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Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking

Leader: 
Jean Dewart and Zack Baker
Telephone: 
505-662-9592
Date: 
Tue, 2016-02-23
Difficulty: 
Easy
Technicality: 
Beginner
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

We have 10 folks signed up (yay!).  I'll take names for a waiting list.  

 

 Introduction to whitewater kayaking.  

 

El Cajete Ski Tour

Leader: 
Norbert Ensslin
Telephone: 
505-662-1408
Date: 
Sun, 2016-02-07
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Intermediate
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

This ski tour was done as a hike in 2014, and was an enjoyable outing. This year we should be able to do it on skis! The trip will start from the Valle Grande Visitor Center at 9:30 AM, so let's meet at Sullivan Field at 9:00 to carpool up to the Valle. The trip is open to members of the Mountaineers and their guests. Before departing, all skiers must pay an access fee or show an NPS pass and sign a Mountaineers trip waiver. A few of us should try to arrive early so we can take one or more cars to the end of the route for a car switch.

Durango/Purgatory ski and winter sports January 28-31

Leader: 
Bill Priedhorsky
Telephone: 
5054120376
Date: 
Thu, 2016-01-28
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Intermediate
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

Several of us would like to head to Durango and Purgatory for a ski weekend, taking advantage of a very good snow year. Purgatory currently has a very good 48" base, and is a special ski area thanks to the views of the peaks of the Weminuche Wilderness to its east. While the first few of us are downhill skiers, there are numerous snowshoe and cross-country opportunities around Purgatory, Molas Pass, and beyond. A Pajarito season pass (Power Pass Plus or New Mexico Power Pass Plus) is good for 3 free days of skiing at Purgatory.

Ski tour from Pajarito to Caldera

Leader: 
Zack Baker
Telephone: 
505-412-5961
Date: 
Sun, 2016-01-24
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Intermediate
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

This ski tour is a repeat of the popular trip from Pajarito Mountain to the Valle Grande visitor center that the Mountaineers have done for the past few years. This is a Los Alamos Mountaineers trip, but is also open to members of the Southwest Nordic SkiClub, the New Mexico Cross Country Ski Club, and other guests who are known to the trip participants from these clubs.

Brazos Overlook Backcountry Ski

Leader: 
Brett Kettering
Telephone: 
505-412-2033
Date: 
Sun, 2016-01-17
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Intermediate
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

Last year Michael Altherr led a trip to the Brazos Overlook. I wasn't able to go, but wanted to do this trip.
 
We'll be going on Sunday, 1/17/16.
 
This is a 7.5 - 8 mile round trip on skis. We'll find some hills to skin and ski along the way. The trailhead is on Hwy 64, east of Tierra Amarilla. I have Michael's GPS track from last year and some waypoints that I put along the path. I can send those to you in a variety of formats so that you can see the area.
 

Skiing and Snowshoeing Leadville area, January 14-18

Leader: 
Bill Priedhorsky
Telephone: 
5054120376
Date: 
Thu, 2016-01-14
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Intermediate

MLK Weekend - the long weekend in January - is an excellent time of the year for winter adventures, whether on groomed ski slopes or in the wilderness backcountry. We haven't done a Leadville weekend for a few years, so I'd like to try one again. We will rent a house in Leadville and use that town - the highest city in the U.S. - as a base for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing. The highest peaks in Colorado form the western skyline for Leadville.

Avalanche Transceiver Practice

Leader: 
Alex Adams
Telephone: 
406-212-9390
Date: 
Sun, 2016-01-10
Difficulty: 
Easy
Technicality: 
Beginner
Are dogs allowed?: 
Allowed

Avalanche transceivers are tools you hope you never have to use, but we all sometimes let our searching skills get a little rusty. The plan is to get a group of people together to bury some avalanche transceivers and practice different search strategies. This will involve some trudging around in the snow, some digging, and maybe a little skiing.
 

A Quick Survey of My Favorite Jemez Backcountry Skis

Leader: 
Michael Altherr
Telephone: 
505 231 3561
Date: 
Sat, 2016-01-09
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Intermediate
Are dogs allowed?: 
Not allowed

I am totally stoked by our recent weather pattern, and it looks even better heading into this weekend. Skiing in the Jemez is almost always a challenge, and the last couple of years have been extremely difficult to catch suitable conditions. However, when conditions permit there's ample backcountry fun just outside our backdoor. I am interested in a bit of a combination road trip/ski trip to evaluate local conditions at a couple of my favorite ski trails in the Jemez.

Cumbres Pass X-C

Leader: 
Jean Dewart
Telephone: 
505-662-9592
Date: 
Sat, 2016-01-02
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Intermediate
Are dogs allowed?: 
Allowed

Hi all -

There is 5' plus at Cumbres Pass - let's go X-C!

I'd like to do the Spruce Hole trip again - with an addition. The basic route is an 8 mile out/back ski tour - with fabulous views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from SF Baldy to the Crestones from the top of Pinerealosa Peak. There is opportunity for long kick/glide skiing on top of Pinerealosa Peak, and/or a couple of hills for tele turns. It can be helpful to have climbing skins, to ski up Pinerealosa, but not required. 

X-C ski Cumbres Pass

Leader: 
Jean Dewart
Telephone: 
662-9592
Date: 
Sun, 2015-12-13
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Technicality: 
Intermediate

Let's go skiing at Cumbres Pass!  
It will be an 8 mile round trip ski;  I am thinking of Dixie Creek or Spruce Hole.
Bring your backcountry touring gear, skins if available, radios, warm clothes, lunch, water.
We'll leave Los Alamos at 7 am, be back around 6 pm.
Send me an email if you can come, and we'll arrange for meeting/carpooling.  jdewart@q.com
 

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