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Get Out: Jan. 29, 2009

Sierra Club Hikes

Feb. 7: Bull Gap-Mount Ashland snowshoe, six miles, moderate difficulty. Call George Lescher for details, 482-4477.

Feb. 8: Chinquapin Mountain snowshoe, five miles, moderate difficulty. Call Cathy Edwards for details, 210-0204.

Feb. 21: Sterling Mine Ditch Trail, 15 miles, strenuous. Call Peter Grant for details, 951-9139.

Feb. 28: Hobart Bluff snowshoe, seven miles, moderate to difficult. Call Cathy Edwards for details, 210-0204.

Crater Lake Snowshoe Hikes

Free, ranger-guided snowshoe hikes continue every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. through April. The hikes cover a mile of moderately difficult terrain through forests, meadows and along the crater's rim, and last for about 90 minutes. Participants should be at least 8 years old and come prepared with warm clothing and water-resistant footwear. Space on the tours is limited, so reservations are suggested. Call 541-594-3100 for information or to sign up. School groups, outdoor clubs and other groups of 10 or more people can arrange for special tours by calling 541-594-3093. The park does not charge an entrance fee in the winter. The Rim Village Cafe & Gift Shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Southern Oregon Nordic Club

Saturday: Intermediate ski tour to Burton Butte, five to seven miles. Call Rees Jones for meeting place and time, 482-0218.

Monday-Friday: Senior Ski Camp at Diamond Lake. Contact Stefanie Ferrara for details, 776-3987.

Cross-Country Clinics and Races

Sunday: Tea Cup Classic, 15 km race with shorter distances for juniors. Organized by Teacup Chapter, Oregon Nordic Club. Contact Michele R. Miller at mrm@integraonline.com or visit www.teacupnordic.org/index.

Sunday, 9 a.m.: Intermediate classic cross-country ski clinic at Mt. Shasta Nordic Center taught by PSIA-certified Nordic instructor Craig Vivas. Experienced cross-country skiers will learn to unleash the power of their classic (non-skating) technique. Learn the secrets of efficient striding and poling. Cost is $35 ($30 for Mt. Shasta Nordic members) with proceeds benefiting Mt. Shasta Nordic. Limited to the first 12 to sign-up. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The clinic will end at noon, with a 15-minute break. Light touring or racing classic skis are recommended. Rental equipment is available for $20. Call 530-926-9896 for more info.

Feb. 8, 8:30 a.m.: Intermediate skate ski clinic at Mt. Shasta Nordic Center. This clinic is for skiers who have skated for at least a year or two and want to take the next step. Participants will learn how to increase the efficiency of their V1 technique and discover the secrets of the faster V2 and V2 Alternate methods of skating. Cost is $35 ($30 for Mt. Shasta Nordic members.) Class is limited to the first 12 to sign-up. Skate ski rental equipment is available for $20, or at the Fifth Season, 300 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd., 530-926-3606. Call 530-926-9896 for more info.

Feb. 15: John Day Memorial Race, 20 km freestyle event and 10 km classic, with shorter junior and fun ski distances. Organized by Southern Oregon Nordic Club, http://southernonc.tripod.com/id6.html

Feb. 21 and 22: Mt. Shasta Pursuit Race. organized by Mt. Shasta Nordic Ski Organization. Go to www.mtshastanordic.org/news2.htm for details.


Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., a group run leaves the Rogue Valley Runners store, 161 E. Main St. in downtown Ashland. All ability levels are encouraged to show. Group runs an easy/social six to seven miles on trails and roads in and around Lithia Park. Call 201-0014 with questions.

Feb. 14: Couple Truffle Shuffle, 5K Couple's Classic. Starts at 9 a.m. at Griffin Creek School, 2430 Griffin Creek Road, Medford. Day of race registration at Griffin Creek School 8-8:45 a.m. Entry fee $8 solo, $12 couple. Race director: Susan Holt, 857-8002.

A group of Grants Pass cyclists who call themselves "Almost Over The Hill" meet at 8 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, as well as at noon on Wednesday, to ride in the Grants Pass area. They leave from the Spin Cycle Shop parking lot between 6th and 7th just south of D Street. For more information, call Fred at 541-474-4447.

Mountain bike rides

Every Tuesday: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly women's mountain bike ride that leaves from their shop in Grants Pass at 6 p.m. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Bike Kraft is at 1448 Williams Hwy. Contact: Richard Amneus, 541-476-4935, bikekraft@atiinternet.com.

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 6:30 p.m. from Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville and include the John's Peak trail system. Every ride ends with free refreshments supplied by Cycle Analysis. Helmets are required. Contact: Jana Jenson, 899-9190, cyclea@internetcds.com. More information at Southern Oregon Mountain Bike Association Web site, www.somba.org.

Every Wednesday, Grants Pass: Bike Kraft hosts a weekly ride that meets and leaves from their shop, 1448 Williams Hwy., at 6 p.m. The rides last about two hours and accommodate many skill levels. Contact Richard Amneus, 476-4935 or bikekraft@atiinternet.com.

Every Thursday, Ashland: Cycle Sport's crew meets at the plaza at 6:30 p.m. Riders of all abilities welcome, but be able to climb for a few miles to get to the trails. The group will wait at intersections and there are often many outs for people who are time pressed or gravity challenged. Singletrack descents are of intermediate ability. Contact Thom Kneeland, 541-476-4935, unoveloce@hotmail.com.

Every Saturday, Grants Pass: The folks from Don's Bike Center meet at the Cathedral hills trailhead on Espy Road at 7:30 a.m. for two hours of riding before they have to open up. Contact Don or Shawn, 541-471-3494.

Every Sunday, SOMBA Show & Go Rides, Ashland. Meet at the Lithia Park band shell parking lot at 8:15 a.m. Ride route and intensity are determined by who shows and goes. Contact Lisa with questions, 201-0933, bach@mind.net.

Siskiyou Velo Club

Every Saturday: Siskiyou Velo Club organizes two rides. A mellow 20-miler begins at 10 a.m. Starting locations and routes vary. Ride leader Phil Gagnon: 488-4289. The second ride, led by Alex Hayes, 857-0819, covers 20+ miles at race pace. Starts at Medford Cycle Sport at 10 a.m.

Every Sunday: Training ride begins at 9 a.m. along the bike path behind Bad Ass Coffee Co. in Medford. Race pace, 20-plus miles. Ride leader Glen Gann, 779-6986.

Every Monday: A 25-mile ride begins at 10:30 a.m. at Colver Park in Phoenix and journeys to Jacksonville. Gently rolling terrain, brisk pace. No ride leader.

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

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

Saturday: Help count the birds that visit the feeders at Ashland's North Mountain Park while learning to identify species with the help of experienced Audubon birders. The information that is gathered will be submitted to Cornell University's Project FeederWatch database, a continent-wide citizen-science effort. The program runs alternate Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. through March. Free.

Wednesday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Rogue Valley Audubon Society bird walk on Central Point Greenway. Meet at the gravel lot opposite the Pilot Station on Pine Street. Leader Denny Niebuhr, 482-6589 or rogueden@ashlandhome.net.

Feb. 7: Klamath Bird Observatory and Northwest Nature Shop will team up for a morning of birding and bird banding at the Jefferson Nature Center. Visit a KBO ecological monitoring station, view a variety of songbirds up close and learn about bird research and conservation with KBO biologists. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at 8 a.m. at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland. There will be a limited number of binoculars and field guides available for loan. Space is limited so call 482-3241 to reserve a space.

Feb. 14: Learn about winter ecology, birds, lichen and moss with botanist Kristi Mergenthaler and birder Frank Lospalluto on the Wagner Creek Loop Trail (less than a mile). Meet at Tark's Market in Talent at 9:30 a.m. for a short carpool. Sponsored by the Native Plant Society, Northwest Nature Shop and Klamath Bird Observatory. Call 541-482-3241 to reserve a spot. Free.