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The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. The featured speaker will be Dr. Paul Bradley of Los Alamos National Laboratory. His talk is entitled, “The Mountains Less Climbed —Centennial Peaks near Leadville.”
In 2008 and 2009, Bradley described climbs of the Fourteeners of Colorado to LAGS. Since then, he has expanded his climbing horizons to the Centennial Peaks, which are the highest 100 peaks in Colorado.
In contrast to the Fourteeners, these peaks receive much less attention and can involve some route finding.
In 2010, Bradley concentrated his efforts on peaks of the Sawatch, Mosquito and Tenmile Ranges. The result was an epic summer where he climbed 20 Centennial Peaks and several other lower peaks. Most of these climbs are not technically difficult, and several are strolls that he recommends for the scenery and wildflower clinics.
Bradley received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and master’s degree in physics from Texas A&M University. He received his doctorate in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. He came to Los Alamos in 1993 as a postdoc and has been there ever since.
He is presently in XCP-6 working on inertial confinement fusion experiments, astrophysics, and other subjects.
He was attracted to mountain climbing in Colorado with Mount Antero in 1995.