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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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Contact: Gabe Howe Tel: 541-708-2056 Email: howegabe(a)gmail.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SMC CREWS RESTORE LAST SECTIONS OF 26-MILE TRAIL NETWORK IN KALMIOPSIS WILDERNESS AREA 3 SEPTEMBER 2014 SMC crews have after five years restored the last impassable sections of the Trans-Kalmiopsis Route. In 2010 a small group of volunteers set out to clear a 26-mile network of eight trails in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness that were disappearing from...

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Trail Report: Trans-Kalmiopsis Route


Posted By on Sep 3, 2014

Trans-Kalmiopsis Route: 26 Miles of Mystery, Misery and Bliss Trip Report by Gabe Howe In 2006 I started making bids for the upper reaches of Oregon’s Chetco River via trails in the 180,000-acre Kalmiopsis Wilderness. By 2009 I had found Oregon’s largest un-dammed river, but not without crissing and crossing over 1000s of downed logs that were falling from after the 2002 Biscuit Fire. Shortly after my wife and I foolishly...

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Labor Day Trip Report


Posted By on Sep 2, 2014

Labor Day Support Crew Packs 12-Miles Into Kalmiopsis Wilderness Finds Heaven-like Oasis: Taggart’s Bar By Gabe Howe “It’s really beautiful,” says volunteer Jackie Vargas Friday morning of Labor Day Weekend. She rouses her senses and looks west over Red Mountain Praire. The night before Vargas and SMC board member Allison Gilroy traveled to Grants Pass from Portland on a dicey ride-share. They were met there by...

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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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