Los Alamos Mountaineers Present West Canyon Traverse – An Arizona Adventure Program Feb. 28

Ron Morgan on the Cummings Mesa saddle. Courtesy photo

The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host a presentation by local mountaineers Norbert Ensslin and Ron Morgan Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Last May, six Mountaineers did a canyon traverse near Navajo Mountain, in the same adventurous spirit as a previous traverse of the Northern Sangres in Colorado. This new adventure began with a descent into Forbidding Canyon, followed by a traverse across Cummings Mesa using a previously unreported route.

From there they descended into West Canyon and followed that canyon all the way to Lake Powell.

The trip included open desert travel, a wild saddle on Cummings Mesa, and long, deep canyon slots. In West Canyon they encountered the Maw of Death, descended the Slippery Slide, swam through cold, dark pools, passed under beetling cliffs, and scrambled around small, picturesque waterfalls.
Ensslin and Morgan will describe their adventures and show pictures of the beautiful country that they visited.

Social time is at 6:45 p.m., reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. and the community is welcome to attend.