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

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 2019 Climbing School will start May 1, 2019.
 
Please see this page for the most up-to-date info

Course Objectives: Beginner through intermediate students will learn the fundamentals of single-pitch rock climbing. The five-week course, taught by an AMGA certified Single-Pitch Instructor, will cover fundamentals of top-roping, anchor building, climbing technique & movement, rappel, and sport lead climbing. Students will be required to provide a minimum amount of climbing equipment (see Minimum Equipment Requirements). This equipment is necessary to participate in the class, and detailed instruction will be provided throughout the course. The combination of selected equipment and course instruction are tailored to meet all current climbing-industry standards and best practices, and will prepare students to participate in LAM single-pitch outings in the Northern New Mexico area.

The class fills quickly with only 24 seats, so early registration is recommended.

This includes 4 Wed nights, 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.
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.
  • Atalaya Peak

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky and Mary Thompson
    Telephone: 
    505 412 0376
    Date: 
    Fri, 2019-04-26
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Allowed

    On my Friday off, I'd like to try a New Mexico classic - Atalaya Peak out of Santa Fe, 6.6 miles rt, 1560 feet vertical. We'll leave Los Alamos at 8:00 AM this Friday and carpool as much as we can. Let me know if you are interested. Bill

     

  • Pajarito Gorge Canyoneering

    Leader: 
    Brett Kettering
    Telephone: 
    505-500-4307
    Date: 
    Sat, 2019-04-27
    Leader Email: 
    brettmk@gmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    NOTICE 4/12/19:

    This trip is currently full. I'll put your name on a waitlist if you wish.

    Prerequisite: Competent rapeller.

    Where: Pajarito Gorge. Trailhead is at the end of Kimberley Lane in White Rock. Parking is limited, so carpool if you can.

    When: 4/27/19, 9am - early afternoon, depending on speed we can move the group through the canyon.

  • Wilderness First Aid certification at Gallina Canyon Ranch, May 3-5, 2019

    Leader: 
    Joy Whittle
    Telephone: 
    505-510-4022
    Date: 
    Fri, 2019-05-03
    Leader Email: 
    joy.whittle@sothebyshomes.com
    Difficulty: 
    Easy
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Accidents happen in the out of doors. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life.

  • Trip Leader 101

    Leader: 
    Michael Altherr
    Telephone: 
    505 231-3561
    Date: 
    Sun, 2019-05-05
    Leader Email: 
    mraltherr1@gmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    We will combine a trip down the non-technical portion of Escobas Canyon (one of my local favorites) with a discussion (before departing) on the requirements to put a trip together and lead a trip. This is a largely off-trail excursion and will likely have you out for 4-6 hours. I have not been down the water course for a while and I'm not sure what shape it's in. However, I am confident that there will be some bush whacking, and you will want to dress in long pants and have a long sleeve shirt available. Bring lunch snacks and enough water for a day out.

  • Otowi Peak Hike

    Leader: 
    Rachel Cowan
    Telephone: 
    15055005323
    Date: 
    Sat, 2019-05-11
    Leader Email: 
    rachelcowan@hotmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Join PEEC and the Los Alamos Mountaineers for the first hike of the new Northern New Mexico Peak Challenge!

  • El Salto Falls Canyoneering

    Leader: 
    Brett Kettering
    Telephone: 
    505-500-4307
    Date: 
    Sat, 2019-05-11
    Leader Email: 
    brettmk@gmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Strenuous
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Prerequisite: Competent rapeller.

    Where: The southeast corner of the Taos Walmart parking lot, 926 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM 87571, USA. Parking at the trailhead is limited and there is a fee per car, so carpool if you can. We'll further load cars at the Walmart.

    When: 5/11/19, 10am (at Taos Walmart) - early afternoon, depending on speed we can move the group through the canyon.

  • Full Moon Hike and Potluck Dinner

    Leader: 
    Jean Dewart
    Telephone: 
    5054125424
    Date: 
    Fri, 2019-05-17
    Leader Email: 
    jdewart@q.com
    Difficulty: 
    Easy
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Allowed

    Sign up for this hike/potluck thru the PEEC web link below.  

    Join PEEC, astrophysicist Galen Gisler, and avid hiker Jean Dewart of the Los Alamos Mountaineers for a full moon hike and potluck dinner.  It's really a great evening to take a hike and learn about the stars - it turns out, when the moon is out, it is easier to learn the major stars and constellations.  

  • Alpine Spring Backpack with Optional Summit Bid

    Leader: 
    Michael Altherr
    Telephone: 
    505 231 3561
    Date: 
    Fri, 2019-05-17
    Leader Email: 
    mraltherr1@gmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Strenuous
    Technicality: 
    Advanced
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    We will plan to camp near Willow Lake in the Western drainage of the Crestones, below Kit Carson Peak. On Friday May 17tth we will drive from Los Alamos to Crestone, Co., departing around 09:00 with an anticipated arrival in Crestone of around 12:30. From there we will shoulder our backpacks and climb the 2850' in 41/4 miles to Willow Lk and set up camp. On Saturday, those interested can make a go at Kit Carson, or simply enjoy the day exploring the cirque. All my prior trips into the Crestones have been from the other side of the ridge (via S.Colony Lakes).

  • lower Grand Canyon commercial paddle raft trip May 2019

    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

    THIS TRIP IS CURRENTLY FULL

    Dear Mountaineers,

  • Mt Taylor Excursion - 1 June 2019

    Leader: 
    Evan Rose
    Telephone: 
    5056958945
    Date: 
    Sat, 2019-06-01
    Leader Email: 
    evan_rose@msn.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Allowed

    NEW INFORMATION: Sign up via PEEC website or at the Nature Center in Los Alamos! See Below.

    Mt Taylor is one of the seven peaks in the Northern New Mexico Peak Challenge, a program sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Los Alamos Mountaineers.  See this site for details of the program:

    https://peecnature.org/   Look under the "Learn" dropdown menu.

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