Josh Smith and Aaron Miller discuss climbing trip in Patagonia at Mountaineers meeting Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
Hear about Josh Smith and Aaron Miller’s adventures rock climbing in Patagonia at the November Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
The presentation starts at about 7:15 p.m., the meeting starts at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings.
This talk is free to attend and open to the public.
In January 2019, Smith and Miller packed their bags for Patagonia with hopes to climb its storied granite spires. Every year, people come from around the globe to gather in the town of El Chalten at the foot of the Fitzroy range where they wait impatiently for the infrequent good weather windows that will allow them to rush into the mountains and test their strength on the best rock on the planet.
Smith and Aaron joined this seasonal migration for a short while early this year. Any attempt to climb in Patagonia is a gamble governed by the notoriously unpredictable and brutal weather, but the pair had incredible luck and experienced two good weather windows during their three-and-a-half week stay.
Hear about their trip — which included some of their most extraordinary mountain experiences to date — at this talk. Smith and Miller will give a short reprise of the trip, provide a description of the logistics of climbing and hiking in Patagonia and share some thoughts on risk and reward in the mountains.
PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.