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Monthly Program:

No Country for Old Men: The 2015 Los Alamos Mountaineers trip to the High Sierra

Wed, 2015-10-21

Please join us Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at the Fuller Lodge (Los Alamos) for an exciting presentation by Michael R. Altherr, a Los Alamos native and avid outdoorsman. Social and reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7:00 pm. Program at 7:30 pm.

The title of the talk is not meant as a judgment but rather as a self-effacing reflection of the speaker. An approach hike of 4,300 feet in four miles with a full backpacking kit, four days food, and climbing gear will do that. Like the movie of the same name the trip was interesting, a bit surreal and somewhat disturbing. Eleven members of the club participated in the trip with nine reaching the summit of Mt. Whitney (the highest point in the continental U.S.) from the East via the Mountaineers Route or the technical East Buttress. Non-technical summits were also achieved on Mount Russell, Montgomery and Boundary Peaks. An unexpected change in the weather made for interesting climbing conditions in the ‘Whitney Zone’.  Organizing trips of this type is becoming more challenging due to increasingly regulated nature of the backcountry. Altherr and others will share their experiences in planning for this type of endeavor, and share anecdotes their adventure.

Photo: The 2000’ foot East Buttress of Mt. Whitney poses a conceptual scaling dilemma. The beauty of the place is phenomenal.



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!  Free refreshments!

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



Climbing School Update



The 2015 Climbing School runs from March 26th through May 2th.
(registration is open for 2015!)

(See Detailed Schedule for more information.)

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

This includes 6 Thursday nights, and 6 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

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