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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

Potrero Chico

Tue, 2020-07-28

The June Mountaineers meeting will feature a talk by Phil Martin on a climbing expedition to Potrero Chico. Some call it a sport climbing paradise, others think it's just a particularly beautiful pile of loose mud. Either way, El Potrero Chico's sheer limestone walls and spires, rising thousands of feet above northern Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert, have been getting bolted for climbing for decades. This January, Phil Martin and a few friends made their way down to Nuevo Leon to experience for themselves this fabled land of inspiring climbs and questionable rock quality.

Lechuguilla Cave – Beyond 150 Miles of Explored Passages

Tue, 2020-06-23

The June Mountaineers meeting will feature a talk by John Lyles on Lechuguilla Cave. The cave was discovered by a team digging in a blowing hole in the back country of Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 1986. The complex cave is developed in the uplifted limestone and dolomite rock of the Permian-age Capitan Reef complex that forms the Guadalupe Mountains. Hundreds of known caves are found in this region but Lechuguilla Cave greatly exceed the size of the rest.

Life on top of the world: 5 months on Svalbard

Tue, 2020-05-26

Svalbard is an archipelago halfway between Norway and the North Pole.  It is the land of the polar night, the midnight sun, reindeer, polar bears, and Arctic foxes.  More recently, it is also home to coal miners, researchers, and adventure seekers. In 2010, Allison Chan spent 5 months living in Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s largest town and the world’s northernmost city.  Longyearbyen is a diverse and transient community that is both very remote and very connected.  In this presentation, she will share her experiences exploring, researching, and becoming at home in the Arctic.

Alta Via: a wondrous route through Italy’s Dolomites

Tue, 2020-04-28

For the April Los Alamos Mountaineers' program, Gwendolyn Gallagher and Don Krier will tell of their adventures in the Dolomite range in Italy. There, soaring limestone towers reflect the alpenglow, and green plateaus contrast with rugged scree. In 2018, they backpacked the Alta Via 1 (High Route One) - a stunning high altitude trek that comprised 11 days, 100 miles, and 26,000’ of elevation gain/loss.

Churchill Manitoba Polar Bears

Tue, 2020-03-24

This month, Jean Dewart will share her visit to Churchill, Manitoba's polar bears.

Iceland, Greenland, and the Arctic Circle Trail

Tue, 2020-02-25

This month, Martin Staley and Tanja Pietraß will present photos of their July/August 2019 adventure to Iceland and Greenland, the main ingredient of which was a 10-day, approximately 100-mile backpack on Greenland's remote and beautiful Arctic Circle Trail, westward from Kangerlussuaq, near the ice cap, to Sisimiut on the coast. 

"The First Great Ride in the Last Best Place."

Tue, 2020-01-28

Since 2013, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition has sponsored a 7-day supported bicycle tour through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  Known as Cycle Greater Yellowstone  and described as “The First Great Ride in the Last Best Place”, the ride continues to be an annual event for Matt and Becky Hardy, who completed their 7th tour in 2019.  Matt and Becky will share their experiences riding through this wild, iconic, and magnificent ecosystem as well as describe the logistics of cycling Greater Yellowstone and briefly touch on the work of the Coalition.

Winter Potpourri

Tue, 2019-12-17

The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host their annual Potpourri at Fuller Lodge Tuesday, December 17, 2019. The Potpourri is 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 at 6pm 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.

Rock Climbing in Patagonia with Josh Smith

Tue, 2019-11-19

The South American region of Patagonia is home to storied granite spires that tower thousands
of feet above vast and convoluted glaciers, and even during the summer these remote summits
are blasted with ice and snow by storms that first fetch over a vast expanse of the far Southern
Ocean and then whistle across the great Patagonia Ice Cap before slamming into the Cerro
Torre range. Despite the long and dangerous approaches, active glaciers, and what is
demonstrably the worst weather on the planet, climbers have long found these mountains

Adventures in the Alps - Big and Small

Tue, 2019-10-22

In August of this year, Bill Geist, along with team mate Jason Halladay, participated in a 180 mile team run with a cumulative elevation gain of 80,000 feet around Mont Blanc traveling through the Alps of France, Italy, and Switzerland.  This event, called the PTL (Petite Trotte à Léon), took the duo 6 days to complete taking them over numerous high mountain passes, along via ferratas, to mountain Refugios, and across glaciers all with amazing views of Mont Blanc and many other high peaks of the Alps.  Along the PTL course they experienced some of the best features that the Alps can offer a


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