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Cross-Country Ski: Bechtel Shelter (all abilities welcome inc. total beginners)

This is a relatively easy trip from Gold Lake Sno Park to Bechtel Shelter, about 5 miles. Please read this whole post before signing up so you know what you're agreeing to. I have taught many people to ski and am happy to teach you. I am also posting this trip to the Eugene 20s and 30s Group.

If you can hike, you can probably cross country ski. You'd need about the same level of fitness for this as for a hike of the same length, about five miles. Here's a Google map of the road to get to the sno park:

We'll start at Gold Lake Sno Park and ski to Bechtel Shelter that does have an open sided hut with a wood stove. There is an outhouse at the parking lot but not at the shelter. If people have lit the stove before our arrival, we'll have a fire to warm by and eat lunch. Here's a map of our ski trail:

As this is a beginners trip, we will take the main road, Abernethy Rd. which is relatively flat with gradual slopes. If this is your first time, be prepared to fall, everyone does. Snow is soft. It will be fun.

It is essential for everyone to come prepared and be safe so we can have fun in the snow. You will need to bring:

--Appropriate clothing for winter outdoors. This means dress in layers for both your torso and your legs. Make sure to have a hat or hood to keep your heat in. Wear a waterproof outer layer. Wear sunscreen. Snow reflects sunlight. DO NOT WEAR COTTON CLOTHING. YES I AM SERIOUS. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COME IF YOU ARE WEARING COTTON. When cotton gets wet it stays wet and keeps you cold. Cotton kills. Wear wool or synthetic fabrics. This does not have to be anything fancy. You can buy the right gear at thrift shops or outdoor stores. You can also rent outdoor clothing from the University of Oregon Outdoor Program.

Here is a video explaining the importance of wearing the appropriate clothing for safety in the outdoors:

--Bring your own skis, poles and boots with you to our meeting place. You can rent these at Berg's Ski the University of Oregon Outdoor Program It is usually about $10 to $15 for a set of gear. They will be able to sort you out with the right size for your body. If you want to buy your own gear, you can get it at Berg's or Play It Again Sports, or find equipment online.

--Bring a whistle. This is essential outdoor gear. Many backpacks have one incorporated into a buckle. We are going to all stay together but just in case anyone gets separated, you can whistle a lot longer and a lot louder than you can yell.

--Lunch, plenty of water (I recommend two liters or more) and something to share with your new friends. I like dark chocolate by the way.

--Money to share in driving expenses ($15). Please say in your RSVP whether you have a vehicle to offer others a ride or whether you need one yourself. Drivers should have space for people and their equipment and either studded tires or chains available. A day pass at the sno park is $5 and a season pass is about $20 (as of last year). It's just shy of 150 miles round trip so in keeping with the 10 cents a mile that many other outdoor groups use, please bring $15 for your driver if you need a ride to cover the gas, tires, insurance, oil changes and all the other very real expenses to get you to the mountain and back, and of course the parking pass. The IRS values driving at 56.5 cents/mile so you're getting a bargain here. We will arrange carpools on the day.

Children are welcome if they can handle something of this difficulty.

Please, no smoking and no pets.

We'll have the option of stopping at the Brewers Union pub in Oakridge on the way back Return time is approximate. We also have the option of a short stop at McReedie Hot Springs on the way back. Please say in comments if you are interested in either of these.

Here's a brief introduction video to cross country skiing. There are many others online.

Hey Sandor, get the conversation started!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Next Sunday the 9th? hepefully there will be snow!

    March 5, 2014

    • Sandor L.

      I am keeping an eye on the weather. There's a lot of rain in the mountains this week. Anyone else interested?

      March 5, 2014

  • Christine N.

    Thanks for the pics and map. Great pic presentation!

    March 4, 2014

  • Sandor L.

    Dave and I had an excellent adventure. It did rain but did not stop us from having a fun trip. Here's the pictures and map.

    March 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm curious to know if you ended up skiing in the rain today.

    March 2, 2014

  • Christine N.

    Too busy with school stuff this weekend... Have fun!

    March 1, 2014

  • Sandor L.

    It is snowing up there right now! Dave, and anyone else who will be coming, it looks like we have a small group so if you don't have your own skis, we can stop at Willamette Mountain Mercantile to get them.

    March 1, 2014

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