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All Summer

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2016 Banquet

Membership Hike Leaders

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Club Address change

Tyee Oil tank

Tyee Lodge Lock Change

TCO Web project

Hwy 26 Construction

Electronic Blazers

Nesika Road Status

Parking Saftey Reminder

Outings:

OLYMPIC PARK OUTING
July 10-15, 2016

Outings Reminder


Keep Nesika Open All Summer!

Wouldn't it be amazing if Nesika were open every weekend this summer? Let's see if we can make it happen!
This is hosting with a twist. The idea is to have somebody at the lodge to greet folks passing through or groups that hike up (more than you might imagine). You don't need to buy food or cook, just put on a pot of coffee and we'll announce it as a pot luck weekend. Overnighters bring their own food for dinner. And we can arrange to have some breakfast basics on hand.

If you want to plan a weekend with a large number of guests and put on a big feed, that's even better. If you know the lodge procedures, please step up and offer to take one weekend between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

To get your weekend register via email to Nesika@trailsclub.org.


Send us your email

The TCO database needs your current email address. Please email your updates Jeff Lawton, Membership Trustee, at MembershipChair@trailsclub.org.


2016 TCO Banquet

Sunday, May 1, 2016 4:30 7:00 PM
Elephants on Corbett
5221 SW Corbett Ave.
Portland, Oregon

Please join your fellow outdoor enthusiasts at our Annual Trails Club of Oregon Banquet!

This year we are excited to announce that we will be holding a silent auction and we have a special guest speaker: Erin "Wired" Saver, well-known Triple Crown long distance backpacker. Erin has completed over 10,000 miles of hiking on major trails, including the thru-hiker's coveted Triple Crown. Over a 3.5 year period, Erin completed The Pacific Crest Trail (2,663mi), Continental Divide Trail (3,100mi), and Appalachian Trail (2,190mi). Erin will share her overarching personal journey, stories, and highlights from the three major trails, as well as the life lessons she's learned in the transformation from a relative newbie backpacker to "Triple Crowner".

Agenda for the evening:
4-4:30 Check-in & mingling
4:30-5 :30 Dinner
5:30-6:15 Erin Saver
6:15-6:30 Henry Waespe Award
6:30-7 Silent auction winners & close

Cost for the event is $30. Please RSVP no later than April 22.
There are two ways to RSVP and pay for the event:

  1. RSVP "Yes" at the Trails Club of Oregon Meetup Site at
    http://www.meetup.com/Trails-Club-of-Oregon/events/229207697/
    Follow the instructions to pay via PayPal
    OR
  2. Send a check to the Trails Club mailbox:
    Trails Club of Oregon,
    PO Box 69061,
    Portland, OR 97239

Please contact Susan Taylor if you have any items you would like to donate for the silent auction fundraiser.
Susan can be reached at: neumesian@hotmail.com neumesian@hotmail.com or 503-453-5762

Look forward to seeing you all there!


Membership Hike Leaders Needed

The Trails Club Meetup now has almost 1600 enthusiastic, active members! It's time to turn some of them into full-fledged TCO members to carry our club into the future.

One way to do this is to introduce them to our two beautiful lodges. We need hike leaders to help lead hikes to Nesika Lodge each month through the summer (April through October).

If you can lead a membership hike to Nesika lodge and back this summer, please contact Jeff Lawton at trailsclubtrips@gmail.com.
We will schedule these hikes on Saturdays to coincide with the Nesika work weekends.


Do we have you current address and email?

We will be printing the 2016 member directories soon. Please help us keep the directories up to date! If your address has changed since the 2015 directory, please let your club know. The same is true for your email address. We are trying to use email as much as possible to save paper and postage.

Not sure? Send your info anyway!

E-mail Jeff Lawton at: MembershipChair@trailsclub.org or send mail to:

Trails Club of Oregon
PO Box 69061
Portland, OR 97239-0061


Club Address Change

The club recently changed the llocation of the club PO Box. This means the club address has changed.
The USPS promised to forward mail for one year, but this only seems to work part of the time. This has resulted in some things sent to the old PO box (like dues payments) being returned.

Please note the new address below, and double check mailings sent to the club

Trails Club of Oregon
PO Box 69061
Portland, OR 97239-0061


Have you paid your 2016 dues?

Our address changed this year and some folks sent dues to the old address and the Post Office failed to forward them.

If your dues were returned, or if you haven't paid yet, please send them to:

Trails Club of Oregon
PO Box 69061
Portland, OR 97239-0061

Or use our online payment method to pay your dues On-Line.
Go Here to pay dues Online


Tyee Oil Tank

Tyee Lodge is open as usual this winter!

Late this fall we discovered the underground heating oil tank was leaking. All heating oil has been removed from the underground tank and moved to two outside above ground temporary tanks on the east end of the lodge. These tanks contain approximately 500 gallons of oil which should take us through a normal snow season. The furnace will operate as usual so this should have little impact on winter activities.

We need to ask winter users to do a simple check approximately once per day while operating the furnace this winter. When the oil transfer was made, some sediment was picked up and the furnace oil filter became clogged and had to be changed.
Please perform the following procedure:

  • The furnace is located in the basement behind a metal door at the bottom of the stairs. Turn on the ceiling light outside this door and open it.
  • There is another light located on the ceiling inside the furnace room so please turn it on too.
  • When the furnace is running, check the fuel oil pressure gauge to make sure the needle is not in the red colored zone.
  • This gauge is located low on the furnace on the right side. If the needle is in the white zone, turn off the lights, close the door and enjoy the day. If the needle is in the red zone, the furnace oil filter will require changing.
  • The procedure for changing the filter is located on a piece of paper inside the furnace room near the gauge and in the lodge procedures book in the kitchen.

Richard Gaunt / Chaz Shaw

Update 12/20/15
Work to excavate the oil tank was not done. The USFS withdrew permission because of unusally heavy rain. Snow at the end of the week and during the past week has just about assured that this work wuill not be done until spring, unless we hit an unusally warm dry spell this winter.

Giant Kudos to Chaz Shaw, who stepped in early as the Tyee chair and has been spear-heading solutions to the problem. Also Many thanks to Richard Gaunt, who has taken over when Chaz needed to be gone. This has been a very urgent and complex issue involving the Contractor, USFS, Oregon DEQ. Richard and Chaz have done an excellet job of making this happen .


Tyee Lodge Lock Change

Tyee Lodge locks have been completely re-keyed. The old 200 series keys will no longer open the lodge. I will be handing out new key’s at the annual meeting. If you are ubnable to attend the meeting, or need access to Tyee before then contact me and I will arrange to get you a key.

If you would like me to mail you your key, please Send an me an e-mail with your mailing address. We have it in our records but I want to make sure I am sending it to a current address.

Chaz Shaw
Acting Tyee Lodge Chair
503-729-7560
TyeeChair@trailsclub.org


TCO Web Project

We are looking for some club members that can help us update our web site. We are looking for people with experience building a web site using WordPress. If you have some skills and are willing to volunteer some time please contact me at webmaster@trailsclub.org and I will get more details to you.
Randy Dietrich
Publications Chair


Construction on Hwy 26 on Mt. Hood

Work on this project continues beyond the original end date of Oct. 31, 2015
Details available at www.US26MtHoodSafety.org.


Electronic Blazers

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 membership@trailsclub.org .
Please include your name and a request to switch to electronic (start by clicking the link).


Nesika Road Status

The road was clear of downed trees in late November (2015) and was passable at that time. But we have had some major storms since then and there will be no more work done on the road until spring.

The road to Nesika is considered closed for the winter months. The road can be very slippery when it is wet and just plain dangerous if there is any ice present. We recommend that members do not travel the road into Nesika below the green gate duirng the wet and cold winter months unless conditions are unusually dry and warm.

Reminder: Access is from Larch Mt. Road only due to impassable damage to lower Palmer mill road.


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


OLYMPIC PARK HIKING OUTING

July 10-15, 2016

We will stay at Naturebridge on beautiful Crescent Lake in the Olympic National Park.
Details here


OUTINGS REMINDER

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 or bicycle trips, which are approved by the individual activity committees within the Trips Committee. Please contact Susan Saul at (360) 892-5643 or sunr1s3cr33k@gmail.com regarding your outing proposal.

See the Outings Page for Outings policies and forms


Blazer Contact Info.:

Blazer Newsletter:
Send write-ups to: Blazer at trailsclub.org
or
Philip Crosby
12401 SW Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
503 636-1853

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.

Trails Club of Oregon's Web site:
Send pictures, new events or corrections to the Webmaster at trailsclub.org