Mountain Logo
Ascender Title
July 2009
Volume 15, Issue 7


The group with Raintree and Mummy's Toe in the background


All backpacks are not created equal


Sierra and Kenny at Raintree


Kenny leads the way up the trail


Amy and Toby at Raintree


June 13, 2009
Report by Joel Brewster, Photos by Joel Brewster and Chris Meyer

Raintree is always a delightful hike. On this occasion it was the four Brewsters, the three Meyers, and Colin leisurely ascending the North Loop trail to the ancient bristlecone pine. Raintree is huge and is over 3000 years old!

Kenny hiked with focus for the first 20 minutes or so, but then he and Chris were seen sitting in the middle of the trail "negotiating." The rest of the group continued on.

Amy conveniently "forgot" her backpack, so carried her water in Kenny's raccoon pack, and gave me her food and extra clothes to carry! She looked even more stylish when she donned Kenny's hat to keep her ears warm!

We all arrived at Raintree unscathed except for Toby who gashed his knee on a gnarled tree on the edge of the trail... ouch! I told him my motto that if you're not bleeding, the hike isn't tough enough. This actually did cheer him up a bit as he realized how cool his injury was!

Chris and Kenny caught up with us just before Raintree and enjoyed a nice lunch break with the group. We decided to forego the short trip to Mummy Springs as it was getting late and some of the group had evening plans.

It was yet another great hike in the Mount Charleston area!

Amy wearing little Kenny's backpack and hat



Richard presents Snafu with his going-away present


Xavier thanks Snafu for all the great memories


Snafu enjoying the pool


We will miss Snafu's vast experience, tireless dedication, and his sense of humor!


Upcoming Club Elections

During the July meeting, our Club officers and directors will be elected. Any Club members may be nominated from now until just prior to the July elections by contacting the current officers or directors. The board is composed of four officers and up to ten directors. The four officers are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The duties of the officers and directors are explained below. The previous President is also included on the board to ensure continuity, but is not an elected position.

The President's duties are to supervise and direct the business and affairs of the Club. The President presides at all Club meetings, sets the agenda, and performs various other duties as directed by the board of directors. These duties may include liaison with other clubs and organizations, marketing, and membership activities.
The Vice President/Training Director works in conjunction with the President and will assume all the duties and responsibilities of the President in his absence. The Vice President also performs various duties as directed by the board of directors. He/she also sets dates and meeting places for some of our established training courses and works with board members to develop new training courses.
The Secretary maintains a record of the minutes from all board meetings, prepares the agenda for future meetings, and maintains Club records as needed.
The Treasurer maintains Club financial records, reports on the financial status of the Club, verifies the paid-up status of members, and issues reimbursement for Club expenses.
The Newsletter Editor solicits and edits articles submitted by members into a newsletter format which is electronically issued monthly.
The Outings Director organizes and publishes Club outings. The outing director also schedules periodic outing coordinator meetings to schedule new outings.
The Membership Director maintains the membership roster and is responsible for member renewal reminders. This director provides new membership packages and monthly e-mail reminders about the general meetings.
The Website Director maintains the Club website ( by updating time-sensitive information including upcoming meeting dates, the outings schedule, and trip reports.
The Public Relations Director schedules speakers and meeting rooms as well as maintaining public relations with various groups and organizations.
The Gear Director rents Club gear to members and keeps a log of all available gear.
The Social Director plans and coordinates the Christmas Party and other social gatherings for the Club. The other Directors at-large pitch in to help as needed and carry out the details of various projects, such as Adopt-a-Highway and other clean-up projects.


President: Nadia von Magdenko
Vice President/Training Director: Richard Baugh
Secretary: Xavier Wasiak
Treasurer: Beth Ransel
Newsletter Editor: Joel Brewster
Outings Director: Annalisa Helm
Membership Director: Chris Ransel
Website Director: Amy Brewster
Public Relations/Marketing Director: John "Snafu" Mueller
Club Gear Director: Chris Ransel
Social Director: Kristi Meyer
Assistant Director: Grant Brownback
Assistant Director: Paul Des Roches
Assistant Director: Kim Owen

Assistant Director: Harlan Stockman

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 120.
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. August 10th is the deadline for the next issue.

Joel Brewster
Phone: 456-8520



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

Othneil Uter
Quentin Reidy
Richard Yost
Frank Simpson
Frank Paredes
Chris Bell
Annalisa Helm
Joshua Owen
Doug Foust

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
1/8 page (business card): $5
1/4 page: $10
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.



The Las Vegas Mountaineers monthly meeting this month is on Tuesday, July 28th at Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara. Meeting time is 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sahara West Library

The Springs Preserve
Annalisa Helm

Springs Preserve: What is it? Where is it? What's Happening?
No longer the best kept secret in Las Vegas, the Springs Preserve is thriving after two years of operation. Discover all there is to do at the Preserve, where it is located, and what's happening in the next couple of months.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sahara West Library

Wilderness Management Plan & Climbing
Lisa Bunchina


©2002-09 Las Vegas Mountaineers Club, all rights reserved.
Dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of the mountains.
Website Problems. Contact Us.