The Obsidian Bulletin, August 1940, p. 1

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Volume III Eugene, Oregon, August-September, 1940 Number 12


Thirty Obsidians and friends began their annual trek to the great outdoors August 4, their destination being Horseshoe Lake in the Wallowa Mountains of Eastern Oregon. Most of the group took the nine mile hike from Wallowa Lake to Horseshoe via horseback, and were greeted at campsite by Ed Johnson, Ray and Doris Sims and lemonade.

The first major climb was that of the Matterhorn, with an elevation of 10,004 feet, made on Wednesday of the first week and repeated during the second week. Eagle Cap, 9675 feet high was also climbed during the first week. Glen Sims and Tony Vogel crossed from the Matterhorn to Sacajawea, 10,033 feet high, on the second climb of that peak, and all climbers reported magnificent views.

Lakes and meadows scattered throughout the entire region provided less strenuous trips for the group, and great sport for the fisherman.

Eastern brook trout were on the menu daily, varying in length from six to fourteen inches.

The social event of the camp was the president’s tea, held Thursday afternoon of the second week. President Hugh Currin was crowned king, and had as his guests a twelve-year-old lassie, a jockey, a court jester, (guess who), a Chinese coolie, an antarctic explorer, woodland nymphs, and others unnamed but not forgotten. A colorful array of gifts were presented to the

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Candidates For Board Of Directors Chosen

Candidates for the 1940-41 board of directors have been selected, and will be voted on at the annual meeting of the Obsidians in October. Those chosen are: Sterling Behnke, H. P. Currin, Vincent Gillespie, Dr. O. R. Gullion, J. D. Hamlin, Norman Lee, Alvin Lynch, Robert Swennes, Harold Trotter, Robert Wilson, Darwin Yoran, Paul Wiser, Adeline Adams, Eileen Baker, Blanche Osborn, Jean Randolph, Helen Smith and Nellie Moore.

From this list, nine will be chosen to serve as directors for the coming year. The president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and committee chairmen will later be chosen from the group elected at the annual meeting.

Sims Butte Provides View

Leaving their cars at Frog Camp, a group of Obsidians made a first climb of Sims Butte on Sunday, June 30. Those sighting snowpeaks and drinking lemonade on top were Ray and Doris Sims, leaders; Bertha Deckmann, Adeline Adams, Helen Smith, Bailey Castelloe, Nellie Moore, Corwin Seitz, Mr. Barker, Ann Brenner, Bertie and Doran McKee, Myrtie Hamlin and Miriam Yoder.

Returns From Canada

Miss Elizabeth Gullion has returned from Canada, where she attended the summer outing of the Alpine club of Canada and visited in Banff.

North Sister Climbers Receive Signals From 16 Lookouts

In a successful climb, with perfect weather, 33 climbed to the top of the grim old North Sister in the Obsidians’ annual climb August 25. Ray Sims in his fifieenth time as leader and Al Huffman as assistant, guided the large party safely up and back.

An interesting event occurred as the party ate lunch at the summit. Each of the 16 lookouts flashed the group on the North, with Wallace Clark on Cap Hagan sending the first flash. He had previously arranged with the other lookouts to flash the party. The sixteenth signal came from Gold Point in the Fall Creek country.

Those climbing included one boy from Palo Alto, a party of five from Corvallis, and three from Redmond.

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September brings several interesting mountain climbs, a deep sea fishing trip and a work trip. Broken Top and the South Sister will be climbed the weekend of September 1-2. Both will probably be climbed from Green Lakes. The deep sea fishing trip from Depoe Bay will be September 8; while a work trip at the cabins is planned for September 15. A glacier trip, including a climb of the Little Brother, will be held September 22. Cap Hagan lookout will be visited September 29.

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