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September 2007
Volume 13, Issue 8


Crossing Griffith Creek at the beginning of the hike


Adults, kids and dogs on the summit of Delano Peak


Joel and Sierra take in the panorama


Photos by Nathan Petrosian and Jim Albamont

Nathan, Valentina, Xavier, and Jim on the summit of Red Slate Mountain on an LVMC summer trip


View of Red Slate from below


Nathan and Valentina happy in the mountains


Climbing the 1000 ft. snow chute just below the summit


Jim flashes a winning smile


Up, up, up


Nathan and Valentina celebrate summitting




Jim, Valentina, and Xavier with Red Slate





President: Nadia von Magdenko
Vice President/Training Director: Xavier Wasiak
Secretary: Alda Behie
Treasurer: Jim Albamont
Newsletter Editor: Joel Brewster
Outings Director: Kristi Meyer
Membership Director: Chris Ransel
Website Director: Amy Brewster
Public Relations/Marketing Director: Kim Owen
Club Gear Director:
Chris Ransel
Social Directors:
Erika Napoletano, Dawna Herndon
& Valentina Fields
Safety Director: Mary Beth Pierce
Assistant Director: Alan Andrunas
Assistant Director: Richard Baugh
Assistant Director:
Karyn Davenport
Assistant Director: Annalisa Helm
Assistant Director: John "Snafu" Mueller
Assistant Director: Steve Nguyen
Assistant Director: Doug Olson

Assistant Director: Nathan Petrosian
Assistant Director: Cristina Rodriguez
Assistant Director: Harlan Stockman
Past President: Howard Herndon

The Ascender is published monthly by the Las Vegas Mountaineers Club. It can be viewed on the “Members Only” section of our website. Current Club membership is approximately 160.
All Club members are invited to submit trip reports, photos, trip listings, recipes, classified ads and other related information. Please include the name and date of the trip or outing and the author’s name. October 10th is the deadline for the next issue.

Joel Brewster
Phone: 456-8520


To the following members, please note that your membership will expire this month:

Blanche La Salle
Chad Corbin
Doyle & Martha Ryan
Erik, Jennifer, Charles, Carolyn & Julianne Sandhu
Erika Napoletano
Frank Schneider
Harlan & Christine Stockman
James Albamont
Janet Curry
Matthew Wade
Polly Bates
Ralph Fandel
Sally McDaniel
Stephen Rodgers
Tim & Pam McGinley
Valentina Fields

YOU MAY NOW RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP ONLINE! Sorry, but all starred * fields are required, even though you are renewing.

Please contact the membership director if you have questions about your membership.

Please make your check payable to the Las Vegas Mountaineers Club and mail to: P.O. Box 36026, Las Vegas, NV 89133-6026.
Single membership is $30 per year, $85 for three years. Family annual membership is $40, $110 for three years. Please mail all renewals prior to the end of the month to ensure uninterrupted notification of your Ascender password.

To All Members:
Please send any address, phone number and e-mail changes to Chris Ransel.

Chris Ransel
Membership Director


This club gear is available at no charge to members:

4-season tent
Bear Barrels
Alpine Axes*
Strap-on Crampons*


*Will require a signed waiver.

Non-members are not eligible to borrow club gear. Deposits taken on gear must be in the form of cash or check and will be returned upon return of equipment. Gear is also available to members for courses with no deposit required. If you have any questions or would like to inquire about club gear, please contact Chris Ransel.


Classified Ads
Members: Free
Non-members: $5

Business Ads
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1/2 page: $15
Full page: $20
All rates are per issue and will be discontinued automatically unless renewed. Ads must be prepaid and sent by e-mail or submitted on CD. Please make checks payable to Las Vegas Mountaineers Club.


August 31- September 2, 2007
Report and Photos by Nicholas Owen

I like camping... a lot, so Mom and Dad took me up to Utah for the Labor Day weekend. We camped at a place called Big John Flat…it’s a nice campground with lots of horse and cattle roaming through the campsites, and a creek running through a nearby meadow. I didn’t get to meet Big John, but the animals left lots of piles of poo poo I liked to step in with my new hiking boots….no big deal though, dad washed me off in the creek.

A few of my friends from LVMC camped with me….Toby and Sierra brought their mom & dad, and my friend Howard came too. Before we went hiking on Saturday, Toby’s dad drove his Jeep backwards onto a rock…it was really funny watching the grown-ups try and push the big truck off the rock!!

We made it to the trailhead finally and we hiked up a really big hill my dad called Delano Peak. It was super high -12,169 feet, the highest I’ve ever been!

Sierra and I rode on our daddy’s backs up the steep hills. There was no trail, so our dads huffed up the rocky areas and stomped through big, rolling meadows. Then there were no more trees, so I could see really far…there were beautiful peaks all around me. I thought I had to be near heaven. The sky was so blue and clear we took a break and had a snack halfway up.

As soon as we started up again, I noticed the sky was getting cloudy! I like rain though, so I wasn’t scared. My mom said something to my dad about how lightning was bad when we were up high, but he pretended he didn’t hear and kept going up up up….

We reached the very top and it was getting really windy. We all signed our names and put the little notebook into a black mailbox! Yes, there was a black mailbox up here on the very top of this mountain. We took a picture with everybody on the summit, and then my daddy showed me a bunch of white mountain goats resting on the hills below us.

We headed back down the mountain, it didn’t take very long to get back to camp. Sierra and I helped make dinner…

We helped dig a fire pit…

And chop wood…

The next morning my friend Howard got up really early and went fishing. He brought back 3 big fish and I got to touch them. He was going to eat the fish for dinner later, yummy.

I really liked playing with my friends Toby and Sierra at the campsite. I can’t wait to go camping again!



The Las Vegas Mountaineers hold their monthly meetings at the Sahara West Library,
9600 West Sahara. Click HERE for map. Meeting time is 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Mountaineering Adventures in Peru
John "Snafu" Mueller

Our own Snafu presents his experiences mountaineering in the Cordillera Vilcanota mountain range in Peru. He will also be including photos of the ruins of Machu Picchu, presumably delivered in his always witty way.


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Peaks Here & Abroad
Courtney Purcell

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