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THE OBSIDIAN - JUNE 1957 7
taining insurance and if feasible to add insurance expense to climbing fee and on the sign up sheet. If not, omit reference to it. The motion was also made and carried that a new first aid kit be purchased. Names of leaders for the Season's climbs were announced. Dates for Beginners' School for Climbers were announced as follows: June 11, June 16, June 23, July 14 and July 21st rock practice to be held at Coburg Hills. Auguse 25th will be glacier practice.
HISTORIAN. Bob Medill reporting. Attention was called to the article in the newspaper concerning the Hostess at Friendly House, Mrs. Alchie Bryant, who recently passed away. The motion was made and carried that $10 be sent to Friendly House as well as a letter and card of sympathy to Mr. Bryant in appreciation of all the courtesies of Mrs. Bryant to the Obsidian Club.
CONSERVATION. Karl Onthank reporting. Although there has been no public announcement, the scientists now have grants and have made preliminary arrangements for a scientific survey of the Three Sisters area. Plans for the Three Sisters Wilderness Trip are completed. Several letters have been received from Congressman Porter (1)informing us of de-authorization of use of Waldo Lake area by Army Engineers, (2) advising that authorization has been given for a study of the Beaver Marsh area with respect to development of the area for park purposes. A review was made of the Washington, D.C. Conservation bulletin of Trustees for Conservation, and the Secretary was asked to write a letter supporting their main issue of giving Dinosaur full status as a National Park. A motion was made and seconded that the Treasurer send a $20 contribution to this organization. Motion carried. The Treasurer was also asked by unanimous vote to send $10 to the Friends of the Three Sisters Wilderness and consider it as yearly dues.
NEW BUSINESS. George Hermach was asked to contact the city and have the grass mowed on the Obsidian lot. The meeting was adjourned.
Bette Hack, Secretary
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
Please bear with me in my grief and sorrow while I sing a few blues.
Several weekends ago there was held a practice search and rescue condition not far from Eugene, under perfect weather conditions and accessible from a nearby road. This weekend had been announced some time before and a good many people were notified personally not only earlier but on the morning of said operation also. Of all this notification 11 people turned out. Three were the victims who camped out the night before to be rescued; four were non-club members, and that leaves four club members that showed up for practice. GREAT HUH.
This kind of turnout is bad, very bad for a possible life-saving project such as ours was. Or, are we so good that a practice session is non-benefitting to the where's and how's of a real rescue... THAT I DOUBT. Especially when I see those who know more about it than any of us continually practicing newer, faster, surer methods for bringing an injured person down and out from wherever they are. These are the ones I would want to bring me out in a litter and not those who would scramble around in each other's way, doing helpful little things while dropping and banging me around three or four times.
I believe a mountaineering club such as ours should show a little more interest in mountain rescue technique before - not after an accident.
The Search and Rescue Committee held their annual Simulated Rescue May 26th. Only 8, from a possible 38 searchers, participated.
The rescue was held on the terraces east of Lowell so members could practice lowering the stretcher in mountainous terrain.
The stretcher was lowered over 100 foot drops by means of (1) a rock and tree belay, (2) an expansion bolt belay, and (3) a double piton belay. Carabiner brakes were used on the ropes to ease the strain on the person belaying.
Thanks, to all those who participated in this search.
Spend a GRAND two weeks at HUSBAND LAKE Aug. 3-17 for 50.00, one week for $30.00 one day for $5.00.
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