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Leader of fatal '67 Denali climb to speak in Eugene

Joe Wilcox, leader of a 1967 Mount McKinley expedition on which seven climbers died, will give a slide-illustrated talk, "Tragedy on Denali," Saturday in Eugene. Among those who perished were Mark McLauglin and Jerry Clark, members of The Obsidians outdoor club in Eugene.

Wilcox, whose book "White Winds" is an account of what happened on the climb, is presenting the program to commemorate The Obsidians' re-dedication of the McLaughlin-Clark Memorial Climbing Wall at their lodge. "White Winds" is out of print, but Wilcox will have copies available for sale following the program, set for 11 a.m. at The Obsidian Lodge, off the south end of Spring Boulevard near Essex Street.

Meanwhile, officials of W. W. Norton & Company recently informed The Obsidians of the pending publication of a new book on the 1967 climb. Written by James M. Tabor, a former contributing editor to Outside magazine, it is titled "Forever on the Mountain: The Truth Behind One of the Most Controversial, Mysterious, and Tragic Disasters in Mountaineering History." Publication is scheduled for July 2007, to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the accident.

36,000 boaters facing education requirement in '07

The phase-in of Oregon's mandatory boater education requirement is about to hit the state's largest group of boaters, those between the ages of 51 and 60. Starting in January, powerboat operators 60 and younger must carry their boater education card when operating watercraft of 10 horsepower or more. That means the requirement will apply to an additional 36,000 registered boat owners, according to the Oregon State Marine Board. About 150,000 boater cards have been issued to date, most to those younger than 50.

The education requirement can be met in several ways. Classroom sessions are offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U. S. Power Squadrons, volunteer instructors and private providers. Free equivalency exams for experienced boaters are offered by local sheriffs' offices. Internet courses are also available. For details, see: Boating without a required safety card is punishable by a $97 fine.

Raptor Center offers its nest boxes as great gifts

Cascades Raptor Center, a non-profit wildlife hospital and nature center in Eugene, is selling nest boxes as holiday gifts, said to delight recipients and feathered friends alike. Nest boxes for Western screech owls and North American kestrels cost $45. Larger barn owl boxes are $75. For details, contact Laurin Huse, 485-1320, or

Holiday discount on state parks day-use passes

Day-use passes good for 12 months at 25 Oregon state parks are on sale at a 20 percent discount during December. The passes - normally $25 - cost $20 and are good through Dec. 31, 2007, at state parks that charge the per-vehicle day-use fee. Visitors without annual passes must pay a $3 daily fee at those locations. Parks passes are sold at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department offices and at Oregon G.I. Joe's stores. Passes may also be purchased by phone and charged to a VISA or MasterCard by calling the State Parks Information Center, (800) 551-6949.


Oregon angling highlights

Rivers and streams: Fall chinook salmon fishing is winding down, but the Elk and Sixes rivers on the south coast and Tillamook Bay and tributaries on the north are still producing some bright fish. The Umpqua River has kicked out a few winter steelhead in the Sawyers Rapids area; sturgeon fishing is slow in the Umpqua estuary. A few steelhead also have shown on the Coos and Coquille rivers. The Alsea River, traditionally one of the best early season winter steelhead fisheries, should begin heating up any day now. The Columbia River is fair to good for keeper sturgeon in the Gorge area.

Lakes: No hatchery trout releases are scheduled this week. However, holdover trout are available in Dexter, Dorena and other flood control reservoirs, and in the Florence-area lakes. Junction City pond received a few excess brood trout last week, and another release is on the schedule next week.

Marine zone: Ocean crabbing should be very good when conditions allow boats to get out. Bay crabbing should be fair to good between high-water events.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: From now through late March you can enjoy watching elk from the USFS viewing platform across Highway 20 from Long Ranch, about 6 miles east of Cascadia. About 40 elk spend the winter at this stage stop along the Santiam Wagon Road. Other good places to see elk year-round are Dean's Creek Elk Viewing Area on Highway 38 near Reedsport, and sometimes at Finley National Wildlife refuge on Highway 99W south of Corvallis. Best times to see them are early morning or late evening.

- Compiled from ODFW and Register-Guard reports. Updates available at


To submit events

Submit listings to: Outdoor Editor, P.O. Box 10188, Eugene OR 97440 or: Unless otherwise noted, events are free.

Adventure travel


REI: Paul Garrett will present a program featuring movie scenes recently filmed on location in Africa and offer tips on what to pack for an African safari, 7 p.m., REI, 306 Lawrence St.



GEARS: 73-mile ride in the McKenzie View Drive and Deerhorn areas. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m., slower riders at 10:30. Route details:


GEARS: 35-mile ride in the Meadowview area. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m., slower riders at 10:30.



Oregon Marine Board: Proposed rules restricting motorboat operations on the Illinois River during summer months and placing a 5 mph speed limit on the North Fork Siuslaw River are on the agenda for a 9 a.m. meeting at the State Marine Board office in Salem. Details: (503) 378-2617.



Mount Pisgah Arboretum: `Sacred Seasons,' a slideshow by Rick Ahrens, looks at the connection between the Earth's seasons and human celebrations, 7 p.m., Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St. Donation requested. Details: 747-1504.

Paddle sports


Oregon River Sports: A kayaking adventure on the Sea of Cortez will be the subject of a slide show; 6:30 p.m. at ORS, 3400 Franklin Blvd. Mexican-style fish tacos will be served. RSVP: 334-0696.


Oregon River Sports: Paddle outing on Schofield Creek; meet at ORS, 3400 Franklin Blvd., at 8:30 a.m. or at the Rainbow Plaza Boat Ramp about 10 a.m. Details: 334-0696.

Snow sports


Altair Ski & Sports Club: Upcoming trips will be discussed at this month's general meeting, 6 p.m., Ballroom of The Vets Club, 1626 Willamette St. Details: 302-2644.


The Obsidians: Chris Suraleff and Peggy Lee Mathes will lead a downhill ski outing at Hoodoo Ski Area. Details, signup sheet at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.


The Obsidians: Diane Jeffcott - seven-mile cross-country ski to Fawn Lake' and Stewart Hoeg - five-mile snowshoe to Marilyn and Gold Lakes. Details, signup sheet at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.


TUESDAY, Dec. 12

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Easy 6.2-mile walk in Alton Baker Park; meet at Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 W. C St., Springfield, at 8:30 a.m. or at the La Quinta Inn, 155 Day Island Road, at 8:45 a.m. Details: 747-6470.


Altair Ski & Sports Club: Five-mile Hendricks Park walk. Details, RSVP: 726-8154.


Altair Club: Five-mile Hendricks Park walk. Details, RSVP: 726-8154.


Altair Club: Four-mile walk on Valley River bike paths. Details, RSVP: 343-7893.


Timely tips: Looking for a holiday gift for that hard-to-please sportsman? The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife suggests a gift certificates that can be redeemed for 2007 hunting and fishing licenses. The certificates are available at sporting good stores license agencies. Also available are gift certificates for ODFW's award-winning outdoor skills program for women. Recipients will have a a variety of Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops to select from. Call 503-947-6018 for details or visit
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Date:Dec 12, 2006
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