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Name: Virginia Boyle Traver
Albany chapter leader since: 2006
Your typical outings: Hiking, snowshoeing
Typical difficulty: C+ and B
Favorite season for outings: Year-round
Favorite place for outings: Southern Adirondacks & Berkshires
Why you lead outings: I like to share my favorite places with others, and I meet great people!
Experience/Education/Certifications: I have been ADK Outings Chair for the Albany Chapter since 2007, and on the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club since 2006. I expect to finish hiking the 46 Adirondack High Peaks in 2015. I have Red Cross First Aid and CPR training.



Name: Tom Hart
Albany chapter leader since: 2011, though few people remember that the first outings I led for the chapter were paddles in 1984.
Your typical outings: Usually easier hikes in the Capital District's Helderberg Hills, modest hikes in Southern Vermont, and more frequently, more difficult hikes in the Adirondack High Peaks
Typical difficulty: Trip difficultly runs the full range of easy C hikes to harder A hikes.
Favorite season for outings: Fall and Winter are my favorite times to lead hikes, including combined ski and snowshoe adventures. No season is a bad one for getting out and enjoying the outdoors though!
Why you lead outings: What I especially enjoy though is taking people out who are just learning how to take on challenges and expand their capabilities. Each hike then can become a learning opportunity for those who are interested. Another niche I like to fill is finding different out-of-the way places and alternative approaches to destinations that are not travelled often.
Experience/Education/Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, DEC Licensed Guide, being part of the 'bag of hammers' crew for Lean2Rescue, and membership in the Yo! Antonio hiking group are my most important outdoor certifications. I have been paddling for over 40 years, mostly in wilderness settings, skiing for even longer (downhill, cross-country, and backcountry), hiking throughout the Adirondacks (yeah, I finally finished the 46 high peaks though I am admittedly not a list guy), mountaineering in the Alps, rock climbing, and ice climbing wherever ice is available from Albany to Lake Placid. Even with this depth of experience, I really enjoy joining hikes led by other leaders of the chapter who have just an amazing depth of knowledge and experience.



Name: Don Berens
Albany chapter leader for: About 30 years (since the early 1980s)
Your typical outings: Hiking, snowshoeing, cycling
Typical difficulty: A, usually strenuous outings
Favorite season for outings: I limit my outdoor recreation to the months between January 1 and December 31.
Favorite place for outings: Adirondack High Peaks, also all over eastern NY and western New England
Why you lead outings: Others have shown me how to make outdoor recreation a happy part of my life; now it�s time for me to do the same.
Experience/Education/Certifications: 50+ years of hiking on 5 continents & in every state, including many rounds of the Adirondack 46 in all seasons. I�ve also biked on 3 continents and in every U.S. state.



Name: Bob Scaife
Albany chapter leader for: 10 years
Your typical outings: Hiking and snowshoeing
Typical difficulty: A+
Favorite season for outings: Winter
Favorite place for outings: Adirondack High Peaks
Why you lead outings: I enjoy introducing others to the challenges and rewards of Adirondack hiking.
Experience/Education/Certifications: 40 years of experience hiking, backpacking, paddling, skiing, climbing, and hanging out in the mountains of New York, New England, the American West, and, most recently, the Swiss Alps.



Name: Stephanie Graudons
Albany chapter leader since: 2009
Your typical outings: Mostly hiking, occasional backpacks, easy paddles & bike rides. Mainly Young Adults outings (though all are welcome!)
Typical difficulty: Mostly A and B, occasional C
Favorite season for outings: Year-round
Favorite place for outings: Anywhere in the Adirondacks
Why you lead outings: To meet new people, teach outdoor skills, help others achieve their hiking & fitness goals, and to inspire an appreciation for nature through backcountry adventures. Reaching the summit with someone climbing their first mountain ever is my favorite thing.
Experience/Education/Certifications: Wilderness First Aid, NYS Licensed Guide, volunteer Summit Steward, Adirondack 46er, Winter 46er, Saranac Ultra 6er, the list goes on. In addition to a decade of hiking in the northeast, I also spent a few years in Colorado and had both the challenge and pleasure of leading backpacking trips for middle school students around Rocky Mountain National Park.



Name: Brad Gawron
Albany chapter leader for: Less than one year
Your typical outings: Hiking
Typical difficulty: B to A+ Young Adults outings
Favorite season for outings: I equally enjoy the Winter and Summer seasons. In the Winter, I spend time cross-country skiing and hiking. My hiking focuses primarily in the Adirondacks this time of year, I am big on taking advantage on the lack of bugs and mud. During the summer, I still hike - but spread my time around the region - I also bike, kayak and play Disc Golf - a lot.
Favorite place for outings: Although I can be found doing most any outdoor activity, I typically lead hiking trips, mainly in both the Adirondacks and Catskills. I also go to the Berkshires and Palisades from time to time, but my hiking endeavors trend a bit more on the strenuous side.
Why you lead outings: I lead trips and educate for the sake of getting people involved in the outdoors. The digital world is encroaching on enjoyment of the world outside of our doors. Involvement tends to create advocacy, so this is a great way for us all to contribute to stewardship of the wild areas out there.
Experience/Education/Certifications: Aside from holding current First Aid and CPR certification, I have Master's level education in geography and geospatial (including GPS) technologies.



Name: Diana �Bigglesworth� Niland
Albany chapter leader for: Less than one year (I�m new!)
Your typical outings: Hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, often as a co-outing with the Northville Placid Trail chapter
Typical difficulty: Mostly A and B rated
Favorite season for outings: Year-round! I�d like to do more winter hiking & camping.
Favorite place for outings: Northville-Placid Trail, Adirondack High Peaks
Why you lead outings: I enjoy getting to know like-minded people and leading trips with both beginners and experienced hikers. I would like to see greater diversity of outdoorspeople in the woods.
Experience/Education/Certifications: I'm a backpacker at heart, having thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, Northville-Placid Trail, John Muir Trail, and Long Trail. I also enjoy day trips and I'm currently working on my ADK 46r. I'm Red Cross First Aid and CPR certified, and I work as a physical education professor in the SUNY system, where I teach a number of outdoor oriented courses.



Name: Jesse Cole
Albany chapter leader for: less than a year
Your typical outings: High Peaks in New York and Vermont
Typical difficulty: A or A+, over 10 miles round trip
Favorite season for outings: Winter
Favorite place for outings: Adirondack High Peaks
Experience/Education/Certifications: I have SOLO Wilderness First Aid, am an Adirondack 46er, and am a former member of Search and Rescue K9 team.



Name: Ted Letcher
Albany chapter leader for: 3 years
Your typical outings: Hikes (both on and off trail) and bikes in New York and Vermont. Often Young Adults outings.
Typical difficulty: A or A+
Favorite season for outings: Winter and Spring and Summer and Fall.
Favorite place for outings: Adirondacks
Why you lead outings: To meet like minded folks and to convert indoor people to outdoor people.
Experience/Education/Certifications: A lot of time outside all over the country.



Name: Phil Seward
Albany chapter leader for: 10 years for the Albany chapter, 15 years overall
Your typical outings: Mostly hikes, occasionally paddles, xc skiing, & cycling
Typical difficulty: Mostly B, occasionally A
Favorite season for outings: Year-round
Favorite place for outings: Adirondacks
Why you lead outings: I enjoy meeting new members and keeping in touch with the ''regulars'' while sharing our common love of the outdoors and nature. It's always a fun day enjoying the hike, exercising, sharing knowledge, and summiting a mountain to take in the spectacular views.
Experience/Education/Certifications: I have been hiking most of my adult life and accomplished many goals; completed the 46 High Peaks 4 times including in winter, Catskill 3500 summer and winter, Northeast 111, and the 1 Day Taconic Crest Trail Challenge. I have summited the Grand Teton, Rainier, Whitney, Galdhopiggin (Norway's highest), and attempted Mount Blanc (France). Hiked in Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Japan, Costa Rica, Glacier NP, Grand Canyon, and the Dolomites. I have 12 years of kayaking experience, 15 years xc skiing and have biked my whole life, recently completing a century ride in 2013. I completed Wilderness First Aid training Oct. 2013. I served as a member of the Albany ADK Executive Committee for 9 years (2004-2012) as Program Chair, Vice Chairman, Finance Committee and then Chairman of the Chapter for 3 years.



Name: Mike Becker
Albany chapter leader for: 32 years
Your typical outings: Hiking
Typical difficulty: A or A+
Favorite season for outings: Fall
Favorite place for outings: Adirondack High Peaks
Why you lead outings: I enjoy introducing people to the beauty of the mountains and meeting new people.
Experience/Education/Certifications: 4-season Adirondack 46er, NY State Licensed Guide



Name: John Sheehan
Albany chapter leader since: 2010
Your typical outings: Primarily hiking and snowshoeing, occasionally xc skiing
Typical difficulty: Moderate C+ to B+ with a pace suitable to enjoy a day in the woods
Favorite season for outings: Year-round
Favorite place for outings: Adirondacks and South Taconics
Why you lead outings: After a few years of hiking with various chapter leaders, I recognized that being organized and well oriented were the primary skills necessary to be a leader. I felt I had this to offer and I have enjoyed the experience.
Experience/Education/Certifications: I have always loved the outdoors. Over the years I have been a runner, cyclist and paddler but of course never had time to do as much of it as I wanted while I was working full time. I joined the ADK in 2004 after an early retirement and these activities quickly became my lifestyle. Although I am an Adirondack 46er, I enjoy more moderate hikes and especially enjoy introducing new hikers to the mountains. Most of my training has been informal by just being out with experienced leaders however I do hold Wilderness First Aid certification. I was Albany Chapter Chair from 2011 to 2014 and I am currently one of the chapter representatives to ADK's Board of Directors.



Name: Nick Lanzillo
Albany chapter leader for: Less than one year
Your typical outings: Hiking
Typical difficulty: A � B range
Favorite season for outings: I enjoy getting out in every season, but summer will always be my favorite!
Favorite place for outings: I especially love exploring the Adirondack High Peaks, the Central Adirondack Region, and the Green Mountains of Vermont.
Why you lead outings: To share my love of these mountains! Experience/Education/Certifications: I'm a member of the Adirondack 46ers and the Catskill 3500 Club, and have been enjoying time outdoors as far back as I can remember. Look for me hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, paddling and fishing in the best park in the USA!


Name: Alan Via
Albany chapter leader for: 35 years
Your typical outings: Hiking, snowshoeing
Typical difficulty: A and B
Favorite season for outings: Year-round
Favorite place for outings: Adirondacks & Catskills
Why you lead outings: I lead trips to �give back,� and to see the mountains through the eyes of others who may not have been to places I�ve been.
Experience/Education/Certifications: Wilderness First Aid, Adirondack 46, Adirondack 100 highest, Catskill 3500, Catskill 100 and 200 highest, as well as extensive hiking in western and northeast U.S. states. Trip leader for multiple ADK chapters, Catskill 3500 Club, Taconic Hiking Club, Catskill Mt Club. Founder and hike leader of the Bethlehem area YMCA hiking club. Author of the ADK hiking guide: The Catskill 67 - A Hiker's Guide to the Catskill 100 Highest Peaks under 3,500. I was also the Albany chapter Outings Chair for 14 years, and currently serve as the chair for ADK�s Insurance and Publications Committees.



Name: Marie Rosenblatt
Albany chapter leader for: 3 years
Your typical outings: For now, I typically lead hikes, or combo ski-snowshoe trips in winter. I would like to expand to leading paddling trips in the next year or two.
Typical difficulty: Mostly A & B
Favorite season for outings: I love summer for extended backpacking trips and canoe tripping in the backcountry. In winter, nothing beats peak bagging on skis, switching to snowshoes or crampons when it gets too steep for skis. Let it snow!
Favorite place for outings: Off the beaten path!
Why you lead outings: I like to give people an opportunity to enjoy places they might not otherwise have the chance to visit.
Experience/Education/Certifications: Wilderness First Aid; planning to apply for my NYS Guide License in spring 2015.



Name: Jen Shepherd
Albany chapter leader for: 1 year; Glens-Falls Saratoga chapter leader for almost 4 years
Your typical outings: Hiking, snowshoeing.
Typical difficulty: Generally B to A+ rated hikes.
Favorite season for outings: Definitely fall (mild temperatures, fewer bugs, beautiful colors)
Favorite place for outings: Adirondack High Peaks mostly, also enjoy leading hikes that count toward earning patches
Why you lead outings: For the opportunity to get others out on the trail and help them pursue their goals. I�ve gained many great friendships through ADK outings.
Experience/Education/Certifications: Adirondack 46er, Saranac 6er, completed Fire Tower Challenge in summer and winter



Name: Nola Royce
Albany chapter leader for: 20 years
Your typical outings: Hiking, xc skiing
Typical difficulty: B
Favorite season for outings: Fall and winter
Favorite place for outings: Berkshires, Adirondacks, & Catskills
Why you lead outings: I lead outings to give members an opportunity to explore new places. I got out as a newbie years ago with experienced hikers and want to provide the same service to others.
Experience/Education/Certifications: I�ve been involved with all aspects of mountaineering for over 40 years, have participated in ADK�s winter school, outdoor rescue programs, and have been a personal trainer and fitness and yoga teacher for over a decade.



Name: Tim Kase
Albany chapter leader since: 2000
Your typical outings: Hiking
Typical difficulty: A+
Favorite season for outings: Year-round
Favorite place for outings: Adirondacks & Catskills
Why you lead outings: To meet new hikers and enjoy seeing hiker be successful in achieving goals.
Experience/Education/Certifications: I've led all Adirondack High Peaks and all Catskill High Peaks for the Albany Chapter. ADK 46er X 11 rounds including two winter rounds and Catskill 35er X 6 rounds including two winter rounds. I've hiked extensively across the country and around the world. I also paddle, bike and golf.

Bob Hope (who lived to 100) walked at least one mile every day.




Name: Hannah Becker
Albany chapter leader for: Less than one yearYour typical outings: Hiking, although I engage in a variety of activities in my free time including xc skiing, biking, and paddlingTypical difficulty: B to A+ Favorite season for outings: Spring, Summer, Autumn
Favorite place for outings: The Adirondacks are where I spend most of my time, but I am working to finish the Catskill 3500 and enjoy spending some time in the Green Mountains of Vermont as well. Why you lead outings: To meet new people and help others enjoy recreating outdoors.Experience/Education/Certifications: I worked for the Adirondack Mountain Club for 5 years on and off. I am a former summit steward and High Peaks Information Center employee. I also worked at John's Brook Lodge in Keene Valley and as an education intern for the ADK. While an intern, I had the responsibility of leading kindergarten through fourth graders on small hikes through the woods and up mountains. I've also completed a few "hiking lists", including the Adirondack 46ers and the New York Fire Tower Challenge. Additionally, I've taken a backpacking course and have been camping and hiking in the Adirondacks since before I could walk!


Name: W Randolph Franklin
Albany chapter leader for: decades
Your typical outings: Hiking, skiing, snowshoeing
Typical difficulty: B, prefer half day hikes
Favorite season for outings: Year-round
Experience/Education/Certifications: ADK 46er; Catskill 3500er; hiked 109 of the NE 115; hiked the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt; climbed Rainier and Kilimanjaro; hiked the Grand Canyon from South Rim to river and back in one day; kayaked on the Urubu River in the jungle north of Manaus (Brazil) for 3 days; hiked the Virgin River narrows slot canyon in Zion NP top-down



Name: Kathy Sheppard
Albany chapter leader for: A few years
Your typical outings: Hiking
Typical difficulty: B & C
Favorite place for outings: Adirondacks and Albany area
Why you lead outings: Driven by the desire to hike with my dog on days that work well for me
Experience/Education/Certifications: Wilderness First Aid



Name: Bob Priest
Albany chapter leader for: 3 years
Your typical outings: Long but leisurely hikes. I enjoy spending time on summits to savor their spectacular views and appreciate that there are no two places exactly alike in the forest.
Typical difficulty: Varies
Favorite season/place for outings: Lake George area and southern Adirondacks in spring and fall; high peaks in the summer when there�s more daylight.
Why you lead outings/experience: Three years ago, when I retired from my job with the State Insurance Department, I found I had too much time on my hands. I�ve always enjoyed hiking, biking, and skiing, so I started leading hikes for ADK as well as working part time as a substitute teaching assistant and volunteering at Albany High School.



Name: John Good
Albany chapter leader for: 2 years
Your typical outings: local walks
Typical difficulty: C
Favorite season for outings: Year-round
Favorite place for outings: Thacher State Park, Albany Pine Bush, Mohawk-Hudson bike trail, Vischer Ferry, Plotterkill Preserve
Why you lead outings: To facilitate fellow hikers meeting each other
Experience/Education/Certifications: New Hampshire 4000 Footer



Name: Paul Breslin
Albany chapter leader for: 6 years
Your typical outings: Hiking, biking, paddling, snowshoeing
Typical difficulty: Mostly weekday C and C+ with occasional B level trip
Favorite season for outings: I lead one trip each month with 3 in October�s leaf peeping season.
Favorite place for outings: I like to make driving to a trip a reasonable time, so I usually go no further north than the Newcomb area of the Adirondacks, Capital District and Western Mass. Many of the trips I lead are to areas I have not visited before. We learn together.
Why you lead outings: I am a retired military officer. Leadership comes naturally and I like to provide opportunities for people to go on trips.
Experience/Education/Certifications: I have been enjoying the outdoors since I was a Boy Scout (over 50 years ago) when I camped once a month for three years. When my son was in scouts, I got my first exposure to the Adirondacks. We also camped year-round in those years. I enjoy hunting and fishing and often do outdoor activities by myself. It gives me a chance to explore and take my time. My wife insisted I get a Spot in case of emergencies. I do always file a plan. My Honda Ridgeline has a trunk under the bed and it is always loaded and ready for an outdoor adventure that I may see in my travels. I am certified in Wilderness First Aid.



Name: Kathy Pacuk
Albany chapter leader for: 5 years
Your typical outings: I lead hikes for fit people who don�t necessarily think of themselves as hikers.
Typical difficulty: B & C
Favorite place for outings: Adirondacks and Capital District area
Why you lead outings: My favorite hikes to lead are for the over 70 year olds. We have a fit and very enthusiastic bunch and they inspire me.
Experience/Education/Certifications: RN, Wilderness First Aid



Name: Cliff Prewencki
Albany chapter leader since: 2011
Typical Outings: Hiking
Typical difficulty: B- to B+
Favorite season for outings: Every season has its joys.
Favorite place for outings: Catskills
Why you lead outings: To share the wonders of the outdoors with others.
Education/experience/education: Wilderness First Aid, AMC and ADK leadership training, ADK compass and GPS courses



Name: Jean Quattrocchi
Albany chapter leader for: Just starting
Typical Outings: Hiking and biking
Typical difficulty: C+ and B
Favorite season for outings: Fall, but I enjoy being out year round, as each season offers something special.
Favorite place for outings: Adirondacks and Lake George.
Why you lead outings: I like to share the outdoors with others. In addition, I would like to bring people to areas that they might not visit they on their own.
Education/experience/education: I am a 46er, Catskill 35er, New Hampshire 48er, and am 7 mountains shy of my Northeast 115. I have climbed the Grand Teton, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Whitney and attempted Mont Blanc (France). I have hiked in the Grand Canyon and the Dolomites (Italy). I was a middle school science teacher for years and took students and parents on a variety of hikes.




Name: Martha Waldman
Albany chapter leader since: 2013
Your typical outings: Hiking and snowshoeing Typical difficulty: BFavorite season for outings: It's all good: spring flowers, warmth of summer, fall colors, new snow
Favorite place for outings: Catskills and Berkshires
Why you lead outings: I was always grateful for the leaders than introduced me to hiking and to all of the mountains, vistas, and waterfalls I would have otherwise missed. By leading hikes, I am able to pay it forward and introduce others to areas they might not explore otherwise and meet people that love to hike.
Experience/Education/Certifications: I have completed both ADK and AMC hike leader training, Wilderness First Aid, and an ADK compass and GPS course. I have been hiking since 2003 and recently completed the Catskill 3500.




Name: Jim Slavin
Albany chapter leader since: On and off for about 10 years
Your typical outings: Hikes and snowshoe hikes in the Berkshires and in the Adirondack Park and Albany area
Typical difficulty: B and c
Favorite season for outings: All year
Why you lead outings: Being out in the woods is good for my soul.I hope that the experience of hiking and snowshoeing in the beautiful countryside surrounding Albany will be good for your soul as well. And it is fun and great exercise.
Experience/Education/Certifications: I am retired doctor who has been hiking and snowshoeing in this area since 1971.



Name: Cal Johnson
Albany chapter leader since: 1994
Your typical outings: Hiking
Typical difficulty: B to A+
Favorite season for outings: All year round
Favorite place for outings: Catskills
Why you lead outings: Get others to enjoy the mountains
Experience/Education/Certifications: I�m a ski instructor & coach at Hunter Mtn. in the Catskills. Certified Master Teacher with accreditations in Sports Science, Children, Women & Seniors, and Coaching Advanced Skiing & Racing. Coach of the Hunter Mtn. Snowettes!!!



Name: Gene Reilly
Albany chapter leader since: The 1990's sometime.
Your typical outings: I most often lead hiking outings, but sometimes include a paddling trip or XC Skiing. I lump snowshoeing into hiking - only in the winter.
Typical difficulty: C+ and A
Favorite season for outings: Winter and Fall for Hiking, summer for paddling
Favorite place for outings: I generally hike mostly in the Adirondacks - particularly the High Peaks areas. When I paddle, it is on flat-water.
Why you lead outings: I like sharing the special places I have experienced and am dedicated to helping others have an enjoyable, safe trip.
Experience/Education/Certifications: I am certified in CPR and Wilderness First Aid; have thru-hiked the Northville Placid Trail; have been hiking in the Adirondacks since 1981. Come along on a hike and see what fun it can be!



Name: Sue Jordan
Albany chapter leader since: 2015
Your typical outings: Hiking
Typical difficulty: Mostly B and B+
Favorite season for outings: Love all seasons to recreate!
Favorite place for outings: Mostly Catskills and Lake George region.
Why you lead outings: It has been such a wonderful experience going on hikes with ADK. Meeting new people, discovering the beautiful places in our own area, and just finding a peer group that actually enjoys hiking has changed my life. I need to give back so others can discover this as well.
Experience/Education/Certifications: I have completed my Catskill summer and winter 3500 and summer fire tower challenge.



Name: Keith Martin
Albany chapter leader since: 2005
Your typical outings: Hiking, Trekking, Skiing, and Bicycling. I’d like to get back into some Flat Water overnight paddling Trips too.
Typical difficulty: Hikes C+ to A+; Bicycling B to A
Favorite season for outings:Year-round! We live in a great four season locale!
Favorite place for outings: Primarily Adirondacks and Catskills. Occasionally Appalachian Trail (AT) in NY, CT, MA, VT, NH and ME.
Why you lead outings: For FUN & ADVENTURE and CONNECTING WITH NEW & OLD FRIENDS. Our trips will not be endurance contests with something to prove, they will be focused on CAMARADERIE, SHARED LEARNING, MUTUAL RESPECT and ESPRIT DE CORPS..
Experience/Education/Certifications: Wilderness First Aid. I have enjoyed many group outdoors adventures throughout NYS, the eastern US, Rockies, Cascades, and internationally, have pieced together long stretches of the AT, completed the Northville Placid Trail end-to-end on two occasions, the Cranberry Lake 50 and completed the Adirondack Firetower Challenge. I am 46r and 3500r.



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