Los Alamos Mountaineers Share Adventures Climbing 20 Miles Of Sangre Peaks

Climber in the Sangres. Courtesy photo


Everyone is invited to join the Los Alamos Mountaineers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Fuller Lodge for an exciting presentation by Norbert Ensslin and Nathan Moody – two local, active LAM members.

At the northern end of Colorado’s Alamosa Valley, the Sangre de Cristo mountain range ends in a compact, 20-mile-long line of peaks. This beautiful ridge line dominates the view to the East for anyone driving through the little town of Villa Grove on the way to Poncha Pass. 

Over the years, many Mountaineers on their way to climb Fourteeners in the summer or do hut trips in the winter, have stared at this ridge and wondered what it would be like to traverse the whole length of the ridge. How long would it take? Where would you get water? How would you get on the ridge and off again? 

A view of the peaks marking the end of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Courtesy photo

Last September, two small groups of Mountaineers, including Ensslin and Moody, set out to find the answers to these questions. 

This program will present what they saw and did and discovered on this adventure, especially the answer to that classic Mountaineers question, “How hard could it be?”

The Los Alamos Mountaineers meetings offer, in addition to the featured talk, refreshments and casual conversation, as well as updates on upcoming trips and safety advice learned from outdoor adventuring.


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