Summer Climbs

In the past few months, I haven’t posted much on here about the Post’s activities, but a lot has been going on.

Conditioning hikes help students prepare for climbs, get to know the other students and advisers they will be climbing with, learn how their gear will perform, and get used steeper terrain. This year, conditioning hikes began around the end of March/ beginning of April with hikes up Angel’s Rest and Dog Mountain. Hikes continued into June on many of our sunny and not-so-sunny weekends.

Image courtesy of Caroline Williams. Original Work. (Dog Mountain Hike 2016)
Image courtesy of Caroline Williams. Original Work. (Dog Mountain Hike 2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As April turned into May, we began the first of many mountain climbs this season. Originally, the plan was for fifteen trips from late April into September. Unfortunately, since the weather has been difficult this season, we have made it up fewer summits than we hoped. Some climbs were rescheduled, while others forced us to turn around part way up. However, even on climbs where we failed to reach the summit, we have had a lot of fun and made new memories. In mountain climbing, summits are never guaranteed, so the process is a big part of the fun.

Image Courtesy of Tim Gentry. Original Work. (Mt. Hood West Crater Rim 2016)
Image Courtesy of Tim Gentry. Original Work. (Mt. Hood West Crater Rim 2016)
Image Courtesy of Tim Gentry. Original Work. (Mt. Hood West Crater Rim 2016)
Image Courtesy of Tim Gentry. Original Work. (Mt. Hood West Crater Rim 2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to hikes and mountain climbs, we’ve also had some other types of trips happening, including smith rocks trips, snow school, and a skills session. Later this summer we have more mountain climbs and two backpacking trips. The season isn’t over yet — happy climbing!

July 2016 Newsletter

Inside:

  • Next Meeting – not at Lincoln!
  • Fundraiser – Last Thursday Sale
  • Service Project – Trail Maintenance
  • Interview – Caroline Williams
  • Climbing News – Lhaka Sherpa has broken her own record for the most summits of Everest by a woman.

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