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Program #17409RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Highest elevation reached would be approx. 2,876 ft. Total elevation gain most days is about 700'.

Equipment Requirements
Hiking boots and appropriate hiking gear including a day pack required for participation in the program. Outerwear should be synthetic or wool for your comfort (nylon, polypro, fleece, etc). Avoid cotton. REQUIRED ITEMS: __ Sturdy hiking shoes (comfortable & broken-in) __ Rain gear (jacket & pants) __ Day pack w/ shoulder straps __ Water bottle(s) SUGGESTED ITEMS: __ Socks (plus a spare pair) __ Base layer top & bottoms ("long johns") __ Nylon shorts __ Lightweight long pants __ T-Shirt (short or long sleeve) __ Sweater (insulating layer) __ Sun protection (sunglasses, hat, sunscreen) __ Bug repellent __ Lip balm __ Bandana __ Trekking poles __ Camera/batteries __ Binoculars __ Field journal (for sketching in the field) __ Pencil & notepad __ Field guides Select clothing items based on expected weather conditions but be prepared to spend time outdoors in any weather. Day packs available for loan at no charge.

Itinerary for May 5 — May 10, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: The current Adirondak Loj, built in 1927, has space for forty guests in a combination of private rooms, family bunk rooms, and a co-ed loft. Delicious home-cooked meals, with homemade breads and soups, are served in our rustic dining room. The comfortable living room with its stone fireplace is perfect for recounting the day's adventures or just relaxing with a book from our Adirondack library.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 867
Adirondak Loj Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946 USA
phone: 518-523-3441
web: www.adk.org/ad_loj/

Room amenities: Dresser, mirrors, lamp, and chair. We provide all linens including a blanket, pillow, and towel.

Facility amenities: - Telephones and televisions are not provided in the Loj. However, for the convenience of our guests there is a pay phone located at the front entrance of the Loj. - Hot drinks are complimentary for Loj guests, and are available in the living room. - Linens and towels are provided for all of our rooms. - Bathrooms and showers are shared for all of our rooms. - Vegetarian Meals and some special meals can be served. To prepare them, we do need to know at least 24 hours in advance. We also need to know what can be eaten as well as what is to be avoided. e.g. yes dairy and eggs, no poultry or fish. - Soda may be purchased anytime. Beer/Wine is served from a half hour before dinner to 8:00 p.m. only. Selections and prices are listed on each dining room table. You are allowed to bring your own alcohol to the Loj. However due to state law you cannot bring your own alcohol into our dining room. - Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. - A Loj Sitter (ADK staff member) is on property each night from 8:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., and is available in case of an emergency or serious problem. A property map with directions is posted nightly at the front desk. - The High Peaks Information Center (HPIC), operated by the ADK, is located at the head of the parking lot. The building is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. There are two showers and restrooms, information panels on the walls and maps. There is a small store which has ski and snowshoe rentals, snacks, books, maps and assorted hiking gear. The ADK staff person operating the store is also there to advise you about hiking and skiing, and help you with most of your questions. Please ask a staff person for the store hours.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: The bathrooms are shared in the Loj. There is a men's room with showers and a ladies room with showers.


Day One: Sunday, May 05 -
Arrive To: Check-in between 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Afternoon: Welcome and Orientation. Tour Adirondack Mountain Club’s Adirondak Loj and the Heart Lake Program Center property, and get an overview of the week's activities.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:15 p.m. in Adirondack Mountain Club’s ADK Loj.

Lodging: The Adirondack Loj

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The current Adirondak Loj, built in 1927, has space for forty guests in a combination of private rooms, family bunk rooms, and a co-ed loft. Delicious home-cooked meals, with homemade breads and soups, are served in our rustic dining room. The comfortable living room with its stone fireplace is perfect for recounting the day's adventures or just relaxing with a book from our Adirondack library.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 867
Adirondak Loj Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946 USA
phone: 518-523-3441
web: www.adk.org/ad_loj/

Room amenities: Dresser, mirrors, lamp, and chair. We provide all linens including a blanket, pillow, and towel.

Facility amenities: - Telephones and televisions are not provided in the Loj. However, for the convenience of our guests there is a pay phone located at the front entrance of the Loj. - Hot drinks are complimentary for Loj guests, and are available in the living room. - Linens and towels are provided for all of our rooms. - Bathrooms and showers are shared for all of our rooms. - Vegetarian Meals and some special meals can be served. To prepare them, we do need to know at least 24 hours in advance. We also need to know what can be eaten as well as what is to be avoided. e.g. yes dairy and eggs, no poultry or fish. - Soda may be purchased anytime. Beer/Wine is served from a half hour before dinner to 8:00 p.m. only. Selections and prices are listed on each dining room table. You are allowed to bring your own alcohol to the Loj. However due to state law you cannot bring your own alcohol into our dining room. - Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. - A Loj Sitter (ADK staff member) is on property each night from 8:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., and is available in case of an emergency or serious problem. A property map with directions is posted nightly at the front desk. - The High Peaks Information Center (HPIC), operated by the ADK, is located at the head of the parking lot. The building is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. There are two showers and restrooms, information panels on the walls and maps. There is a small store which has ski and snowshoe rentals, snacks, books, maps and assorted hiking gear. The ADK staff person operating the store is also there to advise you about hiking and skiing, and help you with most of your questions. Please ask a staff person for the store hours.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: The bathrooms are shared in the Loj. There is a men's room with showers and a ladies room with showers.


Day Two: Monday, May 06 - Adirondack Mountain Club Presentation
Breakfast: Breakfast served buffet-style from 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.

Morning: 9:00 a.m. Begin hike around Heart Lake and up Mt. Jo. Mt. Jo is a small mountain located on our property that offers exceptional views of the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Although small in stature, Mt. Jo provides an excellent sample of what it’s like to climb some of the bigger mountains, as the trail passes through several distinct forest types on its way to the summit. The day will consist of an interpretive walk/talk focused on the topic of Forest Succession.

Lunch: Pack-out bag lunch at the summit.

Afternoon: Descend Mt. Jo via the Long Trail. Complete circumnavigation of Heart Lake. Option to continue hiking on property trails.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:15 p.m. in Adirondack Mountain Club’s ADK Loj.

Evening: 8:00p.m. "The History of Heart Lake" slideshow presentation.

Lodging: The Adirondack Loj

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The current Adirondak Loj, built in 1927, has space for forty guests in a combination of private rooms, family bunk rooms, and a co-ed loft. Delicious home-cooked meals, with homemade breads and soups, are served in our rustic dining room. The comfortable living room with its stone fireplace is perfect for recounting the day's adventures or just relaxing with a book from our Adirondack library.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 867
Adirondak Loj Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946 USA
phone: 518-523-3441
web: www.adk.org/ad_loj/

Room amenities: Dresser, mirrors, lamp, and chair. We provide all linens including a blanket, pillow, and towel.

Facility amenities: - Telephones and televisions are not provided in the Loj. However, for the convenience of our guests there is a pay phone located at the front entrance of the Loj. - Hot drinks are complimentary for Loj guests, and are available in the living room. - Linens and towels are provided for all of our rooms. - Bathrooms and showers are shared for all of our rooms. - Vegetarian Meals and some special meals can be served. To prepare them, we do need to know at least 24 hours in advance. We also need to know what can be eaten as well as what is to be avoided. e.g. yes dairy and eggs, no poultry or fish. - Soda may be purchased anytime. Beer/Wine is served from a half hour before dinner to 8:00 p.m. only. Selections and prices are listed on each dining room table. You are allowed to bring your own alcohol to the Loj. However due to state law you cannot bring your own alcohol into our dining room. - Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. - A Loj Sitter (ADK staff member) is on property each night from 8:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., and is available in case of an emergency or serious problem. A property map with directions is posted nightly at the front desk. - The High Peaks Information Center (HPIC), operated by the ADK, is located at the head of the parking lot. The building is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. There are two showers and restrooms, information panels on the walls and maps. There is a small store which has ski and snowshoe rentals, snacks, books, maps and assorted hiking gear. The ADK staff person operating the store is also there to advise you about hiking and skiing, and help you with most of your questions. Please ask a staff person for the store hours.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: The bathrooms are shared in the Loj. There is a men's room with showers and a ladies room with showers.


Day Three: Tuesday, May 07 - Adirondack Mountain Club Presentation
Breakfast:

Morning: 9:00 a.m. Begin hike to Marcy Dam and Avalanche Pass. The trail to Marcy Dam is the one of the main gateways of the High Peaks Wilderness, and as such, is the most popular trailhead in New York State – provides great views of Marcy Pond/Brook, and in close proximity to major mountain ranges. The Avalanche Pass trail runs through a deep gorge to Avalanche Lake, a beautiful body of water nestled between high cliff walls. This rugged trail provides an up close look at one of the most pristine areas in the Adirondack Park. Photographic opportunities abound.

Lunch:

Afternoon: Return hike to Adirondak Loj via Old Marcy Dam Trail.

Dinner:

Evening: 8:00 p.m. "Natural History of the Adirondacks" slideshow presentation.

Lodging: The Adirondack Loj

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The current Adirondak Loj, built in 1927, has space for forty guests in a combination of private rooms, family bunk rooms, and a co-ed loft. Delicious home-cooked meals, with homemade breads and soups, are served in our rustic dining room. The comfortable living room with its stone fireplace is perfect for recounting the day's adventures or just relaxing with a book from our Adirondack library.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 867
Adirondak Loj Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946 USA
phone: 518-523-3441
web: www.adk.org/ad_loj/

Room amenities: Dresser, mirrors, lamp, and chair. We provide all linens including a blanket, pillow, and towel.

Facility amenities: - Telephones and televisions are not provided in the Loj. However, for the convenience of our guests there is a pay phone located at the front entrance of the Loj. - Hot drinks are complimentary for Loj guests, and are available in the living room. - Linens and towels are provided for all of our rooms. - Bathrooms and showers are shared for all of our rooms. - Vegetarian Meals and some special meals can be served. To prepare them, we do need to know at least 24 hours in advance. We also need to know what can be eaten as well as what is to be avoided. e.g. yes dairy and eggs, no poultry or fish. - Soda may be purchased anytime. Beer/Wine is served from a half hour before dinner to 8:00 p.m. only. Selections and prices are listed on each dining room table. You are allowed to bring your own alcohol to the Loj. However due to state law you cannot bring your own alcohol into our dining room. - Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. - A Loj Sitter (ADK staff member) is on property each night from 8:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., and is available in case of an emergency or serious problem. A property map with directions is posted nightly at the front desk. - The High Peaks Information Center (HPIC), operated by the ADK, is located at the head of the parking lot. The building is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. There are two showers and restrooms, information panels on the walls and maps. There is a small store which has ski and snowshoe rentals, snacks, books, maps and assorted hiking gear. The ADK staff person operating the store is also there to advise you about hiking and skiing, and help you with most of your questions. Please ask a staff person for the store hours.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: The bathrooms are shared in the Loj. There is a men's room with showers and a ladies room with showers.


Day Four: Wednesday, May 08 -
Breakfast:

Morning: 9:00 a.m. Transport to Paul Smith's Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC). 10:00 a.m. Hike at the Paul Smith’s VIC to Black & Long Ponds. This walk travels through well-maintained paths created especially for natural interpretation. The area offers an array of walks of various distances and times through a variety of ecosystems. Black Pond & Long Pond trail meanders through a mixed hardwood forest around two glacial ponds. Loons have been known to nest along the shoreline. This area has abundant wildlife including white-tailed deer, coyotes, black bears, and more. The terrain is flat to rolling and the tread of the trail is easy underfoot. There are numerous benches and lean-tos (shelters) serving as comfortable rest points, as well as many scenic photo opportunities.

Lunch:

Afternoon: Continue walk through Paul Smith's Visitor Interpretive Center trails and view interior exhibits. 3:00 p.m. Return transport to Adirondak Loj 4:00 p.m. Free time

Dinner:

Evening: 8:00 p.m. "Adirondack Flora & Fauna" slideshow presentation.

Lodging: The Adirondack Loj

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: The current Adirondak Loj, built in 1927, has space for forty guests in a combination of private rooms, family bunk rooms, and a co-ed loft. Delicious home-cooked meals, with homemade breads and soups, are served in our rustic dining room. The comfortable living room with its stone fireplace is perfect for recounting the day's adventures or just relaxing with a book from our Adirondack library.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 867
Adirondak Loj Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946 USA
phone: 518-523-3441
web: www.adk.org/ad_loj/

Room amenities: Dresser, mirrors, lamp, and chair. We provide all linens including a blanket, pillow, and towel.

Facility amenities: - Telephones and televisions are not provided in the Loj. However, for the convenience of our guests there is a pay phone located at the front entrance of the Loj. - Hot drinks are complimentary for Loj guests, and are available in the living room. - Linens and towels are provided for all of our rooms. - Bathrooms and showers are shared for all of our rooms. - Vegetarian Meals and some special meals can be served. To prepare them, we do need to know at least 24 hours in advance. We also need to know what can be eaten as well as what is to be avoided. e.g. yes dairy and eggs, no poultry or fish. - Soda may be purchased anytime. Beer/Wine is served from a half hour before dinner to 8:00 p.m. only. Selections and prices are listed on each dining room table. You are allowed to bring your own alcohol to the Loj. However due to state law you cannot bring your own alcohol into our dining room. - Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. - A Loj Sitter (ADK staff member) is on property each night from 8:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., and is available in case of an emergency or serious problem. A property map with directions is posted nightly at the front desk. - The High Peaks Information Center (HPIC), operated by the ADK, is located at the head of the parking lot. The building is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. There are two showers and restrooms, information panels on the walls and maps. There is a small store which has ski and snowshoe rentals, snacks, books, maps and assorted hiking gear. The ADK staff person operating the store is also there to advise you about hiking and skiing, and help you with most of your questions. Please ask a staff person for the store hours.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: The bathrooms are shared in the Loj. There is a men's room with showers and a ladies room with showers.


Day Five: Thursday, May 09 -
Breakfast:

Morning: 9:00 a.m. Begin hike to Mt, Van Hoevenberg. This hike is flat as it passes through a large coniferous plantation and into a mature hardwood forest, at the end of which is a large beaver meadow. Climbing begins up a long, gradual ridgeline and ascends to a rocky overlook with expansive views of the surrounding mountains and forests.

Lunch:

Afternoon: Descend over the north side of the mountain to view the bobsled run at the Olympic Sports Complex. Return via the same route.

Dinner:

Evening: 8:00 p.m. "Celebration of Wildness – History of the Adirondack Park" slideshow presentation

Lodging: The Adirondack Loj

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 10 -
Breakfast: Breakfast served buffet-style from 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.

Morning: 9:00 a.m. Closing debrief, review and summary session.

Lunch: Lunch is included at the ADK Loj. Program ends after lunch.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
8 Hands-on experiences

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