The Obsidian Bulletin, June 1938, p. 1

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Volume II. Eugene, Oregon, June, 1938 No. 6


This year the club will enjoy two weeks in the Olympics, situated on the Olympic penninsula in northwestern Washington.

Few places stir the imagination more with a jumbled sea of snow-draped peaks and green, flowering valleys, than this area. This mountain mass is one of America’s most beautiful last primitive places.

This region is dominated by Mt. Olympus and although never exceeding 8,000 feet, the bold peaks rise abruptly from sea level, enhancing their massiveness and mystery. From their glaciers rise streams, which in their mad rush to the sea, leave a trail of beautiful falls, mighty cascades and deep gorges.

Fishing in these streams and the many lakes is said to be unsurpassed.

So to you Obsidians and to all your friends, we urge you to attend this outing. You have here an opportunity to visit a place, which in a few years may not be as wild and primitive as it is today. So come with us and enjoy being really close to nature.

We will drive to Quinault, Washington, which is a short distance north of Aberdeen, the first day. After two days hiking, which will be made in easy stages, will have arrived at Low Divide, where we may have use of a chalet in case of bad weather and possibly the use of showers. Yes, real hot and cold water. After a few days rest we can go on to Elwa Basin, from which point there are at least 8 to 10 interesting peaks to climb.

Those who would like to ride horses, instead of hiking in may do so at a slight additional charge.

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The Local Walks Committee have completed the new schedule and have made up an interesting SUMMER, and right on into the late Fall. New trips that will just make everyone want to get out and explore the new country, as well as climb the old standby mountains. Some of the new names are: Three Fingered Jack Ski Area, Salt Creek Falls in the Spring from the Roads end, Glass Butte south of Bend, SUMMER CAMP IN THE OLYMPICS, Steamboat Falls or Chivigney Mountain near Roseburg, Squaw Creek, Climb of the Husband from Horse Creek, Sunset bay and Indian Ridge.

Schedule: June 5—Three Fingered Jack Ski Area. Leaders Tony Vogel and Wallace Rowland.

June 12 — Salt Creek Falls. Leaders: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Norton.

June 18-19—Mary’s Peak. A joint trip with the Mazamas, Chemeketans, and Trails Club. Local Walks Chairman, Harold Trotter.

June 26—Hardisty Mountain. Leaders: Art Hendershott and Roland Burghardt.

July 3-4—Glass Butte—South of Bend, like the swell trip to Newberry Crater last 4th, Remember? Leaders: Bailey Castelloe and Bill Parrish.

July 10—Middle Sister. Leaders: Bill McCracken and Harriett Plotts.

July 17-31—SUMMER CAMP IN THE OLYMPICS. Let’s all go. Camp Chairman, Tony Vogel.



We have long wanted to climb the North Sister, while still covered with winter snows. We have made previous reconnaissance trips in early spring, but never getting further than the first pinnacle on the south ridge.

The morning of May 22nd, our small party, Jim Mackie, Ralph Lafferty, and Paul Lafferty, set out from Sunshine Shelter, at one-thirty in the morning. We climbed for one hour in the dark, until the moon came out at two-thirty a.m. We moved along at a good pace, using climbers on our skis.

We arrived at rim rock on upper Collier glacier, in saddle between North and the Middle Sister, about three hours after our start, 4:30 a.m., just a little before sunrise. We could see the night lights still on in the city of Bend.

After removing our skis, and taking a brief rest, we glissaded down the steep snow bank, and crossed the dip, over to the steep preparatory climb that must be made in getting up to the south ridge of the North. We used crampons from this point on, and had no difficulty, until we arrived at the first ridge pinnacle. Snow bank was too steep on the east side of the pinnacle to cross in the usual manner, so we dropped down and made a traverse under the pinnacle on the west side, and climbed up a sloping ice chute to get back on the ridge.

The camel’s hump was quite unrecognizable, as the snow was well cornised along that knife-like portion of the route, and

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