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March 2010
Volume 16, Issue 3


Henry and Roy hanging out at our campsite at Christmas Tree Pass.


The barrel cacti were plentiful as we made the steep climb up to the ridgeline.


Roy surveys the jagged ridgeline.


We trudge along the faint trail along the ridgeline with Laughlin in the background.


Roy and Henry take in the tremendous views from the summit of Spirit Mountain.


Henry descends the brief class 3 wall near the summit.



It looks like a beautiful day for a hike, right? This was the view from along the road we drove into Elbow Canyon.


It was a bit chilly as we start out up the road. Ed, Luba, Jose, and Eric are ready for an adventure.


As we get farther up the road, it becomes snow-covered, but it doesn't dampen Luba's spirits!


Finally, after hiking and post-holing through snow for a couple of hours, we decide to abandon our summit attempt and turn around.
We decide to make this our lunch spot at about 6800'.


As Nasrin, Henry and Jose hike back to the car, the clouds look more ominous. It snowed and rained on us before we could get back to the car.



May 2009
Report and Photos by Henry Jingle

Mountaineers like to have lists of different types of challenges. The Las Vegas Mountaineers Club has our 50 Classic Peaks. Another list is the 50 State Highpoint adventures.

This year I added Texas’ highpoint Guadalupe Peak. At 8749 feet, it is the 14th highest State highpoint. It is located in Guadalupe Mountains National Park (GMNP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico. Before this adventure, we drove to Carlsbad Caverns National Park for a cave tour. After the tour, we drove to GMNP and camped. In the evening, I walked to the visitor center and saw a ringtail cat sitting above the national park sign. Unfortunately, it was too dark to photograph but was still a great memory.

After sunrise, we drove to the trailhead parking. This is a well-marked improved trail to the summit. The elevation gain is about 3000 feet in 8.4 miles roundtrip. In the upper tree-lined trail, I came upon a black-tailed rattlesnake stretched across the trail.

On the summit, I was greeted by a pyramid shaped monument commemorating the 100th anniversary (1858 -- 1958) of the founding of American Airlines. Who knew they were flying before the Wright Brothers! Actually, the monument commemorates the 100th anniversary of Butterfield Overland Mail (began in 1858), a stagecoach route that passed south of the mountain.


Chris Ransel

Where were you born?
Northern Italy

How long have you lived in Las Vegas?
18 years

What is your occupation?
Mechanical Engineer

How long have you been an LVMC member?
13 years

What is you favorite hike/climb?
My favorite climb is White Punks On Dope. The climb is located in the southern part of Sequoia National Forest near Johnsondale. It is a classic climb by any standard because it has excellent rock and climbing that ranges from splitter cracks, sustained laybacks, to run out face climbing. I had a great partner that day in Josh Owen and it proved to be one of my most memorable climbing experiences.

What is the most challenging hike/climb you have done?
The 2003 LVMC trip to Mt. Rainier was not only a challenging climb but was an equally challenging exercise in logistics. I was a new coordinator at the time and was assisting Alan Andrunas with the trip planning. We planned training hikes, snow schools, backyard self-rescue practice, along with coordinating flights and hotels. In the end, Alan put on a great trip, we had beautiful weather, and all 13 mountaineers successfully summited and returned.

How did you get into hiking/climbing?
I was in my senior year of high school; I had a light class load, had recently given up playing baseball, and was working in a relatively good paying part time job. I had money and plenty of free time so I needed a new hobby. My father heard about the LVMC from a coworker so I checked out a meeting, signed up, and started taking all of the beginner classes that were offered. I guess the short answer to the question is that the people of the LVMC got me into climbing and hiking. I owe a great deal to this club and its members for providing me with many years of friendships, memorable trips, and great BBQs.

What are your hobbies other than hiking/climbing?
Climbing has been a huge part of my life for many years but occasionally I branch out into other arenas such as home brewing, reading, and cooking for my wonderful wife.


President: Kristi Meyer
Vice President/Training Director: Richard Baugh
Secretary: Lynda Gallia
Treasurer: Beth Ransel
Newsletter Editor: Joel Brewster
Outings Director: Nasrin Houston
Membership Director: Chris Ransel
Website Director: Amy Brewster
Public Relations/Marketing Directors: Jose Witt & Heather Torrey
Club Gear Director: Xavier Wasiak
Social Director: Skip Spilman
Assistant Director: Doug Hladky
Assistant Director: Dale Lindhorst
Assistant Director: Kim Owen
Past President: Nadia von Magdenko

The Ascender is the monthly online newsletter of the Las Vegas Mountaineers Club. All content is property of LVMC and may be used only by the original submitters. All others must obtain written consent from the Board of Directors.
All Club members are invited to submit trip reports, photos, trip listings, recipes, classified ads and other related information. April 10th is the deadline for the next issue.

Joel Brewster




Please send any address, phone number and e-mail changes to Chris Ransel, membership director. LVMC currently has approximately 120 paid members or families.

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

Danah Abarr
Ed Plana
John Musser
Luanne Seipkes
Michael Tautfest
Paul Kuroda
Sarah Cobb
Sonny Revell
Ted Lendis


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


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The Las Vegas Mountaineers meeting this month is on Tuesday, March 23rd
at Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara. Meeting time is 7 p.m.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sahara West Library

Mountaineering in the Alps
Sergio Colombo



Tuesday, April 27, 2010
ra West Library


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