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Get Out: January 10, 2008

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. Begins at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through April, 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.

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 for info at 951 9139.

Jan. 18 and 19: Overnight backpacking trip — group will ski/snowshoe 2 miles into the South Brown Mountain shelter from Dead Indian Memorial Highway 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, the 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.

Southern Oregon Nordic Club Outings

Saturday and Sunday: Ski Clinic at Mt. 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 Parks & Recreation, fee of $25.00 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.

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. Call Alex Hayes at 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 is 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 at 488-0036.

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

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: Feb. 2 and 16; March 1 and 15; Times: 9-10 a.m. Location: North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. For more information, 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 multi-media 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.