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SMC Support Crew Delivers Over 120 Pounds To Chetco Blue 25 August 2014 | Brookings, OR — Last weekend volunteers ranging ages 18 – 72 were busy packing supplies into SMC’s trail crew deep in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area. Four volunteers and SMC executive director Gabe Howe arrived to the Vulcan Lake Trailhead early on Friday, August 22. They loaded up their packs with food for a crew working 18 nights in the...

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Three Products We’re Nuts About

Posted By on Aug 17, 2014

These Are Three Products We Trust Let’s face it, the Siskiyou Mountains can be a nasty, mean place to get around in. Nestled between the soft pillows of the Cascades and Redwoods, these steep, rugged mountains are known for sending hikers home. But it’s our mission to work in them, and our crews face the most rugged of conditions as they try to get a stronghold on the area’s wicked trail conditions. SMCers hike on...

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This Will Be The Toughest Backpack of Your Life Mysterious serpentine ridges with rare flowers and far out views? Check. A river that’s so clear you can’t even see the water? You got it. And it will come at a price: this is among the most challenging backpacks you’ll ever embark on. After five-summers of continuous restoration work and 12 years after the Biscuit Fire wreaked havoc on the Kalmiopsis’s trails,...

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Katherine McCredie July 3 SMC crew member Katherine McCredie jumps into the cool waters of Babyfoot Lake as the sun drops over its rocky rim. She’s spent 17 nights in the Kalmiopsis. 17 nights in the dirt. 17 nights without a shower or clean change of clothes. And now she’s just an easy twenty minute walk to the trailhead. “I don’t want to go home,” she says. “I really love it out here. I can feel...

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2014 Dispatch

Posted By on Aug 14, 2014

Dispatch From SMC Trail Crew We’ve all had a very busy summer. After the last days of school we headed straight out to the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area on a long hitch. The trip was amazing. It started with a tough hike from the Vulcan Lake Trailhead. We spent 18-nights between there and Babyfoot Lake. We crosscut over 600 logs from the 26-mile route, and cleared sections of thick brush and slash, the last few miles of the route...

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Kalmiopsis Wilderness: Sign Up Now

Posted By on Aug 3, 2014

End your summer with a bang and a splash: Come hike the Trans-Kalmiopsis Route with a purpose This late summer is your chance to explore the heart of the Kalmiopsis, a wilderness area that receives a lot of attention but not many visits. We need your help bringing in supplies to our crew and performing general maintenance tasks along this iconic 26-mile network of trails that had been impassable until this summer. Hike along Southwest...

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Break Through: Trans-Kalmiopsis Route

Posted By on Jul 7, 2014

SMC Crew Brings Route To Passable Standard But They’re Not Done Yet In 2010 Siskiyou Mountain Club volunteers started working to restore a 26-mile network of trails that had been severely damaged by the 2002 Biscuit Fire, and left to fill in with fire-killed trees and overgrown with brush. Five seasons later our youth crew knocked through the last impassable sections of the route from Babyfoot Lake Trailhead to Vulcan Lake...

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Resupply Trip Report

Posted By on Jul 1, 2014

Volunteers Resupply 18-day Trail Crew 30 June 2014 | Brookings, OR — Volunteers were busy over the weekend supplying an SMC trail crew deep in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area. On Thursday morning four SMC hikers packed their bags full of 120 pounds of supplies and began a soggy 10-mile hike from Vulcan Lake Trailhead to Box Canyon Creek. The last three miles of the trail into Box Canyon drop over 3,200 feet in elevation....

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Dispatch: June 22, 2014

Posted By on Jun 22, 2014

22 June 2014 | Brookings, OR– Our seasonal youth crew (Chetco 1) has broken through to Box Canyon Creek, 10-miles from the Vulcan Lake Trailhead. The entire route from Vulcan Lake Trailhead to Box Canyon Camp is now is clear and passable for the first time since the 2002 Biscuit Fire. There are still some “step over” logs and short brushy sections, especially near Johnson Butte. The crew had been camping at a...

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Meet The Crew: Kayla Webre

Posted By on Jun 12, 2014

Kayla Webre: “It’s a story that’s going to become part of my life.” We hired Kayla Webre of Brookings, OR back in May because it sounded like she had a flexible attitude. Since then she’s spent three weekends on the trail learning the basics of backcountry travel. She says she applied for the opportunity after hearing about her parents’ experiences in the Forest Service. “It’s a story...

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