The Obsidian Bulletin, April 1956, p. 1

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The OBSIDIAN

VOL. XVI APRIL 1956 - OBSIDIANS, INC P. O. BOX 322 -- EUGENE, OREGON NO. 4

LET'S GO TO SUMMER CAMP!

"Fifty Switzerlands in One", the folder said, but I didn't believe it. My own memories of the Alps were too recent and vivid and awesome-- surely that magnificence of rock and snow couldn't be matched. I was wrong. The Canadian Rockies live up to everything one can say about them and still surprise you. First it's the individual features; jagged peaks reaching up toward the sky; Maligne canyon opening at your feet like a wierd gateway to hell..."

The above is part of the first paragraph of an article in the May 1956 issue of Household Magazine. It is called "For Ten Days the Sky's the Limit", and is written by Albert Roland, who, with his family, visited Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho Parks as we are going to and also made the trip over the Going-to-the-Sun Highway in Glacier, as we plan to do.

As many of you are interested in the outing this summer, your outing committee is taking this opportunity to inform you of what arrangements have been made.

The Banff Park Superintendent, Mr. J.I.M. Strong, has been very cooperative and helpful. He has reserved an area for us at Johnston Canyon Campground where we will have the use of a kitchen and tables and benches. There are other modern facilities also, and it does seem that this camp should be relatively luxurious so that all we will have to do is derive the utmost possible enjoyment from this scenically rugged area.

We hope to be able to spend the second week at Jasper which is 150 miles to the north.

An outing based in a campground definitely has its advantages as any of last year's Tuolumne Meadows campers will verify. Also there are some who would not attend if a rugged hike into camp were involved. There will be plenty of hiking and climbing for all who want it.

The total distance travelled on this outing will be over 2,000 miles, as it is about 890 miles to our first camp. If our outing at Glacier was any indication, we will do considerable travelling in Banff Park and then in Jasper Park. The return trip via Glacier Park will also add to the distance, so we are taking 3 days for the return trip. As many of you know, Glacier is definitely worth it.

Other than a 2-day's supply of food we are allowed to take into Canada, the remainder must be purchased there. We are going to contact grocers in Calgary and have the benefit of information received from the Mazamas.

The cost for the two weeks will be $80.00, and will include transportation, park entrance and road-use fees, meals, shelter for those without their own tents, use of club equipment and the most wonderful outing of all!

Please help the outing committee by signing up early. The picture night for summer cam will be Friday, May 25th (Skinners Butte, We will have sound and color movies provided by the Canadian Government Travel Bureau. All who plan to attend summer camp and have slides of this area are invited to bring 10 to show on picture night. Quite a number of Obsidians and a few non-members have already said they are going if they can possibly arrange it, so it looks as though it will be a well--attended outing. Here's hoping you can come too, and help to make this what we expect to be one of the most enjoyable outings ever.

Henry Carlson

REGISTER NOW AT HENDERSHOTT'S -- OR WRITE TO HENRY CARLSON, LEABURG, OREGON; CALL GENE SEBRING, DI 35118 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

NOTICE FROM CLIMBING COMMITTEE

Throughout the summer, all notices put in the Register-Guard news briefs will be headed by ANYONE instead of OBSIDIANS and will have the trip or climb sponsored by Obsidians.

Next Events-Climbing School

May 6th & 13th - Coburg Caves and Rocks
May 27th - Simulated Rescue


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