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6 The Obsidian, September 1958
Caving for Winter
How about spelunking? That's a word meaning the exploration of caves and underground passages. A number of members think that would be a good winter-time activity.
Many of the techniques are the same as those used in rock climbing. Ropes, for example, are often used in much the same way. So are the climbing techniques such as friction. And there are a lot of good caves not too far from here. Some are almost unexplored.
If you're interested in a program like this for winter, make your wishes known.
Stags at Gold Hill
It was a stag party that climbed Gold Hill Aug, 17, It wasn't scheduled that way, but that's the way it turned out. Led by Keith Brunig, the following went along:
Ken Lodewick, Mac McWilliams, William F. Hoey, Earl Bradfish and Henry Jeppesen.
It was Huckleberry Season and the men augmented their lunch, after noting first that workmen that day were tearing down what remained of the old lookout building on top. Several brought back enough of the berries for a pie.
Visibility was good, affording views of the mountain chain from Jefferson to the Bachelor.
Let's hope this isn't habit forming. On the Three Fingered Jack climb in July, Lorena Shinn knocked her pack off a ledge near the crawl. It landed somewhere down below, several hundred feet down. She has not recovered it.
On the Sunday climb of the North Sister Aug. 24 Ron Green "Did a Lorena". At the top of the chute his rain parka and sunglasses fell and bounced down the dinner plate slopes toward Collier Glacier. And he hasn't recovered them.
The YMCA has expressed interest in opening a climbing program for teenagers. The club has been asked about providing some instruction and leadership.
Thinking of the board is that Y members could participate in our climbing school and regular climbs. The new youth activities committee will have a ready-made project for next spring and summer.
Same of these teenagers could well be our future leaders for climbs in years to come.
It's That Time Again
Deer season starts Oct. 4. That means that persons taking part in fall trips will have a new hazard to watch out for -- wiley hunters with large guns.
The hunters will be wearing red hats or shirts, although some are going for the new theory that yellow is a better color. In either case, it would be a good idea if we followed them in this respect.
Also it doesn't hurt to make a little noise --human type noise -- now and again to let them know that the figures in the distance are not fair game.
Nobody Knows except Gene Renard, leader, where we're going on Sunday, October 12. He has some special place north of Florence to show us . . . it remains a mystery . . .
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