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Monthly Program:

Hiking an extension of Iceland's famous Laugavegur Trail

Date: 
Tue, 2019-05-28

We give an account of a three-day, 78-kilometer trek along an extension of the Laugavegur trail starting in Skogar on the southern coast and heading inland to Landmannalaugar, the isolated home of well-known thermal pools. The trail covers barren rock mountains, lush green hills with waterfalls, and glaciers, and is only open at the peak of summer due to snow pack. Good planning is essential to a happy hike --  we'll share details of our trek and tips for planning your own. (Spoiler: the only ways in or out of Landmannalaugar are on foot and in a semi-aquatic vehicle!)

 

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.
  • Rescheduled---Otowi Peak Hike

    Leader: 
    Rachel Cowan
    Telephone: 
    15055005323
    Date: 
    Sat, 2019-05-25
    Leader Email: 
    rachelcowan@hotmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    This hike is re-scheduled for May 25. Please contact PEEC. 

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

  • Ancho Springs Technical Canyoneering

    Leader: 
    Brett Kettering
    Telephone: 
    505-500-4307
    Date: 
    Sun, 2019-05-26
    Leader Email: 
    brettmk@gmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    !! WEATHER ALERT !!

    The weather forecast is not promising to do this canyon on 5/11. For Friday and Saturday the rainfall will be significant and the temps cold.

    I'll reschedule for Memorial Day weekend, 5/26 for now.

    Prerequisite: Competent rapeller.

  • 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.

  • Ojo Caliente backcountry

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    please email
    Date: 
    Sat, 2019-06-01
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Strenuous
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Allowed

    Up the hill from the Ojo Caliente spa, one enters into high desert backcountry with rock formations and views from the Jemez to the Taos plateau. We will do an explore of 8-10 miles in this terrain, with an optional end-of-hike stop at the hot springs and/or restaurant. Our route will take us north and west from the hot springs, hiking to the mica mine and beyond to the overlook rocks. If we feel energetic, we can continue cross-country to the summit of Cerro Colorado, 7813' high.

  • Wells Petroglyph Preserve Hike and Tour

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    please email
    Date: 
    Sat, 2019-06-08
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    I have arranged for a tour/hike of the Wells Petroglyph Preserve in the Velarde area. This is known to be a spectacular petroglyph area, totalling about 192 acres. More information about the preserve can be found at https://www.mesaprietapetroglyphs.org.  The cost per person will be $35, which we pay to the preserve (this is their group rate). Starting time at the preserve will be sometime early in the morning; I've asked for a 9:00 AM start, before the heat of the day.

  • El Salto Falls Canyoneering

    Leader: 
    Brett Kettering
    Telephone: 
    505-500-4307
    Date: 
    Sat, 2019-06-15
    Leader Email: 
    brettmk@gmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Strenuous
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    NOTE:

    We have moved this trip to 6/15/19. We expect better conditions at this time.

     

    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: 6/15/19, 8am (Depart Taos Walmart) - early afternoon, depending on speed we can move the group through the canyon.

  • Beginner BackPack

    Leader: 
    Jean Dewart
    Telephone: 
    505-412-5424
    Date: 
    Sat, 2019-06-29
    Leader Email: 
    jdewart@q.com
    Difficulty: 
    Strenuous
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Have you wanted to go backpacking, but didn’t have the gear or experience? Well, PEEC has the adventure you’ve been waiting for! This summer, PEEC will offer a backpacking trip for beginners, open to adults and families. The group will on an overnight backpacking trip starting at Santa Barbara Campground in Carson National Forest. Participants will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Saturday, June 29 at 9 a.m. and carpool to the Santa Barbara Campground, which is about a 1.5 hour drive.

  • 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. 

  • Potrillo Canyon Technical Canyoneering

    Leader: 
    Brett Kettering
    Telephone: 
    505-500-4307
    Date: 
    Sun, 2019-07-07
    Leader Email: 
    brettmk@gmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Prerequisite: Competent rapeller.

  • Cruces Basin Easy Backpack

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    5054120376
    Date: 
    Fri, 2019-09-13
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Easy
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Allowed

    I would like to announce a two-night backpacking trip into Cruces Basin for mid-September (September 13-15). Cruces Basin is pristine wilderness located west of San Antonio mountain near the New Mexico/ Colorado border. We’ve been a few times before, and it is well worth going back. This trip will be a mellow and family-friendly adventure with a short hike to our camp followed by hikes to explore the Basin. This trip is a nice follow-up to the Beginner Backpacking class.

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