Tuesday, December 9th
Set up for potluck: 6pm
Potluck Dinner: 6:30 – 7:45
General Meeting 7:45 – 9:00
77 Washington Highway, Snyder  Amherst Community Church
NOTE: Please park in rear and enter through back door


Presented by Aaron Slosman and Len Pratt

The ADK Winter Mountaineering School is non-profit group that has been sponsored for 61 years by the Adirondack Mountain Club. The program educates and promotes enjoyable winter mountaineering and camping through a learn-by-doing approach. “Past participants have included three-season hikers and backpackers looking to expand their skills to include winter hiking and camping. Others are more experienced skiers and winter mountaineers who wish to refine their skills. Our friendly, experienced, all-volunteer staff, and pricing make the ADK Winter Mountaineering School the best value in the Northeast for learning winter skills. We offer day trip, weekend and week-long backpacking options.”

If you are interested in attending ADK Winter Mountaineering School workshops, our local chapter offers scholarships (see below). Several program options take place in the Adirondacks between 1/29/15 and 2/4 15 (see adk.org for details). If you do not attend the workshop, it is still invigorating to learn about these winter wilderness opportunities.

Aaron Slosman is an ADK member and has been an Instructor at the ADK Winter School for four years.  He is a four-season backpacker/camper and also enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, cross country and downhill skiing, and paddling. He also mentors Boy Scouts on high adventure programs, and gives leadership training to adult volunteers.

Len Pratt is also an ADK member and WMS Instructor, and has enjoyed hiking, backpacking, hunting and fishing the Adirondacks for the past 45 years. He is also President of the Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue Team that provides DEC search support in Western NY and the Adirondacks.

Review of the November Program with Jason Briner, PhD 

An engaged audience of 82 was transported to the Arctic under the guidance of our excellent December speaker Jason Briner, Greenland Ice sheet researcher and Associate Professor from the UB Geology Department. Jason’s fascinating presentation was well suited for our diverse audience, with breathtaking photos artfully mixed with short videos, cutting edge research and captivating stories about working in the Arctic.

Jason’s talk was educational and inspiring. He explained why the Arctic is warming at a faster rate than the rest of the planet, and gave a factual overview on global warming and rising sea levels. He shared the details of his personal journey into glacier research, and through his stories Jason conveyed the attraction of carrying out innovative and exciting research.  We learned about the requirements and demands of doing research in the Arctic, like being transported in an Air Force C-130 plane and local helicopter, and the feeling of serenity once your means of transportation departs. Jason conveyed the simplicity and joys of the group dynamic focused on a common research goal, and the challenges of staying warm and coping with the elements. It was impressive to hear about their creative and yummy food options despite the harsh climate setting.

We are grateful to Jason for sharing his time and experiences with us for this extremely enriching and exhilarating evening.

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