Mountaineers Celebrate The Year’s Adventures Dec. 14

Lana Martin will speak about ‘Hiking the Fisherman’s Trail in Portugal’. Fishermen’s Trail is an extensive network of stunning hiking trails throughout southern Portugal featuring magnificent scenery, excellent weather, and affordable accommodation. She followed the incredible Atlantic coastline all the way from Porto Covo to Lagos. Courtesy/LAM

Back side of Annapurna from Manang. John Sarracino will speak about the Annapurna area, past and present. In 2022, he returned to the area where he was a Peace Corps volunteer in the 1960s. He and companions took jeeps most of the way and then helicoptered up to Tilicho Lake. In all, they spent about 10 days out and back from Kathmandu they included several 2-3 day stops over 10,000 feet in order to acclimatize to the altitude. Tilicho Lake at just over 16,000 feet is the highest lake in the world. Courtesy/LAM

Los Alamos Mountaineers

The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host the annual Potpourri at Fuller Lodge starting at 6:15 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. While the meeting is for members only, the Mountaineers are pleased to welcome new members at any time. Sign-ups will be accepted before or at the meeting.

Potpourri is a stew that consists of one part potluck and six parts ten-minute talks, simmered slowly in 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! The potpourri is a strictly in-person event, with no hybrid adjunct.

New or renewing members can pay at the Lodge with cash or check, or to avoid the line at the door, ahead of time with PayPal or credit card here. Membership for 2023 is still a bargain at $15 for individuals or $20 for families.

Also, to benefit the homeless is Santa Fe, the Mountaineers will be collecting used winter outdoor gear. Bring coats, hats, gloves, boots, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, etc. to donate to the cause. For details, see

Bring your appetite, stories to share with your table mates and your enthusiasm for the six 10-minute talks, following directly after the potluck dinner.

The lineup includes:

  • Tim Whalen: Making it home safely
  • Alex Wass: Lake Powell
  • Lana Martin: Hiking in Portugal
  • John Sarracino: Annapurna past and present
  • Clarissa Yablinsky: Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
  • Daniel Reass / Carly Poremba: Climbing El Capitan
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