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)

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.

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

Santa Fe Public Library (Main Branch)

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. Bernard Tibbetts, a native of the southwest, is an experienced hiker, leader and outdoor educator. 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: * The "Ten Hiking Essentials" * 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

Great Sand Dunes Wilderness | NP | Preserve | 6th Annual Trek

Office Depot (left/SW side), DeVargas Mall

Join us for the 6th annual trek to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, north of Alamosa. We will meet at 6:00 AM, get coffee and drive to The Great Sand Dunes National Park (approx. arrival 9:00 AM). We will assemble at the visitors center and then drive to the main parking area. From there, we will cross the stream and hike to the High Dune. Hiking barefoot is encouraged. From www.wilderness.net: (http://www.wilderness.net/NWPS/wildView?WID=221) "For century after century, streams, creeks, melting snows, and flash floods brought bits of rock that became sand grains out of the mountains and to the valley floor. When sand lay exposed, southwesterly winds began the slow process of bouncing the grains toward the low curve of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains where they piled up to become the Great Sand Dunes. Reaching heights of 700 feet, these are the tallest dunes in North America, and the sight of them lying at the very foot of the snow-clad peaks over 14,000 feet high can be a bit unsettling at first. This is the only Wilderness defined as a saltbush-greasewood ecosystem, with hardy plants that include blowout grass, Indian rice grass, scurf pea, and prairie sunflower. It's also the only place on Earth where you'll find the Great Sand Dunes tiger beetle and the giant sand treader camel cricket. Kangaroo rats may be seen dancing lightly on the shifting sands, and the night awakens other interesting denizens of the dunes." "The United States Congress designated the Great Sand Dunes Wilderness (map (http://www.wilderness.net/map.cfm?xmin=-11761295.0028&ymin=4536225.1077&xmax=-11743967.0069&ymax=4556628.1244)) in 1976 and it now has a total of 32,643 acres (http://www.wilderness.net/NWPS/acreage?WID=221). All of this wilderness is located in Colorado (http://www.wilderness.net/map.cfm?xmin=-12140042.9307&ymin=4437572.7912&xmax=-11358729.9915&ymax=5012839.5072) and is managed by the National Park Service. The Great Sand Dunes Wilderness is bordered by the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness (http://www.wilderness.net/NWPS/wildView?WID=529) to the east." Once back at the cars, we will drive to Zapata Falls, cool our feet, take in the view of the Sangre de Cristos and drive back to Santa Fe. You must bring: • A day pack. • At least 2 liters of water. • A full lunch. • High energy snack food. • Sun protection: sunglasses, sun screen, hat, light sun blocking clothes. • Both light sandals and a heavier closed-toe shoe that you will find comfortable hiking in sand. • Park entrance fee: $15.00 per vehicle.

Past events (338)

Santa Fe Snowshoe Classic 2019

Sage Bakehouse

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