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The Obsidian, September 1958 3
Two Finish Their "10" on Diamond Peak
Diamond Peak, considered one of the easiest of our 10 peaks to climb, came late for two Obsidians who earned their 10-peaks award on that mountain Sept. 7. The awards were earned there by Elsie Dotson and Ron Green. A year ago Lorena Shinn earned hers on that mountain, after already climbing the tough ones.
Others in the party, led by Art Johnson, were Bob Green, Pat Stahl, Lorena Shinn, Jim Sims, Jim Dotson, John Dotson, Loy Lonberg, Tom Hawn, Bob Nicholson, Mel Jackson, Hollis Oxley, Larry Ball, and Gene Renard.
The party avoided the major pitfall in climbing Diamond -- getting lost. Often groups veer too far to the west in coming off the mountain and end up on the old military highway in the direction of Rigdon. But not this year. This year Art led his party almost exactly to the spot where they had camped Saturday night at Summit Lake.
Because of the lateness of the climb no snow climbing was involved, although the group did find one snow patch big enough to afford a couple of snowball fights -- one going up and one coming down. The group said the summit ridge, usually crossed in snow was bare this time, with large boulders to scramble over.
Ken Lodewick has arranged for the state highway department movie, "You'll Remember Oregon" to be shown at the first fall picture night at Friendly House, Oct. 6. The program will start at 7:30 p.m.
Members have been asked to bring 10 or so of their best trip pictures from the summer. Sandwiches or cookies should also be brought. Coffee will be furnished.
A trip fee will be charged at the monthly picture nights this year. It will go to pay for the coffee and to defray expenses of Friendly House which charges no fixed rental.
Twenty-Two Climb Thielsen July 27
The middle climb of the season, Thielsen July 27, was made by 22 members and guests who camped the night before at Diamond Lake. Making the climb under the leadership of Bruce Johnson were:
Ron Green, Jim Sims, Dowell Callis, Mary Callis, Bob Nicholson, Bob Green, Lorena Shim, Doris Shim, Pat Stahl, Elsie Dotson, Mildred Ball, Hollis Oxley, Tom Hawn, Jim Dotson, John Dotson, Larry Ball, Pat Callis, Alan Reid, Dorothy Ruse Rexford Baker, and Jerry Hawn.
Picnic by a Lake
Jim Kezer had a picture he was mighty proud of. It showed a group from the Green lakes summer camp making "Fizzies" on top of the South Sister. The picture showed the lake and the thirsty climbers. Jim was proud of the picture and boasted about it.
Meanwhile Ray Sims said nothing.
He continued to say nothing until a picture night shortly after summer camp.. Then Ray showed HIS pictures. After Jim had left camp another group climbed the South. Not content with merely making fizzies on top, the second group packed a 25-pound watermelon all the way to the top. Bob Medill packed the melon in from the roadhead, five miles away. Frank Jones gets most of the credit for carrying it more than 4,000 feet up the mountain.
The picture was a beauty. Suntanned Obsidians enjoying a red watermelon (with black seeds) in the white snow beside a blue lake under a blue sky!
Poor Jim hasn't been showing many of his pictures lately.
A wide-angle lens is invaluable in the mountains -- even more useful than a telephoto. Those who can should get a look at Deron Dierks' summer camp pictures.
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