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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

Technical Canyoneering Less Far

Tue, 2019-09-24

David and Melanee Hand have been rappelling in canyons for about 10 years. They branched out with a small group of Canyoneering enthusiasts to explore less traveled canyons closer to Los Alamos. These canyons, in New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, offer individual charm, variety, and challenge.

The month meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the planetarium of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC)  2600 Canyon Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544

Social at 6:45.  Reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7:05pm.   Program to follow.

Mt. Whitney and Rafting the Grand Canyon: Epic Adventures for ‘Everyone

Tue, 2019-08-27

John Smedley will be the featured speaker this month.  Mount Whitney (el 14495’) is the tallest mountain in the lower 48. It is a powerful spire, towering more

than 10k feet above Lone Pine CA (el 3727’), making for an impressive contrast with the surrounding

landscape. It is an aggressive hike – 22 miles, 6800’ el gain, but well maintained and achievable with an

early start in a single day. This presentation will cover the approach we took to the summit, as well as the

Turning Back on Elbrus by Lana Martin

Tue, 2019-07-23

They say you haven't seen the mountains until you've been to the Caucuses, so last summer, I decided to travel to my home country and “finally” see the mountains... I wanted to celebrate my 50th birthday in July by climbing Elbrus, the tallest peak in Europe (18,510'/5,682m)...

Every summer, thousands of climbers attempt to summit Mt. Elbrus, one of the Seven Summits (the highest mountains on each of the seven continents). There are many successful ascents, but unfortunately, several end in tragedy as the mountain takes around 15-30 lives each year.

Steep by Tom Jungst

Tue, 2019-06-25

Tom took extreme skiing to another level in the early 80's by combining his skills as a ski racer with ice and rock climbing to create complex routes from Europe to Alaska to the Northern Rockies. The remote peaks of Montana became a testing ground for a new style of extreme skiing that led him to articles in every major ski magazine and even Rolling Stone. By the mid 80's Tom was skiing for Warren Miller and the wild crew put together by Greg Stump. Classic films such as "Going To Extremes", "License To Thrill" or "Groove Requiem" are still popular today. With first ascents of ice and rock routes as well Tom's skillset expanded and included multiple solo climbs and two ski descents of the Grand Teton. With Alex Lowe he completed the 3rd and fastest ascent of "The Tempest", rated A5 in 13 days on El Capitan. Giving "Steep" a new meaning. 

Please join Tom as he shares some of the ups and downs of his mountain adventures.

Hiking an extension of Iceland's famous Laugavegur Trail

Tue, 2019-05-28

We give an account of a three-day, 78-kilometer trek along an extension of the Laugavegur trail starting in Skogar on the southern coast and heading inland to Landmannalaugar, the isolated home of well-known thermal pools. The trail covers barren rock mountains, lush green hills with waterfalls, and glaciers, and is only open at the peak of summer due to snow pack. Good planning is essential to a happy hike --  we'll share details of our trek and tips for planning your own. (Spoiler: the only ways in or out of Landmannalaugar are on foot and in a semi-aquatic vehicle!)


"Greenland Trek" by Jeff Johnson

Tue, 2019-03-26

In August 2018 several friends from Los Alamos participated in a guided trekking tour of Greenland.

Over the course of 12 days they enjoyed the majestic beauty of the Karale fjord and the Tasiilaq fjord

region of Eastern Greenland hiking past rugged mountain peaks, fjords, glaciers and icebergs.

Jeff Johnson will provide to the Los Alamos Mountaineers a photo tour and his impressions of the trip to

Reykjavic, Iceland; Kulusuk, Greenland and treking tour on March 26 at the Los Alamos Nature Center

Dr. Laura Marsh will chronicle her 4-month expedition into the flooded depths of the Amazon rainforest seeking a particular species of saki monkey that had not been seen since the 1930’s.

Tue, 2019-02-26

Along with a team of international researchers, local guides, conservationists and photographers, endured difficult conditions on their quest; they often got up before dawn, put on heavy long pants, long sleeves, boots and hat in 100%
humidity and up to mid-90 degrees to go slogging through various habitats, covered in
biting insects and mud. And often in heavy pouring rain so intense that their field work had
to cease. Sometimes the researchers had to swim across channels in all of their clothes


Wed, 2018-12-19

The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host their annual Potpourri at Fuller Lodge Wednesday, December 19, 2018.  Potpourriis a heavenly stew, consisting of one part potluck and six parts ten-minute talks, simmered slowly in a delicious sauce of 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!

Come any time after 5:45 to drop off your dishes and snack on appetizers; the main buffet line will open at 6:30PM; once dinner is well underway, the program will begin.

A Southern Californian's Forays into Ice and Alpinism

Tue, 2019-01-22

Speaker: Jonathan Regele

Tour Divide 2018, My Story

Tue, 2018-11-27

This presentation will discuss Jan Bear's experience participating in the 2018 Tour Divide, a 2725 mile mountain bike race from Banff, Canada to Antelope Wells, NM. The race is self supported, with navigation via GPS thru Alberta and British Columbia in Canada and Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado and New Mexico in the US. The event has been held annually for the last 20 years but the route has been modified over the years. The course includes approximately 180,000ft of climbing as well as temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 100 degrees.


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