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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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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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