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Chapter Meeting: Wednesday, May 11
The Mountains are Beautiful – Everywhere
PRESENTED BY ALAN VIA
7:30PM – Eisenhart Auditorium, Rochester Museum and Science Center
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Alan Via is no stranger to the outdoor wilderness. As a youth Alan spent much of his spare time looking for new places to fish and explore. Early on he learned how to use a compass to navigate in the woods and studied topographical maps to plan hiking adventures. His initial training in land navigation was in the Boy Scouts and later on with the U.S. Army. In the early 1970s, and newly married, he and his wife, Barbara, outfitted themselves with Kelty frame packs, Sierra cups, Svea stoves, heavy hiking boots, and all the other regalia made popular in “The Complete Walker.” Alan and Barbara then set off backpacking together. They climbed their first peaks, beginning a lifelong love of hiking. As for gear, Alan built a double-sided gear wall in their basement that rivals what you’d see in your average small climbing shop.
Alan joined the Adirondack Mountain Club in his early twenties. He says that he is most fortunate to have come under the mentorship of some extraordinary trip leaders. Under their guidance, he learned to enjoy a walk in the woods and appreciate a hike for what it is without carrying a gun or a fishing rod. Very soon he was leading his own hikes into the Adirondack, Catskill, and White Mountains.
Alan has been a very active participant in the ADK Albany Chapter. He was the chairman of the Outings Committee for fourteen years responsible for assembling, on average, over two-hundred field trips per year. For nearly thirty years he has been an active committee chair and the Adirondack Mountain Club Insurance and Risk Management Chair since the 1980s. Since 2013 he has been the ADK Publication Chairman. Alan was named ADK’s Distinguished Volunteer of the Year in 2006.
In 1976 Alan became an Adirondack 46er and within few years completed the winter 46 and the Northeast 111. He has been a member of the Catskill 3500 Club since 1982 having hiked the 35 highest mountains in the Catskills in both the regular and winter seasons. Alan is one of only a very small group of individuals that have hiked both the Adirondack and Catskill 100 highest mountains. Currently Alan is just one mountain short of completing the Catskill 200 highest mountains and hopes to finish the New England Hundred Highest list in the near future. He has organized and led group hikes to the mountains of the Adirondacks since his Outing Chair days and still enjoys a western hiking trip at least once a year with friends. Alan started a hiking program for his local Y six years ago and leads trips to the Adirondacks and Catskills. When asked what he finds most interesting about leading, Alan feels it’s seeing the mountains through the eyes of people who haven’t been there before.
He is the author of “The Catskill 67: A Hiker's Guide to the Catskill 100 Highest Peaks under 3,500'” and has written hiking related articles for Adirondac, Adirondack Sports and Fitness, The Watershed Post and Spotlight papers. Alan is working on two new hiking guidebooks. One of which will be a guide to little known mountains in the Adirondacks and Catskills. Look for an upcoming Adirondac article Alan wrote about the Pisgahs, a pair of peaks in the former Gooley Club purchase. The fall issue of Adirondac will feature his article on a Little Buck-Buck Mountain traverse, peaks that are in the Lake George area.
Alan's presentation “The Mountains are Beautiful – Everywhere” is a photographic tour of mountain scenery and animals from the high terrain all over the world. Alan begins in the Adirondacks and Catskills, moves through Vermont, New Hampshire, Baxter Park before heading west to Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, Alaska, and the Sierras. Then he takes a detour to the Alps and Dolomites, heads down to New Zealand and Patagonia and finishes up in Iceland. The photographs are Alan’s and a number of his photographer friends.
Champion: Jim Kennard
Lightening Your Pack
Whether you are an avid backpacker looking to lighten your load so you can move faster or go farther, or you are an aspiring backpacker and feeling overwhelmed by the thought of trudging through the woods with a crushing pack, come join Genesee Valley Chapter Member and YM Trip Leader Patrick Ciervo for an informal discussion on how to slim down your pack and hike and camp comfortably. We’ll cover such topics as the role pre-trip planning plays, how to dual-use gear to carry less and demo some options in the world of ultralight gear.
Call for Nominations -- High Summit Honor Society
In order to succeed and survive, the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club relies almost exclusively on the volunteer efforts of its members. The High Summit Honor Society (HSHS), established in 2002, acknowledges those members of the Chapter whose volunteer efforts over many years have consistently exceeded all expectations in the advancement and promotion of the Club. At this time, we are seeking nominations of those individuals who will be inducted into the HSHS “Class of 2016” at the September Chapter meeting.
Any current member of the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club may nominate someone for HSHS membership. In order to be eligible for membership, the candidate must be a member (present or past) of the Chapter for a minimum of ten years. In accordance with the Chapter rules, election to the Class of 2016 will be made by a selection committee consisting of the current elected officers of the chapter, plus a maximum of four volunteers who have been Chapter members for at least five years and who are either a previous Chapter Chair, current or past member of the Chapter’s Executive Committee, or a member of the High Summit Honor Society.
A partial list of the selection committee is listed below:
Past Chair Jack Schroeder email@example.com
Chair Bill Lindenfelser Chair@adk-gvc.org
Vice Chair Annie Fogarty ViceChair@adk-gvc.org
Secretary Grace Fuller firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Peter Collinge email@example.com
Director Jackson Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org
Director Shirley Thomas email@example.com
Additional committee members will be announced in the May Geneseean.
Nominations forms may be obtained from the Chapter’s website:
http://www.adk-gvc.org/about/volunteer/hshs/hshs-nominations or from any member of the selection committee, and must be submitted to any member of the selection committee by June 1, 2016.
Note: If you have previously submitted a nomination for someone who has not been selected please feel free to update and resubmit that nomination.
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