June 2016 Service Project

Thimbleberry plant
Image by Lillian Peters. Original Work.


Thimbleberries: an acrostic poem about the June Service Project. By someone who is Not A Poet.

How hard is it to find a volunteer group on Powell Butte?

Impossible. But here are some thimbleberries. Oops, they’re for the birds.

Maybe the group is over there?

But, no, they aren’t.

Luckily we have other options. Garbage pickup in SE parks?

Enthralling — we will make our own service project.

Before we begin: garbage bags, gloves, loud music for the car ride.

Enter Powell Park.

Rule #1: No picking up sharp objects/ needles.

Rule #1 remains unbroken. Instead we pick up: cigarette butts, food wrappers, a puzzle piece, plastic bottles, some pencils, more wrappers, more cigarette butts.

Impromptu pull-up contest. I forget who wins.

Ended: the park is immaculate.

So,  let’s make a quick stop and find some more thimbleberries.

April 2016 Newsletter

The April 2016 Newsletter is here!

Inside, you will find will find a wealth of information, including information about:

  • Upcoming trips, service projects, and hikes
  • The Climbathon
  • Paying for Climbs
  • This month’s speaker
  • How you can sing songs and read poems at our meetings
  • The second ascent of Horizon (V15) by Ashima Shiraishi (Super cool 15-year-old climber — the first woman and youngest person to boulder V15)

March 2016 Service Project

On Saturday, March 26, the Post summited a mountain. A volcano, even. Pretty good start to the season right?

Well… okay… it was Mt. Tabor.

However, with plenty of sunshine and good temperatures, we still had an awesome day and made a lot of progress on some of the slopes. We pulled Himalayan blackberry and English ivy, while other volunteers moved mulch. We even dug up what can only be described as a blackberry tree. (It was growing over actual trees.) In the middle of the event, we all came together to take a break, eat snacks, and learn about how a healthy environment on Mt. Tabor supports migratory birds and contributes to maintaining other healthy ecosystems around Portland. One volunteer even found a bird’s nest, which was passed around. Overall, it was a fantastic service project, and one that I would definitely recommend in the future.

– Lillian Peters

2016 Snowshoe Trip

This year, the Post’s annual Snowshoe Trip was held on February 27th and 28th. With record levels of attendance and plenty of snow, it was a resounding success.

January 2016 Forest Park Service Project

A group of Post members met at the Birch Trailhead of Forest Park on Saturday morning along with a group of volunteers from the general public. After some quick welcome info, we went off trail onto a hill covered in English Ivy. We were volunteering with the Forest Park Conservancy and the No Ivy League helping them pull ivy to save the native ecosystem. We worked for around 3 hours and had a great time uprooting large networks of ivy. The hosts of the project even provided snacks, so it was a great experience overall!!

Iris Ellenberg

Volunteers planted 40 Sword Ferns and cleared 10,000 square feet of ivy.