Get Out: Jan. 18, 2013

HIKING, SNOWSHOEING, X-COUNTRY SKIING

Siskiyou Upland Trails Association
Saturday, Jan. 19:
The trail group will hold a work party on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and volunteers are welcome. Jobs include brushing and minor tread work from Bear Gulch Trailhead over the Wolf Gulch bypass to the base of the Wolf Gap Access Trail. The group will hike about three miles each way. If you have loppers, pruning saw, Pulaski, grubber or sturdy shovel, bring it, along with water and snacks. To RSVP or for details, call Jim at 541-899-1091 or Hope at 541-899-5665. The group's website is at www.SUTAOregon.org. Work parties are scheduled the third Saturday of the month for the next three months, on Feb. 16, March 16 and April 20.

Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Jan. 26:
The Ashland Town Walk will cover 10 kilometers, with a shorter 5K option available. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Safeway parking lot on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street. For information, call 541-245-9356.

Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Saturday, Jan. 19:
Dan Bulkley will teach a free beginner's cross-country ski lesson at Buck Prairie. For time and details, call Bulkley at 541-535-5979.

Wednesday, Jan. 23: A ski tour is planned. Location and distance to be determined based on snow conditions. For information, call Stephanie at 541-776-3987 or Michael at 541-482-2703.

Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
Through April 28:
Crater Lake National Park offers free, ranger-guided snowshoe hikes every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. The walks last two hours and cover about 1 mile of moderately strenuous terrain through the forests and meadows along the rim of Crater Lake. Participants should be at least 8 years old, in reasonably good physical condition, and come prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. No snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free, and the park does not collect an entrance fee in the winter. Space on each tour is limited, and advance reservations are required. For information and to sign up, call the visitor center at 541-594-3100 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Groups of 15 people or more (such as school groups, outdoor clubs and church groups) may be able to arrange for a separate tour for their group on weekdays or weekends.

KS Wild
Sunday, Jan. 20:
Low-elevation hike to the Illinois River to explore serpentine ecosystems and riparian forests. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee shop in Ashland at 9 a.m. and Ray's Market in Selma at 10:30 a.m. Bring rain gear and lunch for this moderate hike. For details, call Morgan Lindsay at 541-488-5789.

Saturday, Feb. 23: Learn about local BLM forests and hike the historic Sterling Mine Ditch trail. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9 a.m. and the Country Market in Ruch at 10 a.m. Bring rain gear and lunch. This is a moderate seven-mile hike. For details, call Morgan Lindsay at 541-488-5789.


RUNNING

Frostbite Run
Saturday, Jan. 19:
Sixth annual 5K and 10K event starts at 9:30 a.m. at Madrone Trail Public Charter School, 3070 Ross Lane, Central Point. The 5K course is out and back on Ross to Hanley. The 10K goes out and back on Ross to Hanley to Beall. Cost is $15 all runners. Race-day registration runs from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. See the race calendar at sorunners.org for details and to register.

Couple Truffle Shuffle
Saturday, Feb. 9:
Annual 10K relay race starts at 9 a.m. at Griffin Creek School, 2430 Griffin Creek Road. The course goes out and back on Griffin Creek and West Griffin Creek. There's one big hill, and each partner runs a 5K. For details and to register, see the race calendar at sorunngers.org.

Rogue River Run
Saturday, Feb. 16:
The half marathon begins at 10 a.m. at Fleming Park, adjacent to the new Rogue River Bridge, across the street from Best Western Motel on Highway 99. The course goes out and back on the Rogue River Greenway. Race directors are Stan Goodell (541-660-7958) and Bob Vaughn (541-582-3428). For details and to register, see the race calendar at sorunngers.org.


CYCLING

Siskiyou Velo Club
Some of the Siskiyou Velo club rides listed below are leisurely while others are intense. All rides provide rest stops for coffee and social time. All riders are required to have safe bikes, wear helmets and carry a spare tube/tools and water. Instruction and support are available on all rides. No rider is left behind.

Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles of mostly flat terrain. Contact: Austen Meek, 541-482-0930.

Every Saturday: Velo Mello rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 11 to 13 mph over 18 to 30 miles of slightly hilly terrain. Contact: Sandra Wetzel, 541-482-2995.

Every Saturday: Velo Ship rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 13 to 15 mph over 28 to 40 miles with long climbs. Contact: Jean O'Donnell, 541-488-6186.

Every Saturday: 20-mile race-pace rides begin at 9 a.m. at Cycle Sport in Medford. The course varies. Contact: Alex Hayes, 541-857-0819.

Every Sunday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various afternoon times from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles of mostly flat terrain. Contact: Purk Purkerson, 541-857-6513.

Every Monday: Coffee rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to Jacksonville. Pace: 17 mph average over 25 miles. Contact: David Chapman, 541-488-0152.

Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 11 a.m. at The Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 14 to 17 mph over 32 to 60 miles. Contact: Bob MacCracken, 425-512-3829.

Every Friday: Moderate rides begin at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and go to the Applegate or TBD. Pace: 20-plus mph over 40-plus miles. Contact: Rees Jones, 541-482-0218.

Other recurring rides
Every Sunday:
Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth St., in Jacksonville hosts a two- to three-hour road ride at 8 a.m. All fitness levels welcome. Riders regroup at major intersections, and there are cut-off spots to make the ride shorter if needed. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190 or see cycleanalysis.net.

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Mountain-bike rides organized by the crew at Ashland Cycle Sport, 191 Oak St., Ashland. Meet at the Plaza in Ashland at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities are welcome on the Tuesday ride. The Thursday ride is usually longer (two to two-and-a-half hours) and faster paced. Lights are highly recommended. Helmets and a safe, functioning bike are required. Call Scott at 541-488-0581 or see www.roguecycle.com.

Every Wednesday: Starting at 6 p.m., Cycle Analysis, 535 N. Fifth St., hosts a two-hour mountain-bike ride on either the Britt trails in Jacksonville or nearby John's Peak, which has almost 200 miles of trails. All comers are welcome — no age or ability limits. Helmets are mandatory and lights are required during the winter. Contact Jana Jenson at 541-899-9190 or see cycleanalysis.net.

Every Saturday: Ride starts at Medford Cycle Sport, 1340 Biddle Road, and the course varies from week to week, but riders can expect a brisk road ride that lasts two to four hours. Most rides include at least one (but usually two or three) one- to three-mile climbs. Call Alex at 541-857-0819 for information and starting time. Website is at www.roguecycle.com.


BIRDING

Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, Jan. 22:
Marni Koopman, a climate change scientist for the Ashland-based Geos Institute, will speak at the Audubon Society's monthly chapter meeting about “Boreal owls in North America: an elusive species faces a changing climate.” The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Medford Congregational Church meeting hall, 1801 E. Jackson St.

Winter Wings Festival
Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 14-17:
The annual festival in Klamath Falls has been expanded to four days this year, with a long list of speakers, outings and workshops. For details, see http://winterwingsfest.org

Klamath Bird Observatory
Saturday, Feb. 2: Birdwalk along the Bear Creek Greenway
from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Meet at Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland before 8 a.m. to carpool to Talent. Group will walk south from there, looking and listening for a variety of songbirds and waterbirds. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-482-3241.

Saturday, Feb. 9: Birdwalk on the Central Point section of the Bear Creek Greenway, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., with the destination of Mingus Pond. Expect to see a variety of resident and wintering songbirds, as well as some nice waterbirds. Meet at Wild Birds Unlimited, 712 Crater Lake Ave., in Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call 541-770-1104.

Saturday, March 2: Birdwalk to TouVelle State Park and Denman Wildlife Area from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Group will look for waterfowl and shorebirds and will check the great blue heron rookery for possible early activity. Outing is limited to 15 participants. To register, call Northwest Nature Shop at 541-482-3241.


CLASSES

Coyote Trails School of Nature
Saturday, Jan. 19:
You need a fire, and fast! Learn the principles of building a fire from 1 to 3 p.m. Class includes collection of materials for a tinder bundle, building a proper fire structure, working in all weather conditions, proper use of flint and steel, strikers and more. No experience required. For ages 9 and up. Cost is $20. Preregistration is required. See www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-482-0513.

Saturday, Jan. 26: Evolution of Hunting, 1 to 3 p.m. Starting with the earliest technology provided by nature, the throwing stick, students will experience the use of hunting tools used over the course of history, including the rabbit stick, spear, bow and arrow, atlatl and sling. No experience required. For ages 9 and up. Cost is $20. Preregistration is required. See www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-482-0513.

Sunday, Jan. 27: Emergency Preparedness, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Do you have enough to keep your family alive in your house for one week, with no electricity, water or heat? What do you need to do to be self-contained and how can your neighbors help? Instructor Joe Kreuzman provides helpful everyday solutions to self reliability in the event of a natural disaster. No experience required. For ages 11 and up. Cost is $20. Preregistration is required. See www.coyotetrails.org or call 541-482-0513.


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