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Monthly Program:

Almost 20 Years of Tenth Mountain Division Hut Trips

Date: 
Tue, 2022-08-23

The August 23 Mountaineers meeting will be in-person, with a hybrid adjunct. The presentation will feature Kathleen Gruetzmacher’s many outings to the 10th Mountain Division backcountry huts. Kathleen writes: “I believe my first trip to the Tenth Mountain Division Hut Association huts in Colorado was a winter trip to the Skinner Hut in 2003.  At that time, Dick Opsahl was organizing an annual Mountaineers trip to the Tenth Mountain Huts each year for 16 hardy souls.  Since then, I’ve gone on a Tenth Mountain Hut Association trip almost every year, enjoying both winter and summer trips.  Eight Mountaineers just finished a July hiking trip to Uncle Bud’s Hut, located just a few miles east of the Continental Divide at 11,380' in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, near Leadville.  I’ll be showing photos of that trip and many others, recounting adventures and (mis)adventures along the way.”

The Tenth Mountain Hut Association was formed in the early 1980’s by several Aspen area backcountry skiers with the intent to provide cross country ski trails with hut accommodations spaced within a day’s skiing.  The hut association is named in honor of the solders of the 10thMountain Division of the U.S. Army, who trained at Camp Hale near Leadville for winter fighting in WWII.  Remnants of Camp Hale, mainly foundations and roads, still remain; it has been designated a National Historic Site.  Many of the huts, like Uncle Bud’s, were named after veterans of the Tenth Mountain Division.

Kathleen is a native of Wisconsin who came to Los Alamos as a summer student in the mid-1980’s and joined the Mountaineers shortly after arriving.  She has enjoyed a multitude of adventures with the Club since then, including backpacking, hiking, biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, climbing, and houseboat trips on Lake Powell.  She especially appreciates the many amazing and unique friends she has met along the way.  Trips to the Tenth Mountain Huts are among her favorites.

We welcome all to this Mountaineers’ meeting. Club meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month, with a social hour at 6:45 PM and program at 7:00 PM. The presentation will be in-person at Los Alamos Nature Center; the slides will be live-streamed on Zoom. Registration is required; registration for both in-person or virtual attendance will be via PEEC, at https://peecnature.org/events/details/?id=42576.

Patti Walls on the way to Sisters Cabin near Breckenridge, March 2022.

Ongoing Events

 

Anniversary Party!

The Los Alamos Mountaineers will celebrate their 70th Anniversary on September 17 and 18. Over the weekend, members of the club and the community at large are invited to participate in a number of day activities including hiking, mountain biking, canyoneering, orienteering and AVI gear demo. Activities will also include a celebratory potluck at Urban Park on Saturday September 17 from 5 to 8pm. Come check us out!
Contact information: lam70anniversary@googlegroups.com

 

Monthly Public Meeting and Presentation:


Normally held in the planetarium of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC)
on the fourth Tuesday of each month

But this isn't normal! Until the pandemic is over, we're all zoom all the time. Sign up for each talk at the Monthly Program page.

Past presentations, and occasionally future, can be viewed here

 


Get a 2021 Official Mountaineers T-Shirt

To support the Mountaineers spirit in these challenging times, we are pleased to offer our members the latest Mountaineers t-shirt, with a design based on our adventures around the world, shipped to your home anywhere in the US. The design comes in women’s and unisex versions, per the pictures below, in a wicking fabric The shirts cost $20 each. They may be picked up in Los Alamos, or shipped via USPS for $5 per shirt to any address in the US. Because of the circumstances, we cannot accept returns, so we’ve measured the shirts, and they are sized as follows:
      Circumference Height
dimensions in inches # in stock under arms midriff hips collar to waist
Women's
XS 6 28 27 1/2 32 23 1/2
S 6 31 30 34 24 1/2
M 4 32 31 35 24 1/2
L 1 35 34 38 25 1/2
XL 6 37 35 40 25 1/2
Unisex
S 5 34 35 28
M 4 38 1/2 39 28 1/2
L 5 42 42 29
XL 5 44 46 29 1/2

 

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Future Club Speakers:  In addition to frequent presentations by nationally known adventurers, we love to hear from our own members....not that some of you aren't in that group.  A presentation gets you a free club membership and dinner at the restaurant of your choice in Los Alamos.

LAM Member Presentations Wanted! The LAM Board would like to encourage our members to provide more of our monthly presentations.  We understand well that club members are an active lot, with a wealth of activities in their repertoire that can and have been inspiring to new and old members alike.  We have often focused our monthly presentations on the elite of the outdoor adventure world, and perhaps created the undesired effect of squelching the voices of our own members who participate in frequent beautiful and exciting adventures of their own.  Although our own activities are not always "world class", they are representative of what we "weekend" athletes can and do accomplish.  We want many of our programs to inspire the "I can do that" attitude in our members, not merely entertain.  Shock and awe may have their rightful place, but inspiration to participate and shine is our true goal.

 

Trip Leaders:  Post your trip by logging in and then going here.  If you do not have an account, contact  the webmaster. For overnight trips, please ensure that membership waivers for participants are current and recorded by the club Membership Chairperson prior to your trip. Non-members may participate in day trips. All club sponsored trips require the trip waiver. After the trip, please scan and email a PDF of the waiver to the Trip Coordinator.

Trip Leader Awards: The club will recognize trip leaders as described here.

GMRS / FRS Radio Usage on Club Trips:  The Los Alamos Mountaineers encourage you to carry portable "family" radios as a safety measure on appropriate LAM trips, and urge participants to agree on a contact channel at the beginning of the trip.  As a default, if no channel has been selected, LAM suggests channel 3.14.  These three first digits of "pi" might be easily remembered in this scientific community.

Borrow Equipment: We have a limited amount of mountaineering equipment for loan (e.g., avalanche transceivers). Contact our Equipment Manager listed on this page.

 

 

Trip Leaders: Anyone can lead a trip! Post your trip by logging in and then going here. If you do not have an account, contact the webmaster. For overnight trips, please ensure that membership waivers for participants are current and recorded by the club Membership Chairperson prior to your trip. Non-members may participate in day trips. All club sponsored trips require the trip waiver. After the trip, please scan and email a PDF of the waiver to the Trip Coordinator.
  • Family Backpacking Trip

    Leader: 
    Jean Dewart
    Telephone: 
    please email
    Date: 
    Sat, 2022-08-20
    Leader Email: 
    jeandewart7@gmail.com
    Difficulty: 
    Easy
    Technicality: 
    Beginner
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Have you wanted to go backpacking, but didn’t have the gear or experience? Or wanted more friends and kids along? This fall, PEEC will offer an easy-moderate backpacking trip, open to adults and families. The group will go on an overnight trip to Puerto Nambe in the Pecos Wilderness. Participants will meet at Los Alamos Nature Center on Saturday, August 20 at 9 AM and carpool to the trailhead. Expected return to the nature center is 5 PM on Sunday, August 21.

  • Llama trek Ladder Canyon to Silver Falls

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    5054120376
    Date: 
    Mon, 2022-10-10
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Our canyon outing for autumn 2022 will be a fully catered llama trek that totals 10 days and 9 nights. The trip will be limited to 6 participants, supported by 3 guides. All meals will be provided, but we will be on our own for hiking adventures most days. BJ Orozco, proprietor for Llama2Boot, will be our outfitter.

  • Moab bike/hike/explore Nov. 5-13, 2022

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    5054120376
    Date: 
    Sat, 2022-11-05
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    I would like to announce the fourteenth edition of our successful hike/explore/bike trips to Moab. We have been going most Novembers since 2008, and every time has been a great success. The 2014 trip report can be found at http://lamountaineers.org/node/479#comment-57.

  • Bluff Hiking weekend Nov. 30 - Dec. 4

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    5054120376
    Date: 
    Wed, 2022-11-30
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    We have many times travelled to Bluff, Utah for a taste of the canyon country. Bluff is less than six hours from Los Alamos and, situated along the San Juan River, at a low altitude best suited for trips late or early in the season. Even at the beginning of December the average daily high is around 50 F. There are numerous places to hike and explore from Bluff, including the ruins and big views of Comb Ridge, the canyons accessible from Cedar Mesa, the canyon rim just north of Bluff itself, and farther afield to places like White Canyon.

  • Middle Fork Salmon raft trip (with music) September 2023

    Leader: 
    Bill Priedhorsky
    Telephone: 
    505 412 0736
    Date: 
    Sat, 2023-09-02
    Leader Email: 
    bill@priedhorsky.net
    Difficulty: 
    Moderate
    Technicality: 
    Intermediate
    Are dogs allowed?: 
    Not allowed

    Recently back from a great trip down the Selway River in July 2021, we signed up for our next adventure. We’d like to return to experience the 5-night trip down the Middle Fork in a cooler and quieter season. 2022 is substantially booked, so the September 2, 2023 departure by Hughes River Expeditions offers adventure and beauty, and a musical serenade every night to boot.

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