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2020:

January 31, 2020—New Hikes in OR & WA

William L. Sullivan, Oregon’s hiking guru, takes us on an illustrated tour of a dozen new hikes he discovered while researching the just-released fifth edition of his book, “100 Hikes in NW Oregon & SW Washington.” Come discover a new waterfall trail near Hood River, an overlooked wildflower hike on the permit-free side of Mt. Adams, and a new kid’s hike along the Columbia River near Portland. Along the way get the latest news about fire-damaged trails in the Columbia Gorge, as well as anecdotes about history, wildflowers, and more.

February 28, 2020—Biking in Mongolia

Experience Mongolia from the saddle of Joe Hindman, a touring cyclist. We will explore a 477 mile, 3-week solo bike ride across a swath of the Mongolian steppe. The Mongolia of Genesis Khan, nomads, yurts, yaks, ovoos, hunting eagles, horse culture, and vast open spaces will be savored.

March 27, 2020—Exploring Croatia

Poised between the Balkans and central Europe, this rugged beautiful land has been passed between competing kingdoms, empires and republics for millennia. If there is an upside to this continual disruption, it’s in the rich cultural legacy that each has left behind. Venetian palaces snuggle up to Napoleonic forts, Roman columns protrude from early Slavic churches, and Hapsburg empire architecture faces off with Socialist realist sculpture. Long-time Obsidian, Darko Sojak, will present about Croatia and the region.

March 27, 2020—Walking in the UK

Long-Distance Walking in the UK (The Easy Way). Obsidians Carla and David Cooper will share photos and highlights from their five walks in England and Scotland. Come hear why long-distance walking in the UK is so appealing as they take you along Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, the west Highland Way, the Cotswold Way, the Great Glen Way, and the Speyside Way.

April 24, 2020—Walking in the UK

Long-Distance Walking in the UK (The Easy Way). Obsidians Carla and David Cooper will share photos and highlights from their five walks in England and Scotland. Come hear why long-distance walking in the UK is so appealing as they take you along Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, the west Highland Way, the Cotswold Way, the Great Glen Way, and the Speyside Way.

April 24, 2020—Exploring Croatia

Poised between the Balkans and central Europe, this rugged beautiful land has been passed between competing kingdoms, empires and republics for millennia. If there is an upside to this continual disruption, it’s in the rich cultural legacy that each has left behind. Venetian palaces snuggle up to Napoleonic forts, Roman columns protrude from early Slavic churches, and Hapsburg empire architecture faces off with Socialist realist sculpture. Long-time Obsidian, Darko Sojak, will present about Croatia and the region.

May 29, 2020—Biking Taiwan!

Virginia Xing, avid cyclist, photographer and co-owner of Eugene’s Bicycle Way Of Life, takes us on an exciting bicycle journey of beautiful Taiwan. Virginia will amaze us with the wonderful food, friendly people, and beauty of this island once called Formosa.

 

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2019:

January 25, 2019—New Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades

Our favorite author and hiking guru, Bill Sullivan, takes us on a tour of a dozen new or dramatically changed trails in the area between Salem and Bend, including a new path along the Deschutes River north of Bend, a new bird refuge trail at Salem, and several reopened trails to wildflowers in the Cascades. These will be part of his pcoming 5th edition of “100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades.” He’ll also discuss the effects of wildfires and the Forest Service’s new permit system. Along the way, expect anecdotes about local history, plants, and outdoor lore.

February 22, 2019—Glacier Park Summer Camp

We are going to Glacier National Park September 1- 7! If you think you may be interested in this adventure, be sure to attend this program. We will discuss the registration process, camp logistics, and show slides of some of the amazing hikes. Additional information is available on our website.

March 29, 2019—The Willamette Water Trail

Enjoy a virtual paddle trip down the Willamette River Water Trail with Michelle Emmons, Willamette Riverkeeper's South Valley Program Manager, and avid paddling explorer. Learn how to plan your own aquatic adventure, and gain insight on how the Willamette River's water quality has changed, what challenges our river faces today, and how you can help.  

April 26, 2019—Hiking the UP North Loop

North America’s Next Great Thru-hike Challenge - The UP North Loop: a 2,600 + mile linkup of the Oregon Desert Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail & Idaho Centennial Trail with Ras and Kathy Vaughn.

May 31, 2019—Grand Staircase Escalante

GrandStaircase Escalante National Monument with Mel Mann

September 27, 2019—Coffee Production

Physical and chemical considerations of coffee production with Christopher Hendon  

October 25, 2019—Exploring Morocco

Exploring Morocco with Lana Lindstrom

November 22, 2019—Wallowas/Elkhorn Mountains

Come join us on November 22nd in a hiking and climbing presentation on the Wallowa Mountains. Jeff Carr and Ela Schmidt are currently working on their climbing guidebook for that region and would like to share those experiences with you. If you have ever wanted to hike in the Oregon Alps, then this will be an evening well spent.


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2018:

January 26, 2018—Hikes in Southern OR & Northern CA

Oregon's hiking guru, Bill Sullivan, takes us on a slide show tour of new trails he discovered while researching the new fourth edition of his book, 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Southern Oregon & Northern California. We'll find hidden lakes in the Trinity Alps, relocated trails at Crater Lake, and wildflower meadows in the Siskiyous. As always, Sullivan spices his talk with notes on the geology, wildlife, and history.

February 23, 2018—John Muir

Barbara Mossberg presenter

March 30, 2018—Hiking in Norway

Caroline Forell & Dave Strutin presenters

April 27, 2018—Rafting the Grand Canyon

Diane Schechter &Pam Caples presenters

May 18, 2018—Hiking the Continental Divide

The First Women’s Hike of the Continental Divide Trail-1978 - Jean Ella presenter

September 28, 2018—Living Well Without Waste

Prevent it! Living Well Without Waste. Every day, the typical American is exposed to more than 3,000 advertising messages; consumption is at an all-time high. By exploring the environmental impacts of the stuff we buy, we can learn the value of consuming less, ways to resist pressure to buy unnecessary things, and options to reduce the amount of trash we generate. Presenter: Emily Shelton, BRING Education and Events Manager.

October 26, 2018—A Glimpse into History

A Glimpse into History: What Prominent People Have Said About Nature in Oregon and the Need to Conserve It. Author and presenter, former Sierra Club Executive Director Michael McCloskey

November 30, 2018—Through the Inside Passage

Inside: One Woman's Journey Through the Inside Passage. This is the inspiring story of a physical and emotional solo journey of 1,200 miles in an 18' sea kayak. Author and presenter, Susan Conrad


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2017:

January 27, 2017—New Hikes on the OR Coast

Bill Sullivan, Oregon's hiking guru, takes us on a slide show tour of a dozen new trails he discovered while researching the latest edition of his book, "100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range

February 24, 2017—Fife Trail, Scotland

Join long-distance hiker Al LePage as he shares an unusual and reflective journey on the east coast of Scotland during the last week of December.

March 24, 2017—America’s National Parks

AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS - An Insiders Look Last year America celebrated the centennial (100 year) anniversary of the National Park Service. How did this proud organization get its start? Who were the early personalities and its influential leaders? What is it like to be a National Park Service ranger today? What does the future hold for our American treasures? Our speaker shares the unique perspective of a park ranger who has seen and experienced first-hand, the wonders, history and traditions of our national parks. He will tell tales of America's 700 year old apartment dwellers as well as the secrete of how Yellowstone park rangers make their geyser eruption predictions! Eugene resident Doug Crispin is a retired Oregon State Parks ranger and semi-retired National Park Service ranger. He has also worked in 13 Western national park areas. In May Doug returns to Mesa Verde National Park (Colorado) for his 45th summer working in the park profession.

April 28, 2017—Cycling Hokkaido, Japan

Get inspired by Ruthy Kanagy to cycle the island of Hokkaido, gem of Northern Japan. See beautiful scenery, experience local culture, and learn about the indigenous people.

May 19, 2017—New Zealandby Bike

New Zealand by Bike, Boots and Boat by Mike Wolf With snow capped peaks, beautiful coastlines, tussock plains, and plentiful wildlife, New Zealand is an outdoor adventure paradise geared up for a diversity of outdoor recreational adventures suitable for any level of activity and budget. This will be a slideshow/talk recounting five months of self-supported, self-guided cycle touring and multi-day backpacking and kayaking trips throughout the North and South Islands.

June 23, 2017—Conserving Rhinos in South Africa

Conserving Rhinos in South Africa - Judy Adamcyk Judy was part of an EarthWatch scientific research team which is studying the effects of de-horning rhinos to discourage poachers. The volunteers tracked the rhinos to monitor their behavior and habits. Lots of other animals and birds were observed as well.

September 22, 2017—Images from the Polar Extremes

Photographer and photo editor Krista Rossow will share images from expeditions she took with National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctica.

October 27, 2017—Plate Tectonics & Pacific NW

Beauty from the Beast: Plate Tectonics and the Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest with Bob Lillie The same geological forces that threaten our lives with earthquakes and volcanic eruptions also nourish our spirits by forming spectacular mountains, valleys, and coastlines. Dr. Bob Lillie relates this "Beauty from the Beast" story of the Pacific Northwest by highlighting spectacular scenery in national, state and local parklands. He draws on his experience as a geology professor, park ranger and graphic illustrator to remind Northwest residents that our towns and iconic parklands are subject to geologic processes that affect our lives and livelihoods. By learning to live with the beast of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions, we can more fully appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. Dr. Robert J. (Bob) Lillie is a writer, illustrator, and national park ranger specializing in communicating park landscapes and their deeper meanings to the public. He was a Professor of Geosciences at Oregon State University and has authored several books. He lives in the Coast Range near Mary's Peak.

November 17, 2017—Walking With Masai Youth

Walking with Masai youth in Kenya, Africa - Pat Boleyn, presenter

 

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2016:

January 22, 2016—Skiing Denali’s Shadow

No snow in Oregon? Go to Alaska! That's what Obsidians Lana Lindstrom, Lyndell Wilken, Sue Wolling, and their friend Jean Snuggs did last March. They skied and snowshoed near Denali National Park for 4 days. Then they traveled by train to Fairbanks in order to view the Aurora Borealis. Lana will share slides of their amazing experiences at the program following the potluck.

February 26, 2016—Hikes in Eastern Oregon

Bill Sullivan presents new hikes in Eastern Oregon

March 25, 2016—African Adventure

Bucket List: Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and the Serengeti with Peter Baxter, African adventure guide, author and historian. Have you dreamed of standing at the peak of one of the Seven Summits? Or experiencing one of earth’s last and largest natural areas, teeming with wildlife? Stepping back in time to the origins of mankind in Olduvai Gorge? Diving into the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean along the ancient Spice Routes? Your bucket list is about to get real! You’ll learn how to prepare and train to wind your way through four distinct habitats to reach the fabled 19,341-foot Uhuru Peak. Follow that high point by exploring the cultural richness, natural history and wildlife of the Serengeti plains, and wrap this once-in-a-lifetime experience on the beaches of exotic Zanzibar. Peter will share insights and inspiration from his long career guiding hikers, history buffs and nature lovers in this fascinating and quickly changing part of the world.

April 22, 2016—Oregon Geology one road at a time

Oregon hosts the shortest, yet one of the most interesting and event-filled geologic histories of any western state. This history includes the building of Oregon’s foundation and its addition to the North American Continent, creation of numerous mountain ranges, and unimaginably huge volcanic eruptions. We see this history in Oregon’s rock record, which underlies an equally interesting and diverse landscape, and which is exposed along Oregon’s highways. In this talk, geologist and photographer Dr. Marli Miller of the University of Oregon will describe Oregon’s geological story as laid out in her book Roadside Geology of Oregon. She will have copies of the book for purchase and signing after the talk.

May 20, 2016—Alpenstocks to Ice Axes

Obsidian Ascents: Alpenstocks to Ice Axes Curious about Obsidians and Pacific Northwest climbs? Join Maryanne Reiter, Obsidian Climbs Chair, and explore the history of Obsidian mountaineering through its climbers, gear and climbing philosophy. Things have changed!

June 24, 2016—Southern California Coast Walk

Interested in a long distance walk in the US, where you can stay in nice lodgings every night and have luggage transported for you like in Europe? Burgess brings us details of a world-class long distance walk in Southern California, including stunning natural beauty, spectacular sandy beaches, homes of Hollywood stars studding the path, and cozy neighborhood enclaves. Her daily diary of trip sketches will inspire the artist/hikers among us. Tyler Burgess of Walk With Me is the author of several guidebooks: "Southern California Coast Walk", "Eugene Oregon Walks", "Seattle Townscape Walks", and "Oregon Townscape Walks." She organizes and leads walking trips in Europe and the USA and leads marathon walking training groups in Eugene.

September 23, 2016—Birds & Butterflies at the Border

Birds and Butterflies at the Border - South Texas The Lower Rio Grande Valley has recorded more than 500 bird species, 300 butterfly species, and over 1,200 plant species. With eleven different habitat types, it is one of the most biologically diverse areas you can visit without using a passport. Join local naturalist and longtime Obsidian member, Rick Ahrens, for a lively and informative presentation on the ecological and cultural life at the border.

October 28, 2016—Staying Active, Staying Strong

Presented by Wendy Simmons, LCC Employee Fitness Coordinator. Movement is the key to healthy aging. Do you want to be hiking at age 90? Get ideas how to maintain strength, agility, and balance. Learn how to continue to stay motivated and energetic by doing the activities you enjoy. This talk is for all ages and fitness levels.

November 18, 2016—Pacific Crest Trail, Washington Section

Author and columnist Bob Welch takes us on the latest section of his quest to complete the entire Pacific Crest Trail, a 12-day, 217-mile trip from just north of the Columbia River to Snoqualmie Pass east of Seattle last summer. Goat Peaks Wilderness. Mt. Adams. Mt. Rainier. Welch found Washington more rugged and beautiful than he imagined. Bob Welch is a longtime Register-Guard columnist/editor, author of 21 books and PCT hiker since 2011, when he completed a 26-day, 452-mile trip on the entire Oregon PCT. Since then, he is upped his total to 900 miles, just over a third of the entire trail and hopes to do the rest in the next four summers.

 

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2015:

January 23, 2015—Bill Sullivan

New and Endangered Oregon Wilderness Hikes

February 27, 2015—Winter Olympics at Sochi

2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi with Lana Lindstrom The stars were aligned: the Olympics have always been one of Lana’s favorite events; she speaks Russian fluently; and the Olympic Committee was seeking volunteers! At the end of a two-year process, she spent almost three weeks in Sochi. Her job was in Event Services at the Cross Country Ski/Biathlon venue – helping spectators navigate the security system, providing directions, ushering, and generally assisting patrons. Lana will be sharing slides and stories about this unique experience at the February potluck program.

March 27, 2015—Cycle Touring

Cycle Touring: You never know what's around the corner Two college graduates from Oregon State (Stormy and Todd) set out to explore their country after getting rid of everything they own, except what they would be packing on their bicycles. Thinking they have a degree in one hand and life possibly figured out in the other, their route would include cycling over 20,000 miles in 1.5 years. Hotels and restaurants were not on the itinerary, but instead, gaining experiential learning and testing their desire to explore United States was within their budget. Come listen to their story and how the trip turned out; it didn't end like a fairy tale, but that's because these two authors are not done writing!

April 24, 2015—John Muir Trail

Bob Welch will talk about his backpacking trip on the John Muir Trail.

May 15, 2015—Climbing in Venezuela

North face of Ptari-tepui in Venezuela, Jan. 21 - Feb.9 with Maikey Lopera, Federico Pisani, Ivan Calderon and Manuel Escobar. On January 21 a 4-man team departed Caracas, Venezuela with the goal of exploring and climbing the remote Ptari Tepui in the Guyana (Guiana) highlands of Southern Venezuela. Three days drive across half of the country placed us at the village of Kavanayen where we met our guides and porters. Three more days of jungle trek got us at the base of the unexplored north face of Ptari-tepui. Although this is the “dry season” for tepui climbing, conditions on this face were extremely cloudy, windy and wet. With an elusive summit and running out of time we established an 8-pitch route (sans summit) during the next 10 days. It was truly a magical and wet experience in the depths of the Guiana jungle!

June 26, 2015—Vietnam and Cambodia

Travelling in Vietnam and Cambodia: nose to nose with culture, history and cuisine by Maryanne Reiter In February of 2015 four friends took a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia; travelling from North Vietnam down to central Vietnam and then over to northern Cambodia. While I was growing up Vietnam was a war and Cambodia was a violent regime. I wanted to see those places as countries and people. We set up a private tour where we met guides along the way who helped us with our adventures in trekking, boating, sight-seeing and delving deeper into the local history and customs.

September 25, 2015—Trekking In Ecuador and India

Jorry Rolfe and Randy Sinnott will present "Trekking In Ecuador and India: 2 trails + 2 hikers".

October 23, 2015—The Long Ride Home

After living abroad for 11 years, Melissa Pritchard biked home solo for 21,000 miles – 27 countries and 4 continents in 14 months, through rain forests, deserts, alpine mountains, and coastlines. Passionate about her career as a teacher, she also visited 50+ schools to work with students. The trip showed her that life on the road is always an adventure!

November 20, 2015—Overland Across Eurasia

Overland Across Eurasia: Amsterdam to Hong Kong - Last year, David Schroeder and Deanna Campbell traveled around the world together, along the way following ancient trade routes and high mountain places -- the Silk Road, the Balkans, and China. Their travelogue includes crossing the Caspian Sea by cargo ship, difficult border crossings in Uzbekistan and China, and making new friends in the High Pamirs of Tajikistan's GBAO.

 

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2014:

January 24, 2014—Bill Sullivan

February 28, 2014—Everest Base Camp

Feb. 28th is Buzz Blumm talking about his trek to Everest Basecamp.

March 28, 2014—Hiking in England

March 28th Cal and Doris Pulis will be talking about hiking in England.

April 25, 2014—Summer Camp Rally

Strawberry Mountains Summer Camp Rally

May 30, 2014—Trip Thru Scotland

May 30th will be Judy Sinnott talking about a Trip Through Scotland.

June 27, 2014—Oregon Coast Trail

Don Colgan and Connie Soper-- Hiking the Oregon Coast Trail.

September 26, 2014—Bicycling in Cuba

Mike Wolf--Bicycling in Cuba

October 24, 2014—Great Rift Valley

Diana Richardson--Proper Walk, a 150 mile ten day walk through the Great Rift Valley in Eastern Africa. The walk serves as a way to raise money for the Makindu Children's Center which serves the "nutitional, educational, medical and emotional needs of 18,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya."

November 14, 2014—Hiking San Juan Islands

Craig Romano--Hiking in Washington's San Juan Islands.

 

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2013:

January 25, 2013—New OR Cascades Hikes - Sullivan

AUTHOR AND HIKING GURU WILLIAM L. SULLIVAN takes us on a dozen new trails he discovered in the area between Salem and Bend while researching the newly released fourth edition of his guidebook, 100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades. Included are paths to a warm springs near Oakridge, a lake with a reflection of South Sister, and a wildflower meadow at Mt. Jefferson. Along the way, expect anecdotes about local history, wildflowers, and outdoor lore. Sullivan is the author of three novels and a dozen books about Oregon, including the popular 100 Hikes series, Oregon Trips & Trails, Hiking Oregon’s History, and Oregon Favorites. His journal of a 1,000-mile hike he took across Oregon, Listening for Coyote, was chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission as one of Oregon’s 100 Books, the one hundred most significant books in the state’s history.

February 22, 2013—Walking Tours of England - Jim Duncan

WALKING THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE Hiking in England is a different kind of adventure. Your route on “public footpaths” often takes you across grassy sheep meadows, barnyards or through cultivated fields. You may encounter the remains of an ancient Roman road, or walk on medieval paths in the footsteps of 11th century monks. It’s not unusual to come upon a castle or the remains of an old abbey, and occasionally, petroglyphs or hillside chalk carvings from the Bronze Age. Along the way, you may visit a tin mine, come across the home of a famous author or see a church door that inspired J R R Tolkien, and end up in a quaint English village where a pint of ale at the local pub brings the day’s activities to a glorious end! Jim Duncan will talk about two Elderhostel hiking trips he and Sharon have taken to England. The first was to the rugged hills of the Lake District, perhaps the most beautiful area of England, and the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, where they hiked over heather-covered moors and along the North Sea Coast on the Cleveland Way. On the second trip in September 2011, accompanied by Kathy Hoeg, they hiked in the picturesque Cotswolds region dotted with historic villages such as Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold, then traveled down to the southwestern corner of England to hike the rugged coastline of Cornwall, home of the King Arthur legend (and the Doc Martin television series).

March 22, 2013—The State of Determination - Aaron Nicholson

A Self-contained Journey Across Oregon In summer of 2008, Aaron J. Nicholson set out to complete the unthinkable: a 460-mile solo backpacking trip across the State of Oregon without resupplying food or gear. Carrying an immensely heavy pack containing an unappetizing variety of calorie-rich foods, he started his quest at the California border and trekked north on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, determined to reach the Columbia River. But could it be done? Did he possess the resolve and stamina necessary to achieve his one-pack goal? Or would he succumb to exhaustion or the forces of nature? His book, The State of Determination, chronicles Nicholson's careful planning and execution of the journey, as well as his unforgettable adventures on the trail.

April 26, 2013—Summer Camp Rally

Info about Camp Lana to be held in the Trinity Alps July 8-13.

May 17, 2013—Astoria to Bar Harbor by bike

Lyn Gilman-Garrick will be presenting Thoughts From the Open Road-Astoria to Bar Harbor by Bicycle

June 28, 2013—A Trip to Patagonia - Lana Lindstrom

September 27, 2013—Cascade Summer - Bob Welch

Bob Welch will deliver the tale of his 452-mile hike in the Cascade Range, from the California border to the Washington border. Between bugs and blisters, he contemplates Judge John Waldo, who hiked these same stretches more than a century ago and fought to have the Cascade Range set off as public land.

October 25, 2013—Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Doug Crispin a retired Park Ranger will be speaking about Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

November 22, 2013—Erin McKittrick: Alaska

Erin McKittrick: Small Feet, Big Land, Adventure, Home and Family on the Edge of Alaska.

 

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2012:

January 27, 2012—Favorite Oregon Hikes & Adventures - Sullivan

Oregon hiking guru Bill Sullivan will take us on a tour of his favorite trips -- hikes and adventures in all parts of the state, choosing top trips for each month of the year. Based on his new book, Oregon Favorites, the presentation includes tips on new trails, as well as anecdotes about history, geology, wildlife, and people along the way. A fifth-generation Oregonian, Sullivan has written seven books about Oregon’s outdoors, as well as two books on Oregon history, two adventure memoirs, and three novels. His journal, Listening for Coyote was chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission as one of the 100 most significant books in the state’s history. Bill is a perennial favorite, and his presentations are always enjoyable and informative.

February 24, 2012—Greg Vaughn

Wandering throughout the Pacific Northwest for over twenty years, Eugene photographer Greg Vaughn has been combining his love of travel and nature with photography, and he will share his images and discoveries with us. He will take us on a photographic tour of Oregon, highlighting the best of the natural wonders of our state. Along the way, Greg will offer tips and instructions on how to improve your own photographic efforts on your travels. Greg is the author and photographer of the travel guidebook, Photographing Oregon, which was named Best Travel Book of 2009 by the Independent Book Publishers Association.

March 30, 2012—Washington Trail Guide - Craig Romano

Think there are limits to what we can do in our fifties? Think again, and come hear Craig Romano tell us about the challenges he undertakes in his fifties. From Mt. Vernon, WA, Craig is an avid hiker, runner, kayaker, and cyclist. For his fiftieth birthday last year, he ran a fifty-mile marathon. He is the author of several books on hiking in the Northwest including Best Hikes With Dogs, Inland Northwest, Day Hiking: Central Cascades, and Backpacking Washington. Our speaker will also tell us about some hiking near Mt. Baker, the site of this year’s summer camp.

April 27, 2012—Summer Camp 2012 - Lana Lindstrom

If you’ve signed up for Summer Camp in the Mt. Baker, Washington area, plan on attending the Rally, Friday, April 28. We’ll show slides of the Excelsior Group campground, the beautiful surrounding area, and some of the best hikes. We’ll also share tips of what to bring, whet your appetite with meal descriptions, and discuss chore responsibilities. If you haven’t gone camping with us before, this will be a great opportunity to learn how we do it. If you’re an old hand, please come to share your stories and get inspired to dust off your gear.

May 18, 2012—Africa - Chris Stockdale

Last fall, Obsidian Chris Stockdale headed for Kenya and South Africa with adventure in mind. She first did a strenuous climb up to Pt. Lenana at 16,355 feet on Mt. Kenya. The climb up Mt. Kenya is considered harder than the longer climb up Kilimanjaro, even though the elevation is lower. Chris has climbed both and agrees with that sentiment, but attributes part of it to the fact that 30 years have elapsed since she climbed Kilimanjaro. The next adventure of this trip was a 6-day trek into the Drakensberg Mountains in the southeastern part of South Africa. The trek was supported by five Zulu porters, was led by a white South African, and traversed magnificent stretches of the mountains. The only other human beings sighted during this whole time were two Basuto people heading back to their village . . . and they were way off in the distance. Plentiful bird life and wildflowers along with spectacular scenery made this an unforgettable journey.

June 22, 2012—Sustainable Enlightenment - Doug McCarty

Author and Obsidian Douglas McCarty will discuss his book, Sustainable Enlightenment: Einstein’s Razor: Seven Simple Steps to Awakening. Einstein said, “Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler.” Finding connection, meaning and purpose in life should be as simple (and sustainable) as possible, but no simpler. This should be achieved as soon as possible, and maintained throughout life. The simple truth is, enlightenment or awakening is literally at your fingertips and taste buds every waking hour of every day. Buddhism’s Noble Eightfold Path begins with Correct Perception, and correct (untainted, unfettered) perception is the heavy lifting of attaining awareness: and once you have achieved this simple goal, the rest is almost an after note. Perception leads to a deep and abiding awareness of the suchness of the physical world, a central concept in eastern thought. Understanding the suchness of the perceivable world, its fractal geometry and chaotic nature, is the very first step to a life of enlightenment. Copies of Sustainable Enlightenment will be available for purchase after the talk, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Obsidians.

September 28, 2012—Who are the Obsidians?

Welcome! Obsidians in Action on Trails, Roads, Water and Mountains Enjoy a media presentation featuring Obsidian activities of 2011-2012, including Summer Camp. Janet Jacobsen has compiled photographers’ photos and will narrate the program. Come see what you missed or see yourself in action.

October 26, 2012—Grand Teton NP - Doug Crispin

November 16, 2012—Climbing in the Cascades

 

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2011:

Friday, January 28, 2011 - “New Hikes in Southern Oregon” - Bill Sullivan — Oregon’s hiking guru takes on a slide show tour of new trails he discovered while researching two just-released books, “100 Hikes in Southern Oregon: 3rd edition” and “Trails of Crater Lake”. We’ll find hidden beaches on the Illinois River, explore a Darlingtonia bog at Eight Dollar Mountain, backpack in Northern California’s, Trinity Alps, and find out what new trails are being built at Crater Lake. As always, Sullivan spices his talk with notes on the geology, wildlife, and history.

 

Friday, February 25, 2011
Canceled - Resheduled Sept 23 – K2 – Hussain Mirza
Experience trekking to K2 with Hussain Mirza with the trekking company of Nazir Sabir Expeditions from Islamabad, Pakistan. The trip began on September 10, 2004 leaving from Islamabad and returning on October 3, 2004.

 

Friday, March 25, 2011 – Peru – Shelby, daughter of member Susan Wanser, traveled and did volunteer work in Peru this fall. Susan joined her daughter in the Galapagos and they then toured Ecuador together. Shelby will share with us some of her adventures of the trip including her four day trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and her visit to the floating islands on Lake Titicaca. I suspect there may even be some pictures of the Galapagos Islands. We’ll see.

 

Friday, April 29, 2011 – Nepal – Chris Stockdale, Chris Shuraleff, Lynda Christiansen, Lana Lindstrom Several of our members trekked in Nepal on different excursions. This will be a chance to see and hear of the variety of experiences – good and bad!

 

Friday, May 27, 2011 – Lewis and Clark Trail - James March  a history teacher at Springfield High School and sibling of member Chrissy Anderson – recently completed a bike trip with 4 students that followed the Lewis and Clark Trail (St. Louis to Seaside). Come share the adventure with them!

 

Friday, June 24, 2011 – Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim - Margaret and Richard Essenberg, Janet Jacobsen.

Margaret and Richard will show their photos of the September 2010 Grand Canyon 13 day trip and their Rim-to-Rim hike. Learn about geology, reservation tips, and how to really enjoy and soak up the spectacular views and colors. The average visit to the Park is about 3 hours or less, some sources say 15 minutes. This program is for those who want to know more about our natural wonder.

Come early for the 5:30 pre-dinner social. There will be special badges for anyone who has visited or hiked the Grand Canyon. This is an opportunity for members and guests to share their Grand Canyon experiences.

 

Friday, September 23, 2011 – K2 – Hussain Mirza Experience trekking to K2 with Hussain Mirza with the trekking company of Nazir Sabir Expeditions from Islamabad, Pakistan. The trip began on September 10, 2004 leaving from Islamabad and returning on October 3, 2004.
Friday, October 28, 2011 – PCT – Jim Rea who discovered hiking at the age of 64 has hiked the full length of the Pacific Crest Trail by hiking approximately 400 miles each summer. He began at the Mexican border in 2004 and reached the Canadian terminus in 2010. After the first couple of years his wife Zhita has served as his support team by providing his food resupplies and his weekly rest stops along the way.
Friday, November 18, 2011 – Spain – James March and some of his students speaking about their 500+ mile trek on the Camino de Santiago in Spain last summer Friday, December 16, 2011 – Penguins – Noah Strycker speaking about his 3 months living in Antarctica studying Adelie Penguins

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2010:

Friday, January 29, 2010 - “Exploring Oregon’s New Wilderness Areas” - Bill Sullivan — Presenting a slide show tour of Oregon’s most beautiful Wilderness Areas including areas to be designed by Congress. From Mt. Hood to the Wallowas, from the Oregon Dunes to Steens Mountain, expect tips for summer backpacking, winter tours, and day hikes amidst Oregon’s most spectacular scenery, based on Sullivan’s upcoming “Atlas of Oregon Wilderness.” As always, Bill Sullivan spices his talk with notes on the geology, wildlife, and history of the land.

 

Friday, February 26, 2010 - Eastern Europe — Please join Lana Lindstrom and Richard Hughes as they recount their six week adventures through Eastern Europe. In addition to exploring medieval cities, they meandered through small villages and off-shore islands. Hiking in the Tatra Mountains (Poland and Slovakia), biking in Estonia and Latvia, and boating on the Croatian coast were the highlights.

 

Friday, March 26, 2010 - Birding in Cuba - Rick Ahrens will share the adventures and insights of Cuba based upon a recent Birding trip there. Learn about the bird population as well as the current political, cultural and environmental aspects of this country. Friday, April 23, 2010 — Zion – Mystery Canyon — Explore Mystery Canyon with members Steven McManigal and Steven Johnson in the comfort of the Lodge. This pair of adventurers spent two weeks in Zion National Park climbing canyon walls and plunging to watery depths of Mystery Canyon. Access to Mystery Canyon is by permit only and assigned by lottery. The teaser photographs are fantastic!

 

Friday, May 21, 2010 - Wassen Creek/Devil’s Staircase – Dave Tvedt — Wassen Creek flows over four or five sandstone steps as it tumbles down about 50 feet. Into each step, the creek had drilled round plunge pools, perhaps using hard, igneous pebbles to scrape away the softer sandstone. The pools range in size from those large enough for several people to bathe in to thimbles. Learn more about the beauty of this area which has been in the news in an effort to be designed a wilderness area. Even visited by Peter DeFazio.

 

Friday, June 25, 2010 - Oregon Natural Desert Association - Devon Comstock (Bend, Oregon) — Presenting volunteer opportunities in Hart Mountain, Steens Mountain, the John Day River and Central Oregon! These trips engage people in restoring Oregon’s desert lands through tree-planting, fence removal, closing old roads and wilderness inventory. Since 1987 ONDA has been working to protect, defend and restore Oregon’s native deserts. In 2009, we successfully saw the creation of two new desert wildernesses in Oregon, The Badlands and Spring Basin Wilderness areas.

 

July, August - No Potluck

 

 

 

Friday, September 24, 2010 - The History of Obsidians: Then and Now – presented by Rick Ahrens who is probably the most knowledgeable member regarding the history of our Club. Hear how the Club began, the activities of the past and find out what is in the future.

 

Friday, October 22, 2010 - “Behaviors of the Backpacker” – Sandor Lau. — A Chinese/Hungarian American film student and Fulbright scholar, walked 500 km alone from Auckland to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s geographic and spiritual. A black comedy road trip documentary records the stories of backpackers from around the world, organic farmers, hostel owners, tour operators, Maori communities and the filmmaker himself. Enjoy a different perspective on backpacking in New Zealand.

 

Friday, November 19, 2010 - Eugene Mountain Rescue – will walk us through a rescue. It seem as though there have been an increase in mountain rescues in recent years. Members of the EMR participate in these rescues and will share their experience as well as the ways to protect yourself and assist in rescues.

 

 

Friday, December 17, 2010 - presents Eric Alan introducing his new book, Grace and Tranquility, a combination of photography and prose, which will be nationally released in mid-June by White Cloud Press, along with a spin-off CD from the two books (also called Grace and Tranquility ) merging my adapted lyrics with the music of the remarkable band Gypsy Soul. Perfect timing for the Holidays!

 

 

 

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2009:

Friday, January 23, 2009 - Natural Disasters. One of our favorite speakers, local author and member — Bill Sullivan — will be sharing with us the highlights of his book Oregon’s Greatest Natural Disasters. Who knew that Oregon has had floods, volcanoes, fires, earthquakes….! The final chapter is a look into the future.

 

Friday, February 27, 2009 - Stove Team - Nancy Hughes Have you ever considered volunteering to assist a third-world country? Here is chance to learn more about a local opportunity through StoveTeam. Nancy will be sharing with us the work, opportunities and success of the StoveTeam project which she founded.

 

Friday, March 27, 2009 - Summer Camp Rally. This year learn about what is waiting for you at Mt. Lassen.

 

Friday, April 24, 2009 — Local hiker/climber/mountain rescue member Rob Graham recently completed the Appalachian Trial from head to toe in one shot last summer. Rob will be sharing his slide show of his adventures on the Trail.

 

Friday, May 15, 2009 - Land of the Thunder Dragon - Chris Stockdale. Travel to the Land of the Thunder Dragon (Bhutan) is time-consuming and expensive, but not one of the group of eight who ventured to that remote kingdom in October 2007 regretted the journey. Obsidian Sam Miller found seven friends (including three more Obsidians) who wanted to accompany him on a trip that would include a strenuous eight-day, seven-night trek into the Himalayas and cultural sightseeing. Sam worked closely with Obsidian Pema Chhophyel and his associate and childhood friend, Sonam Jatso, to put together an itinerary that would appeal to the whole group. Sonam, who lives in Bhutan, owns a company called Insiders’ Bhutan, and he has extensive experience in designing such trips. Chris Stockdale, one of the Obsidians in the group, has put together some photos and a narrative that she hopes will convey some of the beauty and mystique of this little visited country sandwiched between super-powers India and China.

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE IS MAY 15TH

Friday, June 26, 2009 - Nordic Walking - Barbara and Dan Gleason Trekking poles? Hiking poles? What’s the difference? Barbara and Dan will tell and introduce the use of trekking poles. Maximize the use of your poles for your health!

 

July, August - No Potluck

 

 

Friday, September 25, 2009 - Welcome Back/Camp Reunion. This is the chance to learn all about what the Obsidians have to offer. The presentation will include highlights of: Summer Camp (mini-reunion to share fond memories for those who attended as well as enticement for next year’s Summer Camp), Bus Trips, Summer Trips, Winter Trips, Climbs. . . all the different aspects of Obsidians. This is the opportunity to become reacquainted with the variety of activities and committees as well as an introduction for friends, co-workers, family, etc. to learn about our Club.
Friday, October 23, 2009 - Friends of Mt. Pisgah and Buford Arboretum - Ronnel Curry Many of our members enjoy hiking the trial surrounding the Mt. Pisgah and Buford Arboretum. Ronnel Curry will give us insight as to the projects surrounding this area. Friday, November 20, 2009 - Telemark - Jarl Berg of Berg’s Ski Shop will be giving a presentation on the Godfather of Modern Day Skiing – Sondre Norheim – and sharing his search for “What Telemark Really Is.” After an exciting trip in Norway this past summer, Jarl has pictures and videos to set the winter scene for learning about telemarking.

Please join in the experience.

Friday, December 18, 2009 - Baja Ha Ha - Come sail away with member David Becker on his sailing adventure(s) in on his 51 foot sailboat - Daydreamer - in October and November 2008. The teaser photographs are awesome!

 

 

 

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2008:

Friday, January 25, 2008 - Hiking In Europe. Author and hiking guru Bill Sullivan takes us on Europe’s most interesting and least known hiking trails, from Greece and the Pyrenees to Norway and the Alps, with beautiful photos as well as anecdotes about local history, wildflowers, and outdoor lore. The show also features areas that serve as settings in his new adventure mystery, “The Case of Einstein’s Violin.” Friday, February 22, 2008 - Polar Bears in Manitoba, Canada - Kevin McManigal
Friday, March 28, 2008 - Summer Camp Rally. Come and learn about Camp Hamilton. View the maps, learn about hikes, meet others who will be going to camp. A great opportunity to see if you would be interested in a camp adventure with the Obsidians at a very reasonable cost. Friday, April 25, 2008 — The Joys of Cycling in Japan — Ruthy Kanagy, author of “Living Abroad in Japan”, will show pictures and talk about cycle touring the northern island of Hokkaido, as well as Tokyo, Mt. Fuji and Kyoto. Tips on traveling with your bike and where to stay in Japan.
Friday, May 16, 2008 - Backpack Trips North of the Arctic Circle - Dave Predeek

 

Friday, June 27, 2008 - Oregon As Seen From An Ultralight Airplane - Bill McWhorter

 

July, August - No Potluck Friday, September 26, 2008 - Obsidians: What’s up!? This is the chance to learn all about what the Obsidians have to offer. The presentation will include highlights of: Summer Camp (mini-reunion to share fond memories for those who attended as well as enticement for next year’s Summer Camp), Bus Trips, Summer Trips, Winter Trips, Climbs. . . all the different aspects of Obsidians. This is the opportunity to become reacquainted with the variety of activities and committees as well as an introduction for friends, co-workers, family, etc. to learn about our Club.
Friday, October 24, 2008 - Peru - Sam and Zane Miller In the summer of 2007, Obsidians Sam and Zane Miller spent six weeks exploring the rich outdoor diversity of Peru. Join them as they present a sample of images from their travels in the spectacular Cordillera Huayhuash mountains, the rugged Ollantaytabo region near Machu Picchu, the Amazon jungle in Manu National Park, and Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America. Friday, November 21, 2008 - Wild Grace: Nature’s Path - Eric Alan is author/photographer of the book Wild Grace: Nature as a Spiritual Path (White Cloud Press), a celebration of the natural world and a meditation upon living mindfully within it. Looking within nature’s graceful, tightly woven forms, Wild Grace seeks philosophical and practical answers useful in improving our daily lives, regardless of where we live and how damaged the natural order may be there. Upon release, Publishers Weekly called it “a useful and needed bridge to the truly natural language we all share and have forgotten how to speak.” The book has now been the inspiration for workshops teaching the re-integration of nature into our daily lives; a magazine column reaching eight eastern states; and multi-media collaborations with Grammy-nominated musicians. His photography has been displayed in galleries, magazines and other locales, including the press box of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. In his presentation to the Obsidians in November, Alan will merge material from Wild Grace with new photography and prose from his forthcoming book, Tranquility’s Light. Alan is also known regionally as the music director of Jefferson Public Radio, a network of twenty stations centered in Ashland, Oregon, where he lives. He is the son of Obsidians member Shirley Froyd.
Friday, December 19, 2008 - Land of the Thunder Dragon - Chris Stockdale. Travel to the Land of the Thunder Dragon (Bhutan) is time-consuming and expensive, but not one of the group of eight who ventured to that remote kingdom in October 2007 regretted the journey. Obsidian Sam Miller found seven friends (including three more Obsidians) who wanted to accompany him on a trip that would include a strenuous eight-day, seven-night trek into the Himalayas and cultural sightseeing. Sam worked closely with Obsidian Pema Chhophyel and his associate and childhood friend, Sonam Jatso, to put together an itinerary that would appeal to the whole group. Sonam, who lives in Bhutan, owns a company called Insiders’ Bhutan, and he has extensive experience in designing such trips. Chris Stockdale, one of the Obsidians in the group, has put together some photos and a narrative that she hopes will convey some of the beauty and mystique of this little visited country sandwiched between super-powers India and China.  

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2007:

Friday, March 23, 2007 Summer Camp Rally. Come and learn about Summer Camp 2007. View the maps, learn about hikes, meet others who will be going to camp. A great opportunity to see if you would be interested in a camp adventure with the Obsidians at a very reasonable cost. Friday, April 27, 2007 - Willamette Riverkeeper  Program  Join us for a visual presentation about efforts currently being made to restore and protect our beautiful river. Willamette Riverkeeper is a non-profit organization which works to improve water quality and habitat along the entire mainstem Willamette, as well as its many tributaries. The evening’s presentation will be given by Amy Morrison, River Protection Coordinator for the organization.
Friday, May 18, 2007 - “What’s Wat in Thailand?” Lana Lindstrom and Richard Hughes will share slides of their 6-week trip exploring Thailand. From inspiring temples to breathtaking natural beauty to fabulous food, Thailand has it all. Traveling around this tropical country is comfortable, easy, and an exceptionally good value. Friday, June 22 29, 2007 - Wetlands Around Eugene Join Obsidian Rick Ahrens, a long-time nature guide and wetlands volunteer, on a tour of two fascinating areas: the West Eugene Wetlands and Delta Ponds. These projects balance preservation with development, serve as essential habitat for several threatened and endangered species, and provide wonderful opportunities to enjoy nature.
July, August - No Potluck Friday, September 28, 2007 - Camp Reunion for people who attended Camp Pegg and those who would like to know what went on. Beautiful slides, trails hiked, jokes shared, mealtime successes, and stories and entertainment tales from our nightly campfires.
Friday, October 12, 2007 - Annual Meeting. Come meet your current board members, and elect three new board members. Trip Awards will be presented. Committee Chairmen will read yearly reports. Committee Members will be recognized for their yearly contributions. President John Pegg will sum up our annual activities. (Note: This will NOT be a potluck. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m.) Friday, October 26, 2007 - Snowshoeing Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone National Park is simply as good as snowshoeing gets in North America — champagne powder snow, breathtaking geysers and magnificent wildlife. Mel Mann of the City of Eugene Recreation Division will describe winter in the park, the wildlife ecology, and how to prepare for a trip.
Friday, November 16, 2007 - Hiking Across Iceland. David Cobb and Jonathan Ley share photos and stories from their 385-mile trek across the length of Iceland from the northern tip to the southern coast. Iceland’s rugged interior is a striking landscape shaped by massive glaciers, powerful winds, roaring rivers, and active volcanic geology. The scenery is breathtaking! Friday, December 14, 2007 - Lane County Search & Rescue - John Miller. Come hear about the incredible work done by the Search and Rescue program of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office — what they do, why, the tools, training, and process. John Miller and over 150 volunteers are on call day and night to respond to lost, injured, or missing people. Their motto is “That others may live . . .”

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Friday, January 27, 2006. Author and hiking guru William L. Sullivan takes us on a dozen new trails he discovered in the area between Salem and Bend while researching the newly released third edition of his guidebook, “100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades.” Included are new paths to a little-known waterfall near Salem, a remote rapids of the Deschutes River near Sisters, and a string of giant waterfalls in the Three Sisters Wilderness. Along the way, expect anecdotes about local history, wildflowers, and outdoor lore. Friday, February 24, 2006. Summer Camp Rally. Come and learn about Summer Camp 2006. View the maps, learn about hikes, meet others who will be going to camp. A great opportunity to see if you would be interested in a five-day camp adventure with the Obsidians at a very reasonable cost.
Friday, March 24, 2006. Hiking and Biking in the Rioja Region of Spain — Chuck and Sandy Reul. In June 2005 Sandy and Chuck traveled to Haro in the Rioja area of Spain for two weeks of cycling and hiking with a British Adventure company called Headwater. They found Rioja a beautiful unspoiled valley surrounded by mountains with almost no tourism but 1,200 Bodegas (Spanish for wineries). It is an historic area with many old monasteries and is the birth place of the Spanish language. For eight days they cycled the area followed by six days of hiking. Friday, April 28, 2006. The Joy of Birds — Dan Gleason, well-known ornithologist, will share beautiful pictures and fascinating stories of the world of birds. Not only do birds have wonderful forms and colors, they also exhibit intriguing behaviors and adaptations for survival, and they provide us with a window to view nature as a whole.
Friday, May 19, 2006. Rose House: A Net-Zero Energy Home. Join Eldon Haines and Linda Rose as they talk about their recently-built cottage in northeast Portland. It’s beautiful, comfortable, healthy. . . and its electric meter runs backward most of the year. The house represents a convergence of architecture, energy conservation, and green building. Friday, June 16, 2006. Feast or Famine: A Journey of Extremes on the Pacific Crest Trail. Rob Rathmann. From May 14 until October 6, 2005, Rob Rathmann hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, kept a fascinating journal and took gorgeous pictures. Come see his photos and hear stories about the bears, mountains, and incredible things he saw. It was a world of extremes — Mexico to Canada, sea-level deserts to 13,000-foot mountain passes, days of complete loneliness and days spent with fellow hikers, incredible frustrations and astonishing satisfaction.
July, August - No Potluck Friday, September 22, 2006. Camp Reunion for people who attended Camp Deetour and those who would like to know what went on. Beautiful slides, trails hiked, jokes shared, mealtime successes, and stories and entertainment tales from our nightly campfires.
Friday, October 13, 2006. Annual Meeting. Come meet the six continuing and three outgoing board members, and elect three new board members. Trip Awards will be presented. Committee Chairmen will read yearly reports. Committee Members will be recognized for their yearly contributions. President Wayne Deeter will sum up our annual activities. (Note: This will NOT be a potluck. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m.)

 

Friday, October 27, 2006 The Natural Bounty of Lane County. With slides, we’ll “walk the fenceline” of Lane County with naturalist Whitey Lueck, then review the natural attributes of the area — from the Pacific to the Cascades — and some of the major changes which have occurred to this landscape for the past century and a half.

 

Friday, November 17, 2006 Wild West. Join David Stone on a virtual Wildland Photo Tour to the most photogenic spots in the western US. Three years ago he took us with him to Wild Utah, transporting us there with a multi-media slide/music show. This time, we will visit spots in Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. Enjoy breathtaking landscape images, riveting bird photos and rare close-ups of the miniature world of moss and lichen. Friday, December 15, 2006 Trekking and Climbing in the Khumbu Himalayas: The 2006 Oregon to Pumori Expedition. In the spring of 2006, sixteen climbers from the Northwest — including Obsidians John Mowat, Sue Sullivan, John Pegg, Deb Carver, and John and Lisa Manotti, and former Obsidians Tim and Michele McCall — traveled to the Nepal Himalayas for more than a month of trekking and climbing among some of the highest peaks in the world. Sue Sullivan, Tim McCall and other members of the expedition will share their pictures and stories from the climbs and travels through this fascinating region.  

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Thursday, January 20, 2005. Science & Education chairman Rick Ahrens will present a slide show of a recent trip to Antarctica. Note: This is NOT a potluck, so please eat before coming. Rick will start at 7 p.m.

 

Friday, January 28, 2005. Oregon author William L. Sullivan’s slide show is based in part on his newest book, “Cabin Fever: Notes From a Part-Time Pioneer.” The show opens with descriptions of favorite trails that lead to shelters, cabins, and huts — throughout Oregon and in Europe. Then Sullivan describes his adventures as he and his wife set out to build their own log cabin at the end of a 1-mile trail along a wilderness Oregon river — in pioneer fashion, using just an ax and a crosscut saw. That 25-summer project included many humorous and dramatic stories, and also brought them closer to the heart of Oregon.
Friday, February 25, 2005. Walk With Me in Italy. Armchair hiking to Italy with Tyler Burgess on her 2004 trip. Take beautiful coastal hikes and cliff-hanging trails past vineyards and olive groves on the Portofino Peninsula, a natural park reserve. Follow the life of the marble, from hiking the working quarries of white marble in the Apuan Alps to climbing the white marble tower of Pisa and a walk to Michaelangelo Piazza David in Florence. Ever want to explore an Etruscan tomb? Hike around walls of the best-preserved medieval town of San Gimignano. Step off the tourist path in the hill country of the Mugello region. The Medici summered here, few people speak English, the trails are old mule tracks and medieval ruins and shrines abound.

Friday, March 18, 2005. Lana Lindstrom and Richard Hughes spent a month exploring the beautiful island of Cyprus. It’s a European vacation hot spot, but few Americans travel there. It’s a divided island—Greek on one side and Turkish on the other, but the food is the same—just with different names! There are lots of hiking and kayaking opportunities; ancient ruins abound.

Richard and Lana also took 2 mini-cruises; one to Cairo to see the pyramids and the other to Beirut and Syria. It was very interesting to be an American in this part of the world at this time. Please join them on a tour of the highlights of their vacation.

Friday, April 22, 2005. Bicycling through Cuba—Lynette Chiang In 1997, Lynette Chiang, an Australian who now lives in Eugene, left her “nice house, bloke, job and fast-ish car” to travel the world on a folding bicycle. She lived and traveled in England, Ireland, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama, and then spent three months bicycling through Cuba. Her Cuban experience was the inspiration for her book, “The Handsomest Man In Cuba,” an apolitical tale of what it is like to eat, drink, and be cautiously merry among ordinary and not-so-ordinary Cubans. Her slide show and book bring you a compelling glimpse of the real Cuba. Friday, May 20, 2005. Coast to Canyonlands. Eugene resident and native Oregonian James Johnston will be presenting his slideshow “Coast to Canyonlands” which chronicles four years of explorations of Oregon’s diverse landscapes, from the canyonlands of eastern Oregon to the temperate rainforests of the coast range. James is the Executive Director of the Cascadia Wildlands Project, a Eugene-based non-profit conservation group. He has also written extensively about local day hikes as the Outdoor Editor for the Eugene Weekly, and his show will emphasize some of magnificent and easy-to-visit forests of Lane County.
Friday, June 24, 2005. Guy Santiago will take us along on a paddling and camping trip, meandering through 69 miles of basalt canyon and surrounding grazing lands along the beautiful John Day River in Central Oregon. Each spring Guy, co-owner of Oregon River Sports, helps organize a small group that spends a week traveling from Clarno to Cottonwood in canoes and inflatable kayaks, negotiating class I-II whitewater and camping out on river banks along the way. Join us as he shares his beautiful slides and his insights on how to organize and enjoy an outdoor trip.  
July, August - No Potluck Friday, October 14, 2005. Annual Meeting. Come meet the six continuing and three outgoing board members, and elect three new board members. Trip Awards will be presented. Committee Chairmen will read yearly reports. Committee Members will be recognized for their yearly contributions. President John Jacobsen will sum up our annual activities. The Annual Meeting will not be a potluck this year.
Friday, October 28, 2005 Rescheduled for March 24, 2006. Hiking and Biking in the Rioja Region of Spain — Chuck and Sandy Reul Friday, November 18, 2005 Rescheduled for November 17, 2006. Wild West Join David Stone on a virtual Wildland Photo Tour to the most photogenic spots in the western US. Three years ago he took us with him to Wild Utah, transporting us there with a multi-media slide/music show. This time, we will visit spots in Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. Enjoy breathtaking landscape images, riveting bird photos and rare close-ups of the miniature world of moss and lichen.

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Friday, January 23, 2004. William Sullivan — Based on his new, lavishly illustrated full-color travel guide, “Oregon Trips and Trails,” author/explorer William L. Sullivan takes us on a tour of the state’s most interesting and scenic places, from the hot springs of Steens Mountain and the gold-mining ghost towns of Northeast Oregon to the wildfire landscape of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and the alpine wildflower displays of the High Cascades.

A fifth-generation Oregonian, Sullivan has hiked every significant trail in the state, collecting information, photographs, and anecdotes for ten books, including, “Listening for Coyote,” “Hiking Oregon’s History,” and a popular “100 Hikes” series. In his new book — and his slide show — he reveals some of this favorite getaways, with tips on where to stay and what to see.

Friday, February 27, 2004. Summer Camp Rally. Come and learn about Summer Camp 2004. View the maps, learn about hikes, meet others who will be going to camp. A great opportunity to see if you would be interested in a week long camp adventure with the Obsidians at a very reasonable cost.
Friday, March 26, 2004. Guy Santiago, of Oregon River Sports, will take us on a 70-mile kayak trip that begins in San Nicholos, a small Mexican community, and heads south to the fishing village of San Juanico. Picture yourself paddling a kayak along the coast of Baja, Mexico, snorkeling in the Sea of Cortez, camping on sandy beaches, and hiking to a traditional Indian watering hole. The trip is one of several wilderness water adventures that ORS helps organize every year. Friday, April 23, 2004. Leila Snow will introduce us to a venerable tradition on the coast-to-coast walk across England: pick up a pebble at the Irish Sea, carry it as you walk the 190 miles to the North Sea, make a wish and throw it in, and have your wish come true. This rural trail runs through the Lake District, Wordsworth’s home town of Richmond, and the high moors. Accommodations range from a castle to bunks in an old sheepherder’s hut. Leila will share slides of the walk and tips for those considering England’s most well known long-distance trek.
Friday, May 21, 2004. Gerry Roe, a registered nurse, was a member of the Cascade Medical Team that traveled to Guatemala to provide much-needed medical care to indigenous Mayan people living in remote areas of the country. She will describe her personal experiences working with people needing various types of surgery. Her slide show is sure to expand our knowledge of Mayan culture and of the rural landscape and resort areas of this Central American country. And, find out how you too could join a future Cascade team. Friday, June 25, 2004. John and Diane Cissel, authors of “Old Growth Forest Hikes — Washington and Oregon Cascades, will present a tour of these awe-inspiring forests of the Northwest, using slides taken while hiking more than 2,000 miles through the finest forests left in the Cascade Range. Using a series of diverse hikes, they will illustrate the ecological factors that have shaped these forests.
July & August - No Potlucks Friday, September 24, 2004 The Early Days of Mountain Climbing — John Mowat Picture yourself back in time, in the early 50s. Rock climbing as a sport was just beginning to develop. There were no rock shoes, no chocks or cams, and even Goldline hadn’t been invented. The faces on Half Dome and El Capitan had not yet been climbed. A group of students from Stanford formed an Alpine club and did early climbs and first ascents in Yosemite, the Tetons, and the Canadian Rockies. John Mowat was part of that group. He will be showing slides from his early climbing days.
Friday, October 8, 2004. Annual Meeting. Come meet the six continuing and three outgoing board members, and elect three new board members. Trip Awards will be presented. Committee Chairmen will read yearly reports. Committee Members will be recognized for their yearly contributions. President Doug Nelson will sum up our annual activities. We will have the usual potluck fare before the meeting. Friday, October 22, 2004. Camp Reunion for people who attended Camp Nooksack and those who would like to know what went on. Beautiful slides, trails hiked, jokes shared, meal-time successes and stories and entertainment tales from our nightly campfires.
Friday, November 19, 2004. The Owyhee Canyonlands — Ken Snider, chairman of the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club High Desert Committee, will make a special visit from Portland to present a slide show on the majestic and imperiled Owyhee Canyonlands of Southeastern Oregon — an area that is virtually unknown to most Oregonians and the rest of the nation. Ken will describe the unique and charismatic features of this landscape, the ecological significance of this high desert biome, and the factors that threaten the integrity of this stunning region. Friday, December 17, 2004. In November 2003, Sandy and Chuck Reul traveled with a British Walking company to the Cape Town area of South Africa for 10 days. They found the scenery, hiking, food, and wine to be spectacular. Also, much to their surprise, the area is very modern and quite safe.

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Friday, January 24, 2003 Rick Ahrens will present a slide show and talk on 75 years of Obsidian history. We’ll go back before the beginning and look at the interesting people, places and stories of our collective history. Come and enjoy a rare glimpse of early climbs, winter activities, and summer camps, and the cast of characters who made us what we are today. This presentation was a big hit at the September 75th banquet and has new pictures and updated information. Whether you are an “old-timer” who will recognize friends and relatives in the slides or a “newcomer” who is interested in why Obsidians act the way they do you will find much to entertain and inform you about our club. Friday, February 28, 2003 New Zealand, afoot and afloat — Join Lana Lindstrom for a slide show presentation in exploring the magical land of the Lord of the Rings by foot, boat, and car. She’s been twice in the past two years, each time for a month. It’s an incredibly beautiful country which is easy to get around, inexpensive, clean, and they speak English! What a perfect place to escape the Oregon winter.
Friday, March 28, 2003 Russ and Blyth Carpenter will be presenting on their travel and work in Bhutan. Their connection with Bhutan began with a trek and cultural tour in 1996 and quickly expanded into public service projects ranging from assisting a desktop publishing company and serving and the Internet publishers for the Centre on Bhutan Studies, to promoting silk and wool textiles and managing the construction and installation of two-way radio transceivers for one hundred remote Himalayan villages.

Russ and Blyth currently lead tours to Bhutan, focusing on the remarkable culture of this unique and independent Buddhist kingdom. Be sure you don’t miss this unique presentation.

Friday, April 25, 2003 Summer Camp Rally. Come and learn about Summer Camp 2003. View the maps, learn about hikes, meet others who will be going to camp. A great opportunity to see if you would be interested in a week long camp adventure with the Obsidians at a very reasonable cost.
Friday, May 23, 2003 Peter Herring is a travel writer/photographer. In October, 2002 he took a two week “sampler” tour of nearly all the national Parks, and the Paria Canyon wilderness area of Utah in his trusty van, Morrison. Logging some hundred miles of hiking, he found a walker-photographer’s and amateur geologists unlimited paradise. At the May 23rd meeting he will share his adventures along with a brief selection of the 200 plus photographs he took. Friday, June 27, 2003 Obsidian Ken Ball will present an entertaining slide show on two, one month long Alaska adventures surrounding two eventful summit climb attempts on Mt. McKinley. Yes, the second attempt was successful. The presentation comes complete with plenty of crevasse, avalanche, and living in ice action, as well as an Alaska Bush Pilot story or two, shots of “a real bomber” on the Bomber glacier, photos from a great Alaska train journey and some halibut fishing lines. This show is guaranteed to fuel many Alaska travel fantasies.
July - No Potluck August - No Potluck
Friday, September 26, 2003. Camp Reunion for people who attended Camp Nelson and those who would like to know what went on. Beautiful slides, trails hiked, jokes shared, meal-time successes and stories and entertainment tales from our nightly campfires. Friday, October 10, 2003. Annual Meeting. Trip Awards will be presented. Committee Chairmen will read yearly reports. Committee Members will be recognized for their yearly contributions. President Doug Nelson will sum up our annual activities.
Friday, November 21, 2003. Jarl Berg, of Berg’s Ski Shop, will show skiing slides he has taken over the years, and talk about new ideas and equipment in skiing. Friday, December 19, 2003. Chuck and Sandy Reul will present an Australian hiking medley, including a narrated slide show of their hiking adventures this year in western and southern Australia and Sydney. They’ll also offer practical advice on touring companies, travel gear, and expectations, with ample time for questions and discussion.

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Friday, January 25, 2002 Alan Coons. Alan returned to Vietnam as a civilian with a bicycle in 2001. He will show slides of his 500 mile, twenty-eight day bicycle tour and speak of the surprises and changes that have taken place since he last survived the experience.

Friday, February 22, 2002 Dave Preedeck and Alan Blanchard. The Best of the Alps from a trip taken with a small group from the University of Oregon in the summer of 2001. This hardy group hiked through snow in July to explore and climb the Alps.

Friday, March 22, 2002 Chuck and Sandy Reul. "Biking in the Loire and Hiking in the Dolomites." This September Sandy and Chuck traveled with Headwater, a British `soft adventure' company. An eight day self-guided bike trip of 30-50 miles per day followed by a week in the Dolomite mountain range in northern Italy for daily guided hikes.

Friday, April 26, 2002 Obsidian Summer Camp Rally Come and learn about Summer Camp 2002. View the maps, learn about hikes, meet others who will be going to camp. A great opportunity to see if you would be interested in a week long camp adventure with the Obsidians at a very reasonable cost.

Friday, May 24, 2002 Rick Ahrens Peru, the Amazon and the Highlands (Cuzco and Macchu Picchu) were the destination for Rick this past year. His commentary and slides will offer unusual views and perspectives of this richly historical and physically challenging region.

Friday, June 28, 2002 Neil VanSteenbergen. We have all read about the group who traveled by bicycle around the world for the entire year of 2000. Neil was one of the hardy who pedaled the entire adventure. Slides and commentary will offer us an "armchair traveler" experience.

Friday, November 22, 2002 Trails expert William L. Sullivan, now an Obsidian member, presents a slide show tour of the new trips and trails he discovered while researching the newly released second edition of his book, 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range. Come explore an abandoned fort at a Lewis and Clark campsite, a backdoor path to the states most photographed lighthouse, and a new river that meanders 10 miles through coastal dunes. Sullivan spices the show with tips on local geology, history, flowers, and wildlife along the way.

A fifth-generation Oregonian, Sullivan has written nine books about the state, including five titles in his popular 100 Hikes series. Other recent works include Hiking Oregon's History, a historical novel entitled "A Deeper Wild", and a new edition of "Listening for Coyote", the journal of Sullivan's 1,361-mile solo backpacking trek across Oregon in 1985.

Friday, December 20, 2002 Roger Bailey. A slide show highlighting hut to hut ski touring in Norway!

"Americans are out of shape, can't ski, and know nothing of world geography" so stated the Norwegian cabbie, no doubt born with skis on. Our mission thusly set, prove to the incredibly fit capably Norwegians that we in fact could ski, we set off down the road.

In the spring of 2001 Roger Bailey and Annie Dochnahl were invited to visit and ski with two other Eugene residents, Kari Norgaard and Salm Stroich. Salm and Kari were living in Voss for a year, a town in south, central Norway. Kari was doing research for her sociology dissertation and Salm ski patrolled on the local mountain. Their experiences and observations added the cultural spice to an amazing ski journey. For eight days the foursome toured across frozen lakes, navigated over mountain passes, skied off peaks and enjoyed the comfort of club-managed (hey Obsidians here's an idea) mountain huts. If you ski tour, telemark, snowshoe or hike this slide show will get you inspired for the season.

Roger Bailey is the Outdoor Program Supervisor for the City of Eugene and a veteran Nordic ski instructor. He was relieved to not only keep up with the Norwegians, but actually pass two. Never mind that the Norwegians carried cast iron skillets and were on their third smoke break.


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January 26, 2001   Experience Costa Rica with Bob Jackson.  From the Interamerican Studies Institute and  the University Of Oregon we will see the slides and hear the lecture of this interesting speaker who has led groups to Costa Rica for many years.  February 23, 2001    The Pyrenees with Chuck & Sandy Reul. Back by popular demand, our own Chuck and Sandy who find an outstanding location to walk and hike each year.  Lots of slides and interesting commentary.
March 23, 2001    Three sisters Wilderness with Les Joslin, a U.S. Forest Service author with slides about this beautiful wilderness area. April 27, 2001   Summer Camp Rally hosted by Sharon Ritchie.  Sharon will have the lowdown on this years’ Summer Camp.  Maps, slides, information and directions.
May 25, 2001    Hiking in the Wallowas.  Bill Sullivan will tell us about his latest book and  describe some of his hikes. June 22, 2001    Backpacking in Washington with Doug Lorain.  Who can forget Doug’s rating system that includes a category for not meeting too many other people.
Friday, September 28, 2001 Camp Rally for people who attended Camp Jacobsen III and those who would like to know what went on. Beautiful slides, trails hiked, jokes shared, meal-time successes and stories and entertainment tales from our nightly campfires. Friday, October 12, 2001 Annual Meeting.  Trip Awards will be presented. Committee Chairmen will read yearly reports. Committee Members will be recognized for their yearly contributions. President John Jacobsen will sum, up our annual activities.
Friday, November 16, 2001 David Walp, River Guide.  David leads trips on the water, fishing, snow-shoeing and scenic adventures. He has worked with the Lane County Sheriff's Department as a deputy and with their Search and Rescue Teams. He has led snow-shoeing trips and ski trips for Eugene Park and Rec. David is an outstanding speaker with wonderful stories and a great enthusiasm for outdoor pursuits. Friday, December 14, 2001 Peter Rodda.  Peter is a retired paleontologist who has spent many years in Montana. He will speak on the topic of Dinosaur Excavations.

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