The Obsidian Bulletin, September 1948, p. 1

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Volume VIII Eugene, Oregon, September, 1948 No. 10

Local Walks

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

Sept. 26—Oregon Caves Dorothy Steinmetz, leader

October 3—Clark Butte Frank Sipe, 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

Annual Meeting

All members will want to attend the annual meeting of the Obsidians on Oct. 5, notices for which have been mailed to members. This is when new officers are elected and reports made to the membership by all committees. Some important amendments to the by-laws are to be considered. All SENIOR ACTIVE members are entitled to vote. Even if you cannot make it to the dinner, be sure to come to the business meeting.

Clark Butte—Oct. 3

Note the change in the Local Walks schedule for this date. Clark Butte is in the Fall Creek area. A representative of the Willamette Forest Service will accompany us into the timber cutting area where the latest methods and equipment are being used. Those who may not wish to take the hike may stay at the Fall Creek recreation area.

Folk Dancing

On Aug. 26, Don Woods and Linda gave instruction in folk dancing at the K. P. hall. Don says that these dances are very popular in California, with folk dances of various countries, and many of the participants wearing costumes of these countries. Mertie Hamlin and Mary Castelloe took care of the refreshments.


A hundred and seventy-six outdoor enthusiasts attended this year’s Federation of Western Outdoor Club convention. Fourteen Obsidians represented our club, with Dorr Hamlin as official delegate.

The Chemeketans of Salem proved excellent hosts, managed arrangements well, and furnished plenty of good food, hikes and entertainment.

Besides the business sessions there were stunt night, dancing, picture showing, campfires, etc. It was as much fun as attending another Summer camp.

The Federation had the large Organization Recreation Area of the Silver Falls state park all to ourselves, with its cottages, kitchen, dining room, recreation hall, swimming pool, etc.

There twenty-seven member clubs in the Federation, representing a total membership of around 12,000. They constitute a real force in conservation work, recognized by Government departments and members of congress.

Leo Gallagher of the Mountaineers was elected the new president, and Dale Cowen, Wyeast Club, the vice-president for Oregon. Next year’s convention will be at the Seattle Mountaineers’ new Snoqualamie Lodge.

Work of FWOC

A large part of the business sessions of the FWOC convention was given to the consideration of resolutions. Mary Castelloe did most of the typing for the committee.

Some of those of especial interest to Oregonians were: Expressing opposition to draining and cutting up part of the Malheur Migratory Bird Refuge for farming; one endorsing the instruction of the youth of the state in conservation and the appreciation of the out-of-doors; opposing the damming of the main Rogue river for irrigation and seriously impairing the fish runs; and the one presented by Dr. Ruth Hopson on mining operations in the John Day country.

Obsidian Cabin Oct. 16-17

Dorr is asking for a good turn-out for the fall work trip. We always have as much fun on these trips as on any we have. For those who can get there, it will be an over-night affair.

Bring supper and breakfast (if you come early) and food for pot-luck Sunday.

We will need to get in quite a bit of wood for the Winter activities, and to build a new shelter for it. Save the date and sign up!

Major Climbs

A successful season of ascents of major peaks was completed on Labor Day. This is our first year with the major climbs arranged and conducted by the Climbing Committee, under the original chairmanship of Willis Caldwell, and later by Paul Lafferty; and the members of this committee are to be congratulated upon a successful season, with no accidents.

The climbs ranged from Mt. Shasta to Mt. Adams, the latter on Labor Day. Duane Brown was the leader. On the climb were Jim Hosmer, a photographer from Bend, and the following members from Eugene: Gilbert Bissell, Mac Cox, Doris Sims, Bill Dodds, Dick Ordway, Dick Moffitt, and two boys from Gants Pass. Camp was made at Morrison Creek and the climb by way of Bird Creek meadows. Some snow and sleet were encountered but the sun came out on top.

It seems to have been almost the rule this summer that some rain, snow or cold—ar all three—would be served up.

In addition to the climbs of the Three Sisters from Summer Camp, the North was climbed Ray Sims leading his 21st ascent of it; and the South on Labor Day was climbed by a party of nine from the Rock Mesa, including Everett Alford, Ed Simons, Ralph Hassman, Dennie Koupal, Geo. Korn, Bob Pfeifer, Don Nacker, Jimmie Sims, and Ray Sims, leader.

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