Get Out: Dec. 20, 2013

HIKING

Rogue Valley Walkers
Saturday, Dec. 21: 10K walk in Ashland starts at 10 a.m. Meet at 9:45 for registration at the Safeway parking lot on Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street. A 5K option is available. For information, call 541-245-9356 or see www.roguevalleywalkers.com.
Crater Lake snowshoe hikes
Through April 27: Ranger-guided snowshoe walks are offered at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The walks will be offered daily from Thursday, Dec. 26, through Wednesday, Jan. 1. The walks last two hours and cover about a mile of moderately strenuous terrain. They explore forests and meadows along the rim of Crater Lake and provide lessons in how plants, animals and people survive in deep snow. Participants should be at least 8 years old, in reasonably good physical condition and prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. No previous snowshoeing experience is necessary. Snowshoes are provided free of charge, and there is no cost for the tour. The park does not collect an entrance fee in the winter. Reservations are required. For details and to sign up, call 541-594-3100.
KS Wild
Saturday, Jan. 25: Moderate, 7-mile snowshoe hike to Soda Mountain will travel the Pacific Crest Trail to the summit of Soda Mountain. A limited number of snowshoes may be available to borrow: call Morgan at 541-488-5789 to inquire. Otherwise, snowshoes can be rented at the Ashland Outdoor Store for $10-$15 a day. Bring a lunch, water, extra clothing, sunscreen, a camera, winter shoes and snow gear. A carpool will leave from Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9 a.m. Call Morgan or email morgan@kswild.org for information and to sign up.


RUNNING

Longest Night Mile
Friday, Dec. 20:
Annual event will be held at North Medford High School. A slower mile race (for runners who expect to run slower than a 7-minute mile) will start at 6:30 p.m. A faster mile race will start at 7 p.m. For details and to register, see the race calendar at www.sorunners.org.

Medford Ugly Sweater 5K
Saturday, Dec. 21:
The race will begin at 9 a.m. in downtown Medford on East Eighth Street. Registration closes Thursday, Dec. 19 at 10:54 PM. For details, see www.MedfordUglySweater5K.com


CYCLING

Siskiyou Velo Club
Some of the club rides listed below are leisurely; others intense. Choose one that's right for you. All rides include 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 on safe riding and group ride etiquette are available on all rides.

Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mo rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 7 to 10 mph over 12 to 18 miles on mostly flat terrain. Contact Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.

Every Saturday: Brisk rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 19 to 23 mph over 50 to 65 miles on mostly hilly terrain. Contact Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.

Every Saturday: Crank-It-Up rides begin at various morning hours from different locations. Pace: 13 to 15 mph over 25 to 50 miles on some hills. Contact Judy Kerr at 541-488-0758.

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 at 541-488-0152.

Every Wednesday: Coffee rides begin at 11 a.m. at Rogue Valley Roasting Company in Ashland. Pace: 17 mph average over 35 to 60 miles with some hills. Contact John Bullock at 541-488-7962.


BIRDING

Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, Jan. 4: Ashland Christmas Bird Count.
Coordinators are John Bullock and Harry Fuller. Contact either if you wish to participate: Fuller, anzatowhee@yahoo.com, 541-488-8077; Bullock, jas@opendoor.com, 541-488-7962.


EVENTS

Holiday Ski Party
Saturday, Dec. 21:
Southern Oregon Nordic Club, Klamath Basin Nordic Club and Grants Pass Nordic Club will team up for a holiday party at Lake of the Woods Marina at 10 a.m. There will be beginner and novice lessons, a novice ski tour, a snowshoe tour and an intermediate ski tour. After a morning of skiing, the group will meet at the marina at 1 p.m. The club will provide the pizzas from the Marina grill. Fresh-baked cookies from home would be welcome. There will be a ski-related, white-elephant gift exchange if you would like to participate. The event is hosted by Stefanie Ferrara. She can be reached at 541-890-2979.


CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Southern Oregon Nordic Club
Wednesday, Dec. 25:
Intermediate, 7-plus-mile ski tour in the Summit Sno Park area. Call Stephanie Ferrara at 541-890-2979 for time and details.

Saturday, Dec. 28: Ski lesson at Hyatt Lake will start at 11 a.m. and last 60 to 90 minutes. For details, call Michael Dawkins at 541-482-2703.

Sunday, Dec. 29: Intermediate, 8- to 10-mile ski tour at Buck Prairie. Call Bob Plummer at 541-488-5003 for time and details.


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