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Women's Backpacking: What's Inside Your Pack?

Tuesday, March 13: So you have your backpack loaded with all the "necessary" items for your next backpacking trip. Still think you might be carrying too much? Join REI, 85 Rossanley Drive, Medford, at 6:30 p.m. for this small-group session on how to cut weight, carry the essentials and tailor your gear to best suit your needs. In this hands-on class, bring your personal pack and gear and we will go through the items you take with you when backpacking and do a group "shake-down" on gear. You will receive the attention to really perfect your packing system. See

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument talk

Thursday, March 15: Learn about recently conducted field work within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument during a research symposium from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at the Science Building auditorium at Southern Oregon University. Presenters will be SOU student researchers Hope Braithwaite and Suphasiri Muttamara, and University of Oregon geologist Alec Sweetland. Keynote research presenter will be John Alexander, of Klamath Bird Observatory. Topics include geographic variations of pika dialects in southwestern Oregon, species distribution and diversity of dragonflies and damselflies in CSNM, geologic mapping of the Western Cascades, and bird abundance surveys. Refreshment will be served. A raffle to raise money for the Friends Research Fund, a grant program that supports student research in the Monument, will be held. See

Shamrock Run 5 Mile Run/Walk

Saturday, March 17: The annual event starts at 9 a.m. at Crater High School, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. The runs start on start and finish on the high school track, and utilize the Bear Creek Greenway. For details, see the race calendar at

Rogue Valley Walkers

Saturday, March 17: 10K walk in Ashland. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Safeway parking lot at Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street in Ashland. A 5K option is available. For more information, see or call 541-582-2607.

Siskiyou Velo

Every Saturday: Brisk rides are for strong riders who want to ride in a paceline with occasional sprints and brisk climbs. Speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route and starting point will vary — expect some climbing and, in fact, on most days, a lot. Riders should know how to make repairs. Riders are expected to review online and understand the planned route. The Brisk group is not a no-drop group, slower riders are discouraged. For details, call Dennis Cramer at 541-773-5804.

Every Saturday: Velo Melo meets at various places and rides about 20 miles at 11 to 13 mph on flats with few, if any, pacelines. The routes may include some climbing, but these are usually limited to small rolling hills within the Bear Creek Valley. No one will be dropped. Contact Lisa Brill at

Every Saturday: Velo Slo-Mos meet at various places to ride about 18 miles at an average of 10 mph over mostly flat terrain. We always stop for a cuppa along the route. Contact Phil Gagnon at 541-488-4289.

Every Monday: Moderate to brisk rides along a fairly flat route from Phoenix to Jacksonville. Speeds are 18 to 20 mph on the flats and average around 15 to 19 mph overall. The route includes mostly lower volume roads without shoulders and some with moderate traffic and moderately wide shoulders. The exception is on OR 238 (Hanley Road), where there are no shoulders and the volumes are moderate. Call Ray Forsyth at 541-245-0312.

Every Wednesday: This is a ride for experienced cyclists who enjoy riding at a moderate/brisk pace. Pacelines are common but not continuous; speeds are above 20 mph on flats and average of 15 to 18 mph overall. The route may vary but typically it goes through the orchards on the way to Oregon Mountain Roasting Company near East Barnett and North Phoenix Road (approximately 35 miles). The ride will almost always include a stop for coffee/espresso. Call Matt Walker at 541-261-4891.

Riders must wear a helmet, carry a spare tube, and nonmembers must sign an insurance waiver to release the club from liability. See for more information.

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