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Mt. Cook at sunset
Late in 2012, Momo Vuyisich and his family took a month-long family camping trip through Australia and New Zealand. They drove, hiked, kayaked, flew, and explored the forests, cities, mountains, and coasts of these two beautiful countries. Momo will show many photographs that he captured during the trip and describe his travel experiences.
Momo is a biochemist by profession, but tries to balance his busy career with travel and photography, which are most enjoyable with his family.
Misty rainforest in Blue Mountains National Park, Australia
Downtown Sydney at dusk
Mt. Cook, the highest peak in New Zealand, revealed itself after a Pacific storm cleared
New Zealand fjordland has many high mountains and deep valleys filled with wild flowers
Mt. Aspiring National Park, New Zealand
Hiking through the lush New Zealand rainforest
Mt. Aspiring National Park, New Zealand
Monthly Public Meeting and Presentation:
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 Melanee Hand, our Equipment Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2013 Climbing School runs from March 26th through May 4th.
(registration is closed for the year, the class is in session)
(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:
Hints: You must log in to sign up for trips or to post new trips!
|Spanish Peaks Climb and Exploration||Michael Altherr||Fri, 2013-05-24||Both an Objective Oriented and Exploratory Trip to the Spanish Peaks Widerness. Overview: As long as I have traveled South along I-25, the Spanish Peaks have callled to me like the sirens of Greek mythology. This has been going on for over 35 years. It is time to answer the sirens call. Attractions: Interesting geologic formations, and stunning views being the eastern most prominences rising to over 10,000’ above the great prairie. My objective is to complete a...|
|Cruces Basin 2-night backpack||Bill Priedhorsky||Sat, 2013-05-25||I would like to announce a backpacking trip into Cruces Basin for Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27). Cruces Basin is pristine wilderness located west of San Antonio mountain near the New Mexico/ Colorado border. This trip will be a mellow and family-friendly adventure with a short hike to our camp followed by hikes to explore the Basin. We can break into groups for day hiking, for those that want to adventure out further and those that want to do shorter day hikes. ...|
|Climbing School Graduates Penitente and Tres Piedras Trips (May 26/27 and/or June 8/9)||Norbert Ensslin and John Pianezze||Sun, 2013-05-26||The two trips to Penitente and Tres Piedras will continue John Pianezze's series of trips for climbing school graduates from this year or other recent years. These 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! Both areas provide opportunities to toprope climbs in the 5.6 to 5.10 range, and Penitente also provides opportunities...|
|Canoe/kayak on the Rio Grande||Mary Thompson and Jean Dewart||Sat, 2013-06-01||Canoe/kayak the Rio Grande, joint trip with the Sierra Club. We will paddle the section from Algodones to Alameda, about 5 hours and Class I, suitable for intrepid beginners as well as (possibly rusty?) veterans. Boat owners will arrange their own shuttling. Non-owners will independently arrange to rent canoes or kayaks from Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures http://www.quietwaterspaddling.com/ QWPA will provide shuttle service for boat renters and...|
|Climbing School Graduates Tres Piedras Trip||Norbert Ensslin and John Pianezze||Sat, 2013-06-08||The two trips to Penitente and Tres Piedras will continue John Pianezze's series of trips for climbing school graduates from this year or other recent years. These 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! Both areas provide opportunities to toprope climbs in the 5.6 to 5.10 range, and Penitente also provides opportunities to do easy...|
|South San Juan Wilderness Backpack||Jean Dewart||Fri, 2013-06-14||TRIP IS NOW FULL. Contact Jean to be put on a wait list. Let's take a 3 day backpack trip up the Adams Fork of the Conejos River in the South San Juan Wilderness in southern Colorado. Leave Friday morning and begin hiking by 1 pm near the western end of Platoro Reservoir. Hike about 5 miles (1200 ft elevation gain) up the Adams Fork drainage to timberline and camp at about 11,000 ft. Saturday - day hike to Summit Peak (13,300 ft) - early start required...|
|Santa Fe Baldy||Mary Thompson||Sat, 2013-06-15||TRIP IS NOW FULL. Contact Mary to be put on a wait list. Strenuous hike to Santa Fe Baldy, joint trip with the Sierra Club. 14 miles round-trip, 3500' gain, moderately fast pace. Limit of eight hikers. One or two dogs ok, must have leash for lunch stops . Mary Thompson email@example.com|
|Introduction to Backpacking - Classroom||Momo Vuyisich||Tue, 2013-06-18||Tuesday, June 18, from 7-8PM in Los Alamos. Instructor: Momo Vuyisich One hour presentation, focused mostly on backpacking gear. After attending this class, you will be able to easily select the most appropriate gear for your backpacking needs. Class is free, but each participant must register by e-mailing Momo Vuyisich (firstname.lastname@example.org). The class location will be e-mailed to you. A backpacking weekend in the Jemez Mountains is offered on the weekend of July 20, 21, as a follow on...|
|Introduction to Backpacking - Classroom (Santa Fe)||Rick LIght||Thu, 2013-06-27||For adult hikers who want to experience the backcountry beyond day hikes. Both beginner backpackers and those with experience will benefit from the presentations (either June 18 presentation or this class) and guided backpacking trip (July 20/21). Participants can choose to participate in any of the three courses independently. Beginners are highly encouraged to attend one of the two classes before buying gear for the actual trip. Schedule: • Thursday, June 27, from 6 - 7:30PM...|
|Canyoneering in Zion National Park||Daniel Creveling||Thu, 2013-07-11||You are invited to Canyoneering in Zion National Park (A 2013 trip of the Los Alamos Mountaineers) Pre-Trip Training: June 22nd and June 29th Trip to Zion National Park: July 11th - 16th Trip Leader: Dan Creveling (plus many people helping!) 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 hiking, rappelling, climbing, scrambling, and swimming to...|
|An overnight backpacking trip in Jemez mountains||Momo Vuyisich, Rick Light, and Jean Dewart||Sat, 2013-07-20||This is a good opportunity for beginner backpackers. We will hike to and camp on the Rabbit Ears mountain, which overlooks the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The hike will start from the St. Peter's Dome road in early PM on Saturday, July 20. We will reach the summit in less than two hours (~2 miles, 1,300 ft vertical gain), set up camp, eat dinner, and enjoy great views of Valle Grande. The next morning, we will eat breakfast, break camp, and hike back to the cars. There will be three...|
|Summit Hut Trip, August 29-September 2, 2013||Felicia Orth and Evan Rose||Thu, 2013-08-29||Note: trip difficult will be between beginner and advanced, depending on the day trips one chooses. The seventh annual summer weekend trip to a Mountain Hut will be to Francie’s Cabin, August 30- September 2, 2013 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights). We will pack up and return to Los Alamos on Monday, the 2nd of September (Labor Day holiday). This Summit Association Hut, at 11,264 ft, is near timberline in the Arapaho National Forest, in central Colorado, 5...|
|Three day boat trip to the Channel Islands National Park, California||Dick Opsahl||Wed, 2013-09-04||Join the Opsahls for a 3 day trip exploring the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara, California on a 68 foot 30 passenger motor boat. The trip boards in Santa Barbara at 8 PM, Wednesday, Sept 4 and returns at 5 PM Saturday, Sept 7. All meals are included, and special diets can be accomodated. Activities include naturalist led hikes on uninhabited islands with unique fauna and flora, bird watching, frolicking with sea lions, sea kayaking and snorkeling, even stand up paddling (equipment can be...|
|Llama trip in Tsegi Canyon, near Navajo National Monument, Sept. 7-15||Bill Priedhorsky||Sat, 2013-09-07||Trip is full. Email Bill to be put on the wait list. In early September, we will explore a new piece of the canyon country: Tsegi Canyon, tributaries of which hold Betatakin and Keet Seel ruins. This area is located just west of Monument Valley, and is full of small, medium and large cliff dwellings. The canyons are scenic, but the main attraction are the sites. With an elevation of about 6300 feet, we can go earlier in the fall than our regular canyon trips. The two photos below...|
|Llama trip to Fish Creek October 8-14||Bill Priedhorsky||Tue, 2013-10-08||Fish Creek is an archeology-rich canyon, below Cedar Mesa, with several tributaries. It has an exciting collection of slickrock scrambles and explores, and is marked by layered slickrock and hoodoo terrain. The highly ambitious could spend a day doing the 18-mile Fish Creek/Owl Creek loop (some details here); if so, I advise a very early start and headlamps for the return. For the less intrepid, there are hikes up Fish, up Owl, up McCloyd canyon, and scrambling up the canyon walls to the mesa...|
|Day hiking, based at The Wilderness Lodge, Gila Hot Springs, November 6-11||Bill Priedhorsky||Wed, 2013-11-06||Taking advantage of the long Veteran's Day weekend in early November, I've reserved The Wilderness Lodge at Gila Hot Springs for 5 nights, Wednesday through Sunday, departing on Monday morning. The lodge will sleep a maximum of 16 people, and is an excellent base to explore a place I have never been - the Gila Cliff dwellings and many trails in the heart of the Gila Wilderness. This area is well to the east of the giant fire of 2012, although there is some local fire damage from earlier...|