The Obsidian Bulletin, November 1937, p. 1

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The OBSIDIAN
THANKSGIVING NUMBER

Volume II. Eugene, Oregon, November, 1937 Number 1

THE OBSIDIAN CLUB WHY? HOW? AND WHEN?

By Ray Sims

The stormy week-end of Labor Day, 1927, was past, but news came to Eugene from Prince Glaze, Forest ranger at Frog Camp, that two University of Oregon boys had been lost in the Three Sister region. The sheriff’s office received the news and Sheriff Frank E. Taylor lost no time in issuing a call for all men, who could go, to join in the search.

As the two lost boys, Guy Ferry and Henry Cramer, were from The Dalles, two hundred men responded from all over western Oregon. The boys, last seen by Ranger Prince Glaze, had left Frog Camp that fateful Monday in much better weather conditions than did the searchers have in the ten day fruitless search.

Setting up Forest Service tents in six inches of snow and living in them, with hardly a let-up in rain and sleet, the searchers would return each night to the base camp. Ray Conway, a Mazama of Portland, was in charge.

It was in one of these rain soaked tents that it was made apparent that Eugene needed a mountaineers’ organization. Sidney C. Jenkins, a reporter on the Morning Register, approached Ed Turnbull and Ray Sims on the subject and was warmly received. With their backing, Jenkins would sound out the public, when we returned to Eugene. Sid King and W. Reynold Landrum, later of the Club, as were many others from Eugene, were in the party.

A meeting was called in the early part of October and the Organization of Woodsmen was assured. As less than twenty responded for the first call, the Charter members” list was left ----- until another meeting in two weeks, when Dean John F. Bovard was called in to help in forming this new club.

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A JOINT WINTER OUTING

The Ski Laufers and Obsidians are going ahead with plans for the winter outing to be held at the Mazama Lodge at Mt. Hood the week beginning February 13th to 19th.

A committee from each club is working together to make this our best and biggest winter outing ever to be held.

An expert teacher will be at hand at all times to show the uninitiated how it’s done and the novices what to do.

More tentative details will be worked out before this time. Watch for it in the paper.

THANKS TO THE FOREST SERVICE

Members of the Obsidians, Inc. wish to extend their thanks and appreciation to the Forest Service.

Through the efforts of Perry Thompson, supervisor of the Willamette National Forest, not only members of the Obsidian Club, but every sport enthusiast is going to enjoy a bigger and better winter playground.

The donation of sixteen axes came in mighty handy for clearing out the trails and making a shelter at Frog Camp. Also, the tweet-five steel cots are going to be greatly appreciated.

THANKS AGAIN!

McKENZIE PASS WINTER PLAYGROUND-COME TRUE (?)

The McKenzie Pass as a winter playground area has long been the dream of many local winter sports enthusiasts; but never has been able to emerge from the dream stage. There are a few of us who have in the past, had sufficient time and energy to make the long trek, in the dead of winter, from the snow line, sometimes as low down as Lost Creek Ranch, to the snug, Pole Bridge Cabin, located in the good snow, well up towards the summit.

Such trips generally required a good day of slow arduous skiing, sinking deep in the soft snow of the lower elevations, retarded by the steeper grade of the higher regions; and gradually fatigued by the heavy pack, with necessary provisions for the duration of the outing. Memories of such trips would compare favorably with small scale expeditions into “Little America” —The formidable snow barrier, doing its best to keep us out; but the joys, beauties, and excellent skiing conditions of that varied, High Pass country, providing such an alluring incentive that we always felt well rewarded, making the trip every time that we could, “Hie away to the mountains”.

This year, for the first time, there appears to be a slight ray of sunshine in the skiing aspect, for the enjoyment and development of this grand region. With the cooperation of the State Highway Department, it is very possible that this previously unattainable, High Mountain area, will be made easily accessible to all.

Understand, that the State Highway Department does not, matter of factly grant such requests, as the maintenance of a dead-end road, high into the summit country of the Cascade

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