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Monthly Program:

Canyoneering Adventures & Technique with Rich Carlson

Wed, 2014-04-16

Wednesday, April 16st at 7:00pm
Fuller Lodge
The Los Alamos Mountaineers are pleased to welcome Rich Carlson for an evening of canyoneering and technical expertise. Rich will give a general introduction to canyoneering, what it is and the basic skills and tools required to navigate canyons safely. He will then focus on a recent canyoning trip to Nepal which will show you the hidden treasures that canyoneering unlocks for adventurers, and why more and more people are getting hooked on canyoneering every year.
Rich has been canyoneering for well over 35 years, building a reputation as the most experienced professional canyoneering guide and instructor in the United States. Rich is extremely active in the global canyoneering community offering training, online resources, sponsoring events, and designing canyoneering specific gear with companies like BlueWater Ropes and Rock Exotica. In 1999, he became the first American to be certified as a canyoning guide in Europe, and he regularly teaches courses and workshops all over the world. For 2014 he is already booked in: Utah, Arizona, Colorado, California, Mexico, Costa Rica, South America, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Nepal, Iran and elsewhere.
Fortunately, we have the opportunity to add New Mexico to that list!


Monthly Public Meeting and Presentation:
held in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge on the 3rd Wednesday of each month
Social and reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7:00pm.   Program at 7:30pm.

Past presentations, and occasionally future, can be viewed here.
Visitors are always welcome!  Digital projector compliments of Los Alamos National Bank.

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.  Please make sure waivers for participants are current and recorded by the club Secretary prior to your trip.  In addition, the "Los Alamos Mountaineer's Trip Sign-Up Sheet" includes the trip waiver, and should be used for all club sponsored trips.

Trip Leader Awards: The club is grateful to those who lead our outdoor adventures.  As a token of appreciation, our awards will be a series of caps and hats with the Club logo. To encourage first-time trip leaders, we will award a first hat to anyone who leads a Club trip.  In more detail, we 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  Alex Adams, our Equipment Manager, at



Climbing School Update



The 2014 Climbing School runs from March 26th through May 4th.
(registration is open for 2014!)

(See Detailed Schedule for more information.)

The class fills quickly with only 25 seats, so early registration is recommended.

This includes 6 Tuesday nights, one Thursday night, and 5 Saturdays; some 36-40 hours of instruction. The Los Alamos Mountaineers Climbing School is a great way to learn about technical rock climbing and mountaineering.  The school should offer a good experience to:

  • beginning climbers with no climbing experience,
  • new climbers who want to gain experience,
  • climbers who need outdoor experience and instruction, and
  • anyone wanting a chance to tap into the expertise of some of the area's most experienced climbers.

Upcoming Trips

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Title Leader Teaser
Swim-Run to Santa Fe Zack Baker Sat, 2014-04-19 Join Zack and friends on the annual run to Santa Fe.   We'll start at the Blue Dot trail, running down the trail then up to Buckman road.  We'll zip lock anything you are fond of, put shoes in garbage bag, and swim across the Rio Grande, then continue up Buckman road to the railyard/REI for lunch.   It's about 20 miles.   The water will be very cold, the road will be very hot.   You'll mostly be responsible for your own ride back, but there may be some...
Ojito Wilderness - GPS hike Jean Dewart Sat, 2014-04-19 Hi all - it was too windy, with blowing dust last weekend, so we rescheduled! This 6 mile hike is #42 in the Sierra Club book on Day Hikes in the Santa Fe area. The Ojito Wilderness was established in 2005 and is just west of San Ysidro.  The area has beatiful high desert scenery with views of Cabezon and the Red Mesa cliffs.   This is an off-trail hike, estimated to take 6 hours to complete.  There is no trail - it is a cross country hike over rough terrain.  The guidebook...
Hall’s Creek Narrows, Horse Pack, May 3-11, 2014 Bill Priedhorsky Sat, 2014-05-03 Update Feb 27: This trip is full but no one is yet on the waiting list. I am pleased to announce a 2014 canyon country adventure. I've been wanting for years to return to Hall's Creek Narrows, a very special place in Capitol Reef National Park at the base of the Waterpocket Fold. This is a fabulous destination that offers both a slot canyon explore and numerous possibilities in the nooks and crannies of the Fold. My last visit was 1995, so a return trip is way overdue. A nice photo trip...
Climbing School Graduate Fun Day Trip to Las Conchas Norbert Ensslin Sat, 2014-05-10 This is the first of three rock climbing trips for Climbing School graduates from this year or other recent years.  These trips are intended to be fun, moderate outings to some of our favorite climbing areas so that graduates can continue to improve their climbing skills and get a reward for their hard work during the school!  The Las Conchas area provides short toprope climbs in the 5.6 to 5.10 range that are within easy walking distance of the car.  There are also a few...
La Luz Trail hike Jean Dewart Sun, 2014-05-11 Let's head down to the Sandia Mountains and hike the La Luz trail.  This is a hike up a magnificent granite escarpment to the top of the Sandias, with spectacular cliffs and spires and bird's eye views of Albuquerque below.  The hike begins in the desert and climbs to an alpine environment.   The hike is 8.5 miles and climbs 4200 ft.  The hike will take about 5 hours.  We'll hike up and take the tram down.  The cost of the tram is $12 per person....
Climbing School Graduate Fun Day Trip to Tres Piedras Norbert Ensslin Sun, 2014-05-18 We will continue our series of fun trips for Climbing School graduates from this year or other recent years with a one-day outing to Tres Piedras, located about 90 minutes north of Los Alamos.  Tres Piedras has low-angle slab and friction climbing on beautiful granite knobs and slopers, mostly bolt-protected with some gear placements.  We will set top rope climbs in the 5.7 to 5.10 range.  Leading opportunities are more limited, starting with 5.8 trad or 5.9 bolt routes.  ...
Climbing School Graduate Overnight Trip to Penitente Canyon Norbert Ensslin Sat, 2014-05-24 We will continue our series of fun trips for Climbing School graduates with an overnight trip to Penitente Canyon in the Alamosa Valley, Colorado.  This area is known for hard climbs, but also has a nice selection of easy and moderate one-pitch bolt routes. Penitente also provides some opportunities to do easy leads in the 5.6 to 5.8 range.     Penitente Canyon is located about 3 ½ hours drive north of Los Alamos near Saguache, Colorado, and has a nice campground.  We...
Canyoneering in Zion National Park Dan Creveling Sat, 2014-06-28 Canyoneering in Zion National Park (A 2014 trip of the Los Alamos Mountaineers) Pre-Trip Training: June 21st and 22nd Trip to Zion National Park: June 28th - July 3rd Trip Leader: Dan Creveling (plus many people helping!)   18 March 2014  :  26 canyoneers attending, 4 spots remaining   Have you been to Zion? I mean, have you REALLY been to Zion?? This is your chance to discover all of Zion's hidden gems that most people who visit the park never get to see. We will be...
Squaw Pass Backpack; Weminuche Wilderness Jean Dewart Thu, 2014-07-03 I am proposing a 4 day backpack, to start/end at the Williams Creek Reservoir, north of Pagosa Springs, Colorado.   I will have to do a scouting trip, ahead of time - to make sure the trails are open - but, the area is south from last year's forest fires.  In the event that the scouting trip is not successful - we will switch the hike location - most probably to the South San Juan Wilderness Area, out of Platoro, Colorado.    The hike will take off from the Williams...
Adventuring from a remote camp in the North Cascades, July 12-17+ Bill Priedhorsky Sat, 2014-07-12 Update Feb. 27: Three small upstairs rooms remain available, along with nooks and crannies. For something different this summer, I am organizing an outing to the Pacific Northwest.  Our destination will be the North Cascades, based at the North Cascades Basecamp, who call themselves a "European-style lodge and cabin". The camp is near the settlement of Mazama (meaning mountain goat) in the Methow Valley, which reaches into the North Cascades from the east side. The lodge is 15...
Grand Teton Climbing Trip Michael Altherr Wed, 2014-07-30 We have reserved 21 climber camps on the approach to the Grand Teton for several dates between July 31, 2014 through August 6, 2014. In addition, we have a group camp site to accommodate those not on the mountain. Besides the Grand, multiple and varied recreational opportunities exist in the area. Several spots remain and can be had for a $50 commitment fee paid to the trip leader. Several team building and training exercises will be conducted in between now and our departure in July. If you...
Not-a-Hut-Trip, La Veta, Colorado, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2013 Bill Priedhorsky Thu, 2014-08-28 Update Feb 27: This trip is full but no one is yet on the waiting list. In lieu of a 10th Mountain hut trip, we are going to take up the comfort level a notch for the Labor Day weekend in 2014. I have found an isolated mountain house, just east of La Veta pass, that can serve as the base for day outings to the Spanish Peaks and to the Sangre de Cristos from the Wet Valley side. The house is on a 600 acre piece of land and has 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 5200 square feet. The fireplace soars 25...
Exploring the Maze, Canyonlands National Park, Oct. 11-19 Bill Priedhorsky Sat, 2014-10-11 Aerial photo of the Maze, from WikiCommons Update Feb. 27: Room is still available on this trip. In all my years of exploring the canyons of southeastern Utah, I've never made it to the Maze country. It's time to go! The Maze and surrounding canyons are the western section of Canyonlands National Park. This is extremely remote country, with only rough four wheel drive roads, no ranger stations, no permanent water, but some of the wildest and most interesting terrain to be found...
Moab hike/bike Nov. 6-11 Bill Priedhorsky Thu, 2014-11-06   Behind the Rocks, a maze of fins and canyons just over the hill from Moab, is in my experience about as spectacular as any part of the canyon country. See here and here for trip reports.   Update Feb. 27: Room is still available on this trip.   Dear Mountaineers,   I would like to announce the sixth edition of our very successful trips to Moab. We didn’t go in November 2013, and I missed it, even thought I was on a great adventure in Antarctica. So I look forward to...

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