What we're about

"Awareness...

is becoming acquainted with environment, no matter where one happens to be. Man does not suddenly become aware or infused with wonder; it is something we are born with. No child need be told its secret; he keeps it until the influence of gadgetry and the indifference of teen-age satiation extinguish its intuitive joy."

- Sigurd Olson, Former council member, The Wilderness Society
From the Wilderness Society website (http://wilderness.org/article/famous-quotes)

Discover wilderness as a way to connect to nature, to others and to yourself.

The purpose of this meetup is to build a community of learners that want to explore wilderness. As we go out together, we will share our knowledge and to learn from each other. As our skills and experience grow, so will our opportunities for greater wilderness experiences.

• Every outdoor event posted will have an educational objective in addition to the actual activity.

• Outings will be progressive. That means some outings will be the building blocks (certification) for more difficult outings.

• We will strive seek the "awe" in the wilderness experience.

• We will be open to new challenges and new places beyond what we are already familiar with while understanding that going a little farther, a little higher, a little steeper, leads to greater rewards.

Upcoming events (5)

Below the Rim: A Beginner's Guide to Grand Canyon...

Santa Fe Public Library

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, with over 5 millions visitors each year. Yet, less than 1% of those visitors ever venture below the rim. Become one of the 1% and discover where the adventure really begins. Join Bernard Tibbetts as he guides you through the planning process for your first backpack or hike into the "Canyon". Bernard will discuss the layout of with the park, identify the trails and explain the permit system. Topics covered: -How does the new camping permit lottery system work? -Building on The Ten Essentials: How to assemble the gear and clothing. -Food planning. -What is the difference between the corridor trails and the backcountry trails? -When is the best time to go? -What is the first thing you should do when you enter the park? -What tools are available to help you plan? -How do you stay safe? Grand Canyon backpacking is a life-altering experience. Start planning your journey today. Permits for Fall 2020 will be issued soon! Bernard Tibbetts, a native of the southwest, is an experienced hiker, leader and outdoor educator. WFR (Wilderness First Responder) and CPR certified. There is no charge for this lecture. In fact, the Public Library prohibits it. However, in order for Wilderness Seekers to continue to prepare and present outdoor education content for you, we need your support. So, we ask for your generosity in offering a donation. Click here to make a donation... (https://secure.meetup.com/wildernessseekers/contribute/) THANKS!

Gym Climbing for Beginners

Santa Fe Climbing Center

scram·ble /ˈskrambəl/ verb 1. make one's way quickly or awkwardly up a steep slope or over rough ground by using one's hands as well as one's feet. more advanced than hiking. less advanced than rock climbing. I am starting a regular series of outings to introduce beginners to the climbing gym. It is a fun sport in and of itself. But, more importantly this is a good way to develop the skills to move on rock and more complex mountain terrain by way of balance, hand holds, foot holds, weight shifting and coordination. This will improve your performance whether you are scrambling on the ridge between Deception Peak and Leak Peak or exploring the summit of Red Pike in Buttermere. Join us for a night of beginner gym climbing. The day pass is $16.00. You will need climbing shoes and a climbing harness. The Climbing Center rents shoes for $3.50 and harnesses for $3.50. The orientation will last about 15 minutes. You will be shown how to wear the harness as well as how clip into the auto-belay. You need to dress in light, comfortable clothes that allows for free movement of your body. Please sign the waiver before we meet. You can do so online before we meet by clicking this link... (https://app.rockgympro.com/waiver/esign/santafecc/4be43668-fd47-4aab-a55b-f3a9a904a3c0) or... Download a PDF version by clicking this link... (http://climbsantafe.com/wp-content/uploads/SFCC-Registration-Waiver-Final.pdf)

Rocky Mountain High: The Colorado Fourteeners Experience

Santa Fe Public Library (Main Branch)

“Perhaps there’s no better act of simplification than climbing a mountain. For an afternoon, a day, or a week, it’s a way of reducing a complicated life into a simple goal. All you have to do is take one step at a time, place one foot in front of the other, and refuse to turn back until you’ve given everything you have.” ― Ken Ilgunas Comments from previous attendees: "Very thorough and very engaging presentation. Excellent use of web and presentation technology. And, very educational!" Join presenter Bernard Tibbetts as he introduces you to the 54 peaks in Colorado over 14,000 feet. Known as the Colorado Fourteeners, they provide amazing alpine experiences for thousands of people each year at all experience levels: hikers, backpackers, rock climbers and seasoned mountaineers alike. Bernard will: * Inspire and motivate you with the awesome images and map technology. * Introduce you to the Colorado mountain ranges and groups where the Fourteeners are located. * Discuss "first Fourteeneer" options. * Explain how to research route and trailhead locations. * Explain route ratings and use them to assess route difficulty. * Present checklists for obtaining proper gear and clothing. * Discuss ideas for getting fit for the Fourteeners. I am not charging for this lecture. In fact, the Public Library prohibits me from charging. However, in order for me to continue to prepare and present outdoor education content for you, I need your support. So, I ask for your generosity in offering a donation. Click here to make a donation... (https://secure.meetup.com/wildernessseekers/contribute/) THANKS! Bernard Tibbetts has summited all of the Colorado Fourteeners and has been leading Fourteener hikes for over 10 years. He is WFR (Wilderness First Responder) and CPR certified.

Hike Deception Peak | Post-hike recovery at Ten Thousand Waves

Ski Santa Fe, upper parking lot

This is an intermediate hike with microspikes. We will hike the ski slopes to the top of Deception peak and return. I will probably take a route below the Millennium ski lift. The route is steep and the snow will probably be packed. But, be prepared for packed snow and fresh snow. For the hike, please bring: * Crampons or other traction system for your boots * Trekking poles with winter baskets * Adequate and warm clothing layers * Hiking boots (preferably winter boots) * Sunglasses and sunscreen * Pack (30 liters or more) * Food and snacks * At least 2 liters of water * Hand and feet warmers Optional: * Thermos with soup or hot beverage * A pad to sit on After the hike, we will meet at Ten Thousand Waves for a little recovery. Hiking or any other physical work causes changes in the body such as muscle tissue breakdown and the depletion of energy stores ( muscle glycogen ) as well as fluid loss. Recovery time allows these stores to be replenished and allows tissue repair to occur. With sufficient time to repair and replenish, your body will become stronger and re-energized. Join us and share your ideas for post-hike recovery including replenishment, rest and relaxation, stretching and massage, soaking and meditation. For Ten Thousand Waves , please bring: * Bathing suit. * $30

Past events (358)

Beginner snowshoe hike: Aspen Vista Trail

Aspen Vista Picnic Ground

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