|August 2003||Volume 8, Issue 8|
In This Issue
The President's Approach
The Cascades Mountaineers seek to provide opportunities for comradeship, mountaineering safety education, mountain travel, and shared climbing adventures in the Cascades and beyond.
President, Tom Merrow
The President's Approach
I recently came across this quote attributed to Chuck Pratt: "I don't want to write about climbing; I don't want to talk about it; I don't want to photograph it; I don't want to think about it; all I want to do is do it." I am sure we could all improve our climbing considerably with this kind of focus. However, summer in Central Oregon presents so many opportunities! I love mountaineering but I also love hiking, canoeing, riding, and tennis. And, I particularly like including photography with these activities.
I am looking forward to this month's meeting. On August 13th, we'll hear from Bob Woodward and Bruce Jackson, two prominent local photographers who've built successful careers around their own passion for the outdoors. They've taken some awesome images in the nearby mountains that I am sure are familiar to many of you, including Bruce's early morning misty landscapes and Bob's action shots of climbers and skiers. I know they'll be interesting speakers and I hope we pick up some pointers from them to help our own photography.
As for Chuck Pratt's not wanting to write or talk about climbing, I find myself more sympathetic. Writing a column every month can be time consuming. It is not a big issue when the weather is marginal but on these wonderful summer days I'd rather be outdoors. Still, I always enjoyed reading Jill Kellogg's messages last year so I feel I should do my best.
The outings calendar needs to be filled in. We built some good momentum this spring with members signing up to coordinate outings. Now is the time to take a few minutes, dig out your calendars, make a few calls, and get them scheduled. Our outings committee leaders, Rick Treleaven and Allen Light, will be happy to help you get things moving.
See you outside!
Quote of The Month
"You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know." -- Rene Daumal
"Add a camera to your pack!"
Learn how to get great outdoor shots from two local noted photographers Bob Woodward and Bruce Jackson. Bob specializes in action outdoor shots while Bruce concentrates on nature outdoor photography.
Bob Woodward got his start 35 years ago as a professional photographer shooting skiing. That led to years of photographing all sorts of self-propelled action sports. Today, he still enjoys his sports work but is doing more travel, fashion and corporate photography. Bob will discuss some general tips for mountaineers who want to take better pictures. He'll also touch on the advances in and advantages of digital photography. For more of Bob's photos, see his website at www.woodychromes.com.
Bruce Jackson grew up in farm country near Salem, Oregon. A passion for skiing brought him to his present home of Bend, Oregon in 1969. Brief work with ski cinematographer Warren Miller inspired Bruce to begin photographing in 1976. In 1992, Bruce was awarded Grand Prize in the Sierra Club International Photography Competition. His creative work includes the famous Mt. Bachelor and Mt. Hood posters. Bruce Jackson’s exquisite fine art prints are available at www.brucejackson.com.
September 13 and 14, 2003 Monkey Face / Smith Rock Technical Climbing Outing
Contact: Matt Gadow, 382-6780 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Outing Description: Over the past few years, many Cascades Mountaineers shared adventures climbing the technical climbs of Smith Rock State Park. This year’s outing will be another chance to polish your technical climbing skills on traditional, bolted and top-roped climbs. Saturday, Outing leaders will put up ropes on traditional routes from 5.6 to 5.9 near the Monkey Face, depending on the interests of the group. On Sunday, a leaders party will climb the West Face Variation, and Pioneer Aid pitch. This will allow the group to set up a traverse from the diving board to the Monkey’s neck-cave, allowing other participants to traverse into the neck cave, and climb the exposed, but bolted “Panic Point (5.7) or Monkey off My Back (5.8)” pitches onto the summit of the Monkey. A series of rappels will be set up to return participants back to the base of Monkey. Climbers should have some technical climbing experience, a harness, locking carabiner(s), and a belay device. Additional ropes and gear would be useful, and can be coordinated with the climb leader.
Cascades Mountaineers participates in the "adopt a highway" program. You may have seen the signs for our mile of the Cascades Highway up towards Mt Bachelor. It is time for our annual volunteer clean-up again. We'll announce a date and time at the next monthly meeting.
The discount program for club members provides opportunities to save money while supporting local retailers. Next rest day, take a little time and check out the latest in climbing and hiking gear.