Sunday, September 2, 2012

Be there or be square: Fuller Lodge talk, Sept. 19

The Los Alamos Mountaineers runs a monthly program of invited speakers. This month, I’m giving the talk. It will be at Fuller Lodge the evening of Wednesday, September 19. Exactly when is a little bit of a mystery to me; the talks are often billed as 7:30pm but don’t start until a little later. Given that it’s my talk, though, I suggest you show up at 5:30, or even midnight the night before, to make sure you have a seat.

The LAMC web site also carries this announcement. It’s free unless you want to slip me an envelope full of cash.

How I learned to lead “Priedhorsky moderate”:
Forty canyon adventures from age 10

Dark Canyon, 1989

Part coming-of-age story, part exploration of local natural beauty, and part compendium of hilarious debacles, this talk is about the canyons of the Colorado Plateau. In photographs and illustrations, Reid will tell the story of his forty adventures in the ethereal landscape which inspired the alien worlds of Calvin and Hobbes’ Spaceman Spiff. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll demand a refund.

Reid was born and raised in Los Alamos and spent 13 years in Minnesota before returning in fall 2011. Actual excerpt from one of his trip invitations: “Difficulty will be standard ‘Priedhorsky Moderate’. You can look forward to extremely hard work, pain, terrible cold, blazing heat, bad food, intestinal disturbances, odor, risk of injury or death, and many other unpleasant circumstances. There will also be nice scenery and an opportunity to go places almost no one ever goes.”

This talk contains sexual themes and references to drug use.

Stevens Canyon, 2009

Death Hollow, 2005

Death Hollow, 2005