The Obsidian Bulletin, May 1958, p. 1

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The OBSIDIAN

VOL. XVIII MAY 1958 - OBSIDIANS, INC, -P.O. BOX 322 - EUGENE, OREGON NO. 4

Climbing School Details Coming Up

There will be a climbing school this year, says Mike Stahl, co-chairman of the climbing committee. Details are not firm yet, but it will be early in June, likely with two indoor sessions in the middle of the week, and two outdoor sessions on the weekends. Graduation will be at Wolf Rock up in the Carpenter Mountain area June 22.

Details will be in the Register-Guard, at Hendershott's, and on postcards which most will receive.

Climbs this year which may not be made without having gone to climbing school or having had equivalent experience include Washington, Jack, North Sister and Jeff.

Revive the Tour?

(Ray Sims, who turned in the following bit, is the only one who has made all the Craig ski trips, across the McKenzie Pass along the pioneer mail route)

Obsidians were fortunate to have Dolph Janes and his daughter, Alice, at the 31 anniversary dinner. Dolph suggested that the John Craig ski tour across the snow-bound McKenzie Pass be revived.

He said he felt this well-known event noting John Craig who carried the mail across the pass on skis and snowshoes in earlier days would be a good state event next year as part of the centennial anniversary of Oregon statehood.

Snowshoers would. be welcome, but they would be well advised to use skis instead because to 19 miles of snow is a long way to travel, much of it climbing or poling along the level or down quite gentle slopes.

Also, it is a lot easier to go from the east side across to the west than it is to travel up from the Alder Springs side on the west and come down at the Cold Springs side on the east. The climb on this side is much more severe.

---Ray Sims

Fourth of July Weekend Trips

A tenderfoot climb of the South Sister is announced by the climbing committee via the south route from Devil's Lake on Saturday, and a climb of Bachelor Sunday. Camp at Devil's Lake or Fall Creek. Skiing on Bachelor for those interested.

Louis and Roxie Waldorf, leaders, offer a nice cool, shady, quiet camp on clear Metolius for your pleasure, starting Friday, with side trips according to your wishes. A pleasant prospect for 3 days.

Friends of the Three Sisters' 5th Annual Wilderness trail trip follows Tipsoo Trail to camping spot in Lowder Mt. Area. Register soon with Doris Sims, 2181 Washington, Phone DI 4-9546.

Trips to Come

A few pretty easy trips and a few that are real conditioners are on tap for the next few weeks, as days get longer and as climbing season gets closer:

May 2 -- Looking for fossils up on the McKenzie with Bob MedilI, and a survival demonstration by Dave Burwell afterward. Not a long hike. Meet 9 A.M., City Park.

Ma 30, 31 June l -- An exciting boat trip up the Rogue

June 8 -- Iron Mountain up the Santiam with Kent Gill.

June 15 -- A forest service trail maintenance trip with Henry Carlson and the Forest Service, probably in the Horsepasture area.

June 22 -- Red Top, near Crescent Lake, with Bob Northrop. Not tough, but something the weekend before the Hood climb. Also this weekend is climbing school graduation at Wolf Rock near Carpenter.

June 29 -- Hood Climb, and a trip into the Carmen Smith and Tamolitch Falls area with Mike Stahl.


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