At the summit of Kilimanjaro, the high point of Africa at 19,341 feet above sea level. Photo courtesy James Wernicke.
BY WILLIAM PRIEDHORSKY
Los Alamos Mountaineers
Come join the Mountaineers for another story of adventure! The Tuesday, July 26 Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will take place at the Nature Center, held in collaboration with PEEC. There will also be a virtual adjunct. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m., with socializing starting at 6:45 p.m. and features a presentation entitled “From Kilimanjaro To Serengeti: What I Learned From The Wilds Of Tanzania” by James Wernicke.
James writes “7 days. 40 miles. Over 19,000’ of elevation gain culminating at the 19,341’ top of Africa. In January 2022, I shared this adventure with my brother and dad to celebrate his 70th birthday. It is a memory I’ll never forget and a trip that I encourage everyone to experience. I will talk about the route we took, how we prepared for it (and so can you!), how awesome Tanzanians are, how we almost did not make it (multiple times), and some interesting details along the way.”
James and his family came to Los Alamos in 2013 for its unique combination of scientific research opportunities and outdoor-oriented, small-town living. He prefers to spend his free time hiking, biking, snowboarding, and paddling around Los Alamos, northern New Mexico, and Colorado. He will happily take you up on an offer for adventure especially if it involves mountains. He also volunteers with the Pajarito Trail Builders, Pajarito Bike Patrol, and Colorado Fourteeners Initiative maintaining trails and promoting responsible use of natural resources.
The Mountaineers welcome all to their meeting. Club meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The presentation will be in-person at Los Alamos Nature Center; the slides will be live-streamed on Zoom. Registration for both in-person or virtual attendance will be via PEEC. See https://peecnature.org/events/details/?id=42011.