Mountaineers Feature Antarctic Explorations Jan. 26

France Córdova in the ice-free dry valleys of Antarctica will discuss ‘The Best Journey in the World’ at the Jan. 26 virtual meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. Courtesy/NSF

Los Alamos Mountaineers

The November Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting continues in its electronic format, consistent with the needs of this special time.

The meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. As usual, the Mountaineers meeting is held in collaboration with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. This month, the meeting features a talk by France Anne Córdova entitled “The Best Journey in the World”.

Former LANL astrophysicist, Córdova will recount highlights from four trips to Antarctica and the South Pole. She traveled there between 1996 and 2020 on behalf of the U.S. Government to assess scientific programs and research facilities and infrastructure on the continent.

In this talk, Córdova will show us what it’s like to live (and find adventure) in Antarctica, and describe the nature of the science conducted in various locations on the continent. She will show photographs and videos of the “crystal desert”, remote research sites and facilities, the huts of the early 20th century Antarctica explorers and, of course, the noisy Penguin rookeries.

Córdova, a rock-climbing instructor for the Los Alamos Mountaineers in the 1980s, was the first woman to be president of the Los Alamos Mountaineers Club. She met fellow rock climber Chris Foster at the Mountaineers’ climbing school; they married in 1985. She is former director of the National Science Foundation, former president of Purdue University, and former NASA Chief Scientist. A Nunatak in Antartica is named for her.

PEEC and the Mountaineers welcome the public to join them. To register for this meeting, click here.