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Introduction to Canyoneering

Leader: 
Dan Creveling, Rick Light
Date: 
Thu, 2012-08-09
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Moderate

Introduction to Canyoneering

  A Los Alamos Mountaineers Specialty Course & Trip to Zion National Park

Course is free for 2012 Climbing School students, $40 for all others

Raven's Ridge - Lake Peak - Nambe Lake

Leader: 
Bill Priedhorsky
Date: 
Sat, 2012-08-04
Difficulty: 
Hard
Technicality: 
Moderate

12,409-foot Lake Peak is a classic hike for Los Alamos folks, and has been since Enrico Fermi and Hans Bethe made it a break from their Manhattan Project efforts. We will do it once again via a classic route: starting at the Santa Fe Ski Basin, we will climb the Windsor Trail to the saddle with Raven Ridge, follow the ridge to Deception Peak and then across the knife edge to Lake Peak, then drop down into the cirque of Nambe Lake, following its drainage to the intersection of the Windsor Trail and the way home.

South San Juan Wilderness backpack

Leader: 
Jean Dewart
Date: 
Fri, 2012-07-27
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Moderate

This trip is FULL

Let's do a weekend backpack in the South San Juan Wilderness!

Santa Clara Canyon Rim

Leader: 
Bill Priedhorsky
Date: 
Sun, 2012-07-22
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Beginner

This is an explore I've meant to do for some time. Although Santa Clara Canyon is owned by the pueblo, sweeping views into it are accessible from the ridge to the north, in the Santa Fe National Forest. This drive will take us through the 2011 burn, but it appears from the fire maps that the trail and the farthest upstream sections of the canyon are not damaged. We drive up forest road 144 from Fairview, going about 27 miles past the trail to Chicoma peak, finally picking up a trail that runs just below the canyon rim, with views far below.

Leading Class

Leader: 
Zack Baker
Date: 
Thu, 2012-07-19
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Moderate

July 19 (indoor lecture at library, 6:30)
July 21 (Gallow's Edge, 8am)
July 28 (Gallow's Edge, 8am)
 
The Los Alamos Mountaineers are offering a beginning leading class to
supplement basic climbing knowledge.  This will entail lots of details
that are not extensively covered during the basic LAM class, including
such topics as:

Evening hike to the Natural Arch

Leader: 
Kei Davis
Date: 
Tue, 2012-07-17
Difficulty: 
Easy
Technicality: 
Beginner

Join us for an easy after-work walk/hike to the nearby natural arch.
Besides the photo-op at the arch itself, this gives a nice view of Los Alamos and surrounding area, and shows the consequences of the 2000 fire and the ensuing recovery and changes. 
Normal walk/hike speed is about 25 minutes each way, so with sightseeing and picture-taking this will run about an hour.
This is nominally targeted at summer visitors but all are welcome.

Rubber Ducky Float Trip

Leader: 
Zack Baker
Date: 
Sun, 2012-07-15
Difficulty: 
Easy
Technicality: 
Beginner

 
 Join Zack for a Rio Grande floating adventure. We will start at 11am on Sunday July 15 at the Red Dot trailhead, hike down to the river, continue up the river trail to the bottom of the Blue Dot. There, we will stop and enjoy lunch and inflate our floating toys/mattresses/water wings. We will then float back down to the Red Dot, wash off in the clean springs, and hike back to our cars.

Mt. Massive (a 14er) dayhike, July 13-15.

Leader: 
Momo Vuyisich
Date: 
Fri, 2012-07-13
Difficulty: 
Hard
Technicality: 
Moderate

This 14er is just west of Leadville, and is the northermost of the fifteen 14ers in the Sawatch Range. The scenery is spectacular in all directions. The route we will take is rated Class 2, which means there is a trail all the way to the top without any scrambling. Cool.
We will depart Los Alamos in the afternoon on Friday 7/13 and drive 275 miles to the trailhead (~5 hours). The last 2.5 miles of the road require 4x4, but the rest is a graded county road.

Chicago Basin 14'ers via steam train

Leader: 
Chris Horley
Date: 
Fri, 2012-07-13
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Moderate

This is one of the top scenic spots in the San Juans. And IMHO, the San Juans are the most scenic of the Colorado Ranges. This three day backpack (Friday thru Sun) is listed as moderate if you just want to backpack in the 6+ miles and explore around Chicago Basin. If you want to join in climbing the three 14'ers, then consider it a hard trip. I have backpacked in and climbed Eolus the first day and then climbed Windom and Sunlight on the second day. But depending on weather and the group interests, we can do the peak bagging on Saturday. Here are some links to this area:

Splashing down the East Fork of the Jemez

Leader: 
Bill Priedhorsky
Date: 
Sat, 2012-06-30
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Beginner

Too hot for you? Me too. One way to hike cool is to hike wet, so let’s go explore the gorge section of the East Fork of the Jemez. This will not be the traverse that we have done in past years, but an out and back trip through the meadows and into the upper end of the gorge. We will
 
Bring water, lunch, clothing choices to cover possibilities from hot to overcast and sprinkling, and shoes suitable for walking on wet rocks. A hiking staff is recommended. Be prepared to be completely wet.
 

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