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Future program presenters are requested to send the Programs Chair (officer list here) brief write-ups of your intended presentations and one or two representative photos. This information will be posted on the webpage and included in the local newspapers, handouts, and posters. Note that future presentations are listed as well, if we have the details. Presentations predating this website can be found here

Wilderness Character Monitoring in the Rocky Mountain West and How You Can Help

Tue, 2024-06-25

Daryl Kohut, Katie Goodleaf, and Mike Fugate will speak volunteering in service of wilderness at the June 25 Mountaineers meeting. In collaboration with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, a variety of initiatives at the Rio Grande National Forest are designed for public participation in crucial volunteer work. Particularly notable is the wilderness character monitoring program, a long-term project significantly bolstered by volunteer efforts, involving the collection of water samples in Wilderness areas on National Forest Service lands.

The Changing Landscape of Ultrarunning: 25 Years of Perspective and a Look Forward

Tue, 2024-05-28

Dave Coblentz will speak about ultrarunning at the May 28 Mountaineers meeting. In the past 25 years, ultrarunning (running competitions longer than marathon distance) has transitioned from a fringe sport with about 10,000 total finishes in 1998 to more than 130,000 total finishes in 2023. Consequently, there are many more runners training and competing on remote trails. In contrast to ultrarunners from 25 years ago, many of these runners lack backcountry experience and the number of search and rescue responses involving trail runners has increased markedly in recent years.

Climbing Ecuador's Volcanoes

Tue, 2024-04-23

Rick Rubio will speak about climbing Ecuador’s volcanoes at the April 23 Mountaineers meeting. Rubio, along with five friends, climbed five of Ecuador’s volcanoes in December 2023, culminating with a climb of 6,263-meter (20,548 foot) Chimborazo. Chimborazo, 39th highest summit in the Andes, is farthest point on Earth's surface from the Earth's center, due to its location along the planet's equatorial bulge. It was the first mountain over 20,000 feet climbed by Europeans. The 1880 summit expedition was led by Edward Whymper, who was also the first to climb the Matterhorn.

Summiting New Mexico’s highest 186 peaks

Tue, 2024-03-26



Phil Robinson will speak about New Mexico’s highest peaks at the March 26 Mountaineers meeting. While hundreds have summited all of the Colorado’s more than 50 14ers, the retired Albuquerque Public Schools science teacher is the only person who has hiked New Mexico’s highest 186 peaks (with the exception of a pair of 12,000-foot peaks in the Taos Pueblo.) He has hiked over 100 other peaks.

Skiing in Antarctica

Tue, 2024-02-27

Rob Suminsby will speak about skiing in Antarctica at the February 27 Mountaineers meeting.

Gates of the Arctic National Park

Tue, 2024-01-23

Tanja Pietrass will speak at the January 23 Mountaineers meeting, recounting her expedition to the Gates of the Arctic National Park.


Wed, 2023-12-13

The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host the annual Potpourri at Fuller Lodge starting at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, December 13, 2023.  Potpourri is a stew that consists of one part potluck and six parts ten-minute talks, simmered slowly in conversation and camaraderie. This is by far the most popular Mountaineers meeting of the year. Make your own early New Year's resolution to attend! The potpourri is a strictly in-person event, with no hybrid adjunct. It is the only meeting of the year not held at the Nature Center.

Off Trail Hiking in the Grand Canyon: Crystal / Phantom Creek Loop

Tue, 2023-11-28

Mike Fugate will speak at the November 28 Mountaineers meeting. He writes: “My first backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon was in 1985.  Before the trip ended, I was hooked on Grand Canyon hiking.  After a few short backpacking trips on established trails, my interests turned to longer loop hikes in the remote backcountry, especially trips starting on the north rim.”

Rail diaries: Snowdonia

Tue, 2023-10-24

Colin Hemez will speak at the October 24 Mountaineers meeting. He writes: “In the summer of 2022, I partook in a hiking trip through the mountains of northern Wales—an adventure enabled by Great Britain's extensive train network and venerable right to roam laws. In this talk, I'll share some photographs of the journey, discuss the history and future of walking in England, and reflect on the relationship between maps and the places they represent.”

A celebration of Nordic Skiing: The American Birkebeiner

Tue, 2023-09-26

: The largest ski race in North America gathers over  10,000 skiers each year.  While the main focus is the marathon (50/55k) race, the entire week of events includes kids ski races, dog skijoring, ‘Giant’ ski race, sprint races, and 15/32k m races. There is a true celebratory spirit throughout the week called “Birkie Fever”.


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