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Next month's program is to be announced! Stay tuned for more details.

 

Monthly Public Meeting and Presentation:
held in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge on the 3rd Wednesday of each month
Social and reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7:00pm.   Program at 7:30pm.

Past presentations, and occasionally future, can be viewed here.
Visitors are always welcome!  Digital projector compliments of Los Alamos National Bank.

Future Club Speakers:  In addition to frequent presentations by nationally known adventurers, we love to hear from our own members....not that some of you aren't in that group.  A presentation gets you a free club membership and dinner at the restaurant of your choice in Los Alamos.

LAM Member Presentations Wanted! The LAM Board would like to encourage our members to provide more of our monthly presentations.  We understand well that club members are an active lot, with a wealth of activities in their repertoire that can and have been inspiring to new and old members alike.  We have often focused our monthly presentations on the elite of the outdoor adventure world, and perhaps created the undesired effect of squelching the voices of our own members who participate in frequent beautiful and exciting adventures of their own.  Although our own activities are not always "world class", they are representative of what we "weekend" athletes can and do accomplish.  We want many of our programs to inspire the "I can do that" attitude in our members, not merely entertain.  Shock and awe may have their rightful place, but inspiration to participate and shine is our true goal.

 
 

Trip Leaders:  Post your trip by logging in and then going here.  Please make sure waivers for participants are current and recorded by the club Secretary prior to your trip.  In addition, the "Los Alamos Mountaineer's Trip Sign-Up Sheet" includes the trip waiver, and should be used for all club sponsored trips.

Trip Leader Awards: The club is grateful to those who lead our outdoor adventures.  As a token of appreciation, our awards will be a series of caps and hats with the Club logo. To encourage first-time trip leaders, we will award a first hat to anyone who leads a Club trip.  In more detail, we will recognize trip leaders as described here.

GMRS / FRS Radio Usage on Club Trips:  The Los Alamos Mountaineers encourage you to carry portable "family" radios as a safety measure on appropriate LAM trips, and urge participants to agree on a contact channel at the beginning of the trip.  As a default, if no channel has been selected, LAM suggests channel 3.14.  These three first digits of "pi" might be easily remembered in this scientific community.

Borrow Equipment: We have a limited amount of mountaineering equipment for loan (e.g., avalanche transceivers). Contact  Alex Adams, our Equipment Manager, at  alexadamsk2@hotmail.com

 

 

Climbing School Update

 

 

The 2014 Climbing School runs from March 26th through May 4th.
(registration is open for 2014!)

(See Detailed Schedule for more information.)

The class fills quickly with only 25 seats, so early registration is recommended.

This includes 6 Tuesday nights, one Thursday night, and 5 Saturdays; some 36-40 hours of instruction. The Los Alamos Mountaineers Climbing School is a great way to learn about technical rock climbing and mountaineering.  The school should offer a good experience to:

  • beginning climbers with no climbing experience,
  • new climbers who want to gain experience,
  • climbers who need outdoor experience and instruction, and
  • anyone wanting a chance to tap into the expertise of some of the area's most experienced climbers.

Upcoming Trips

Hints:  You must log in to sign up for trips or to post new trips!  

Title Leader Teaser
Wheeler Peak Snowshoe Ascent Kelly Gallagher and Don Krier Sun, 2014-04-27 Still haven't made it to the highest point in New Mexico? Join us for a hike to Wheeler Peak!  The Williams Lake trail to the summit is approximately 7 miles round trip and is a steep switchback class 2 trail. Total elevation gain of 2,970 ft; highest elevation 13,161 ft. Moderate pace. We expect to start out on snowshoes, and will finish the peak hiking (with microspikes/yak-traks). Limit of 12 hikers. One or two dogs ok, must have leash. If there's interest, microbrew &...
Hall’s Creek Narrows, Horse Pack, May 3-11, 2014 Bill Priedhorsky Sat, 2014-05-03 Update Feb 27: This trip is full but no one is yet on the waiting list. I am pleased to announce a 2014 canyon country adventure. I've been wanting for years to return to Hall's Creek Narrows, a very special place in Capitol Reef National Park at the base of the Waterpocket Fold. This is a fabulous destination that offers both a slot canyon explore and numerous possibilities in the nooks and crannies of the Fold. My last visit was 1995, so a return trip is way overdue. A nice photo trip...
Mountain Bike South of Taos Annette Weyrauch Sun, 2014-05-04   Join Annette for a easy bike ride south of Taos. We will start at the Taos Valley Overlook Trailhead and bicycle to the rim of the Rio Grande del Rancho River.  From there, we descend into the gorge, catch the avalanche barricade mountain bike trail and bicycle up the Rio Grande del Rancho Gorge to the Rio Grande Junction Bridge (this portion of the ride will be moderate in technicality). Here we will turn around and go back to the overlook trail and continue the 10 mile loop up...
Climbing School Graduate Fun Day Trip to Las Conchas Norbert Ensslin Sat, 2014-05-10 This is the first of three rock climbing trips for Climbing School graduates from this year or other recent years.  These trips are intended to be fun, moderate outings to some of our favorite climbing areas so that graduates can continue to improve their climbing skills and get a reward for their hard work during the school!  The Las Conchas area provides short toprope climbs in the 5.6 to 5.10 range that are within easy walking distance of the car.  There are also a few...
La Luz Trail hike Jean Dewart Sun, 2014-05-11 Let's head down to the Sandia Mountains and hike the La Luz trail.  This is a hike up a magnificent granite escarpment to the top of the Sandias, with spectacular cliffs and spires and bird's eye views of Albuquerque below.  The hike begins in the desert and climbs to an alpine environment.   The hike is 8.5 miles and climbs 4200 ft.  The hike will take about 5 hours.  We'll hike up and take the tram down.  The cost of the tram is $12 per person....
Climbing School Graduate Fun Day Trip to Tres Piedras Norbert Ensslin Sun, 2014-05-18 We will continue our series of fun trips for Climbing School graduates from this year or other recent years with a one-day outing to Tres Piedras, located about 90 minutes north of Los Alamos.  Tres Piedras has low-angle slab and friction climbing on beautiful granite knobs and slopers, mostly bolt-protected with some gear placements.  We will set top rope climbs in the 5.7 to 5.10 range.  Leading opportunities are more limited, starting with 5.8 trad or 5.9 bolt routes.  ...
Climbing School Graduate Overnight Trip to Penitente Canyon Norbert Ensslin Sat, 2014-05-24 We will continue our series of fun trips for Climbing School graduates with an overnight trip to Penitente Canyon in the Alamosa Valley, Colorado.  This area is known for hard climbs, but also has a nice selection of easy and moderate one-pitch bolt routes. Penitente also provides some opportunities to do easy leads in the 5.6 to 5.8 range.     Penitente Canyon is located about 3 ½ hours drive north of Los Alamos near Saguache, Colorado, and has a nice campground.  We...
Canyoneering in Zion National Park Dan Creveling Sat, 2014-06-28 Canyoneering in Zion National Park (A 2014 trip of the Los Alamos Mountaineers) Pre-Trip Training: June 21st and 22nd Trip to Zion National Park: June 28th - July 3rd Trip Leader: Dan Creveling (plus many people helping!)   As of 16 April 2014  :  33 canyoneers attending   Have you been to Zion? I mean, have you REALLY been to Zion?? This is your chance to discover all of Zion's hidden gems that most people who visit the park never get to see. We will be hiking,...
Squaw Pass Backpack; Weminuche Wilderness Jean Dewart Thu, 2014-07-03 I am proposing a 4 day backpack, to start/end at the Williams Creek Reservoir, north of Pagosa Springs, Colorado.   I will have to do a scouting trip, ahead of time - to make sure the trails are open - but, the area is south from last year's forest fires.  In the event that the scouting trip is not successful - we will switch the hike location - most probably to the South San Juan Wilderness Area, out of Platoro, Colorado.    The hike will take off from the Williams...
Adventuring from a remote camp in the North Cascades, July 12-17+ Bill Priedhorsky Sat, 2014-07-12 Update Feb. 27: Three small upstairs rooms remain available, along with nooks and crannies. For something different this summer, I am organizing an outing to the Pacific Northwest.  Our destination will be the North Cascades, based at the North Cascades Basecamp, who call themselves a "European-style lodge and cabin". The camp is near the settlement of Mazama (meaning mountain goat) in the Methow Valley, which reaches into the North Cascades from the east side. The lodge is 15...
Grand Teton Climbing Trip Michael Altherr Wed, 2014-07-30 We have reserved 21 climber camps on the approach to the Grand Teton for several dates between July 31, 2014 through August 6, 2014. In addition, we have a group camp site to accommodate those not on the mountain. Besides the Grand, multiple and varied recreational opportunities exist in the area. Several spots remain and can be had for a $50 commitment fee paid to the trip leader. Several team building and training exercises will be conducted in between now and our departure in July. If you...
Not-a-Hut-Trip, La Veta, Colorado, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2013 Bill Priedhorsky Thu, 2014-08-28 Update Feb 27: This trip is full but no one is yet on the waiting list. In lieu of a 10th Mountain hut trip, we are going to take up the comfort level a notch for the Labor Day weekend in 2014. I have found an isolated mountain house, just east of La Veta pass, that can serve as the base for day outings to the Spanish Peaks and to the Sangre de Cristos from the Wet Valley side. The house is on a 600 acre piece of land and has 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 5200 square feet. The fireplace soars 25...
Exploring the Maze, Canyonlands National Park, Oct. 11-19 Bill Priedhorsky Sat, 2014-10-11 Aerial photo of the Maze, from WikiCommons Update Feb. 27: Room is still available on this trip. In all my years of exploring the canyons of southeastern Utah, I've never made it to the Maze country. It's time to go! The Maze and surrounding canyons are the western section of Canyonlands National Park. This is extremely remote country, with only rough four wheel drive roads, no ranger stations, no permanent water, but some of the wildest and most interesting terrain to be found...
Moab hike/bike Nov. 6-11 Bill Priedhorsky Thu, 2014-11-06   Behind the Rocks, a maze of fins and canyons just over the hill from Moab, is in my experience about as spectacular as any part of the canyon country. See here and here for trip reports.   Update Feb. 27: Room is still available on this trip.   Dear Mountaineers,   I would like to announce the sixth edition of our very successful trips to Moab. We didn’t go in November 2013, and I missed it, even thought I was on a great adventure in Antarctica. So I look forward to...

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