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Whale Watch Week
Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 27-31: Trained volunteers will be on hand at spots along the Oregon Coast to help people see and learn about gray whales as they head south for the winter. Learn more at whalespoken.wordpress.com.
First Day Hikes
Monday, Jan. 1: For the seventh year in a row, certain Oregon state parks are offering free guided hikes on New Year's Day. In Southern Oregon, one-mile interpretive hikes are being held at TouVelle State Recreation Site and Valley of the Rogue State Park. The usual $5 parking fees will be waived Jan. 1. Both hikes start at 1 p.m. Hikers can register online for the hike at TouVelle by going to http://bit.ly/TouVelleFDH2018. Register for the Valley of the Rogue hike at http://bit.ly/VORogueFDH2018. For information on both hikes, call 541-582-1118.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Wednesday, Jan. 3: 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 ends 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 roguevalleyaudubon.org/
Thursday, Jan. 4: Are you looking for a fun winter sport? REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford, will hold a free class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the basics of snowshoeing. It will focus on the appropriate selection of gear, as well as the basics on what you need and where to go to get started. For details, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html.
Saturday, Jan. 6: The annual event, featuring 5K and 10K races, takes place at Talent Middle School, 102 Christian Ave., Talent. The 10K starts at 11 a.m. and the 5K goes off at 11:30 a.m. The 5K goes out and back on Foss Road. The 10K takes the same route as the 5K but heads left onto Adams Road to Colver Road, with a turnaround past Pioneer Road. For details, see the race calendar at sorunners.org
Rock Climbing Basics
Thursday, Jan. 11: REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford, will hold a free in-store, introductory class in rock climbing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participants will leave with an understanding of the different types of climbing, what gear is necessary and the basics on how to get started. Note: this is an informational class — not an "on-the-wall" climbing session. For details, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html.
Winter Skills and Local Trails
Tuesday, Jan. 16: REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford, will hold a free introductory class on essential winter skills. It will cover everything from safety to winter activities to try, as well as highlight some local trails and nearby mountains to conquer. For details, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html.
Rock Climbing Skills: Knots and Hitches
Thursday, Jan. 25: Looking to add to your skill set in climbing? REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford, will hold a free class on rope skills focusing on advanced knots and hitches. The seminar is focused on rope, knot strength and knot applications. Some of the knots you will learn include the figure eight follow through, the bowline and a variety of hitches such as the auto block or prusik. If you want versatility and efficiency as a climber, understanding knots and hitches is a critical part of your study. Take this opportunity learn about and ask our professional instructors about your favorite knots and hitches. For details, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html.
KS Wild outings
Saturday, Jan. 20: KS Wild staff member Michael Dotson will lead a winter snowshoe hike on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest near Mt. Ashland (subject to change with snow conditions). Great for all skill levels. The group will cover 2 to 3 miles along groomed trails. A 10 AM carpool will leave from Ashland Outdoor Store at 10 a.m. and return by 2 p.m. Bring a pack with plenty of layers for cold weather, water and snacks. Poor road conditions or foul weather will cause postponement. KS Wild does not provide snowshoes to participants, but several places around the Rogue Valley rent snowshoes. RSVP online at www.kswild.org/events/ (maximum 16).
Saturday, Jan. 27: Kelsey Creek hike in the Marble Mountains in Klamath National Forest. Moderate difficulty hike along a creek, through old-growth forest on a historic trail. Approximate 1 hour and 45-minute drive to the trailhead. Participants should expect a gorgeous uphill hike into the mountains. Bring lunch, water, boots and layered clothing. Rain or shine (or snow!) A carpool will leave at 9:30 a.m. from Ashland Outdoor Store. RSVP online at www.kswild.org/events/
Avalanche Awareness class
Tuesday, Jan. 30: Whether you ski, snowshoe, snowboard or snowmobile, recognition of avalanche danger is an essential and potentially lifesaving skill. This free class introduces and explains where and why avalanches occur and provides a basic approach to managing risk. Learn to access local avalanche bulletins and weather reports, recognize basics signs of avalanche danger, and learn simple ways to help avoid danger. For details, see www.rei.com/stores/medford.html.
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 email@example.com.
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.