- Monthly Program
Please join us Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:00pm at Fuller Lodge (Los Alamos) for a presentation by Sean O'Rourke, a Los Alamos native and peak-bagger.
Since escaping graduate school in 2009, Sean has traveled and climbed the mountain west from Baboquivari in Arizona to Robson in Canada, living on the road for half the year and writing about the experience at drdirtbag.com. Though he occasionally brings ropes, tents, and partners, he usually climbs peaks solo and car-to-car in a day. Among his most "extreme" outings, he has climbed all 15 of California's 14,000-foot peaks in 62 hours, summited Mount Robson in 15, and traversed the Kaweah peaks in 19.
In his talk, he will describe how he progressed from ordinary dayhikes in Colorado and California to longer and steeper endeavors. He will argue that most mountaineers can climb most peaks in a single day, and that with sufficient motivation and moderate skill, any peak in the lower 48 is a dayhike. The talk will describe trips to some of the most remote peaks in the Cascades, including the northern and southern Pickets.
The Los Alamos Mountaineers meetings offer, in addition to the featured talk, refreshments and casual conversation, as well as updates on upcoming trips and safety advice learned from outdoor adventuring. Please join us!
Sean playing on Teewinot’s summit with the Grand Teton behind.
Monthly Public Meeting and Presentation:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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|Ski/snowboard New Mexico's highest peak||Kelly Gallagher||Sun, 2015-04-05||Earn your turns! Sure you've hiked up New Mexico's highest peak, but have you skied it? We'll head to Taos early Sunday morning. Then, we'll head to Williams Lake and either skin up or boot pack up to the Wheeler Peak summit. Lunch at the summit before we ski/snowboard down to Williams Lake. Celebrate at Eske's Brew Pub!|
|Angel of Shavano ski/snowboard trip||Kelly Gallagher||Sat, 2015-04-18||Mt. Shavano (14,229') is the southernmost 14er in the Sawatch Range. It's east bowl sports a very prominent three-fingered snowfield - the Angel of Shavano. The "Angel of Shavano" is a snow feature that sort of looks like an angel with arms and wings (see photo). When in condition, it offers a moderate-angled 3000' ski descent. Friday night, we'll stay the night in a Salida motel and then head to Mt. Shavano early Saturday morning to summit, then ski or...|
|Muley Twist /Muley Tanks horse pack||Bill Priedhorsky||Sat, 2015-05-09||Lower Muley Twist Canyon (Park Service photo) We had a wonderful trip to the Hall’s Creek Narrows area of the Waterpocket Fold in May 2014, and would like to return to the Waterpocket Fold in the spring of 2015 (Dennis’ photos of the 2014 trip can be found here.) Our next trip (May 9-17, 2015) will be a horse-supported expedition to the Muley Tanks oasis, which gives us access to the lower end of Muley Twist Canyon and some fantastic sculpted terrain along the Waterpocket Fold...|
|Climbing in 11 Mile Canyon||Ron Morgan||Fri, 2015-05-15||Climbing in 11 Mile Canyon, North-East of Salida Co. This trip is geared for the new Graduates of the LAM Climbing School (Graduation climb is scheduled for May 2nd), so I'll need several lead climbers to help me make the new climbers feel right at home. We'll leave after work on Friday May 15th (beware the ides of May) to find dispersed camping sort-of-close to the climbing area (a couple of miles away) or an established FS campground near the mouth of the canyon. ...|
|Climb Mt. Hood||Brett Kettering||Sun, 2015-05-24||Background Information Mount Hood is Oregon’s high point and a day-long snow/ice alpine adventure. The peak and its routes are well documented at http://www.summitpost.org/mount-hood/150189. The most common and achievable route is the Timberline Lodge Approach via the South Side/Hogsback route, http://www.summitpost.org/south-side-hogsback/155408. I may do this unguided or as part of a two-day program through Timberline Mountain Guides that is done May - July. Peak season is...|
|Rio Grande River thru White Rock Canyon Whitewater Paddling||Jean Dewart||Fri, 2015-06-05||This trip is now full. Send me an email if you'd like to be on a waiting list. Let's boat the Rio Grande through White Rock Canyon, from Espanola to Cochiti Lake. We'll do the trip as an overnight trip - running the car shuttle down to Cochiti Lake on Friday, and putting on the river on Saturday morning. There is a Class II rapid at Water Canyon and a Class 3- rapid at Ancho Canyon - so previous whitewater experience is required. (e.g. Monastery run...|
|San Luis Peak via Stewart Creek||Jean Dewart||Fri, 2015-07-03||Let's backpack/hike San Luis Peak - an isolated Colorado 14ner peak, in the eastern part of the San Juan Mountains. We'll drive up on Friday morning (5-6 hr drive) and then take the Stewart Creek route - which includes a 4 mile backpack to a timberline camp (~12,000 ft). We will hike up to the peak on Saturday and return to camp. Hike out and drive home on Sunday. Total distance for the trip is 12 miles with an elevation gain of 3600 ft. There is the...|
|Canyoneering in Zion National Park||Dan Creveling||Thu, 2015-10-01||Canyoneering in Zion National Park (A 2015 trip of the Los Alamos Mountaineers) Pre-Trip Training: TBD (Two Days) Trip to Zion National Park: October 1st - October 6th Trip Leader: Dan Creveling (plus many people helping!) 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, rappelling, climbing, scrambling, and swimming to some of the best that...|
|Llama pack trip, Silver Falls Canyon, October 10-18, 2015||Bill Priedhorsky||Sat, 2015-10-10||As my friends know, I cannot get enough of the canyon country, and am planning our fall trip even though our spring trip is a still couple of months away. This will be a mid-October expedition, the finest time of the year, to the junction of Silver Falls Canyon and the Escalante River in Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument, supported by our favorite llama packer, BJ Orozco of Llama 2 Boot. This is the same destination as a wonderful trip that we took in the fall of 2002. A detailed...|
|Moab Bike/Hike||Bill Priedhorsky||Sat, 2015-11-07||(Note 11/25/14: This trip was announced at the Nov. 19th Mountaineers meeting the old-fashioned way, by announcement to those who were there, and the Moab Retreat House is filling quickly. There remain various options in the house, including a nice bedroom that is available Saturday-Wednesday, one of the family rooms, the infamous Murphy bed, etc.) I would like to announce the seventh edition of our very successful trips to Moab. Our November 2014 trip was wonderful, and we are ready to go...|