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Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument hike and learn
Friday-Saturday, Aug. 25-26: Pyrodiversity Begets Biodiversity: Hiking Grizzly Peak with ecologist Dennis Odion. Hike and Learn events include a Friday evening lecture and a Saturday hike presented by a local expert. For more information about timing, directions and to register, see http://cascadesiskiyou.eventbrite.com/
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 22-23: Who lives in the creek? Hike Jenny Creek in the Box-O Ranch area with aquatic ecologist Chris Volpe and hydrologist Tim Montfort. Hike and Learn events include a Friday evening lecture and a Saturday hike presented by a local expert. For more information about timing, directions and to register, see http://cascadesiskiyou.eventbrite.com/
Hiking the Northern California Redwoods
Wednesday, Aug. 30: REI specialist Lance Ussery, who spent a number of years living in the Redwoods of California, will give a free talk about some interesting facts of this unique area and where to go to explore it, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Medford REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford. See www.rei.com/stores/medford.html
Pacific Crest Trail Section Hiking Updates
Thursday, Aug. 31: Ever wished you could hike all 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail but just don't have the time? REI's Tony Earl hiked a section of the trail this summer and will be able to give a current update on conditions and share how to do a section hike of this iconic trail, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Medford REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford. Free. See www.rei.com/stores/medford.html
Caminata Bilingue: Bilingual hike at Mount Ashland Meadows
Saturday, Sept. 2: All are welcome to join Unite Oregon and KS Wild for a collaboration hike. Learn about Mount Ashland’s plants, pollinators and birds on this family-friendly hike. The group will have discussions in Spanish and English. Bring comfortable walking shoes, warm layers, water and snacks. A carpool will leave at 9 a.m. from the Rogue Action Center, 3932 S. Pacific Highway, and at 9:30 a.m. from Get N’ Gear, 340 A St., Ashland. For more information and to sign up, see kswild.org.
First Aid Essentials: What's in your kit?
Tuesday, Sept. 5: In this free class, students will be exposed to the types and basic components of the medical kit. The instructor will dig into one of our kits and identify essential items to take, and have a discussion about pre-assemble kits vs. do-it-yourself kit. Participants will also learn about preventative behaviors to avoid using the first-aid kit. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult; Medford REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford. See www.rei.com/stores/medford.html
First Wednesday bird walks
Wednesday, Sept. 6: The Rogue Valley Audubon Society holds free bird walks at Agate Lake the first Wednesday of every month. The walks begin at 8:30 a.m. and end before noon. The slow-paced walk covers about 1.5 miles. Meet at the main parking area on the east side of the lake opposite the boat ramp. For details, see www.roguevalleyaudubon.org/First_Wednesday_Count.html
Lake of the Woods Tri-Sport Weekend
Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 9-10: Saturday events include 1.5K or 3K open-water swims; a sprint triathlon/duathlon (750-meter or 820-yard swim, 15K ride, 5K run); long-course triathlon/duathlon (1.5K or 1,640-yard swim, 31-mile ride, 10K run); kids triathlon and duathlon (150-yard swim, 4-mile bike, 1-mile run). Sunday features a half marathon and a 5K run. For details, see http://lakeofthewoodstri.com/
Providence Rogue Run Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K
Sunday, Sept. 17: The runs take place on the Bear Creek Greenway. The marathon starts at 7:10 a.m., while the half-marathon and the 10K start at 8:10 a.m. For details and to register, see http://htcraceseries.com/event/rogue/
Every Saturday: Brisk rides are for strong riders who want to ride in a paceline with occasional sprints and brisk climbs. Speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route and starting point will vary — expect some climbing and, in fact, on most days, a lot. Riders should know how to make repairs. Riders are expected to review online and understand the planned route. The Brisk group is not a no-drop group, slower riders are discouraged. For details, call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.
Every Saturday: Velo Melo meets at various places and rides about 20 miles at 11 to 13 mph on flats with few, if any, pacelines. The routes may include some climbing, but these are usually limited to small rolling hills within the Bear Creek Valley. No one will be dropped. Contact Lisa Brill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mos meet at various places to ride about 18 miles at an average of 10 mph over mostly flat terrain. We always stop for a cuppa along the route. Contact Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.
Every Monday: Moderate to brisk rides along a fairly flat route from Phoenix to Jacksonville. Speeds are 18 to 20 mph on the flats and average around 15 to 19 mph overall. The route includes mostly lower volume roads without shoulders and some with moderate traffic and moderately wide shoulders. The exception is on OR 238 (Hanley Road), where there are no shoulders and the volumes are moderate. Call Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.
Every Wednesday: This is a ride for experienced cyclists who enjoy riding at a moderate/brisk pace. Pacelines are common but not continuous; speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route may vary but typically it goes through the orchards on the way to Oregon Mountain Roasting Company near East Barnett and North Phoenix Road (approximately 35 miles). The ride will almost always include a stop for coffee/espresso. Call Matt Walker at 541-261-4891.
Riders must wear a helmet, carry a spare tube, and nonmembers must sign an insurance waiver to release the club from liability. See siskiyouvelo.org/about/ for more information.