Interested in a mountain climb? John Punches, an OSU Extension Forester who also happens to be an experienced mountaineer and mountain rescue leader/trainer, has offered to take a small group on a beginner climb up the south face of Mount Hood. (Original plans to do South Sister had to be changed due to access limitations.) The event will feature basic instruction in mountaineering, followed by a summit attempt. Participants should plan to arrive in either Bend or Portland no later than early afternoon on May 1. The group will convene at Timberline Lodge in the early evening of May 1, and climb very early on May 2. The climb will conclude by mid-afternoon on May 2, allowing ample time to get to the ANREP conference location that evening.
Mountain climbing experience is not required, but participants should be in good physical condition and anticipate a 6 mile round trip with about 5,300 feet in elevation gain.
This pre-conference offer is informal (not officially connected with the ANREP conference) – contact John at if interested. John will work with you to help you identify gear requirements and gear rental options, and to help you prepare for the climb.

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