Give back outside

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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Encounter with a rattler

Posted By on Nov 6, 2014

Encounter with a rattler, taste of mud By Kayla Webre 2014 Wilderness Corps Crew Member The rain. It has been drizzling for hours, the kind of rain that is just enough to make life a little bit more miserable. It soaks me to the bone. “This work is even more fun when you’re drenched,” I say to myself. But luckily for me, today is my turn as camp cook, meaning after just six hours of labor I get to leave the rest of...

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Contact: Gabe Howe Tel: 541-708-2056 Cell: 503-545-4911 Email: 3 NOVEMBER 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SISKIYOU MOUNTAIN CLUB RECEIVES $20,560 OREGON STATE RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM GRANT TO RESTORE TRAIL NETWORK IN WILD ROGUE WILDERNESS AREA 3 November 2014 | Ashland, OR — In 2015 SMC trail crews will be busy working to restore a network of fading trails in the Wild Rogue wilderness area, circa the wild...

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Oct 25 PCT Trip Report

Posted By on Oct 27, 2014

The weather called for 60mph wind gusts and pouring rain Saturday But we didn’t care Last Saturday a couple of hardy volunteers faced inclement weather to crosscut some logs from the Pacific Crest Trail. And they even got teased by some humorous hikers. From Highway 66 near Greensprings summit we headed about four-miles south on Soda Mountain Road and started hiking southwest on the Pacific Crest Trail. After a mile into the...

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Hike: Frog Pond, Red Buttes Wilderness

Posted By on Oct 13, 2014

Enjoy Hard Work: Frog Pond Trail, Red Buttes Wilderness Photo courtesy Jason Reilly. Wilderness Volunteers were busy last June clearing this steep, rugged trail just south of Applegate Lake. They crosscut over 38 logs and cleared about three-miles of brush. Go check out the Frog Pond Trail for yourself. From Seattle Bar at the inlet of Applegate Lake head south and after less than one-mile, make a hairpin right turn onto Forest...

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13 October 2014 | Selma, OR — Seven SMC volunteers spent last Saturday packing in 250 Chetco River steelhead into Babyfoot Lake. We arrived at a foggy Babyfoot Lake Trailhead at 11am and introduced ourselves. “We just gotta get these buckets filled,” said fish biologist Steve Mazur with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as he pointed at a large steel box full of trout 3-6 inches long. The clouds lifted a bit...

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Trans-Kalmiopsis Route Trip Report

Posted By on Oct 6, 2014

A Victory Defined by Failures: The Trans-Kalmiopsis Route Trip Report Trip report by Gabe Howe Friday, September 26 | Selma, OR — Driving up to Babyfoot Lake Trailhead we reach above the fog, and I’m crammed in the car with six hikers and good friends: My wife Jill, Allison Gilroy, Tom Doolittle, Stefani Gissel, Brad Dorchuck and Aaron Babcock. And a story teller with a side job of shuttling vehicles:...

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Work Seen From Space

Posted By on Sep 23, 2014

Our Crews Work So hard You Can See Their Work From Space In 2011 a satellite took a picture of Upper Chetco Trail 1102 between Slide Creek and Taggart’s Bar: You can barely make out where the trail in the 2011 image because hundreds of trees killed by the 2002 Biscuit Fire had obscured its location. In 2012 SMC trail crews set out to buck those logs from the trail, and in 2013 Google caught another shot of this location. In that...

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Summer Isn’t Over Yet: Take a Dip Temperatures in southern Oregon haven’t gone down much. It’s still smokey. It’s still summer. So go take a swim in one of these swimming holes that we guarantee will take the edge off any late-summer afternoon. 1. Alfred Loeb State Park: For the whole family Alfred Loeb State Park is an exceptional campground and has a large day use area. Adjacent the lower stretches of...

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