: Mountaineering

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Weekend Workshops

Learn mountaineering in the Adirondacks

This weekend is a perfect introduction to the sport of mountaineering for new climbers and a great refresher for those with experience. Your three days in the Adirondacks will include a discussion and demonstration of basic concepts before hitting the trails to put your skills into action. Day one will be split between indoor lessons and outside practice. Day two will involve the summitting of a Adirondack peak, drawing on your new knowledge to reach the goal as a team. Your final day will be your chance for review and questions before heading back to NYC, ready to start planning your next big mountain!

This workshop is ideal for anyone planning to climb technical mountains like Rainier, Mont Blanc, and Mount Washington in winter.

Topics covered:
  • General glacier travel
  • Preparing for weather and exposure
  • Team trust and expectations
  • Equipment needs and use
  • Crampon use
  • Alpine knots
  • Tying in and working on a rope team
  • Alpine belaying
  • Snow anchors
  • Avalanche awareness.


Meet the team on the southeast corner of 76th Street and Broadway at 6:00 AM for a 6:15 AM departure
Arrive in the Adirondaks in the afternoon after lunch stop
Hike with gear to lodge (3 miles)
Outdoor gear demo
Indoor lessons with dinner
Evening at John's Brook Lodge.
Skills review
Attempt Big Slide Summit, field practice
Dinner and evening at John's Brook Lodge
Morning review and final questions
Hike back to trailhead with gear
Depart for home, lunch stop
Return to New York City by 8:00 PM


Roundtrip transportation from New York City
Professional instruction and guiding
Meals from Dinner Saturday through Breakfast Monday
Two nights lodging in backcountry lodge
All equipment and gear rentals

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Lodging for this workshop is at Johns Brook Lodge in the Adirondack High Peak Region. John's Brook is a backcountry lodge that is accessed by a three mile hike. Nights will be spent in shared, co-ed bunkrooms. Linens are not provided so a sleeping bag is required, though there are wool blankets for added warmth. There is a large dining room and living room area with a stone fireplace where guests eat meals, play games, share hiking stories, and relax after their day’s adventure. During the winter caretaker season there are bathrooms with vault toilets, but there is no running water. JBL is a Carry In, Carry Out facility. Please be prepared to pack out all of your own trash.

Pack List

  • Snowshoes and microspikes (included)
  • Mountaineering boots, ice axe, and crampons (can be rented for additional fee at checkout)
  • Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees (can be rented for additional fee at checkout)
  • Alpine or rock climbing harness
  • 3 locking carabiners
  • 3 non-locking carabiners
  • 30 feet of 6 mm cord
  • Backpack (40-65 L) and pack cover *Please note you will have to carry all gear to camp
  • Trekking or ski poles
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Gaiters
  • Heavy wool hiking socks (multiple pairs)
  • Base layer, top (synthetic, wicking long sleeve shirt)
  • Base layer, bottom (synthetic long pants, like running tights)
  • Waterproof winter hiking / ski pants
  • Heavy mid layers (fleece, puffy jacket)
  • Down coat or insulated parka
  • Waterproof, windproof shell jacket
  • Warm hat
  • Warm gloves (2 pairs)
  • Headlamp
  • Neck warmer/balaclava
  • Hand and feet warmers
  • Ski goggles our mountaineering sunglasses
  • 3 1-liter water bottles (avoid camelbacks or bladders as they freeze easily)
  • Toiletries
  • High-protein snacks
  • Warm clothes for the lodge
  • Comfortable shoes for the lodge
  • Notebook and pen
  • Additional batteries for phone

Weekend Workshops

Weekends aren't just for all day brunch and binge watching TV anymore. Make the most of your Saturdays and Sundays by spending the weekend outdoors, learning a new skill.

Weekend workshops combine hiking and camping with a chance to work with the experts on topics like backpacking, primitive skills, or mindfulness. With the support of your group and seasoned DO guides, you'll be encouraged to explore new things while enjoying the peacefulness of a weekend outside of the city.