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Monthly Program:

Oh, Canada: Dayhiking the Great White North

Date: 
Tue, 2018-02-27

 

Most peaks in the lower 48 can be done in a day. But what about Canada? Access turns out to be much more difficult in our sparsely-populated neighbor to the north, with vast pathless regions reachable only by helicopter. However, many classic peaks in the Selkirks and Rockies can still be done in a day, from the convenient peaks around Rogers Pass and Lake Louise, to Mount Robson, the “great white fright.” Even the more accessible Canadian peaks are wilder and more dramatic than just about anything found in the lower 48, with sheer faces, deep valleys, and big glaciers.

In this talk, Sean presents stories and photos from some memorable climbs in the Bugaboos, Rogers Pass, and the Rockies from two trips in 2014 and 2017. All were done in a day, most using standard fast-and-light gear. Hopefully they will bring back memories for some Mountaineers, and inspire others to brave the border crossing and visit Canada’s spectacular peaks.

About the speaker: A Los Alamos native, Sean O’Rourke grew up hiking the peaks of the Jemez, Pecos, and San Juans, then went to college in Houston, far from anything resembling a hill.  Since finishing graduate school in 2009, he has returned to the mountains, climbing throughout the west and parts of Canada.  He has spent the past few years demonstrating that many of the most remote peaks in the lower 48 can be done car-to-car in a day, culminating in a 28-hour traverse of Washington’s Northern Picket Range last August.  See http://drdirtbag.com/ for reports on over 500 outings since 2010.

 

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 7:00pm.   Program at 7:30pm.

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

Registration is now open! Go to this page to register.

The climbing school is full!

(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.
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.
  • Arroyo del Cobre, Abiquiu

    Leader: 
    Rachel Cowan
    Telephone: 
    505 500 5323
    Date: 
    Sat, 2018-02-24
    Leader Email: 
    rachelcowan@hotmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Note: this trip is full, but we are collecting a waiting list

    Join us for a hike through the red rock wonderland of Arroyo del Cobre near Abiquiqu. We'll hike through a slot canyon to a high point and then visit some amazing geologic formations, part on-trail and part bush-whacking. Approximately 5 miles with a close fit in the slot canyon and about 800 ft elevation change. Car pool from the White Rock Y, leaving at 8 a.m. 

     

  • X-C Ski at Cumbres Pass

    Leader: 
    Jean Dewart
    Telephone: 
    5056629592
    Date: 
    Sun, 2018-02-25
    Leader Email: 
    jdewart@q.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Allowed

    There is snow at Cumbres Pass!  Let's go for a day ski on Sunday Feb 25th.  We will either ski Dixie Creek or go over to Spruce Hole/Pinerealosa Peak, depending upon the group's interest.    

    Let's meet at Sullivan Field at 7 am to carpool.  It is going to be a fairly cold day (high temp ~ 24 oF), so bring layers.  Lunch, water, goggles, 2 pairs of gloves, skins if you have them (not required).

    If you'd like to come, send me an email at jdewart@q.com   

    Questions?  Let me know.  

     

     

  • Buckskin Gulch To Paria Canyon Backpack

    Leader: 
    Jafer Martin
    Telephone: 
    505-340-9836
    Date: 
    Fri, 2018-03-23
    Leader Email: 
    jafr3@tutanota.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    I have a permit for 5 people March 24 & 25 for Buckskin/Paria Canyon in far north Arizona. Its an overnight backpack, starting at the Buckskin Gulch trailhead, going down Buckskin Gulch then going up Paria Canyon to exit at White House. Because of the dates (it was the only dates that I could get that week), we will have to drive there Friday, leave a car at the Whitehouse trailhead for a shuttle, then start hiking on Saturday. In order to recoup permit costs, this trip is $10 per person.

  • Llama Assisted Boulder/Escalante Canyon Country Adventure May 12-20, 2018

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    5054120376
    Date: 
    Sat, 2018-05-12
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Once more into the Canyon Country! For our spring 2018 trip, I have arranged with BJ Orozco of Llama2Boot to shuttle us to a camp on The Gulch, which is actually a clear-water stream a few miles upstream from the Escalante River. This will be a cool and comfortable destination for a mid-May trip. We’ve worried about warm weather in previous Mays, but actually haven’t run into much, and have had our share of cool or even snowy weather instead. There is complex slickrock in many directions from this camp, so there will be plenty to explore in our 5 days of wilderness hiking.

  • 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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