Adirondack Mountaineering Staff Trip
Over the February break, in what is now becoming an annual tradition, seven COE Instructors headed north to the Adirondack Mountains to learn about traveling through what some will argue might be the most beautiful part of New York. Led by Instructor Anna Cook and Coordinator Rob Cook, they learned the finer points of snowshoe and crampon use in the mountains, and how to keep warm in extreme conditions. The temperatures this year were not as extreme as years past, but the wind was out in full force. T-shirts and bare hands were abundant down in the woods, but above the tree line, everyone bundled up against the strong winds and carefully placed their steps. Clear skies allowed for seeing great distances from summits and ample photo opportunities. Trips like these give Instructors the opportunity to learn advanced skills, build deeper relationships with each other, gain new experiences and have some fun together. This trip was no different and the beauty of the Adirondacks combined with a great crew of COE Instructors made for a truly memorable experience.