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Monthly Program:

Remain Fluid because Flexible is too Rigid, My Appalachian Trail 2020 Motto

Date: 
Tue, 2021-03-23

The March Mountaineers meeting will feature a talk by Kim Selvage entitled “Remain Fluid because Flexible is too Rigid, My Appalachian Trail 2020 Motto”, on Tuesday evening, March 23.

On February 26, 2020, Kim Selvage set off to hike the Appalachian Trail (AT) starting in Georgia with every intent of completing the trail by July with the epic climb of Mount Katahdin in Maine. A few weeks into her hike, she quickly realized this was not going to be a normal year to be on the trail. Thru-hikers were canceling their hike while hostels, restaurants, outfitters, shelters, privies and trail towns were shutting down. She started early to beat the crowds, but with everyone “sheltering in place”, a new kind of hiker emerged that flooded the trail… pandemic day hikers were hitting the trail near every trailhead road crossing. Thankfully, her early start date allowed her to make it through the Great Smoky Mountains before they, along with other parts of the AT, were closed. She adopted the philosophy to remain fluid because flexible would be too rigid. She barely made it out of the Cherokee National Forest before it too was shut down.

On March 30th, only 34 days into her thru hike, she made the difficult decision to pause her hike. She headed back to Las Vegas, NV to wait out the pandemic storm. In June, everything was starting to reopen, so she quit her job (again) and returned to the trail where she left off approximately 80 days earlier. Everything was now green, overgrown, and not as crowded. With a 20-pound pack, love and support from her family and friends, and the ability to be fluid with her decisions, Kim finished her adventure after 153 days on the trail. She looks forward to sharing the highlights of her experience with the Los Alamos Mountaineers Club and the Los Alamos community where she attributes her love for hiking was born!

Mountaineers’ 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 starting at 7:00 PM. Registration details for this meeting will be posted when the time approaches.

Trip Location: 
United States
34° 37' 36.228" N, 84° 11' 34.8" W
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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.

 

 

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