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Guided tour of Via Ferrata Taos Ski Valley

Leader: 
Bill Priedhorsky
Telephone: 
5054120376
Date: 
Sat, 2020-09-26
Leader Email: 
bill@priedhorsky.net
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Intermediate
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

I'd like to organize a group for the Via Ferrata at Taos Ski Valley. The Via is accessible only to guided groups, with a maximum of 4 participants. It should be a lovely and challenging adventure - see https://www.skitaos.com/via-ferrata. We have two participants so far, so with a 3rd, the cost for the all-day outing will be $217 per person, and will drop to $187 if there are 4 of us. We will start at Taos Ski Valley, about 2 hours from Los Alamos, at 8:45 AM. Contact Bill to join in.

Cerro Pedernal hike/summit Sept. 12

Leader: 
Bill Priedhorsky
Telephone: 
505 412-0376
Date: 
Sat, 2020-09-12
Leader Email: 
bill@priedhorsky.net
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Advanced
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

It looks like Saturday should be a fine autumn day, with the current storm behind us, so let's try a local classic. Pedernal is a landmark visible throughout northern New Mexico, standing as a sentinel at the northern end of the Jemez Mountains. It was Georgia O'Keefe's mountain, painted by her time after time. Its summit is a classic destination; views from its 9,862-foot narrow top are spectacular. It is one of our Peak Challenge summits. Reaching Pedernal takes a two-hour drive from Los Alamos, and a hike of about 8 miles round trip, parking just off the main Forest Service road.

Lake Fork Peak via Taos Ski Valley

Leader: 
Bill Priedhorsky
Telephone: 
5054120376
Date: 
Sat, 2020-09-05
Leader Email: 
bill@priedhorsky.net
Difficulty: 
Strenuous
Technicality: 
Intermediate
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

Lake Fork Peak is on the west side of the cirque that includes Wheeler Peak, and circles Williams Lake above Taos Ski Valley. At 12,881 feet, it is less than 300 feet below the elevation of New Mexico's high point. To explore this summit in the easiest way possible, we will take the summer lift in Taos Ski Valley (lift #4), and start our hike from there. From there, we will hike to Kachina Peak (a sturdy climb of 1000 feet in itself), and traverse along the ridge line to Lake Fork Peak. We will then retrace our steps and ride the lift back down to the base.

Santa Barbara Meadows day hike

Leader: 
Bill Priedhorsky
Telephone: 
5054120376
Date: 
Sat, 2020-08-29
Leader Email: 
bill@priedhorsky.net
Difficulty: 
Strenuous
Technicality: 
Beginner
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

I’d like to propose a day outing from Santa Barbara Campground, following the West Fork of  Santa Barbara River, to the Santa Barbara meadows with views of the Truchas Peaks beyond. This is a hike of 5 miles each way, with a climb of about 1000 feet. It is along a trail all of the way. It should take us about 90 minutes from Los Alamos to the trailhead. Let’s leave Los Alamos at 8:00 AM next Saturday morning, and return in the afternoon or evening.

Half Peak Backpack and Climb

Leader: 
Norbert Ensslin
Telephone: 
505-662-1408
Date: 
Fri, 2020-08-07
Leader Email: 
Norbert.ensslin@gmail.com
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Intermediate
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

This trip is a short backpack to climb Half Peak over the August 7-9 weekend.  Half Peak is a high Thirteener located in the San Juan mountains near Lake City, and is one of the top 100 peaks in Colorado.  Most of the route is on trails or grassy slopes.  However, the flat summit plateau has cliffs on three sides, and is accessed by scrambling along a narrow Class 2 ridge, with some exposure, on the South side.

Middle Fork of the Salmon Raft trip

Leader: 
Bill Priedhorsky
Telephone: 
please email
Date: 
Wed, 2020-07-15
Leader Email: 
bill@priedhorsky.net
Difficulty: 
Easy
Technicality: 
Beginner
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

One of the classic river runs in North America is the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho, running through the River of No Return wilderness. We had a wonderful trip down the Middle Fork in July 2016, hosted by Terry Morgan and Lorrie Bonds Lopez, and catered by Hughes River Expeditions of Stanley, Idaho. Between the rafting and kayaking, fly fishing for trout, the semi-desert scenery, and fabulous food, it was a trip to remember. It is time to organize our return trip.

Rubber Ducky

Leader: 
Zack Baker
Telephone: 
505-412-5961
Date: 
Sat, 2020-07-11
Leader Email: 
zackbaker@gmail.com
Difficulty: 
Strenuous
Technicality: 
Beginner
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

The 12th Annual Rubber Ducky Float Trip

COVID-19 Information:  we will comply with the Governor's orders on physical distancing.   We will have three co-leaders, each leading a group of 1+4=5.   Everyone should have masks, and everyone will always be 6 feet apart.  We'll limit the total trip to 15 people, so please email Zack to sign up. 

Cruces Basin Easy Backpack

Leader: 
Bill Priedhorsky
Telephone: 
5054120376
Date: 
Fri, 2020-07-03
Leader Email: 
bill@priedhorsky.net
Difficulty: 
Easy
Technicality: 
Beginner
Are dogs allowed?: 
Allowed

I would like to announce a two or three-night backpacking trip into Cruces Basin for the 4th of July weekend (July 3-5). Cruces Basin is pristine wilderness located west of San Antonio mountain near the New Mexico/ Colorado border. We’ve been a few times before, and it is well worth going back. This trip will be a mellow and family-friendly adventure with a short hike to our camp followed by hikes to explore the Basin. We can break into groups for day hiking, with options for those that want to adventure out further and those that want to do shorter day hikes.

Llama supported wilderness camping, Escalante River

Leader: 
Bill Priedhorsky
Telephone: 
505 412 0376
Date: 
Sat, 2020-05-09
Leader Email: 
bill@priedhorsky.net
Difficulty: 
Strenuous
Technicality: 
Intermediate
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

For a spring 2020 Canyon trip, we will head to an area that we have not visited since 2007: the Escalante River, about a mile upstream from its confluence with 25 Mile Wash.

This will be our usual drop camp trip, in which we make ourselves a comfortable camp with chairs, tables, two-burner stove, wine cellar, etc, and explore out in every direction for five days of hiking. It can be a little warm in May, but we will have the Escalante River nearby to take a dip.

Crane Kiva

Leader: 
Ron Morgan
Telephone: 
505-699-5816
Date: 
Tue, 2020-03-24
Leader Email: 
rgmlosalamos@gmail.com
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Beginner
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

TRIP CANCELLED
 

Sorry folks, the Monument closed the access road.

 

Hi folks,

let's hike out to Crane Kiva in Bandelier Monument. It's about 9 miles round trip, mostly (but not all) on a fair trail. The Kiva and the rock art are lovely, and the views are AWESOME. 

If interested, send me an email at rgmlosalamos@gmail.com

The Mountaineers board has discussed guidelines for hikes at this time, as follows:

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