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page 4 THE OBSIDIAN November 1971
All were duly entered as members.
Gale Burwell, reinstated of Leaburg. We are all real glad to see you come back to us, Gale.
Change of address: Barbara Stiles to 730 E 36th Ave. #7. Eugene.
Climbing Chairman, Wesley Prouty has his committee selected and will hold its first meeting soon. Wes wants anyone who would be interested in leading a winter climb to contact him. Phone - 747-9511.
A request by one member for the Club to establish family rates for membership was brot up. This is something that must be handled as per constitution.
Subscriptions for the Bulletin was received from W. J. Willaimson, Medford, Reva Dildine,751 Hwy 99 N. and Frank and
Dorothy Manning,122 Cedar Grove Road, Ga. Betty Hance, 311 Sunset Dr. Longview,Wa. and Wm and Bernice Spurr,4816 Marine Dr. Apt. 1, Cape Coral, Florida.
Al Lynch was appointed auditor for the coming year.
FROM THE SHELDON HIGH TALISMAN-OCT,29
by Judy Martin, student
AGE NO BARRIER TO OBSIDIAN HIKERS
Can you imagine yourself huddled around a fire, at the top of a mountain, amidst rocks, snow and icicles looking over many of the famed Oregon mountains such as the Three Sisters,Three Fingered Jack and Mt. Jefferson? And distantly you can see the
majestic Mt. St Helens and Mt Washington.
I had such an experience Sunday, Oct.17 along with nine other people, seven of whom were over 50 and even 60 years old. These oldsters, (youngsters) are members of "The Obsidians".
"The Obsidians"is a Eugene hiking group and member of the Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs, organized in 1928 by a group of men concerned about a mountain climbing accident. Its purpose is to explore the Northwest Wilderness areas: to get all sorts and generations of people together, to promote expeditions thru out beautiful Oregon: to develope hiking and backpacking skills; to preserve the natural beauty; and to aid and assist in gathering valuable information regarding the mountain sides.
We metat 7:30 a.m. and drove 79 miles to the beginning of Crescent Mountain Tr. on the Santiam Pass. We backpacked four miles to the top of snow-covered Crescent Mountain and camped for a couple of hours in which time we ate lunch, rested and warmed up around a roaring fire built out of the remains of a lookout station. The oldest person there, and the builder of the fire, was Clarence Landes, who is 70 years old and has been an Obsidian for over ten years. One man on the hike has been an Obsidian for over 30 years.
Can two 17 year olds and one woman 30 communicate and cooperate with six spry individuals who will never see 50 or 60 or 70 again? If it is possible that one pleasant incident can make you believe this, then I, for one, say "Yes".
The Obsidians are truly fine, sincere people and I feel we all enjoyed ourselves because of the age differences. If you would like to participate in these hikes, drop in at the YM-YWCA on Patterson street and check out the Obsidian Bulletin board.
CRESCENT MT. OCT. 17
Nice day! Nice trip! Fine party! Fini! Bob Capron, Ann Giles, Clarence Johnson, Sharon Kingsley, Clarence Landes, Alvin and Helen Lynch,Judy Martin,Lois Schreiner,Helen Smith, the leader was Clarence Johnson.
NORTH SISTER - EAST SIDE JULY 17
Party arrived and rendezvoused at Pole Creek Camp about 3:p.m. Sat. July 17th. Approach was via an old, fading trail that leads from the far (south and east) driving terminus at Pole Creek directly west toward the North Sister. This is a very direct approach, altho the trail is a little hard to find and a little hard to stay on. It is necessary to leave the trail after about 2½ miles,when the trail veers north. During July there are snow-melt streams near the top of the timberline, providing a very comfortable and scenic camp with a good view of the route on the North.
Very warm weather was expected for the climb. We got up at 3 a.m. and left camp at about 3:45. The snowwas in good condition for crampon climbing. Ice axe belays were used where needed. The party climbed directly up to Glisan and then, rather than traversing to the north, mounted Glisan.This rock is unstable and rather steep.Considerable care is necessary to protect the party from rockfall. We mounted the summit pinnacle from the east side, arriving about noon. Because a south ridge party was descending about the time we were ready to leave, we discended via the east side of Prouty and then traversed out the north ridge until we reached comfortable glissading snow.
RECOMMENDATION: Climbs on this route should not exceed six persons; should climb fairly early in the season (Mid July at the latest) to avoid rock fall.
Climbers: Doug Dupriest, Ken Lovegren, Jan Newman, Jack Nitzel, Gene Thaxton & Jim Harrang - Leader.
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