Sand Mountain Traverse
February 5, 1984
Our group left the South Eugene High School parking lot with some trepidation. The snow conditions had been marginal for several weeks and since the lower end of the trail was at lower elevations, we were concerned that the last two miles would be spent “mud skiing”. However, most of the intrepid adventurers decided to take a chance on the trail. Dot and Gladys decided to forego the icy trails and opted instead for a tour to Big Lake. The remaining five skiers completed the traverse. The weather was clear and warm and all were treated to fantastic views of the Three Sisters, Washington, Jefferson, and Three Fingered Jack.
Trail conditions were marginal with much snow having melted. However, there was still enough in the Sand Mountain area for some telemark lessons. By the time lunch was finished, all of the skiers were proficient Telemarkers.
The last two miles were spent dodging bare spots, but fortunately there were only a couple of short sections which required removal of skis. Special thanks are extended to Bill Eimstad’s group who carried our skis to and from Hoodoo. Without their assistance, it would have been impossible to get everyone to Hoodoo.
Cross-country skiers were Craig Boyak, Angela (Boyak) Elsey, Gladys Grancorvitz, Dot Leland, Chris Ligneau, Eve Lonnquist and Mike Nichol, leader.