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Monthly Program:

Skiing and Climbing from Chamonix to Argentina to Antarctic

Date: 
Tue, 2017-01-24

Please join us Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation by Alex Mueller.

In late 2014, Alex had the luck of traveling to Antarctica to go ski mountaineering with a team of friends and a boatful of great people. It really was the trip of a lifetime, and is accessible to everybody. As his journey to this point started on a visit to France, he will be showing photos of skiing and climbing from Chamonix, Argentina and Antarctica.

Social at 6:45, reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7:00pm. Program at 7:30pm.

Photo: Alex Mueller making friends with a penguin.

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!

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.

(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.
  • Grouse Creek - Red Lake - Red Lake Road X-C Ski

    Leader: 
    Jean Dewart
    Telephone: 
    5056629592
    Date: 
    Sat, 2017-01-21
    Leader Email: 
    jdewart@q.com
    Difficulty: 
    Strenuous
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Allowed

    Let's try the Grouse Creek - Red Lake - Red Lake Road X-C Ski loop at Cumbres Pass.

    (hopefully, our Jan 16th tour will be successful in setting up this next trip!)

  • Avi Refresher - Modification

    Leader: 
    Michael Altherr
    Telephone: 
    505 231 3561
    Date: 
    Sun, 2017-01-22
    Leader Email: 
    mraltherr1@gmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Easy
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    This is a major modification of a trip planned to go to the vicinity of the Brazos Overlook due to a sustained road closure on NM Hwy 64. Apparently, NM Hwy. 64 between Tierra Amarilla and Tres Piedras has been closed for some time. It looked like it closed in late December and has not yet reopened. I checked today and the road is still closed, and with the prospect of additional snow this weekend I think the chance of it re-opening before Sunday are slim to none.

  • Snow sports weekend Durango, Purgatory, and beyond

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    5054120376
    Date: 
    Thu, 2017-02-02
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Let's head to Durango for a winter sports weekend at Purgatory and mountain points beyond. There is plenty of snow up there - 64" base as of January 19 - and likely more to come. Purgatory offers terrain for beginners to experts, and some of the finest views of any ski area in Colorado.

  • Cumbres Pass X-C Weekend

    Leader: 
    Heidi Rogers
    Telephone: 
    505 301 7504
    Date: 
    Fri, 2017-03-03
    Leader Email: 
    heidihrogers@me.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Allowed

    Heidi Rogers is opening her home in the Brazos to be a base for a weekend of snowsports at Cumbres Pass and vicinity.   As of January 10th (could put in a later date, because it will snow all week!), there is beginner and intermediate X-C skiing or snowshoeing at the Edward Sargent's Wildlife Area, just north of the village of Chama.  And there are lots of options for beginner/intermediate/expert X-C and snowshoe tours at Cumbres and La Manga Passes.

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

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    5054120376
    Date: 
    Thu, 2017-05-25
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    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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