Columbia Group Calendar October 31, 2012

From: David B.
Sent on: Thursday, November 1, 2012 11:52 AM

Welcome to the OREGON-COLUMBIA-NEWS; the list of the Sierra Club's Columbia Group. The purpose of this list is to provide club members with regular updates of club outings and events.  

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Our latest Columbia Overlook newsletter is now available at 


Items in this edition:

  1. Committee and Group Meetings
  2. Outings
  3. Volunteer Needs
  4. Singles
  5. Other events/notices

Meetings (at our office at 1821 SE Ankeny Street)



Wed 7 High Desert Committee 7 pm
Location: Office
Contact: Borden Beck,
[address removed]

Tue 12 Executive Committee 6:30 pm
Location: Office
Contact: : Jeff Fryer,

Thu 15 Third Thursday, Potluck at 6:30 PM, Program at 7 pm

Erin “Wired” Saver thru hiked the Pacific Crest Trail last year; the highest snow year on record. She is a solo hiker, who made it through with “No Flips, No Skips.” Not easily done last year with high snow, raging waters, and many forest fires. She will discuss what it was like to experience her first thru hike during such an epic season and share stories, photos, and videos from her five months on the trail. Erin’s PCT daily blog is one of the most followed in recent years ( 

For anyone thinking about thru hiking the PCT(or any other long distance trail), she will be answering questions and giving suggestions as to how to prepare and what to expect. If you’re interested in learning about some epic hiking in our area and more (including the John Muir Trail), this is the presentation for you. The PCT isn’t just for thru hikers. There are plenty of local weekend excursions along the trail that Erin will also present. She looks forward to sharing the trail and spreading the word about one of the most amazing trails in the world.

Location:  Office
Contact: Jeff Fryer,


Tue 20  Beyond Coal Taskforce 7:00 pm

Location: Office

Contact: Laura Stevens [address removed]


Mon 26 Liquefied Natural Gas Committee 6 pm potluck, meeting starts at 7

Location: Office

Contact: Ted Gleichmanmailto:[address removed]


2.)  Outings:


November  2012

November 3, 

Elowah Falls, Wahclella Falls, and Wauna Viewpoint (optional)
November 3, 2012, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
TOTAL MILES: combined, 8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: Approximately 1,980 vertical feet (if we do all three)
WEATHER FORECAST: A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 59.
DOGS: Yes, have to be kept on a leash
Northwest Forest Pass
$$$: Suggested donation for outing: $2.00 for members,
CARPOOLING: RT mileage is approximately 30 miles; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/rider. Exact change makes is welcome.
Note-this is a carbon neutral outing, $.25/person from outings donation is used to offset carbon released for the trip.

Contact Mike Newsham at [address removed]. 



Saturday, November 3rd, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Enjoy an easy to moderate hike along Buster Creek in the Clatsop State Forest with Salmon specialist Bob Rees. Learn about the life cycle of this threatened species and about conservation efforts in the Buster Creek area. The North Coast State Forest Coalition will organize a carpool and provide snacks.

To sign up, email organizer Pearl Rasmussen.


Thursday, November 8th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Professional fishing guide Bob Rees will discuss the techniques, tackle, locations, and seasons for catching Oregon’s famous Chinook salmon. With over 20 years experience fishing Oregon’s waters, Bob is always excited to share his expertise, and enthusiasm for fishing and is well-respected in the fishing community for his success and his integrity as a fish advocate. Discussion will include ongoing conservation efforts tied to fish population health in Oregon. This rare opportunity is free and will include tackle giveaways along with a shot at Bob’s famous cured salmon eggs. Portland Metro Area location TBA.

Email Chris Smith, Washington County/Portland Metro Area Organizer to sign up.


Saturday, December 1st, 8:00 am departure

Come observe the end and beginning of the Coho life cycle at Lousignont Creek in Washington County. These rare salmon swim for miles upriver to the very spot where they hatched in order to lay eggs and die–a powerful expression of sacrifice. The winter setting should make for a beautiful experience. The North Coast State Forest Coalition will provide snacks and arrange a carpool and anyone from anywhere is welcome to join us!

Email Chris Smith, Washington County/Portland Metro Area Organizer to sign up.


General Outings Information: All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver.

If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate on an outing, contact the Outings department at (415)[masked] for a printed version.

You don’t have to be a member to participate!

Arrive with adequate food, water and clothing. If in doubt about your ability to complete a hike, please consult with the leader before the trip.

Field guides, snacks to share and humor are welcome.

Please leave your pet at home unless otherwise specified or with prior approval from the leader. Entertainment devices are discouraged. Firearms are prohibited.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Most day trips require no advance reservations unless “reservations required” or “group size limited” is indicated.

Participants are encouraged to contribute a small donation for the outing. These optional donations help the Group Outings Program to offer professional leaders’ training courses, carbon offset contributions, and other outings activities to strengthen and diversify Columbia Group outings.

Carpooling is encouraged. Riders traditionally share expenses with drivers depending on vehicle and number of riders.

See to find out how to get to the carpool location via mass transit.


Volunteer Needs:

Contact Jeff Fryer at [address removed] if interested in volunteering. 




Contact Dave Bybee at [address removed] if interested in hosting singles events.  The Singles Web page is

Other events/notices

Columbia Group Holiday Party:  Friday, December 21, 2012 - 6-9pm at the Ecotrust Building

Join the Columbia Group Sierra Club as we celebrate this season's holidays.

We will provide food and plan to have a guest speaker.  

Mark your calendars. We hope to see everyone there!



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