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Monthly Program:

Canadian Arctic Exploration

Date: 
Tue, 2017-09-26

Please join us Tuesday, September 26 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a presentation by Bill Priedhorsky and Melissa Bartlett, as they share their experience in the Canadian Arctic.

Having seen seals, penguins, icebergs, and eternal snow of the Antarctic and southern end of the world, Bill Priedhorsky and Melissa Bartlett headed in the opposite direction, due north from New Mexico, to explore the Canadian Arctic. They stayed at Bathurst Inlet Lodge, a historic if rustic facility at the northern end of mainland Canada, about 40 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Majority ownership in the lodge is held by the local Inuit, who took quiet pleasure in showing off their special corner of the world. A few weeks before arrival, the inlet was frozen shore to shore. But by the time we arrived, temperatures were peaking close to 80 F, and the permafrost tundra was in bloom.Called the barren lands, we explored the wealth of tiny tundra plants, and lush grasses that grow in the summer and battled the beastly mosquitoes. We saw the amazing geology of a Rift Valley - the inlet - that varied wildly from one island to the next. There were  white wolves, muskox, moose. and caribou roaming the tundra, grizzly bears to be avoided, vast expanses of uninhabited space 300 miles from the nearest road, and the biggest fish that Bill had caught in his life That the Inuit could survive in this treeless landscape with only bone, hide, sinew, rocks and ice as resources  spoke to their adaptability and sheer toughness. Bathurst is a special part of the world, one unlikely to remain the same as the gold and diamond wealth of Nunatuk, Canada’s newest territory, is opened up.

Social at 6:45, reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7:00pm. Program at 7:30pm.

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 7:00pm.   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.  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 2017 Climbing School runs from March 30th through May 6th.
 
Registration must be received by March 20th.

Registration is now open! Go to this page to register.

The climbing school is full!

(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.
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.
  • Pajarito Mountain Hike

    Leader: 
    Evan Rose
    Telephone: 
    5056958945
    Date: 
    Sat, 2017-09-23
    Leader Email: 
    evan_rose@msn.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Allowed

    This event is provided by PEEC and the Los Alamos Mountaineers.  Registration is through the PEEC website at  http://peecnature.org/events/details/?id=19232.

  • Wheeler Peak

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    505 412 0376
    Date: 
    Sat, 2017-09-30
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Strenuous
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Trusting that our beautiful fall weather continues a bit longer, I invite you to join me for one of New Mexico’s classic outings: a climb up Wheeler Peak, at 13,162 feet the high point in the state. This is a strenuous but non-technical hike that covers about 8 miles and climbs 3,200 feet. We will ascend from Williams Lake, which will be a first for me - it has been a while, and my last trip to the summit took the old Bull of the Woods route.

  • Canyoneering in Zion National Park

    Leader: 
    Daniel Creveling
    Telephone: 
    858-705-0897
    Date: 
    Thu, 2017-10-05
    Leader Email: 
    dancrev@gmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Canyoneering in Zion National Park

    (A 2017 trip of the Los Alamos Mountaineers)

    Pre-Trip Training: TBD (Two days)

    Trip to Zion National Park: October 5th - October 10th

    Trip Leader: Daniel Creveling

  • Windsor Trail Hike

    Leader: 
    Jean Dewart
    Telephone: 
    5056629592
    Date: 
    Sat, 2017-10-14
    Leader Email: 
    jdewart@q.com
    Difficulty: 
    Strenuous
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Allowed

    Let's try a "key exchange" hike of the Windsor Trail (trail #254) in the Pecos Wilderness of the Santa Fe National Forest.  One group will hike from the Santa Fe Ski Basin to the Windsor Trail head just west of Cowles (14 miles, 1200' elevation gain, 2800' down) and one group hiking from the Windsor Trailhead just west of Cowles to the Santa Fe Ski Basin (14 miles, 2800' elevation gain, 1200' down).   We will exchange keys on the trail (or possibly before leaving Los Alamos, if folks have 2 sets of keys), and both groups will meet back in Santa Fe, to re-exchange cars, and possibly go out t

  • Hiking Weekend in San Juan Basin Badlands Recreation Area

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    5054120376
    Date: 
    Fri, 2017-10-20
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    I'd like to explore a place I've never been - the badlands country west of Cuba, NM, which is within the relatively new San Juan Basin Badlands Recreation Area. What I've seen - an article in New Mexico magazine, see https://www.newmexico.org/nmmagazine/articles/post/badlands-hiking-83869/) sounds like a great place for an explore, with hoodos, bare rock, and other odd formations. We will be cross-country hiking in rough and trailless terrain.

  • Moab Bike/Hike week November 2017

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    5054120376
    Date: 
    Sat, 2017-11-04
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    I would like to announce the ninth edition of our very successful 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.

  • Llama Assisted Boulder/Escalante Canyon Country Adventure May 12-20, 2018

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    5054120376
    Date: 
    Sat, 2018-05-12
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Once more into the Canyon Country! For our spring 2018 trip, I have arranged with BJ Orozco of Llama2Boot to shuttle us to a camp on The Gulch, which is actually a clear-water stream a few miles upstream from the Escalante River. This will be a cool and comfortable destination for a mid-May trip. We’ve worried about warm weather in previous Mays, but actually haven’t run into much, and have had our share of cool or even snowy weather instead. There is complex slickrock in many directions from this camp, so there will be plenty to explore in our 5 days of wilderness hiking.

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