The Obsidian Bulletin, May 1959, p. 1

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VOL. XIX OBSIDIANS, INC. - P. O. Box 322 - MAY 1959 - EUGENE, ORE. NO. 4

Some Trail Trips At Mt. Rainier

Besides the opportunity to climb our highest Northwest mountain under the most favorable circumstances, the north side of Mt. Rainier offers a wide variety of lesser climbs, hikes, nature walks, and strolls through mountain meadows. These climbs, interesting in themselves, make excellent conditioners for the big climb. Having spent two previous outings in this area with the Mazamas and Obsidians, I can heartily recommend it to all of our members. You can take it just as strenuous or as easy as you like.

Berkley Park, Grand Park, Sunrise Ridge Burroughs Mountain and other park areas are easy strolls, while Mt. Fremont, Skyscraper, St. Elmo Pass and others are real workouts. Overnight bivouacs may be made to Mystic Lake and Steamboat Prow. The latter will be the bivouac for the climbers. Threading along or jumping some of the innumerable crevasses on Winthrop and Emmons glaciers can be a thrilling experience for those equipped and qualified.

The road inside the Park from the north side via Stevens Canyon opened last year. This would make a fine all-day auto caravan round trip. Or some may wish to return home by way of Paradise.

Yakima Park and Sunrise Ridge themselves are excellent places just to lazy around in the mountain sunshine under intensely blue sky amid mountain flowers.

-- Louis Waldorf


Our June 1 Friendly House Picture Night will bring Mary Douglas Stovall, showing her colored slides of Oregon Wildflowers, starting at 7:30 P.M. Members are asked to bring a few cookies or sandwiches and a few of their own pictures from recent trips. Mrs. Harlow Hudson, our gracious hostess, will serve the coffee.

Summer Camp At Mt. Rainier

"Old folks, young folks, everybody come
Come to our summer camp and have a lot of fun ..."

This variation of the familiar Obsidian camp song is the invitation for you to join us at Yakima Park campground in Mt. Rainier National Park for summer camp with unlimited opportunities for hiking and overnight bivouacs in remote areas, a big glacier only half an hour away by trail, and the Northwest's biggest mountain to climb. And to add to this, Selma will be cook again.

The time -- the usual first two weeks in August; from Aug, 1 to Aug. 16. We plan to serve the first meal Saturday evening, Aug, 1, and the last on Sunday morning, Aug, 16. This gives a full two weeks in camp, with a couple of meals added.

The cost -- for old folks -- anyone over 12 -- $45 for two weeks, $25 for one week, and $4.50 per day for weekenders. For young folks -- 12 and under -- 60 per cent of the old folks' fee, which adds up to $27, $15, and $2.70. Campers will furnish or arrange for transportation for themselves and their personal gear, including tents and sleeping bags. Since it is less than four hours drive there ought to be plenty of cars going. The committee will be glad to help make arrangements, if you have extra space or need a ride.

There's only one thing we can't arrange in advance: sunny weather. There's only so much available, and Mt. Rainier sometimes lives up to its name and is rainier than other places. So be forwarned and bring a raincoat.

Your outing committee is Louis Waldorf, Donn Chase, and Mike Stahl. Unofficial assistants will be Roxie, Dot, Donnie and probably Lorena and Doris Shinn.

-- Mike Stahl

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