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Monthly Program:

High Pointing Gets Addictive

Wed, 2015-03-18

Please join us Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7 pm at the Fuller Lodge (Los Alamos) for an exciting presentation by Brett Kettering – a local, active LAM members.

Over the years Brett Kettering has been visiting state high points as he has opportunity. Lately it’s become more of an addiction. Brett has summitted some of the states' highest peaks, including: Borah Peak (ID) and Granite Peak (MT). Borah Peak required a 5,200' elevation gain in 3.5 miles to reach the 12,662’ summit. Granite required a 9 mile backpack in, then a 2 mile approach to the Couloir that took them up 1,800' to the 12,799' summit. In the next few years, Brett has plans to summit some additional state high points: Hood (OR), Whitney (CA), Boundary (NV), Rainier (WA), Gannett (WY), Mauna Kea (HI), and Katahdin (ME). Come see some grand pictures of the high elevation terrain and scenery that await you!




Monthly Public Meeting and Presentation:
held in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge on the 3rd Wednesday of each month
Social and 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!  Digital projector compliments of Los Alamos National Bank.

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



Climbing School Update



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:

  • 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.

Upcoming Trips

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Title Leader Teaser
Pajarito Mountain to La Cueva Ski Tour Scott Baily and Norbert Ensslin Sat, 2015-03-07 This ski tour is open to members of the Mountaineers and their guests.  The trip will start from the west end of the Pajarito Mountain ski area parking lot at 6 AM sharp.  The tour will be led by Scott Baily, with Norbert providing logistical support.  All skiers must sign a Valles Preserve waiver and a Los Alamos Mountaineers Club trip waiver before departing, and we’ll also collect the $10 Valles Preserve access fee (in cash).  We also need to work out car pools or...
La Cueva to San Antonio Hot Springs Ski Tour Norbert Ensslin and Scott Baily Sat, 2015-03-07 We will start from the highway near La Cueva and ski to the San Antonio Hot Springs.  The tour will be led by Norbert Ensslin and is intended to meet up at the hot springs with the ski party coming from Pajarito Mountain, led by Scott Baily. Our goal is to have a fun, relaxed day of skiing, and hopefully provide some support (in the way of drinks, goodies, broken track, car switches, etc.) for tired skiers coming all the way from Pajarito.   This ski tour is roughly 10 miles round...
Mt. Hood Snow/Ice Skills Practice Brett Kettering Sun, 2015-03-08 This is primarily for people who are planning to climb Mt. Hood with us 6/29 - 7/3 this year. It is for snow/ice skills we want to learn or improve upon before heading to Mt. Hood.   Some possible locations are: A) At Pajarito Ski Hill there is the really steep pitch at the base of the Aspen chair,  just west of the chair on-ramp. We can use this if there is no skiing at Pajarito on this day.   B) One of the sledding areas up around Ski Santa Fe.   We'll find...
Hueco Tanks Ron Morgan Fri, 2015-03-20 A climbing trip to Hueco Tanks.  Hikers and afficionadoes of rock art are welcome also. We'll leave on Friday the 20th about 1pm in order to reach the entrance station to Hueco Tanks Texas State Park before 5pm (to get our campsites before they close). Climb, Hike, Sightsee the 21st/22nd/ and the morning of the 23d.  Vacate the campground before 2pm on the 23d, and leave the Park heading for Los Alamos before the park closes at 6 that evening. Reservations are required for...
Ski/snowboard New Mexico's highest peak Kelly Gallagher Sun, 2015-04-12 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   The most common and achievable route is the Timberline Lodge Approach via the South Side/Hogsback route, 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 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 on the Chama)  The trip is suitable for kayaks, canoes, inflatables, and small rafts. We...
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...
Fall 2015 Canyon Adventure: announcing Oct. 10-18 dates Bill Priedhorsky Sat, 2015-10-10 While I am not sure of our destination, I know that I will be organizing one of our traditional adventures over Columbus Day week (Sat. Oct. 10 to Sun. Oct. 18), and I know that it will be wonderful - they always are. I have some llama trip ideas that I am discussing with BJ of Boulder. Please watch this space. If interested, drop me a line. Bill
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...

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