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Monthly Program:

"Greenland Trek" by Jeff Johnson

Date: 
Tue, 2019-03-26

In August 2018 several friends from Los Alamos participated in a guided trekking tour of Greenland.

Over the course of 12 days they enjoyed the majestic beauty of the Karale fjord and the Tasiilaq fjord

region of Eastern Greenland hiking past rugged mountain peaks, fjords, glaciers and icebergs.

Jeff Johnson will provide to the Los Alamos Mountaineers a photo tour and his impressions of the trip to

Reykjavic, Iceland; Kulusuk, Greenland and treking tour on March 26 at the Los Alamos Nature Center

operated by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at 7:00PM.

 

The month meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the planetarium of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC)  2600 Canyon Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544

Social at 6:45.  Reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7:05pm.   Program to follow.

Visitors are always welcome!  Free refreshments!

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!

 

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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 2019 Climbing School will start May 1, 2019.
 
Please see this page for the most up-to-date info

Course Objectives: Beginner through intermediate students will learn the fundamentals of single-pitch rock climbing. The five-week course, taught by an AMGA certified Single-Pitch Instructor, will cover fundamentals of top-roping, anchor building, climbing technique & movement, rappel, and sport lead climbing. Students will be required to provide a minimum amount of climbing equipment (see Minimum Equipment Requirements). This equipment is necessary to participate in the class, and detailed instruction will be provided throughout the course. The combination of selected equipment and course instruction are tailored to meet all current climbing-industry standards and best practices, and will prepare students to participate in LAM single-pitch outings in the Northern New Mexico area.

The class fills quickly with only 24 seats, so early registration is recommended.

This includes 4 Wed nights, and 5 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.
  • Ski Purgatory March 28-March 31

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    5054120376
    Date: 
    Thu, 2019-03-28
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    What, another ski trip? Why not - this has been an epic season, and it is not done yet. Purgatory, our destination, has a base of 100 inches (!) and will be operating well into April. Folks with most Pajarito passes have some free days at Purgatory; if you don't have such a pass, please talk to me about using my buddy passes for a discount on this trip. We will leave after work on Thursday, March 28, perhaps at 4 PM, and drive to Durango. Based on the number of participants we will arrange lodging, renting a condo or house if there are enough of us.

  • Canyoneering Ground School

    Leader: 
    Brett Kettering
    Telephone: 
    505-500-4307
    Date: 
    Sat, 2019-03-30
    Leader Email: 
    brettmk@gmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Hi all:

    Where: Brett & Kate Kettering's home. Call or email for the address.

    When: 3/30/19, 9am - early afternoon, depending on speed we can cover material.

  • Continental Divide Trail north of Abiquiu

    Leader: 
    Sue Barns and Steve Koch
    Telephone: 
    5054129450
    Date: 
    Sat, 2019-03-30
    Leader Email: 
    dogstarz505@gmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Allowed

    Please join us in exploring a segment of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) north of Abiquiu. The hike will start at a parking area (and shrine!) 4.5 miles north of Echo Ampitheater, and climb ca. 1000 feet over 3.5 miles to the rim of the Mesa de los Viejos. After enjoying lunch, and what will hopefully be a sweeping view of Ghost Ranch and surrounding areas, we'll stroll back to cars. If time is appropriate and hikers are interested, we can go to dinner somewhere on the way back.

    Hike length: approx. 7 miles      Elevation change:  approx. 1000 ft  from trailhead

  • Pajarito Gorge Canyoneering

    Leader: 
    Brett Kettering
    Telephone: 
    505-500-4307
    Date: 
    Sat, 2019-04-13
    Leader Email: 
    brettmk@gmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Prerequisite: Competent rapeller.

    Where: Pajarito Gorge. Trailhead is at the end of Kimberley Lane in White Rock. Parking is limited, so carpool if you can.

    When: 4/13/19, 9am - early afternoon, depending on speed we can move the group through the canyon.

  • Wilderness First Aid certification at Gallina Canyon Ranch, May 3-5, 2019

    Leader: 
    Joy Whittle
    Telephone: 
    505-510-4022
    Date: 
    Fri, 2019-05-03
    Leader Email: 
    joy.whittle@sothebyshomes.com
    Difficulty: 
    Easy
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Accidents happen in the out of doors. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life.

  • El Salto Falls Canyoneering

    Leader: 
    Brett Kettering
    Telephone: 
    505-500-4307
    Date: 
    Sat, 2019-05-11
    Leader Email: 
    brettmk@gmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Strenuous
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Prerequisite: Competent rapeller.

    Where: The southeast corner of the Taos Walmart parking lot, 926 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM 87571, USA. Parking at the trailhead is limited and there is a fee per car, so carpool if you can. We'll further load cars at the Walmart.

    When: 5/11/19, 10am (at Taos Walmart) - early afternoon, depending on speed we can move the group through the canyon.

  • Otowi Peak Hike

    Leader: 
    Rachel Cowan
    Telephone: 
    15055005323
    Date: 
    Sat, 2019-05-11
    Leader Email: 
    rachelcowan@hotmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Join PEEC and the Los Alamos Mountaineers for the first hike of the new Northern New Mexico Peak Challenge!

  • lower Grand Canyon commercial paddle raft trip May 2019

    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

    THIS TRIP IS CURRENTLY FULL

    Dear Mountaineers,

  • Mt Taylor Excursion - 1 June 2019

    Leader: 
    Evan Rose
    Telephone: 
    5056958945
    Date: 
    Sat, 2019-06-01
    Leader Email: 
    evan_rose@msn.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Allowed

    NEW INFORMATION: Sign up via PEEC website or at the Nature Center in Los Alamos! See Below.

    Mt Taylor is one of the seven peaks in the Northern New Mexico Peak Challenge, a program sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Los Alamos Mountaineers.  See this site for details of the program:

    https://peecnature.org/   Look under the "Learn" dropdown menu.

  • Pedernal Hike

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    505-412-0376
    Date: 
    Sat, 2019-06-29
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorski.net
    Difficulty: 
    Strenuous
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Join PEEC and the Los Alamos Mountaineers for an ascent of one of the seven peaks of the Northern New Mexico Peak Challenge.

    Pedernal is a landmark visible throughout northern New Mexico, standing as a sentinel at the northern end of the Jemez Mountains. It was Georgia O'Keeffe's mountain, painted by her time after time. The summit is a classic destination and views from its 9,862' narrow top are spectacular. 

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