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Director’s Choice Trips 2015

Posted By on Jan 25, 2015

We have a lot of trips planned for 2015 These are a few I’m extra excited about By Gabe Howe, executive director For the Siskiyou Hiker A few weeks ago, we released the first half of our 2015 volunteer calendar. From day hikes in the Ashland watershed, to long hitches in the Kalmiopsis, we’ve got a lot of opportunities to choose from. Check out our full first-half 2015 calendar But these are three of the trips I’m...

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Posted By on Jan 20, 2015

Tips on hiking through the Kalmiopsis: A land that makes its own rules of natural order As far as challenging, unconfined and primitive recreation go, the Kalmiopsis wilderness area (and the roadless areas surrounding it) is brimming with opportunities. But exploring the Kalmiopsis doesn’t come easy. Get started with these tips. Expect trail damage. The 2002 Biscuit Fire brought landscape-scale change to the 180,000-acre...

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Posted By on Jan 6, 2015

Contact: Gabe Howe Tel: 541-708-2056 Cell: 503-545-4911 Email: 6 JANUARY 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SISKIYOU MOUNTAIN CLUB HIRING PAID-INTERNS TO WORK SUMMER 2015 ON WILDERNESS CORPS TRAIL CREW Ashland, OR — The SMC is hiring college students to work the summer of 2015 on projects throughout southwest Oregon’s federal wilderness areas: the Wild Rogue, Kalmiopsis, Soda Mountain and Red Buttes. The crew of...

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January 10, 2015: Help clear the Frog Pond Trail The trail to Frog Pond is a steep 2-mile jaunt through groves of rare conifers and massive old growth. Frog Pond is a vast cirque lined with grassy meadows. But the trail has about 20 trees down on it, and likely more with recent storms. The steepest sections of it are channeling, and switchbacks need to be widened. Come give us a hand this Saturday, January 10. We’re betting that...

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We can’t save the world

Posted By on Dec 23, 2014

We can’t save the world But we can disrupt lives Posted by Gabe, Executive Director In 2014 we incorporated literature and writing exercises into our Wilderness Corps Program. Each night the crew gathered in a circle and read aloud passages from America’s classic outdoor authors. I’ll never forget sitting around with them at Mosquito Bog in June. The mosquitoes grew so oppressive that the crew was fanning tanoak...

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Axe Winners

Posted By on Dec 5, 2014

Axe Winners Announced On December 2 we launched a 72-hour campaign to raise $3,000. Over 63 people gave anywhere between $7 and $100, and this morning we broke our goal with $3,021 total. As promised, each donor who gave within that period was entered to win a four-pound Best Made Co. felling axe hand-forged in the USA (value $162). We drew names and the winner is Jeffer Duval. Late yesterday we sweetened the pot by offering an axe to...

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Seven for the Siskiyou

Posted By on Dec 4, 2014

Membership options Siskiyou Ridges & Rivers Passport $7.00 USD Red Buttes Membership $25.00 USD Siskiyou Summit Membership $50.00 USD Cascade-Siskiyou Family Membership $100.00 USD Rough & Ready Supreme Membership $250.00 USD Sand County Scholars Circle $1,000.00 USD Dear Siskiyou Hikers, Not much has changed since we started as a group of hikers with a trunk full of rusty tools. We’re still driven by an imperative to...

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Siskiyou hikers break weather curse on Black Friday 29 November 2014 | Ashland, OR — On Black Friday, November 28, the SMC officially broke a weather curse that was cast on it in 2012. The curse started in June of that year when SMC executive director Gabe Howe cancelled a trip out of Vulcan Lake. “We stood around in the rain for hours trying to start a fire,” says Aaron Babcock, whose first SMC trip was scheduled...

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Don’t spend tomorrow shopping Join us for a tough hike in the Ashland watershed instead Today you’ll be stuffing yourself to the brim and putting up with family. Shake it off tomorrow with a difficult hike into the Ashland watershed. The hike leaves from the Granite Street Swimming Reservoir at 10am. From there we’ll hike on and off trail to a super-secret spot. We’ll be back to the cars by 4pm. Bring enough...

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In defense of wilderness

Posted By on Nov 7, 2014

In defense of wilderness By Alex Relph 2014 Wilderness Corps Crew Member “The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.” — Edward Abbey “I’m nervous,” I had told Alexis yesterday in the REI parking lot as she dropped me off. Now I’m at the remote Vulcan Lake Trailhead. We load our packs full of food, gear, and set out on the trail. In just hours I’ll be joining a crew...

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