Mountaineers To Celebrate The Year’s Events On Dec. 14 At Fuller Lodge

Lana Martin will speak about her visit to the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland during the Los Alamos Mountaineers Annual Potpourri at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Mountaineers

The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host the annual Potpourri at Fuller Lodge starting at 6:15PM on Wednesday, December 14, 2022.  While the meeting is for members only, the Mountaineers are pleased to welcome new members at any time. Sign ups will be accepted before or at the meeting.

Potpourri is a stew that consists of one part potluck and six parts ten-minute talks, simmered slowly in conversation and camaraderie. This is by far the most popular Mountaineers meeting of the year. Make your own early New Year’s resolution to attend! The potpourri is a strictly in-person event, with no hybrid adjunct. 

New or renewing members can pay at the Lodge with cash or check, or to avoid the line at the door, ahead of time with PayPal or credit card at . Membership for 2023 is still a bargain at $15 for individuals or $20 for families.

Also, to benefit the homeless is Santa Fe, the Mountaineers will be collecting used winter outdoor gear. Bring coats, hats, gloves, boots, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, etc. to donate to the cause. For details, see

Bring your appetite, stories to share with your table mates and your enthusiasm for the six 10-minute talks, following directly after the potluck dinner. The lineup includes:

Tim Whalen: Making it home safely

Alex Wass: Lake Powell

Lana Martin: Hiking in Portugal

John Sarracino: Annapurna past and present

Clarissa Yablinsky: Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Daniel Reass / Carly Poremba: Climbing El Capitan

Lana Martin will speak about “A Quick Visit to the Giant’s Causeway” at the Mountaineers’ Potpourri. 

The Giant’s Causeway is a natural feature in Northern Ireland that many will find familiar.  Her 10-minute talk will cover visiting the Causeway and hiking the surrounding cliffs.

Annapurna Massif from Pokara airport, October 1967. John Sarracino will speak about the Annapurna area, past and present. In 2022, he returned to the area where he was a Peace Corps volunteer more than 50 years previously. He served in Nepal from the fall of 1966 to the summer of 1969, first posted for two years in a village in the Terai teaching math and English at the local high school and then in Kathmandu for a year. Besides teaching, Sarracino went on his first trek, hiking for two weeks from Pokhara to Jomsom and back.  The image of the Annapurnas was taken from the Pokhara airport, which at the time was a grass strip. Courtesy photo