The Obsidian Bulletin, April 1941, p. 1

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Volume IV Eugene, Oregon, April, 1941 No. 3

Obsidian Skiers Make Early Climb

Another record was broken recently when the earliest known ascent of the Middle Sister was made on Sunday, March 9. Those making the trip were leaders Ralph Lafferty and Wallace Clark, Frances Eaton, Alvin Lynch, all of. Eugene, and Reg Macrow of Vancouver, B. C.

The party left Eugene Saturday night, and were at Frog Camp by midnight. At 3 a.m. they had reached Sunshine Shelter, where they took time out for a brief rest and nourishment. Starting the climb at 9 a.m., they reached the peak by 1:45 p.m.

Dangerous Footing

The climbers found glare ice the last 900 feet of the trip, and found their worst footing over a 100 foot glacier head wall with a 700 foot drop, which required and hour and 15 minutes to negotiate, with the aid of ice crampons and a 110 foot rope. All but the final 1000 feet of the climb were made on skis with seal skins to prevent slipping.

Although there was a mild gale, members of the party found the atmosphere clear, and from the top of the Sister, had a view that reached from Mt. St. Helens on the north to Mt. Shasta on the south.

To Show Ski Pictures

The Takena Ski club of Albany is sponsoring a picture, “Jamboree”, at Memorial hall in Albany on Friday, April 18. Photos and motion pictures taken during the ski season of 1940-41 at Santiam Pass area will be shown. All skiers and others interested are invited.


They may have been Grontsagesalat and Gogt Skinke to those who know their langueges, including the Scandinavian, but to most of the Obsidians they were just some more of the good things to eat disguised under strange names at the club’s annual smorgaasbord, held March 7 at St. Mary’s Episcopal parish hall.

So enthusiastically did club members and the general public turn out for this event that all the tables were full and the commitee was kept busy seeing that every one had enough to eat.

After the dinner, there was group singing, followed by dancing.

An interesting part of the evening was the feature given by Helen Abrahamson and Norman Larsen, who presented Scandinavian folk dances, wearing appropriate costumes.

Spring Months Bring Climbs, Scenic Trips

APRIL 20—TIPSOO BUTTE—The automobile trip alone will be worth the price of admission. Up the Willamette highway and over the pass to junction with scenic No. 97, then south through semi-desert piney forest through Chemult and back up to the mountains by a good road. Comes out at Miller lake. A short climb, and you’re on top of Tipsoo Peak, the whole vast Umpqua valley to your west, all central Oregon to your east, and to your north and south all the mountains of the Cascades.

APRIL 27—OVERNIGHT AT CABINS—One of our own Obsidian good times in our own place. There will be time to do a lot of things to make the buildings nicer, so bring your tools and you won’t know whether you’re working or playing. Dancing leader, O. R. Gullion; hiking leader, Darwin Yoran.

MAY 4—SUNSHINE SHELTER—We saw a good cartoon in the New Yorker—a skier glaring hate at the first spring flower, coming up in the edge of a snowbank. Well, we don’t hate ’em at Sunshine, the elevation takes care of that. John Skillern and Wallace Clark will lead. If conditions look good, why not climb the Middle?

MAY 11—EXPLORATION, NORTH UMPQUA—The party will go up the North Umpqua above Steamboat. There are very interesting rock spires, 200,300 feet high. There will be roping practice if wished the spires are very curious, well worth while. Tony Vogel, Carmel Newland are leaders.

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Picture courtesy Register-Guard

DRAPED IN a veil of snow, the Middle Sister rises beyond these hardy skiers, who on March 9 made the earliest recorded ascent of the peak. On the climb were Ralph Lafferty, Wallace Clark, Alvin Lynch, Francis Eaton and Reg Macrow.

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