The Obsidian Bulletin, April 1959, p. 1

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VOL. XIX OBSIDIANS, INC. - P. O. Box 322 - APRIL 1959 - EUGENE, ORE. NO. 3

Clubhouse Site Study Underway

With the old club lot at 17th and High out of the way, the pressure is on for a quick acquisition of a suitable new site for the long-awaited clubhouse.

The board at its April meeting authorized purchase of a 60-day option on the Brentlinger property east of Laurelwood. This is the 4-acre plot club members saw just a year ago. Feeling of the board was that the entire 4-acre tract would be a better buy than just a part of it. The next few months will be all-important for the long-range plans of the club. Future issues of the bulletin, special mailings and meetings will keep members informed of progress here. Time is important because of tax laws.

Schedules Outline 1959 Club Program

Climbing and trips schedules are mailed out with this month's bulletin. Leaders are indicated for the trips, but not for the climbs.

Climb leaders will be picked later this month. Members the climbing committee has thought about as leaders will meet April 16 to work out a more detailed schedule. They will be notified by telephone or by postcard of the place of this meeting.

Sign-up sheets, for the first time in more years than most of us can remember, are no longer at Hendershott's, which as of this writing is closed. Instead the sheets will be at the Alpine Shop, 1361 Willamette. Parking in the neighborhood is plentiful,

The board talked about the new location of the sign-up sheet at some length at the April meeting, The concensus was that it always pays to remember those who remember you. Put another way, it would be a good idea to think about the Alpine Shop when you need any camping or skiing equipment. Nuff said?


Climbing school seems to be a big event about every second year. Two years ago it was big. Last year it was not so big. Now is the year for a big one, and it starts Wednesday night, April 22 at the YMCA.

The elements of climbing, including the necessary knots, safety instruction, and other theoretical discussion of climbing will be combined with some color slides of Cascade Peak climbs to give the beginner a pretty good theoretical view of the sport. Registration fee is 50 cents.

Practical instruction will follow or be sandwiched in with the lectures. Indoor sessions will be April 22 and 29 and May 6. On May 3 and 10 students will meet at the Coburg Caves for lessons in rope and rock work and to get the feel of being a member of a climbing team.

The graduation climb will be on Three Fingered Jack, which will be climbed via the Jack Lake Route this year. Date of the climb is uncertain. The climbing committee has set aside May 17, 24 and 31 for this, figuring that on one of those weekends, the weather will be suitable.

Details will be provided in further bulletins and on sign-up sheets at the Alpine Shop. Watch for 'em.

Climbing school this year will be held in conjunction with the Youth Activities program which will feature a course for YMCA members. The Y boys will have some climbs of their own, and will make some of the regular club climbs„

Their tentative schedule includes Jack, Thielsen, Diamond Peak, Mt. Hood and the South Sister. An effort will be made to provide Obsidian leadership in depth for the Y climbs

The YMCA climbing program is limited to boys who sign up for the entire course. The Y is paying the club $40 for our help in their program.

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