The Extended Trips Committee sponsors several multi-day outings each year.  Individual members organize the outings with the assistance of the committee, so the location, activities, lodging and food arrangements can be quite varied.  Past trips have included skiing and snowshoeing at Crater Lake and in the Wallowa Mountains, birding at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and rafting the North Umpqua River.


Extended Trips

Owyhee Rafting Trip

Monday–Saturday, April 24–29, 2017
Leader: Emily Rice

Ready for a unique wilderness river trip in Oregon? Try 63 miles on the Owyhee! You'll be able to hang out on the guide's oar raft, be part of a paddle crew, or do your own thing in an inflatable kayak. This trip is rated Class III (moderate) and Ouzel is the guide service. We will leave Eugene on April 24, (locations TBD at pre-trip meeting), drive to Rome, Oregon, and then set up camp at a BLM campsite close to the launch site. Early the next morning (April 25) we will meet our guides and start our trip. You will be asked in advance of the trip your preference for type(s) of water craftt: oar boat, paddle boat w/ oar support or inflatable kayak. After 4 1/2 wonderful days on the river, we will take out on April 29 after lunch at Birch Creek and be shuttled back to the put in. A pre-trip meeting will be scheduled to arrange carpooling, post trip lodging and other trip details.

Online registration will open on February 15 for members, February 17 for non-members. We will be joining an existing trip - currently 6 spots available, a deposit has been placed on them. Additional openings may occur. The price of $1,140 ($1,145 nonmember) includes the Obsidian trip fee, all meals starting with lunch on April 25 through lunch on April 29, and a gratuity for the guides. A $100 deposit is payable within five days of signing up. The deposit is refundable only if someone takes your place. Send check payable to Obsidians to: Emily Rice; 1615 E. 43rd Ave., Eugene, OR 97405. Final payment is due March 23 and is refundable if Ouzel cancels the trip due to poor water conditions or if you cancel and someone if found to take your spot.

if you'd like to see a trip itinerary and/or personal equipment checklist before placing a deposit contact Emily at You can also visit Ouzel Outfitters at for more information about their guide service and this trip.

Deer Creek Center

Monday–Friday, May 1–5, 2017
Leader: Chris Stockdale

We will camp at the Deer Creek Center of the Siskiyou Field Institute just outside Selma, Oregon. Tents and small RVs and trailers can be accommodated. Activities will include hiking, bird watching, exploring the Oregon Caves or just lounging around the beautiful center. Should be lots of wild flowers, too. WiFi is available. Trip price of $98 members/$103 non-members includes 4 nights camping and 4 dinners. See the February Bulletin for more details. PRE-TRIP MEETING WILL BE HELD ON APRIL 13, 6PM AT THE LODGE.

Send full amount of registration fee, payable to The Obsidians, to Chris Stockdale, 2607 Woodstone Place, Eugene, OR 97405

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Friday–Sunday, May 19–21, 2017
Leader: Marianne Camp

We will stay at Frenchglen, a small hamlet about 60 miles south of Burns. The focus of the trip is birding with Rick Ahrens as the naturalist. Participants will stay and dine in the historic Frenchglen hotel. The cost of the accommodations varies depending on whether it is in the old hotel or newer addition and the number of persons per room. When you sign up, e-mail or call the leader with your room preferences. Cost for Obsidians including 2 dinners and room: original hotel with double beds and bathrooms down the hall - $225 single; $145 each for double occupancy. Newer motel, queen beds, private baths - $310 single, $185 each for double occupancy, room with 2 beds - $205 each. Non-Obsidians - sign-ups begin February 20; add $5 to the cost. Once the room assignments have been made by the leader, mail a check payable to the Obsidians to Marianne Camp, 350 Pearl St, # 1308, Eugene, OR 97401.Cancellation: before April 15, forfeit $20. After April 15- forfeit the entire amount unless someone takes your place.

White Mountains, CA

Wednesday–Wednesday, August 23–30, 2017
Leader: Alan Curtis

A detailed description of this Extended trip is in the April, 2017 Bulletin. The fee includes lodging in dorm rooms and 3 meals per day while staying at the White Mountains Research Center. Additional expenses not included are 2 nights in motels and meals while traveling to/from the Center. Carpooling is encouraged. The focus while at the Center is hiking; distances are 5-7 miles per day at high elevation. Within 5 days of signing up, send a check payable to the Obsidians for $240 members/$245 non-members to Alan Curtis, 2370 Douglas Dr. Eugene, OR 97405. Cancellation policy: if you cancel prior to July 31, $220/$225 will be refunded. No refunds thereafter.

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