The Obsidian Bulletin, July 1948, p. 1

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Volume VIII Eugene, Oregon, July, 1948 No. 9

Three Fingered Jack

Those jagged spires of Three Fingered Jack, one of Oregon’s most picturesque peaks, was climbed officially by the Obsidian party on June 27th, under the very capable leadership of Chloe Owens, assisted by Dr. Norman Lee. Others assisting were Paul Lafferty, Willis Caldwell and John Skillern.

This is the first time among Obsidians that a difficult peak has been led by one of the fairer sex, but all praises were for Chloe.

Starting from Santiam Lodge, by Square Lake, there was some snow, but finally on the bare ridge, the going was better.

The party was large and seven ropes were used, only three to a rope. At the “crawl” the climbers were roped in, and continued on to the chimney.

Mountain troop technique was used, some pitons used and everyone rapelled after signing the book. Needless to say, Bob Hansen was the “life of the party”. Jim Hosmer took pictures, which may be had at Hendershott’s.

On the return trip some glissading was done on Jack Ridge.

Those earning summit certificates; Col. John Watts, Olivia Watts, Thelma Chaney, Marge Herr, Virginia Tomkins, Bob Hansen, Mildred Vaughn, Gerry Honey, Maynard Meadows, Gilbert Bissell, Max Cox, Paul Civin, Dick Ordway, Jim Hosmer, John Skillern, Willis Caldwell, Paul Lafferty, Norman Lee and Chloe Owens.


Twenty-six members of the Geological Society of Oregon were guests at the Obsidian cabin July 3-5.

Sixteen Obsidians joined them there. Dr. Warren D. Smith gave an informal talk on the geology of the area. On Sunday, Hugh Currin led the group in a trip to Clear Lake and the Upper McKenzie.


The dateline on our last issue was not changed. It should have been “May, 1948, No. 8”.


Here is the setting for your two weeks’ Summer Camp—on the shore of beautiful Husband Lake, at the base of Husband Mountain.

Final arrangements are being made for packer, cook, food and supplies.

For full information see last issue or bulletin board at Hendershott’s.

About once in every three or four years, the Obsidians get back to our own Three Sisters area for our summer camp. So if you have never spent a full week or two in that ideal spot, with three major peaks and several lesser ones to climb, glaciers to explore, other interesting hikes, fishing, beautiful mountain flowers, and thrilling evenings around the campfire, get your name on the roll now. If you have been there before, you will want to go again.

As we went to press, a pot luck picnic—swim, dance, etc. was being planned for Wednesday, July 14th.

1948 Mountain Climbing Schedule

July 17—18-Mt. Hood.

July 24-25—North Sister.

July 31-Aug. 1—St. Helens.

Aug. 7-8—Mt. Thielsen.

Aug. 14-15—South Sister.

Aug. 21-22—Mt. Jefferson.

Aug. 28-29—Mt. Washington.

Sept. 4-5-6—Mt. Adams.

Local Walks Committee Supplementary Schedule

July 18—Table Mountain Bob Lemmon, Leader

July 25—Rooster Rock Ron and Gladeus Pupke, leaders

August 1—Picnic Paul and Helen Weiser, leaders

August 8—Open (Summer Camp)

August 14—Picnic at Obsidian Cabin Darwin Yoran

August 21-22—Obsidian Camp Ernie and Arlene Keasling, leaders

August 29—Waldo Lake Adeline Adams, leader

Sept. 5-6—(Labor Day) Broken Top Area Cliff and Hazel Stalsburg, leaders

Sept. 12—Scott Mountain Frank Sipe, leader

Sept. 19—Collier Glacier—Scott Trail Ernie Ruberg, leader

Sept. 26—Oregon Caves Dorothy Steinmetz, leader

October 3—Silver Lake Mertie Hamlin, Leader

October 10—Coast Trip—Lake Cleowox Clarence Scherer, Leader

October 17—Work Trip to Obsidian Cabin Dorr Hamlin, Leader

October 24—Deer Butte Mildred Vaughn

October 31—Mystery Trip George Korn

The “Welcome Gretchen Fraser” was carried out as planned May 21-23. There was a good attendance at the banquet and fair attendance for Winter Olympic pictures.

Chairman Geo. Korn reported to the board that the committee came out even financially, with a little assistance from the Portland Winter Sports Association.

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