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Wild Rogue Discovery

Posted By on Feb 23, 2015

Virgin forests, oak savanna And history still alive For the Siskiyou Hiker By Gabe Howe, executive director 23 February 2015 | Marial, OR — Last weekend SMC crew leader Aaron Babcock and I led a scouting mission through the Wild Rogue Wilderness, inventorying the Panther Ridge Trail, Clay Hill Trail, and upper section of the Mule Creek Trail. We found a lot more than trail conditions. On Friday we arrived at what I call Panther...

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Super Bowl XLIX: Volunteers Win!!

Posted By on Feb 3, 2015

Super Bowl XLIX: SMC Volunteers Win!!! 3 February 2015 | Selma, OR — You want to know who really won Super Bowl XLIX? It wasn’t the Sea Hawks or the Patriots. It was our awesome volunteers. On Super Bowl Sunday, seven of us met up starting at 5:30am and headed out to the Babyfoot Lake Trailhead. While most of the country was enjoying guacamole, hot wings and cold beer, our volunteers were busy clearing about 100 logs and...

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Start February 2015 with a challenge: Full-day trip into the depths of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area. We weren’t expecting another snow year like this, but we’re plugging a new trip into our calendar this Sunday, February 1. We’re going to wake up early and head to the Babyfoot Lake Trailhead, with carpools leaving Ashland, OR at 5:30am. We’ll be to the Babyfoot Lake Trailhead by about 7:30. From there...

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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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