Join the Mountaineers for a China Odyssey

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By Special to the Monitor

Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers Wednesday night in Fuller Lodge to hear Lorrie Bonds-Lopez recount her “China Odyssey” adventure. In 2008 Lorrie Bonds-Lopez and her husband joined two China scholars, Rikki and Jeff, for a three-week hiking/biking touring trip in the southwest of China.
First they visited Yangshuo (Guangxi province) and the surrounding countryside for mountain biking and bamboo rafting. Yangshuo is on the Li River and is surrounded by a karst landscape where there are hundreds of limestone hills dotting the countryside. The scenery here is a common subject of those mystical Chinese paintings as well as the inspiration for poetry.  
They also trekked between the guesthouses in the Longsheng Rice Terraces, and then finally to Dali and Lijiaang via train, terminating with trekking in the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Tiger Leaping Gorge is a contender for the world’s deepest river canyon. It is around 15 km in length and consists of a series of rapids under steep (2,000 m) cliffs.
Legend has it that to escape from a hunter, a tiger jumped across the river at the narrowest point (still 25 meters wide), hence the name.
From her first wilderness expedition in Dark Canyon in 1970, to rowing an 18-foot raft through the Grand Canyon in 2010, Bonds-Lopez has been a wilderness addict. In the ’70s and ’80s she worked as a professional for Outward Bound and in scores of other outdoor education programs delivering one to 28 day wilderness experiences involving canyoneering, mountaineering, rafting and kayaking. Her travels include the rivers of Alaska, Canada and the American West, mountain ranges from Mexico to Canada and the canyons in between.
Until her first child was born, most years were spent living out of a backpack and kayak. She went on to raise her children on a diet of rivers and wilderness and now continues pursuits with far-flung trips in Asia and is constantly expanding the checklist of domestic wilderness destinations.
Join Bonds-Lopez and the LAM to hear about her China odyssey and to see photographs of the landscapes that were part of the odyssey.
The meeting will be in the main room of Fuller Lodge.  It 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 on their Web site, www.la
The Los Alamos Mountaineers welcome the public.


If you go

What: Talk by
Lorrie Bonds-Lopez
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Fuller Lodge