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Future program presenters are requested to send the Programs Chair (officer list here) brief write-ups of your intended presentations and one or two representative photos. This information will be posted on the webpage and included in the local newspapers, handouts, and posters. Note that future presentations are listed as well, if we have the details. Presentations predating this website can be found here

Iceland, Greenland, and the Arctic Circle Trail

Date: 
Tue, 2020-02-25

This month, Martin Staley and Tanja Pietraß will present photos of their July/August 2019 adventure to Iceland and Greenland, the main ingredient of which was a 10-day, approximately 100-mile backpack on Greenland's remote and beautiful Arctic Circle Trail, westward from Kangerlussuaq, near the ice cap, to Sisimiut on the coast. 

"The First Great Ride in the Last Best Place."

Date: 
Tue, 2020-01-28

Since 2013, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition has sponsored a 7-day supported bicycle tour through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  Known as Cycle Greater Yellowstone  and described as “The First Great Ride in the Last Best Place”, the ride continues to be an annual event for Matt and Becky Hardy, who completed their 7th tour in 2019.  Matt and Becky will share their experiences riding through this wild, iconic, and magnificent ecosystem as well as describe the logistics of cycling Greater Yellowstone and briefly touch on the work of the Coalition.

Winter Potpourri

Date: 
Tue, 2019-12-17

The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host their annual Potpourri at Fuller Lodge Tuesday, December 17, 2019. The Potpourri is a heavenly stew, consisting of one part potluck and six parts ten-minute talks, simmered slowly in a delicious sauce of conversation and camaraderie. This is by far the most popular Mountaineers meeting of the year. Make your own early New Year's resolution to attend!

Come at 6pm to drop off your dishes and snack on appetizers; the main buffet line will open at 6:30PM; once dinner is well underway, the program will begin.

Rock Climbing in Patagonia with Josh Smith

Date: 
Tue, 2019-11-19

The South American region of Patagonia is home to storied granite spires that tower thousands
of feet above vast and convoluted glaciers, and even during the summer these remote summits
are blasted with ice and snow by storms that first fetch over a vast expanse of the far Southern
Ocean and then whistle across the great Patagonia Ice Cap before slamming into the Cerro
Torre range. Despite the long and dangerous approaches, active glaciers, and what is
demonstrably the worst weather on the planet, climbers have long found these mountains

Adventures in the Alps - Big and Small

Date: 
Tue, 2019-10-22

In August of this year, Bill Geist, along with team mate Jason Halladay, participated in a 180 mile team run with a cumulative elevation gain of 80,000 feet around Mont Blanc traveling through the Alps of France, Italy, and Switzerland.  This event, called the PTL (Petite Trotte à Léon), took the duo 6 days to complete taking them over numerous high mountain passes, along via ferratas, to mountain Refugios, and across glaciers all with amazing views of Mont Blanc and many other high peaks of the Alps.  Along the PTL course they experienced some of the best features that the Alps can offer a

Technical Canyoneering Less Far

Date: 
Tue, 2019-09-24

David and Melanee Hand have been rappelling in canyons for about 10 years. They branched out with a small group of Canyoneering enthusiasts to explore less traveled canyons closer to Los Alamos. These canyons, in New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, offer individual charm, variety, and challenge.

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.

Mt. Whitney and Rafting the Grand Canyon: Epic Adventures for ‘Everyone

Date: 
Tue, 2019-08-27

John Smedley will be the featured speaker this month.  Mount Whitney (el 14495’) is the tallest mountain in the lower 48. It is a powerful spire, towering more

than 10k feet above Lone Pine CA (el 3727’), making for an impressive contrast with the surrounding

landscape. It is an aggressive hike – 22 miles, 6800’ el gain, but well maintained and achievable with an

early start in a single day. This presentation will cover the approach we took to the summit, as well as the

Turning Back on Elbrus by Lana Martin

Date: 
Tue, 2019-07-23

They say you haven't seen the mountains until you've been to the Caucuses, so last summer, I decided to travel to my home country and “finally” see the mountains... I wanted to celebrate my 50th birthday in July by climbing Elbrus, the tallest peak in Europe (18,510'/5,682m)...

Every summer, thousands of climbers attempt to summit Mt. Elbrus, one of the Seven Summits (the highest mountains on each of the seven continents). There are many successful ascents, but unfortunately, several end in tragedy as the mountain takes around 15-30 lives each year.

Steep by Tom Jungst

Date: 
Tue, 2019-06-25

Tom took extreme skiing to another level in the early 80's by combining his skills as a ski racer with ice and rock climbing to create complex routes from Europe to Alaska to the Northern Rockies. The remote peaks of Montana became a testing ground for a new style of extreme skiing that led him to articles in every major ski magazine and even Rolling Stone. By the mid 80's Tom was skiing for Warren Miller and the wild crew put together by Greg Stump. Classic films such as "Going To Extremes", "License To Thrill" or "Groove Requiem" are still popular today. With first ascents of ice and rock routes as well Tom's skillset expanded and included multiple solo climbs and two ski descents of the Grand Teton. With Alex Lowe he completed the 3rd and fastest ascent of "The Tempest", rated A5 in 13 days on El Capitan. Giving "Steep" a new meaning. 

Please join Tom as he shares some of the ups and downs of his mountain adventures.

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!)

 

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