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Wilderness First Aid Workshop 2014

Wilderness First Aid Workshop Report

Submitted by Bruce Tehan

The Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondak Mountain Club recently facilitated a Wilderness First Aid Workshop. The workshop had an online component and a hands-on session which took place on March 9th 2014. The workshop was open to both members and nonmembers of ADK. ADK members received a partial reimbursement for the class.

The class was taught by National Safety Council Instructor, Holger Stave,

Perinton Volunteer Ambulance graciously allowed the workshop to take place at their facilities.

Please join GVC-ADK in thanking Perinton Volunteer Ambulance, Holger Stave, and the students for making the workshop a success!

Next Meeting --May 14, 2014

Presentation 7:30 pm: "Peak Experiences" by Carol & Dave White

Our presenters for the May ADK program are Carol and Dave White, both long-time Winter 46ers, who have hiked extensively in the mountains in the northeast and climbed eight of Colorado’s 14,000-footers. They will be sharing their "peak experiences" and photos from the Adirondacks, Catskill, and New England mountains. Carol has compiled stories and edited a number of books that members may have on their book shelf such as Adirondack Peak Experiences, Catskill Peak Experiences, Women with Altitude, Peak Experiences, and others. ADK asked the Whites to write Catskill Day Hikes for all Seasons and with from 2001-2003 they measured 350 miles of trails to edit ADK's guide Catskill Trails. The 4th edition came out last summer, for which they helped create the Catskill Park National Geographic Trails Map for the guidebook. The Whites joke that the guidebooks they wrote are "what to do" books and Carol's anthologies are "what not to do" books, and their discussion will include stories of their experiences, including serious frostbite, and those of others included in Carol's anthologies.

Program Champion: Jim Kennard

Workshop 6:30 pm: Building Wood strip Canoes

Presented by Laird Smith

Are you interested in building your own wood strip canoe? Have you started building your own canoe already and are looking for some extra tips? Do you just admire fine craftsmanship? If so, then we have a workshop for you! Laird Smith will be on hand offering information on the construction of these beautiful boats. For more information about wood strip canoes check out the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association’s website at

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Call for Nominations for the 2014 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 2014” 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 2014 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.

This year, the selection committee consists of the following Chapter members:

Bruce Tehan
Jeff Patterson
Grace Fuller
Jack Schroeder
Shirley Thomas
Jackson Thomas
Nancy Donny
Donna Dinse
Deni Charpentier
Al Bushnell

Nominations forms may be obtained at or from any member of the selection committee, and must be submitted to any member of the selection committee by May 1, 2014.

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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