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Monthly Program:

The Insider's Guide to Hiking Valles Caldera National Preserve

Date: 
Tue, 2020-09-22

The September Mountaineers meeting will feature a talk by Coco Rae entitled “The Insider's Guide to Hiking Valles Caldera National Preserve.”

As Valles Caldera National Preserve marks its 20th birthday as public land, at long last there is a trail guide to its backcountry. What started as a volunteer project on trail conditions turned into an 18-month long labor of love over hundreds of miles to produce a guidebook that has proven overwhelmingly popular. Join Coco Rae, author of Hiking Trails in Valles Caldera National Preserve, as she reveals some of the secrets of VCNP's rarely-traveled backcountry and describes three of her favorite trails: El Cajete Loop, Northwest Corner Trail, and Sulfur & Alamo Canyons Loop. Learn about bubbling mudpots and steaming fumaroles, hidden valleys and geothermal ponds, and where you're likely to spot elk and other wildlife. See some of the captivating beauty of VCNP's varied landscape, and get the inside scoop on where to start exploring.

The Mountaineer's monthly meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month. When held in person, they take place in the planetarium of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), 2600 Canyon Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544. Recent meetings have been held electronically. To register for this meeting, go to https://peecnature.org/events/details/?id=36252.

Based on the success of recent electronic meetings, the Mountaineers are considering simulcasting future in-person meetings.

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!

 


Get a 2020 Official Mountaineers T-Shirt

To support the Mountaineers spirit in these challenging times, we are pleased to offer our members the latest Mountaineers t-shirt, with a design based on our adventures around the world, shipped to your home anywhere in the US. The design comes in women’s and unisex versions, per the pictures below, in a wicking fabric The shirts cost $20 each. They may be picked up in Los Alamos, or shipped via USPS for $5 per shirt to any address in the US. Because of the circumstances, we cannot accept returns, so we’ve measured the shirts, and they are sized as follows:
      Circumference Height
dimensions in inches # in stock under arms midriff hips collar to waist
Women's
XS 6 28 27 1/2 32 23 1/2
S 6 31 30 34 24 1/2
M 4 32 31 35 24 1/2
L 1 35 34 38 25 1/2
XL 6 37 35 40 25 1/2
Unisex
S 5 34 35 28
M 4 38 1/2 39 28 1/2
L 5 42 42 29
XL 5 44 46 29 1/2

 

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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.

 

 

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.
  • Guided tour of Via Ferrata Taos Ski Valley

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    5054120376
    Date: 
    Sat, 2020-09-26
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    I'd like to organize a group for the Via Ferrata at Taos Ski Valley. The Via is accessible only to guided groups, with a maximum of 4 participants. It should be a lovely and challenging adventure - see https://www.skitaos.com/via-ferrata. We have two participants so far, so with a 3rd, the cost for the all-day outing will be $217 per person, and will drop to $187 if there are 4 of us. We will start at Taos Ski Valley, about 2 hours from Los Alamos, at 8:45 AM. Contact Bill to join in.

  • CANCELLED: San Pedro Parks Backpack (new date, 2 nights)

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    5054120376
    Date: 
    Fri, 2020-10-02
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Allowed

    CANCELLED FOR LACK OF INTEREST:

  • Ladder Canyon, llama drop trip, October 10-October 18, 2020

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    5054120376
    Date: 
    Sat, 2020-10-10
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Strenuous
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    In the wake of a successful spring 2020 llama Canyon trip, our fall 2020 trip will try again for the Ladder Canyon area, which was too dry for camping in fall 2019. We have not yet visited Ladder Canyon, which lies beyond the First and Main area and above the Escalante River. First and Main was our fall 2006 and fall 2011 destination.

  • Moab Bike/Hike/Explore November 7-15, 2020

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    (505) 412-0376
    Date: 
    Sat, 2020-11-07
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    I would like to announce the twelfth edition of our successful hike/explore/bike trips to Moab. We have been going most Novembers since 2008, and every time has been a great success. The 2014 trip report can be found at http://lamountaineers.org/node/479#comment-57.

  • Avy Refresher 2020

    Leader: 
    Michael Altherr
    Telephone: 
    5052313561
    Date: 
    Sun, 2020-12-13
    Leader Email: 
    mraltherr1@gmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Sunday Dec. 13

    This may be a bit premature, but it snowed today! No doubt Indian Summer is yet to come, but ...

    Los Alamos participants will plan on leaving from the LANB Parking Lot at 07:30, meeting White Rock participants and departing the Y parking area at 07:45. Santa Fe participants can meet the group at the Northern New Mexico Campus parking area in Espanola at 08:00. Both skiers and snowshoers are welcome.

  • Llama trek around the Scorpion Flat canyons April 12-25

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    (505) 412-0376
    Date: 
    Mon, 2021-04-12
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Strenuous
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    In this new version of our canyon country adventures, I would like to solicit interest for an 11-night, multi-point llama trek around the various canyons and high points of the Scorpion Flat, west of the Escalante River and east of the Hole in the Rock road south of Escalante, Utah. Destinations include Gates Tank, Fools Canyon, Les George Point, Scorpion Canyon, the Escalante River, and 25 Mile Canyon.

  • Selway River raft trip July 14-19, 2021

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    505 412 0376
    Date: 
    Wed, 2021-07-14
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Advanced
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Planning ahead, I have booked the entire 11-person trip for a 5-night descent of the Selway River, a 47-mile outing that starts in southeastern Montana. We will travel with Hughes Expeditions, who have impressed us with the quality of their service on the Middle Fork of the Salmon, for example on our 2016 trip . Per Hughes' writeup, "The Selway River Trip is a premier mountain wilderness, whitewater, camping, and fly fishing trip that flows through beautiful forested canyons.

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