It's Dues Time!
It is that time of the year to pay your annual Trails Club dues. The dues form is available on-line here. Print it, fill it out, and mail it in.
Tyee Hosts needed
It’s snowing it’s snowing and it is that time of year again. Time to fill Tyee
Lodge’s winter calendar with our wonderful hosts and their exciting events! Take
a look at your calendars and let me now when you are available to host a day
or two, heck how about a full week! Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, tell stories around
the fire, or relax by watching the snowflakes drift to the ground knowing that
you are making a difference for every Trails Club Member.
Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you!
Switching from paper to getting the Blazer by e-mail is not only green, it helps save our club money.
To make the switch, please send an e-mail to
Please include your name and a request to switch to electronic (start by clicking the link).
First Annual Trails Club of Oregon Used Gear Sale
January 18, 2014
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Tabor Space Dining Room
5441 SE Belmont St., Portland 97215
Do you have gear you no longer need or received a "white elephant" or two as a gift during the holidays? This will be the place to sell or barter away your gear.
All kinds of outdoor clothing and accessories, shoes and boots, climbing gear, backpacking and camping gear, books, skis, bikes, kayaks, and canoes. Space is limited in the dining room, so please do not set up tents for display. If you have a bike or boat for sell, bring a picture of it along with its specs.
This event is open to the public and other hiking groups.
Setup time is 10 AM the day of the sale.
There is a $5 seller’s fee, which goes towards the room rental. If you’re interested in selling your gear, please contact Carlene St. Thomas at: email@example.com to be placed on the seller list.
Tabor Space dining room is located in the basement of the church and is accessible from the sidewalk on the west side of church. Please use the parking lot just west of Tabor Space across the street. Be courteous when parking on the neighborhood streets and do not block resident’s driveways.
The Tabor Space café and sells coffee, pastries, and other light fare and will be open during the sale.
Winter Parking at Tyee
there is is an ODOT plan to eventually close the parking area shared by TCO and Boy Scouts along Timberline Road. Difficulty snow plowing the road with cars parked in that space is cited as the reason.
The Mazamas are planning to create a large number of parking spaces along lower West Leg Road to avoid having to cross US 26 from the current winter parking area. They have invited TCO to join them in creating and paying for the new parking spaces. We have been in discussion with Mazamas and their engineering firm for many months on this issue.
Access to Tyee from the proposed parking area will require a longer trail than we currently have so we are also looking into methods of carrying food and other materials to Tyee in the winter.
When a schedule for this change is finalized, the TCO Board will notify the membership.
No change for this winter (2013-14)
Richard Gaunt, President
Pacific Crest Trail Association Work Parties
The PCTA will have several more trail work parties this year in Oregon.
Typical projects include repairing tread erosion and improving trail drainage. Work parties are a rewarding opportunity for our community to help preserve the Pacific Crest Trail, a national treasure.
See the the project schedule at: http://www.pcta.org/volunteer/project-schedule/
Activity Coordinators Needed
Brian Carlson, our Snowshoe Coordinator, has finished his term. Brian’s work getting snowshoe trips organized and posted in the Trail Blazer is very much appreciated! We will miss him. If you love snowshoeing and would like to help keep this club program going, please contact me. We continue to need a club Weekend Hike Coordinator and a Backpack Coordinator to promote these programs too. Please let me know if you can help.
For more information contact Jeff Lawton, Trips Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
TCO Club Brochures
Trails Club of Oregon is growing and membership is increasing. We appreciate club members reaching out to acquaintances, family and friends and telling them
about our wonderful club. Brochures are available at the lodges and at club events for handing out to our guests. But, I would also be happy to mail some to you
to give to your friends and neighbors.
Other than by word of mouth, we have found that people find us via the internet or from our brochures located at such places as REI, public libraries and other similar places. Your help would be appreciated in distribution of these brochures. Please let me know if you are willing to drop off brochures at some locations near your work or home. I will even mail you the brochures. Callista Snively, Membership Trustee, Email email@example.com or Cell 503 330-7344. Thank you for your help.
Special Cards to TCO Members
Do you know a TCO Club Member or planning yourself to have surgery? Someone that is sick? A death in the family? Or congratulations? Please contact the Membership
Committee with suggestions of whom to be sent greeting cards.
Callista Snively firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 503-330-7344.
Nesika Road Status
The road to Nesika is currently Open.
The repair at Multnomah creek is complete. The road should remain open for the forseeable future.
Reminder: Access is from Larch Mt. Road only due to impassable damage to lower Palmer mill road.
Request for Adventure and Travel Presenters
If you would like to show and tell us about your Adventures and Travels, we are interested. Sign up for the coming season of 2011-2012. Email the Social chair, at SocialChair@trailsclub.org with name, location and month to present a 45-60 min. show. For more information, call 503 330-7344.
Parking Saftey Reminder
We advise hikers, Skiiers, abnd Snowshoers to carefully secure their cars while
parking at our Park and Ride locations and at trailheads before hikes. Leave
your car empty looking and uninviting.
Submitted by: Trips Committee Chair
The Board has reaffirmed the Trails Club policy that all outings must be approved by the Trips Committee before they are published on the website or in the Blazer. Outings are defined as any multi-day trip except for backpack, bicycle or kayak trips, which are approved by the individual activity committees within the Trips Committee. Please contact Susan Saul at (360) 892-5643 or email@example.com regarding your outing proposal.
See the Outings Page for Outings policies and forms
Blazer Contact Info.:
Send write-ups to: Blazer at trailsclub.org
10544 SW Windsor Ct
Tigard, OR 97223
Please use the following format:
Month Day (Day of week) Event Title - Class A,B,C
Description Text - Please include distance, elevation change, and round trip driving distance.
Do not capitalize full words, lines or sentences for emphasis
Day trip descriptions should be under 100 words.
Depart: Meeting place, with address if possible, and departure time
Leader: Name Phone and/or email.
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