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September backpacks bring out the best


Posted By on Aug 31, 2015

The Lilla and John Leach Memorial Loop A truly wild experience 22 August 2015 | Ashland, OR — Join the Siskiyou Mountain Club for a monumental backpack this September 24 – 29 on the Lilla and John Leach Memorial Loop. We’ll start from the Babyfoot Lake Trailhead with a long hike into the Chetco River, where we’ll lay over for one night. From there we’ll ascend to Vulcan Lake and then ride the rocky,...

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HELP: We need your trip reports


Posted By on Aug 12, 2015

HELP: We need your trip reports 13 August 2015 | Ashland, OR — We want your trip reports from hikes in southwest Oregon (click here to fill out form). The form takes less than one minute to complete and can be filled out anonymously. The information we collect will be used to document use of the trail we restore and maintain, and help decide which trails to restore in the future. Fill out the form now in less than one minute The...

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HELP: We need your trip reports


Posted By on Aug 12, 2015

HELP: We need your trip reports Users can document trail use 13 August 2015 | Ashland, OR — We want your trip reports from hikes in southwest Oregon (click here to fill out form). The form takes less than one minute to complete and can be filled out anonymously. The information we collect will be used to document use of the trail we restore and maintain, and help decide which trails to restore in the future. Fill out the form...

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Director’s July Report


Posted By on Jul 24, 2015

Executive Director’s report: June 2015 was record month for SMC 22 July 2015 | Ashland, OR — June was one of the best months in SMC history. We exceeded our fundraising target and gained 15 new members. 23 members renewed and we had more than 60 donations. Field developments: Crew has made some serious headway. During their orientation they restored a long section of the Kalmiopsis Rim Trail. During a 10 day hitch in the...

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Five awesome things about Babyfoot Lake for the Siskiyou hiker by Gabe Howe, executive director 15 July 2015 | Kerby, OR — Siskiyou Mountain Club maintains the trail to Babyfoot Lake every year. Here’s five reasons you should go: 1. It’s cool. Cradled on the north aspect of a cirque at 4000 feet elevation, Babyfoot Lake stays cool and shady. 2. Swimming. The water is outstanding and warms up quite a bit in the...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SISKIYOU MOUNTAIN CLUB CREW RESTORES 42 MILE BACKPACKING OPPORTUNITY IN SOUTHWEST OREGON WILDERNESS Contact: Gabriel Howe, Executive Director Tel: 541-708-2056 Email: gabe@siskiyoumountainclub.org 13 JULY 2015 | Selma, OR — A crew of seven college interns and two crew leaders have completed restoration of a 42-mile backpacking route through the 180,000-acre Kalmiopsis wilderness area. This is the first...

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Unfold history with USGS map locator and downloader 5 June 2015 | Ashland, OR — Studying old maps is like reading old stories, and in the depths of those hand scribbled topos there are narratives found nowhere else. The USGS has made a slew of historic map issues available online, and they’re free to download. They’re in high-resolution PDF format and you can check them out from the leisure of your laptop, or print...

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Bitter sweet office move


Posted By on May 30, 2015

Bitter sweet: SMC loses office space For the Siskiyou Hiker 30 May 2015 | Ashland, OR — The mood is bitter sweet down here on “A” Street in Ashland, as we pack up boxes from our little donated cubicle and move into administrative limbo. A lot happened from this little desk in the last few years. This is where visions form, where plans are developed, and from where dreams come true. A lot of history fills these...

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April 18 – 26: Earth week


Posted By on Apr 17, 2015

Join the Club For Earth Week April 18 – 26 17 April 2015 | Pilot Rock, OR — In an extension of Earth Day, Siskiyou Mountain Club is kicking off Earth Week. But we won’t be tabling or spending too much time in the frontcountry. We’ll be putting our boots on the ground. Join one of three events and make a difference you can see from space. Come prepared wearing sturdy boots, long pants and gloves. No experience...

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Originations: Kalmiopsis leachiana


Posted By on Apr 13, 2015

Kalmiopsis is a strange word It didn’t come from nowhere For the Siskiyou Hiker 13 April 2015 | Gold Basin Butte, OR — Kalmiopsis (pronounced kal-mee-op-sis) is a 180,000-acre federal wilderness area nestled in the far southwest reach of Oregon. It was designated in the original 1964 Wilderness Act, expanded in 1978, and not since. The area received its first protections in 1947 when the Craggies area was designated a...

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