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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

Life on top of the world: 5 months on Svalbard

Date: 
Tue, 2020-05-26

Svalbard is an archipelago halfway between Norway and the North Pole.  It is the land of the polar night, the midnight sun, reindeer, polar bears, and Arctic foxes.  More recently, it is also home to coal miners, researchers, and adventure seekers. In 2010, Allison Chan spent 5 months living in Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s largest town and the world’s northernmost city.  Longyearbyen is a diverse and transient community that is both very remote and very connected.  In this presentation, she will share her experiences exploring, researching, and becoming at home in the Arctic.

Alta Via: a wondrous route through Italy’s Dolomites

Date: 
Tue, 2020-04-28

For the April Los Alamos Mountaineers' program, Gwendolyn Gallagher and Don Krier will tell of their adventures in the Dolomite range in Italy. There, soaring limestone towers reflect the alpenglow, and green plateaus contrast with rugged scree. In 2018, they backpacked the Alta Via 1 (High Route One) - a stunning high altitude trek that comprised 11 days, 100 miles, and 26,000’ of elevation gain/loss.

Churchill Manitoba Polar Bears

Date: 
Tue, 2020-03-24

This month, Jean Dewart will share her visit to Churchill, Manitoba's polar bears.

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

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