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Monthly Program:

Life's short - paddle hard

Date: 
Wed, 2015-07-15

Stay tuned for the description of the exciting monthly program on July 15th!
 
Here is a teaser - Rachel Robey tearin' it up on the Tunnel Rapid in the Gore Canyon race!
 

 

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!  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.  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  alexadamsk2@hotmail.com

 

 

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

Hints:  You must log in to sign up for trips or to post new trips!  

Title Leader Teaser
Upper Jaramillo Creek - Valles Caldera Preserve Bill Priedhorsky Sat, 2015-07-18 Under the new Park Service management, access to the Valles Caldera has changed. The shuttle vans are gone, but a limited number of private vehicles are permitted drive-in access to the backcountry. Many of the former roads have been closed and reserved for hiking, so the Caldera will become a wilder place than it was before. We have made a reservation for Saturday, July 18, and will drive to the backcountry for an in-and-out hike on the upper Jaramillo, a valley with a pretty little creek that...
Specialty Course : Introduction to Canyoneering Dan Creveling Sat, 2015-08-01 Description: This course will introduce students to the tools and techniques of modern canyoneering methods. It consists of two morning instructional sessions and an afternoon “graduation” canyoneering session. A LOT of information will be covered in a short amount of time, so don't consider this a replacement for a full introduction to canyoneering course. The basics will be covered in the most detail, and more advanced techniques will only be introduced/demonstrated. Canyon...
Hiking from a luxury hut in the San Juans Sept. 3-7 Bill Priedhorsky Thu, 2015-09-03 In the Mountaineers tradition, we will travel in style to the San Juan Mountaineers in the Silverton area. I have rented the OPUS hut, which is quite comfortable with hot and cold running water, catered meals, and drinks served. The hut is at 11,800 feet and accessible by car down a rough road. Their web site says "Old mule trails left from the days of hardrock mining, offer adventurous explorations around the hut, many of which do not show on popular maps. Many short hiking loops leave...
Eastern Sierra Climbing Trip Michael Altherr Sun, 2015-09-13 We willl spend the week of September 13 climbing objectives in the Eastern Sierra. The nucleating event will be an incursion into the Whitney Zone from the trailhead at the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek. We have 12 slots for climbers camping at Iceberg Lake, a cirque near the base of Mt. Whitney @ 12,600 feet. One party of six will depart on the 13th in a team led by Brett Kettering and another party of six will depart on the 14th in a team led by Michael Altherr. The permits allow all...
Climbing in 11 Mile Canyon Ron Morgan Fri, 2015-09-25 Climbing in 11 Mile Canyon, south of Lake George, Co.  This trip is geared for the new Graduates of the LAM Climbing School.  As this is the third time this trip is posted, it's entirely possible that the new Graduates will die of old age before this trip has a completion date. I'll need several lead climbers to help me make the new (old) climbers feel right at home, please contact me for bribes (I mean, "inducements to lead").   We'll leave after work on...
Canyoneering in Zion National Park Dan Creveling Thu, 2015-10-01 Canyoneering in Zion National Park (A 2015 trip of the Los Alamos Mountaineers) Pre-Trip Training: TBD (Two Days) Trip to Zion National Park: October 1st - October 6th Trip Leader: Dan Creveling (plus many people helping!)   Have you been to Zion? I mean, have you REALLY been to Zion?? This is your chance to discover all of Zion's hidden gems that most people who visit the park never get to see. We will be hiking, rappelling, climbing, scrambling, and swimming to some of the best that...
Ute Mountain Car Camp and Hike - October 3-4 Jan Studebaker Sat, 2015-10-03 Earlier this year I announced this same trip, but had to cancel due to weather. So I plan to try again this October.   For many years as I drove past San Antonio Mountain on my way to Alamosa I looked to the East and wondered what that obvious mountain was that almost looked like San Antonio's sister.  I later discovered it was named Ute Mountain.  I had climbed San Antonio several times, but didn't know how to get to Ute.  Luckily fellow LAM mountaineer Jason...
Llama pack trip, Silver Falls Canyon, October 10-18, 2015 Bill Priedhorsky Sat, 2015-10-10 As my friends know, I cannot get enough of the canyon country, and am planning our fall trip even though our spring trip is a still couple of months away. This will be a mid-October expedition, the finest time of the year, to the junction of Silver Falls Canyon and the Escalante River in Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument, supported by our favorite llama packer, BJ Orozco of Llama 2 Boot. This is the same destination as a wonderful trip that we took in the fall of 2002. A detailed...
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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