Five Mile Butte XC Ski Trip

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Sun, 01/17/2010 - Mon, 01/18/2010

We’re off to the Five Mile Butte fire lookout! Fire lookout towers were once used to detect wildfires. They give us a great opportunity to live the life of a fire lookout ranger.

We’re off to the Five Mile Butte fire lookout! Fire lookout towers were once used to detect wildfires. They give us a great opportunity to live the life of a fire lookout ranger.

 
On this little adventure we will drive to the east side of Mt. Hood as far up the road as we can go, slap on our skis, and make our way to a cozy little lookout tower perched atop a 40 foot tower. We will carry all our clothing, equipment, and food on our backs. Luckily, there is a pulley we can use to get our backpacks up into the tower. We will warm ourselves by the wood stove, stargaze, and keep and eye out for fires on the hills around us.
 
Spectacular views will greet us as we start the next day’s adventure. We will explore the surrounding forest on skis, watching for wildlife, admiring the old growth Ponderosa pines, and staying warm. We will ski back to the bus, and get back to Caltin around 6:00. 
 
This trip is open to Middle Schoolers. No skiing experience is necessary—this is a great way to learn. Students should be in good condition and willing to be cold (and hot) during the two day trip.
 
The Cost of the trip is $40 (plus $15 if you need to rent skis, poles and boots)
 
To sign up, send an email to Olivia Miller