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Get Out: January 3, 2008

Crater Lake Snowshoe Hikes

Every weekend: Rangers at Crater Lake National Park guide free, 1-mile snowshoe walks through forests and meadows and along the crater's rim. Participants on the 90-minute walk hear how plants, animals and the lake are affected by winter weather. Beginning at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through April, the walks cover moderately strenuous terrain at an elevation of about 7,100 feet.

Snowshoes are provided free of charge, or visitors can bring their own. No previous snowshoeing experience needed. Participants should bring warm clothing, thick socks and water-resistant footwear. The hike is appropriate for ages 8 and older.

Advance reservations are recommended, as space on each tour is limited. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 541-594-3100. Group tours on weekdays or weekends also can be arranged by calling 541-594-3093. There is no cost to enter the park in winter.

Sierra Club Outings

Jan. 13: A moderate 8-mile cross-country ski or snowshoe hike on East Hyatt Lake Road. Call Cathy for information at 210-0204.

Jan. 19: A moderate, 11-mile hike on Collings Mountain Loop. Call Peter at 951-9139.

Jan. 18 and 19: Overnight backpacking trip — group will ski/snowshoe two miles into the South Brown Mountain shelter from Dead Indian Memorial Road along the Pacific Crest Trail. Participants will stay overnight at the shelter. Participants need to bring their own tent or make arrangements to use one of the club's lightweight and waterproof shelters at no charge. At camp, group will discuss tips and tricks for cold weather camping. On Saturday hikers will do a tour of the area (less than a mile), during which they will learn to identify animal tracks in the snow and discuss the ways different animals adapt to winter conditions. Contact Darin at 531-7623 or darin@banneradvisors.com for more information.

Jan. 26: A moderate hike to be announced in the Ashland area. Call Carol at 488-8517 for details.

Southern Oregon Nordic Club Outings

Saturday: Easy to intermediate 6- to 8-mile ski tour to Deadwood on Dead Indian Memorial Road. This is a joint event with Slopes and Trails. For meeting place and time, call 512-0436.

Saturday: Four- to 6-mile intermediate-to-advanced ski tour is planned on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Mount Ashland area. For meeting place and time, call 482-0180.

Sunday: Intermediate 8- to 10-mile ski tour is planned on the Canal Trails in Summit Snow Park, off Highway 140. For meeting place and time, call Stefanie at 776-3987.

Tuesday: Intermediate 7-mile ski tour to Grouse Gap Loop at Mount Ashland is planned. For meeting place and time, call 488-5003.

Jan. 12 and 13: Ski clinic at Mount Shasta on Saturday. Beginner, novice and intermediate lessons. Call Karen at 734-4872 for more information. Sunday is open ski, no lessons.

Jan. 16: Intermediate ski tour to Buck Prairie. Call Bobbie at 488-5003.

Jan. 19: Ski lessons led by Dan, Kate and Lew. Organized by Ashland Parks & Recreation, fee of $25 for bus transportation. Call Joy at 488-5340.

Jan. 19: Strong-intermediate ski tour to Meridian Overlook. Call Pete at 776-7612.

Jan. 20: Snowshoe followed by High Tea. Snowshoe will be to Conde Creek. Call Lucy at 488-4860.

Jan. 20: Easy-intermediate ski tour, 6-8 miles, to Deadwood. Call David at 512-0436 for more details.

Jan. 23: Strong-intermediate ski to Meridian Overlook. Call Bobbie at 488-5003.

Jan. 26: Ski clinic and training at Mount Shasta. Instructor is Edgar Hee. 734-4872.

Jan. 26: Novice ski tour at Buck Prairie. Call Dan at 535-5979.

Jan. 26: Intermediate/advanced ski tour to McDonald's Peak. Call Gene at 482-0180.

Jan. 27: Intermediate ski tour at Diamond Lake. The trip will start at Silent Creek. Call Kevin at 261-3547.

Jan. 31: Intermediate ski tour to Table Mountain and beyond. Call Bobbie at 488-5003.

Avalanche Awareness Training

Mount Shasta Avalanche Center presents a free 1- to 11/2;-hour introductory workshop on the key factors that lead to avalanche formation and accidents. Good for beginners or as a refresher course.

Friday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m., Mount Shasta City Library.

Friday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., Mount Shasta City Library.

Avalanche Transceiver Clinic

Mount Shasta Avalanche Center offers free clinics on how to use avalanche transceivers and provides practice sessions for beginners to advanced users. Carpool from The Fifth Season, 200 N. Mount Shasta Blvd. Meet at 9 a.m. Training is in the snow, so dress appropriately.

Classes are scheduled Jan. 19 and Feb. 2.


Mountain bike rides every Wednesday, John's Peak, Jacksonville: Sponsored by Cycle Analysis, these rides are for all ages and abilities and are group-oriented. They begin at 6 p.m. from Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville and include the John's Peak trail system. Jana will have refreshments after the ride. Lights and helmets are required. For more information e-mail Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association, infor@somba.org or check somba.org.

Every Saturday, Siskiyou Velo Club organizes two rides: A mellow 20-miler begins at 10 a.m. Starting locations and routes vary. Rider leader: Phil Gagnon: 488-4289. The second ride, led by Glen Gann (779-6986), covers 20+ miles at race pace. Starts on the bike trail behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford.

Every Saturday: 9 a.m. race training, Medford Cycle Sport, Alex 857-0819.

Every Sunday: Siskiyou Velo Club training ride begins at 8:30 a.m. along the bike path at Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Rider leader, Alex Hayes: 857-0819.

Every Monday: A Siskiyou Velo Club 25-mile ride begins at 11 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. Gently rolling terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Every Wednesday: A Siskiyou Velo Club 25- to 40-mile ride begins at 10 a.m. at the Roasting Co. in Ashland. Moderate terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Varied mileage and varied start times. Call Ride leader Rick Berlet 488-0036


Saturday: Winter Bird Walk at North Mountain Park in Ashland, 8-10 a.m.

All ages are invited to stroll through North Mountain Park with birding expert Vince Zauskey. The leafless winter season offers birders a great opportunity to see the birds that winter-over near Bear Creek. Binoculars and field guides will be available for check out. Free. North Mountain Park, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland; 488-6606.

The Klamath Bird Observatory and the Northwest Nature Shop are sponsoring free bird walks around the Rogue Valley on the first Saturday of every month. The walks are led by an experienced birder from the Klamath Bird Observatory. Call 482-3241 for information.

Project FeederWatch

Saturday: Help count birds that visit the feeders at North Mountain Park while learning to identify a variety of species with the help of experienced Audubon volunteers. This is a great opportunity for all-level birders to get acquainted with local birds and mingle with other birders. The information collected will be submitted to Cornell University's FeederWatch project, a nationwide bird monitoring effort. Ages: 10 and up.

Program dates: Saturday and Jan. 19; Feb. 2 and 16; March 1 and 15; Times: 9-10 a.m., except Saturday, 10-11 a.m.)

Location: North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N Mountain Ave., Ashland. Call 488-6606.


Monday Jan. 21, Backpacking Azalea Lake and Four Mile Lake

Program and movie featuring 2007 backpacking adventures to Azalea Lake and Four Mile Lake. See some amazing examples of the biodiversity our area has to offer. Join Al Collinet, Overnight Hike Leader, for this beautiful multimedia slide show. Bring your backpacking questions, suggestions and ideas of where you would like to go in 2008. Al will discuss the "how tos" of a successful backpacking trip, including gear and equipment. Family friendly, public invited. Headwaters Gallery, 84 Fourth St., Ashland.

Social 7:15 p.m., Program 7:30 to 9 p.m. Light refreshments. Call 840-7236 for more info.

Thursday Feb. 7, Floating the Rivers

Program and movie featuring an exciting rafting trip down the beautiful Tatshenshini/Alsek Rivers in Alaska. This multi-media slide show of a 2-week rafting trip through the wilderness begins in the Yukon Territory and ends at their take-out in Glacier Bay National Park. The 12 friends who participated from Southern Oregon are mostly over 50 years of age. Their experience chronicled in this movie will impress everyone who sees it. Family friendly, public invited. Headwaters Gallery, 84 Fourth St, Ashland.

Social 7:15 p.m. Program 7:30 to 9 p.m. Light refreshments. Call 840-7236 for more info.

Feb. 7, 8 and 9, 7th Annual Siskiyou Film Fest in Grants Pass, presented by Siskiyou Project.