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Climbing the Midwest

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Don Liska will share his adventures at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Wednesday

By Special to the Monitor

Don Liska is unquestionably one of the Los Alamos Mountaineers most experienced mountaineers and adventurers.
He has been a member of the American Alpine Club for many years, and is a lifetime member of the LAM.  Join the LAM Wednesday evening at Fuller Lodge to hear Liska recount stories of his early days of adventure climbing in the Midwest, the Dolomites and the Alps.
Liska began climbing in the 1950s at a time when American climbing was just beginning to take off. He will describe the antiquated protection and climbing equipment used in those early days, during his talk. He will also share the excitement of climbing without route guides. Liska calls this kind of climbing “climbing by the seat of your pants.” He will explain the attitudes of the climbers of that time and detail how some of the now-classic routes were established.
Liska will also share stories and photos of his early days of climbing at such haunts as Devils Lake, Wis. (near Madison); and the Dolomites of Europe. Devils Lake is now the
Midwest’s most popular
climbing destination and the Dolomites are equally popular in Europe, although they contain much longer
adventure climbs. Both areas have a long and rich history of
climbing, which Liska will share.
The meeting will be in the main room of Fuller Lodge and will begin with dessert and social time at 7:30 p.m., followed by a discussion of trips past and future. The presentation will begin at approximately 8 p.m.
The club offers trips that range from easy hikes to technical mountaineering and is committed to safe outdoor practices. Membership information and the Mountaineers schedule can be found at their Web address, www.lamountaineers.org.