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Monthly Program:

"Snow and Ice: Adventures in Scientific Study of our Cold, Cold World..."

Date: 
Tue, 2018-06-26

Dan Berisford, PhD  Technologist, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab will talk about Mountain snowpack:  lifeblood of the American west and water supply for 1 Billion people globally.  For the skier and mountaineer, the snowpack presents a delicate balance of allure and danger.  For the water resource manager, it presents an ill-constrained water storage mechanism.  For the scientist, it presents an incredibly complex challenge to measure, predict, and attempt to understand.  In this talk, we will discuss how snowpack properties are measured with traditional and state-of-the-art technology, as well as a few new experimental techniques that may change our understanding of how snow gets deposited and allow accurate water runoff prediction.  We will also discuss some of my personal experiences in the quest to study snow and ice, from the San Juan to the Arctic, both on the ground and from the sky.

Ongoing Events

 

 

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 7:05pm.   Program to follow.

Past presentations, and occasionally future, can be viewed here.
Visitors are always welcome!  Free refreshments!

 

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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 2018 Climbing School will happen in May.
 
<Please see this page for the most up-to-date info

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.
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.
  • Rubber Ducky Float Trip

    Leader: 
    Zack Baker
    Telephone: 
    505-412-5961
    Date: 
    Sat, 2018-06-23
    Leader Email: 
    zackbaker@gmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    ** If the forest is closed due to fire danger, we will consider other options for a float

     

    Join Zack for a Rio Grande floating adventure. We will start at 9am on Saturday June 23 at the Red Dot trailhead, hike down to the river, continue up the river trail to the bottom of the Blue Dot. There, we will stop and enjoy lunch and inflate our floating toys/mattresses/water wings. We will then float back down to the Red Dot, wash off in the clean springs, and hike back to our cars.

     

  • Serpent Lake Backpack (Exploratory)

    Leader: 
    Tanja Pietrass
    Telephone: 
    Contact via email
    Date: 
    Sat, 2018-06-23
    Leader Email: 
    Tpietrass@gmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Let’s head out to Serpent Lake in the Pecos Wilderness. From there we can climb Jicarito Peak and another unnamed peak. I have not been there, so it’s somewhat exploratory. If people can make it, we can drive out Friday night and camp at the trailhead, or we leave Saturday morning from LA - I’m flexible, so just communicate your preference. Distance is about 11 miles roundtrip, and 2300 feet elevation. The Mountaineers did this trip in 2007 - see here for a trip report: http://lamountaineers.org/oldtrips/178.html

  • Fool’s Canyon, Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument, October 6-14, 2018

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    please email
    Date: 
    Sat, 2018-10-06
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

     

    Wanted: 7 companions to accompany me as I continue my lifelong exploration of the Canyon Country, and especially the slickrock-rich Escalante country. We will head to a destination that we have never yet visited: Fool’s Canyon, deep in the wilderness beyond Scorpion Gulch, our October 2012 destination.

  • Comb Ridge/Cedar Mesa/White Canyon hiking Oct. 24-28

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    please email
    Date: 
    Wed, 2018-10-24
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    In a revival of an old tradition, I'd like spend a hiking weekend based in Bluff, Utah, which is the closest corner of the canyon country, just 5 1/2 hours drive from Los Alamos. Going in late October, we should have fine, cool weather, perfect for exploring the slick rock and ruins in the vicinity of Bluff, farther afield in the canyons that carve into Comb Ridge, in the canyons that drain Cedar Mesa, and in White Canyon and its tributaries. We spend many winter long weekends in the vicinity, but haven't been back since 2009.

  • Moab bike/hike Nov. 7-12

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    (505) 412 0376
    Date: 
    Wed, 2018-11-07
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    I would like to announce the tenth edition of our very successful trips to Moab. We have been going most Novembers since 2008, and every time has been a great success. The 2014 trip report can be found at http://lamountaineers.org/node/479#comment-57.

  • lower Grand Canyon commercial paddle raft trip May 2019 (respond by Jan 31)

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    505 412 0376
    Date: 
    Mon, 2019-05-20
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Strenuous
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Dear Mountaineers,

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