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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.

For more club information please call the information line at: (585) 987-1717.

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 

May Meeting

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

May Workshop

6:30pm Workshop

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.

Compass Workshop Information


Which way should I go?  Using a compass … 

Barb Brenner presented 3 workshops on how to use a compass.

If you would like a copy of the slides from either Part 1 or Part 2 or Part 3 also (posted below) of this workshop or have questions, feel free to email Barb Brenner at

Presentation pdf  Part 1

Presentation ppt Part 1

Presentation pdf  part 2

Presentation ppt  part 2

Presentation pdf part 3

Presentation ppt  part 3

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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