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Eisenhart Auditorium
Rochester Museum and Science Center
657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY

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Our monthly meetings are open to the public

Our monthly meetings are open to the public. Non-members are cordially invited to attend.

Our meetings are educational and entertaining. You will hear about future activities and have the opportunity to talk to active members (they are friendly) and ask questions about the club. The meetings are free to all. Come check us out.  

Meeting cancellations due to inclement weather will be announced here on our website (, on our information line (585-987-1717), on, and on WHAM 1180 AM radio.

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ASL Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

A sign language interpreter is available upon request for the deaf and HOH at this month's meeting. Please contact The request must be received one week before the Chapter Meeting.

Adirondack Mountain Club - Genesee Valley Chapter (ADK-GVC) Presenter and Champion Information   

Upcoming Meetings 

February 2016


7:30PM – Eisenhart Auditorium, Rochester Museum and Science Center

Mountain of Destiny: The German
Assault on Nanga Parbat, 1934-1953
Presented by Stewart Weaver

Of all the great Himalayan peaks, none has a more dramatic climbing history than Nanga Parbat, the great western anchor of the range and the world’s ninth-highest mountain. In this generously illustrated presentation drawn from his book, “Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering” (winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for History, 2008), Stewart Weaver, Professor of History at the University of Rochester, will introduce his audience both to the mountain itself — its location and geophysical features — and to its remarkable history, focusing especially on German efforts to climb it for Führer and Fatherland in the 1930s. For the National Socialist state, no cost was too high for the honor of claiming a great Himalayan peak, and so disaster followed on disaster until Nanga Parbat had seized the national imagination and become for the Germans their Schicksalsberg, their “mountain of destiny.” 
In this return visit to the Eisenhart Auditorium, Professor Weaver will situate the German obsession with Nanga Parbat in the wider context of the history of Himalayan mountaineering more generally and review the social, political, and cultural circumstances from which it emerged. He will introduce the audience to a memorable cast of characters including A.F. Mummery, the great English climber who went missing on Nanga Parbat in 1895; Willo Welzenbach and Willi Merkl, leaders of the disastrously failed German expeditions of the 1930s; Heinrich Harrer, whose famous “seven years in Tibet” began on Nanga Parbat; and Hermann Buhl, the great Austrian climber who finally climbed the great peak to its summit in 1953. He will also discuss the Bhotia and Sherpa contribution to successive efforts on Nanga Parbat and describe the ways in which this great mountain’s tragic history influenced the overall purpose and design of Himalayan expeditions.
Champion: Grace Fuller

February Workshop


Which way should I go?  Using a compass … Part 2

This month’s workshop is part 2 of a 3-part-workshop focusing on how to use a compass.  Last month Barb Brenner presented how to use magnetic north to take and use a bearing.  This month, we will work with a map, learning how to use true north to take and use a bearing.  True north is used as the “north” on topo maps.  Bring your compass to the workshop. It is a tool for measuring a bearing, the angle between north and the direction we want to go in. 

Next month’s workshop – Learn how to use a bearing taken with either magnetic north or true north and to use it with the other “north”.   This workshop focuses on declination, the angle between magnetic north and true north, and how to adjust for it. 

If you would like a copy of the slides from the 1/13/2016 "Compass - Part 1" workshop or have questions, feel free to email Barb Brenner

March 2016

Looking Ahead to March

The Heat Is On: The Effects of Modern Climate Change on Mountains

Presented by Benjamin Laabs

Modern climate change — especially rising temperatures — is affecting the Adirondacks as well as other mountains in the northeast and western U.S. From the decline in the snowfall and duration of winter to the rising tree-line elevation, or from warming mountain lakes or increased frequency of forest fires, climate changes significantly alter ecosystems and the physical landscapes of mountains. These changes can potentially affect the appeal of mountains for hiking and other recreational uses, the economic value of mountain environments, and the overall attitude toward conservation.

This presentation will include specific examples of the impacts of climate change in the Adirondacks and other mountains in the U.S., discussion of the effects of the current El Niño on North American climate and examples of preservation/conservation efforts (and the cost thereof) in federally-protected mountains.

Ben Laabs, Associate Professor and Chair of SUNY Geneseo’s Geological Sciences Department (and aspiring 46er), specializes in glacial geology, paleoclimate and geomorphology research. He also serves as Associate Editor for the Geological Society of America Bulletin.        Champion: Nancy Donny

Adirondack Mountain Club - Genesee Valley Chapter (ADK-GVC) Presenter and Champion Information    - information 

March 11, 2015

The videos of the March ADK meeting (3/11/2015) are available at the links below.

Workshop- March 11, 2015

Business Mtg-March 11, 2015

Main Presentation-March 11, 2015

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