From the Obsidian Constitution
"(The objects are) .....to explore the mountains, lakes, streams and trails of
the Northwest and more particularly the country surrounding the upper Willamette
Valley; to get together for mutual benefit those who find pleasure on mountain,
forest and stream; to encourage our citizens to enjoy the outdoors and to see
its value as a community asset; to promote expeditions into the mountains; to
develop the winter sports of skiing, snow shoeing, etc.; to preserve by all
reasonable means the natural beauties of forest, stream and other features of
mountain scenery; to aid and assist as far as possible in the acquisition of
geological and biological information concerning our country; to promote and aid
educational programs to further the above objects; to promote the general
Who Are The Obsidians
Organized in 1927 by a
group of men from Eugene who were concerned about a mountaineering accident, the
Obsidians have grown to more than 500 people actively involved in a wide
variety of outdoor activities.
What We Do
|The Obsidian Trips
Committee schedules trips and outings the year round. These vary from easy afternoon walks to strenuous hikes and
overnight backpacks. We hike the
trails through deep forest or across lava beds, visit wilderness lakes, climb up
rocky crags to high promontories, saunter along ocean beaches, camp near
glacier-fed torrents, or stand in admiration of flower-filled mountain meadows.
When the snow begins to fly in the high country, our thoughts turn to
cross country skiing and other outdoor winter sports.
In all these activities, the ultimate objective is to explore the more
scenic areas of our environment, and savor to the fullest the aesthetic
experience of wildness.
Committee regularly sponsors bus trips to points of interest both in and
out of state - the Oregon Coast, Crater Lake, the Rogue River Canyon, Columbia
Gorge, Alaska, and many other places. The
trips may vary from one-day excursions to multi-day trips covering
For many Obsidians, the
high point of the year is the annual Summer Camp, a week long campout
with meals provided. The location
of past Summer Camps reads like a roster of scenic Northwest America:
The Wallowas, the Grand Tetons, the High Sierras, the Sawtooths, the
North Cascades, the Strawberries and of course the Oregon Cascades, to name but
||Most major peaks in the
Oregon Cascades are climbed several times each season; Washington and California
peaks less often, but regularly. Climbs
vary in difficulty from walk-ups to technical rock and snow climbing.
The latter class of climbs are “limited”, meaning the leader will
allow only experienced climbers to participate.
Most of the climbs are two-day trips or longer.
A Climbing School is held annually each spring.
Two climbing awards may be earned. The
first is the Three Peak Award that goes to any member successfully climbing the
Three Sisters. The second is the
Ten Peak Award, which is presented to those who conquer the ten major Oregon
These are fun activities
that serve the Obsidians in many ways. Guests
are always welcome to participate in our activities.
Modest fess are charged to cover expenses and car pooling costs are
shared for most activities.
The Lodge is used by the
Board of Directors to hold their monthly business meetings.
The building also provides storage for the climbing and summer camp gear
owned by the Club. For directions
to the lodge click here: Obsidian Lodge Location
The Obsidian Lodge is located on a wooded, 4-1/2 acre tract in
southeast Eugene. The Lodge,
a large rustic, two-story structure, provides a convenient place for
social and other club functions. It
is here that monthly social and educational activities take place.
These meetings, mostly potluck suppers, are followed by social or
educational activities, often a slideshow presentation, featuring matters
of interest to Obsidians and guests such as travel, outdoor activities or
The affairs of the Club
are managed under the provisions of a written constitution and by-laws.
The responsibility for this management is delegated by the membership to
an elected Board of Directors - nine active members - who meet monthly.
Most of the field work of the Club is accomplished through standing
committees. Some of these are: Summer Trips, Winter
Trips, Climbing, Bus Trips, Trail Maintenance, Summer Camp, Buildings,
Membership, Conservation, Publications and Entertainment.
The chairpersons of these committees are appointed by the Board annually.
Throughout its history, the Obsidian Board and its
Committees have depended on the voluntary co-operation of the entire membership
to make possible the wide range of Obsidian activities.
It is this spirit of co-operation that permeates all affairs of the Club
and helps to create the cohesiveness necessary to keep it functioning.