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Monthly Program:

Alta Via: a wondrous route through Italy’s Dolomites

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. In addition to seeing the remarkable natural beauty on the route, they stayed in rustic and lively mountain refuges and encountered historical remnants of the Italian front during World War I. When they finally had enough polenta, speck, and Spritz Aperol in the high country, they finished off their trip with a few mountain biking and via ferrata adventures.

The Mountaineer's monthly meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of every month. When held in person, that take place in the planetarium of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC),  2600 Canyon Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544, with a social and free refreshments at 6:45 PM, reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7:05 PM. The main program follows.

If conditions still dictate, the April meeting will be held electronically. Details will be posted on this site and emailed to the Mountaineers. Based on the success of the March electronic meeting, the Mountaineers are considering simulcasting future in-person meetings.

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