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Unfold history with USGS map locator and downloader 5 June 2015 | Ashland, OR — Studying old maps is like reading old stories, and in the depths of those hand scribbled topos there are narratives found nowhere else. The USGS has made a slew of historic map issues available online, and they’re free to download. They’re in high-resolution PDF format and you can check them out from the leisure of your laptop, or print...

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Bitter sweet office move

Posted By on May 30, 2015

Bitter sweet: SMC loses office space For the Siskiyou Hiker 30 May 2015 | Ashland, OR — The mood is bitter sweet down here on “A” Street in Ashland, as we pack up boxes from our little donated cubicle and move into administrative limbo. A lot happened from this little desk in the last few years. This is where visions form, where plans are developed, and from where dreams come true. A lot of history fills these...

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April 18 – 26: Earth week

Posted By on Apr 17, 2015

Join the Club For Earth Week April 18 – 26 17 April 2015 | Pilot Rock, OR — In an extension of Earth Day, Siskiyou Mountain Club is kicking off Earth Week. But we won’t be tabling or spending too much time in the frontcountry. We’ll be putting our boots on the ground. Join one of three events and make a difference you can see from space. Come prepared wearing sturdy boots, long pants and gloves. No experience...

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Originations: Kalmiopsis leachiana

Posted By on Apr 13, 2015

Kalmiopsis is a strange word It didn’t come from nowhere For the Siskiyou Hiker 13 April 2015 | Gold Basin Butte, OR — Kalmiopsis (pronounced kal-mee-op-sis) is a 180,000-acre federal wilderness area nestled in the far southwest reach of Oregon. It was designated in the original 1964 Wilderness Act, expanded in 1978, and not since. The area received its first protections in 1947 when the Craggies area was designated a...

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Sand County Scholars Hike

Posted By on Apr 3, 2015

Sand County Scholars Discover history, treasures and a tough hike for the Siskiyou Hiker by Gabe Howe, executive director 4 April 2015 | O’Brien, OR — A few members of our Sand County Scholars Circle were busy last weekend on a hike so special, we can’t tell you where it is. It started with a drive to the underbelly of O’Brien, OR where we forded the frigid, waist-high waters of a pristine river. From there we...

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Johnson Butte Trail #1110

Posted By on Mar 22, 2015

Johnson Butte Trail #1110: Ancient flowers, out of world views and tons of work for the Siskiyou Hiker by Gabe Howe, Executive Director In 2009 my wife, Jill, and I took out a map and traced our fingers along a route through the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area that stretched from Babyfoot Lake to Vulcan Lake. We decided we were going to organize an effort to restore it. Then we’d only seen about 1/2 of the route, and it was in bad...

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Posted By on Mar 18, 2015

Contact: Gabe Howe Tel: 541-708-2056 Cell: 503-545-4911 Email: 17 MARCH 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLLEGE STUDENTS HAVE UNTIL APRIL 1 TO APPLY FOR SISKIYOU MOUNTAIN CLUB’S WILDERNESS CONSERVATION CORPS SUMMER TRAIL CREW 17 March 2015 | Ashland, OR — The Siskiyou Mountain Club (SMC) still has a few positions to fill for our 2015. The paid internship starts on June 19 with a week of unpaid training in a...

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Change you can see from space

Posted By on Mar 6, 2015

Our crews make change You can see from space In 2002 the Biscuit Fire roared through southwest Oregon’s 180,000-acre Kalmiopsis wilderness area. The wildfire was one of Oregon’s largest in history, and burned intensely, leaving swaths of skeleton forests in its wake. In ensuing years dead trees started falling into contiguous stacks, rendering entire trail systems impassable: Enter Siskiyou Mountain Club. In 2010 we put...

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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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