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The Las Vegas Mountaineers Club was founded in 1994 to provide our members with plenty of safe, exciting and enjoyable outdoor experiences. Our goal is also to provide the opportunity to form many new and lasting friendships. LVMC is committed to educating and training each of its members and enhancing our members’ mountaineering skills and outdoor leadership abilities. We take safety very seriously, and we promote the ethical use of wilderness resources during our training courses, hikes, climbs, backpacks, campouts, etc.

This group is for outdoor enthusiasts who want to broaden their skills in the areas of hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, backpacking, ice climbing and the like. Training is one of our most important LVMC functions, and it is essential to learn safe and effective mountaineering practices if you plan to climb, trek or travel with the Las Vegas Mountaineers Club in mountainous regions. There is no instructor’s fee to members who want to take LVMC courses; however, this is not to imply our training is substandard. On the contrary, comparable training would cost an average of several hundred dollars per course.

In order to participate in our training courses and other activities via meetup.com or otherwise, you must become a member. LVMC is a non-profit club and all dues go to the purchase of club gear, website fees and other expenses that benefit our members. Annual membership is $30 for an individual, $40 for families or roommates, with discounts for joining for more than one year. Please visit our website to become a member via PayPal or mail. (http://lvmc.org/webpages/lvmcjoinus.html)

Have questions? Read our FAQ here. (http://lvmc.org/webpages/faq.html)

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Upcoming events (5+)

Basic Rappelling

Red Springs Picnic Area

Rappelling is a critical skill today for safely engaging in the mountain environment. Join me to get the ball rolling; or come out to brush up a bit. This class will be oriented to beginners. You'll need a helmet, harness, rappelling device, self-protection tether, and 1 or 2 locking carabiners. The club has a limited amount of gear to loan out (for free.) You need to let me know in advance if you wish to borrow anything. Also take a look at the "Basic Rappelling" Syllabus as I will not specifically cover this material at the class but will be happy to address any questions. As it's no longer available on the website, you'll need to send me your email address (Meetup email doesn't support attachments.) There will be a hike of about 1/3 mile and elevation gain of 200' to the rappelling site. Disclaimer: I am not a professional guide. Instruction will be based upon my understanding of current practices and may not correspond exactly with published guidelines of various professional organizations. No certification will result from this training. Please remember to answer the question after RSVPing. If you are using a phone, the question may not appear. If not, please check back again to answer the question. To participate in this outing, you must be a current, paid member of LVMC. You can obtain a membership via this link: http://www.lvmc.org/w... (http://www.lvmc.org/webpages/lvmcjoinus.html). The fee is $40 per year for a family/roommates or $30 per year for an individual. Please contact your organizer if you have any questions.

DAY HIKE: Cheyenne Mountain and ridge traverse

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Total Distance: 4 miles round trip Total Elevation Gain: 1400' Altitude: 2900' - 3833' Terrain Description: Faint paths in places, mostly steep, off-trail class 2, with a couple easy class 3 moves Approximate Hiking Time: 2.5 hours This will be a loop hike up and along a ridgeline to Cheyenne Mountain. It is my "backyard" hike and is rugged, but short. There is a bit of minor exposure and class 3. You will be home in time for lunch! Please remember to answer the question after RSVPing. If you are using a phone, the question may not appear. If not, please check back again to answer the question. To participate in this outing, you must be a current, paid member of LVMC. You can obtain a membership via this link: http://www.lvmc.org/w... (http://www.lvmc.org/webpages/lvmcjoinus.html). The fee is $40 per year for a family/roommates or $30 per year for an individual. Please contact your organizer if you have any questions.

LVMC Presents: Ken Miller presents the Chilkoot Trail

Please join us for an evening with Ken Miller who will share with us his experience on the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska. He spent five days on the Chilkoot this past summer with friends and family. The Chilkoot Trail is a popular 33 mile recreational trail among residents of Southeast Alaska and Yukon Territory. The trail also attracts many tourists from abroad. To manage demand, and to prevent overuse and maintain the remote character of the trail, the National Park Service and Parks Canada allow no more than 50 backpackers to start trail each day by way of a permit system. In return for these fees, both countries have full-time trail maintenance crews, ranger/warden stations, well-designed campgrounds, and have placed numerous interpretive signs adjacent to notable historical sites and objects. The "official" hiking season (when rangers are on-duty and trail crew is on-site) varies, but usually begins in late May and ends in early September. Peak demand runs from June through August. Avalanche dangers can linger into mid July, as well as large snow fields that slow progress, whereas September is associated with rain and colder weather.

Motorcycle Canyon, 3AIII

Fiesta Henderson Hotel & Casino (Under the Fiesta Sign)

A very scenic dry canyon dropping down towards Gold Strike Hot Springs (we won't go as far as the springs.) 5 rappels up to 90'. About 7 miles roundtrip with 1200' of total gain. Expect 6 hours for the route car-to-car. Lots of tricky downclimbing so teamwork will be needed. Requirements: Harness, rappelling device, self protection tether, helmet. Basic rappelling and solid climbing skills up to Class 4. Backpack large enough to carry group gear, including additional rope. Only standard vehicles needed to get to trailhead. Please answer the question after RSVPing. If you are using a phone, the question may not appear. If not, please check back again to answer the question. To participate in this outing, you must be a current, paid member of LVMC. You can obtain a membership via this link: http://www.lvmc.org/w... (http://www.lvmc.org/webpages/lvmcjoinus.html). The fee is $40 per year for a family/roommates or $30 per year for an individual. Please contact your organizer if you have any questions.

Past events (1,065)

Day Hike: Valley of Fire ramble

Valley of Fire State Park

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