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Monthly Program:

Annual Los Alamos Mountaineers Potpourri and Holiday Party!

Wed, 2016-12-21

This year, the Mountaineers Potpourri takes place on Wednesday, December 21, starting at 6:30 PM at Fuller's Lodge.

Potpourri is a heavenly stew, consisting of one part potluck and six parts ten-minute talks, simmered slowly in a delicious sauce of conversation and camaraderie. This is by far the most popular Mountaineers meeting of the year. Make your own early New Year's resolution to attend!

Check in at the Membership Table to renew for 2017. Please bring a check or cash - $15 for singles and $20 for couples.

Because this is a potluck, please bring a dish to share. The Club provides the foundation - barbecue from Bob's Bodacious and a large chocolate cake. You provide the salads, vegetables, breads, additional desserts and main-course alternatives.

Please bring a place setting to reduce waste - cup, plates, utensils. Raid your backpacking supplies. Clean out the remains from the last camping trip, and bring your kit to Fuller's Lodge. There will be soapy water for clean up.

Bring your appetite, stories to share with your table mates and your enthusiasm for the six 10-minute talks, following directly after the potluck.

Ongoing Events

Los Alamos Mountaineers, 

It is time to elect the new officers for 2017!  Thanks to our nominating committee, Pat Walls, Jean Dewart, and Lisa Biehl who searched and found candidates willing to serve in the capacity of the four elected positions.  The 2016 Board proposes combining some previously appointed positions with the elected positions for 2017.  These changes streamline operations and do not affect the LAM Bylaws.  



President: Michael Brandt

VP/Trip Coordinator: Bill Priedhorsky

Treasurer/ Membership: Ross Lemons

Secretary: Rod McCrady

Any LAM member has the opportunity to propose alternative nominations or self-nominate prior to the election on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.


If you cannot attend the meeting when Board members will be elected, you can submit your ballot to the 2016 LAM Secretary (me) by NLT (no later than) 6 p.m., Sunday, November 20, 2016.  Email me at


Thank you for your continued support of the Los Alamos Mountaineers!  

Melanee Hand, 

2016 Secretary



Monthly Public Meeting and Presentation:

Normally held in the planetarium of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC)
on the fourth Tuesday of each month

Social at 6:45.  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!


Bill's Monday Hikes

Join Bill P. for a hike and potluck at Pajarito Mountain on most summer Monday afternoons.   More information here

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.  If you do not have an account, contact  the webmaster. For overnight trips, please ensure that membership waivers for participants are current and recorded by the club Membership Chairperson prior to your trip. Non-members may participate in day trips. All club sponsored trips require the trip waiver. After the trip, please scan and email a PDF of the waiver to the Trip Coordinator.

Trip Leader Awards: The club 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 our Equipment Manager listed on this page.



Climbing School Update



The 2017 Climbing School runs from March 30st through May 6th.
Registration must be received by March 20th.

(registration will be open for 2017 after Jan 1!)

(See Detailed Schedule for more information.)

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

The George Irving Bell Leadership Scholarship:  Win free tuition for the LAM Climbing School!

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.
Trip Leaders: Anyone can lead a trip! Post your trip by logging in and then going here. If you do not have an account, contact the webmaster. For overnight trips, please ensure that membership waivers for participants are current and recorded by the club Membership Chairperson prior to your trip. Non-members may participate in day trips. All club sponsored trips require the trip waiver. After the trip, please scan and email a PDF of the waiver to the Trip Coordinator.
  • Red Lake Exploratory X-C Ski Trip

    Jean Dewart and Kelly Gallagher
    Sun, 2016-12-11
    Leader Email:
    Are dogs allowed?: 

    Let's ski up the Red Lake Road, from Highway 17 between Cumbres and La Manga Passes - and scout out the Red Lake trail, from the end of the Red Lake Road.  The road is about 3-3.5 miles, starting at 10,000 ft and has an 800 ft elevation gain, and will most likely be packed from snowmobiles.  Then we will explore the Red Lake trail - requiring route finding (the trail is blazed) and unlikely to be packed.  It is about 1 mile to the South San Juan Wilderness boundary at about 11,400 ft.

  • Gallina Canyon Ranch - New Mexico Slot Canyons, May 25-29, 2017

    Bill Priedhorsky
    Thu, 2017-05-25
    Leader Email:
    Are dogs allowed?: 

    On the heels of a wonderful visit this September, I have arranged a return to Gallina Canyon Ranch next Memorial Day weekend.   I know of no place that is this remote and yet so close - just 2 - 2 1/2 hours - from Los Alamos.

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