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11.02.18 --or Google these selected phrases
Lost family on South Sister in May, calls 911
Middle Sister fall claims Benjamin Newkirk of Bend, Oregon
What about climbing Mt. Hood?
Lost Badlands Wilderness Hiker calls 911
Rescuers assist overdue Broken Top climber
Injured Climber Rescued from Smith Rock “Wherever I May Roam” climbing area
Mount Hood - Missing hiker Mary Owen, found alive after six nights alone
Bend father and son snowmobilers lost overnight - 2013
Why are "snow caves" dangerous?
Missing snowmobilers found, Roger Rouse dies from hypothermia - 2006
Op-Ed: Bulletin survival recommendations don’t offer full picture - 2013
Op-Ed: Bulletin survival recommendations don’t offer full picture - 2007
Op-Ed: Good maps are vital to the wilderness experience
Three snowshoe hikers found by SAR after two cold nights on Mt. Hood
Hikers found by SAR on Tam McArthur Rim
Whoops: GPS locator switches on, sparks search - what happened?
Mount Hood - Experienced climber dies in 1,000' tumbling fall from the Hogsback
Mount Hood - Experienced climber dies in solo fall from the Hogsback
Four die unprepared in forecast storm on Mt. Rainier
Pomona College Magazine: Expert Advice from Robert Speik, Class of '50
Searchers Find Lost Mountain Biker West of Bend
Solo cross country skier lost north of Mt. Bachelor
Analysis of the December 2009 deaths from hypothermia of three climbers on Mount Hood
Teen skier without cell phone, lost for nine hours in deep powder at Mt. Bachelor
Lost Prineville hunter avoids hypothermia in Ochoco mountains! What did he do right?
Three Stranded "Hikers" Rescued from Atop South Sister by SAR
Several lost hiker incidents near Sisters, Oregon, resolved by SAR
Fallen solo climber on Mount Thielsen, rescued by "chance encounter"
OpEd: Yuppie 911 devices can take the "search" out of Search and Rescue
Mt. Rainier climbers lack cell phones, one dies from hypothermia, overnight in forecast storm
Robert Speik writes: "There is no denying the sense of cell" for The Mountaineers
Robert Speik writes about the Ten Essential Systems for The Mountaineers Magazine
SPOT-2 Satellite GPS Messenger at stores nationwide
Use your common digital cell phone for backcountry adventures and mountaineering
Three unprepared hikers rescued from South Sister in snow storm on Labor Day
Mt. Hood climbers killed by summit icefall on blue bird day
Man rescued from crevasse just off South Sister climber's trail, child dies
Remembering Jim Witty, 1958-2008
Oregon HB 2509 mandates short-range electronic signaling devices on Mt. Hood - climbers' views
Climbing party "saved" by big warm dog and cell phone on the ski slopes of Mt. Hood!
Mount Hood - What happened to the three North Face climbers in December 2006?
Missing California family found, father dies from hypothermia in quest to find help
Missing snowmobilers found, Roger Rouse dies from hypothermia
American Alpine Club's "Trad Award" for "mentoring" goes to Robert Speik!
Royal Robbins speaks on "40 Years of Adventure", in Bend, Oregon
Steve House of Central Oregon and Vince Anderson summit Rupal Face in alpine style
OSU graduate slips from Three Fingered Jack
Mount Washington climber seriously injured in rockfall
North Sister climbers swept away by Spring avalanche
R.J. Secor seriously injured during a runaway glissade
Mount Washington claims two climbers
X-Adventure Raid World Adventure Race qualifier in Bend OR
Mt. Jefferson climbers rescued by helicopter
Steens Big Indian Gorge backpack adventure with Jim Witty
Photos of mountaineering adventures: 11.02.18 --or Google these selected phrases:
Cory Rich, The story behind the cover girl image
ONDA volunteers plant 700 aspens, restoring meadows at Silvies Valley Ranch
Jared Leisek's Brokentop with GoPro and PPG
Drone footage of climbers on Trango Tower
South Sister solo cross country circumnavigation in early summer
The classic Snow Creek Route, a 10,000 foot gain!
TraditionalMountaineering Adopts the Crooked River through Smith Rock
Bachelor Butte Dog Derby sled dog races from Wanoga Snowpark
Bend businesses sponsor a Badlands "Wilderness Restoration" Day
Badlands wilderness trail closure volunteers "trammel" required values
Wilderness Restoration: The Paradox of Public Participation
South Sister spring-snow overnight for gear and skills
The essential contents of back and summit packs
Steep snow climbing Class of 2009
Photos of all stages of the Pole Peddle Paddle
Photos of a summer climb of South Sister in the Three Sisters Wilderness
Retro-bolting Meadow Crags with local climbers and The Access Fund
USFS Volunteer Training near Oakridge Ranger Station
Rafting the John Day River with Ouzel and pulling fence with ONDA
American Alpine Club's Annual Meeting in Bend OR
Redmond Fire Department rescues a senior hiker at Smith Rock
Snow Camping Seminar, from bivy to base camp
Views of the Oregon Cascades in the summer and fall
Three Finger Jack, a deceptively dangerous summit
The Fall Festival takes over downtown Bend Oregon
Cascade Cycling's Twilight Criterium in downtown Bend
HERA Climb for Life Event at Smith Rock State Park
Smith Rock Spring Thing!
BARK club adventure race near Smith Rock
Pulling barbed wire on the Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge with ONDA
Navigation Noodle with map, compass and GPS in The Badlands
An overnight cross country circumnavigation of South Sister!
A cross country circumnavigation of Broken Top across the Bend Glacier!
X-Adventure Raid Adventure Race North America qualifier in Bend!
Barack Obama's 2008 Town Hall Meeting in Bend, Oregon
Mountain Link Senior Guide JJ Justman's Mt. Everest summit!
Middle and North Sister summer climbing adventure
Mt. Adams spring snow summit
Climbing Mount Thielsen and Broken Top
South Sister spring-snow overnight for gear and skills
Maps: reviewed 11.02.18
Op-Ed, Good maps are vital to the wilderness experience
Map of some known Avalanche Slopes near Bend, Oregon
Official USFS winter recreation trails west of Bend
New topo maps of Nordic and snowshoe trails - printable with UTMs!
USFS recreation trails map for the forest near Bend
Badlands non-motorized trails just east of Bend
Raid Adventure Race course map in the mountains west of Bend
Information: reviewed 11.02.18
About alpine mountaineering:
Traditions, ethics, essentials, responsibilities and more
Carry our SAR request/WFA form
Assemble your traditional mountaineering first aid kit(s)
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Field Seminars: 11.02.18
Free - Rappelling from basic to advanced!
Free - Winter camping from bivy to base camp!
Free - Steep snow climbing and ice axe arrest seminars!
Free - Two days cross country around South Sister
Free - Broken Top Circle on trails, traces, snow, rock and glacier ice
Free - Navigation Noodle™ in The Badlands
Recommended Classes: reviewed 11.02.18
Map, compass and GPS used together:
Be Prepared for Seasonal Adventures: Wilderness First Aid:
Traditional basic mountaineering gear and skills classes:
Seminar Handouts: reviewed 11.02.18
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scrambling and light and fast Leave No Trace backpacking techniques based on the foundation of an appreciation for the Stewardship of the Land,
all illustrated through photographs and accounts of actual shared mountaineering adventures."
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Chairman of the Mountaineering Training Committee of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club providing Basic and Advanced Mountaineering Training for about 1,000 novices each year, mid 1980s
Instructor in Basic to Advanced Mountaineering Training at Central Oregon Community College, educating adults in eight related subject classes, for six years, mid 1990s,
Volunteer Backcountry Ranger, backpacking the Three Sisters Wilderness for four summer seasons, educating users about Leave No Trace and Wilderness ethics, for five summers, late 1990s
Organizer and Instructor of private and public Seminars on cramponing, self arrest, lead climbing anchors, self belayed rappelling, using the right topo map, compass and GPS together and many more
Co-Founder and Charter President of Cascades Mountaineers, a club of up to 500 Members, 1995 to 2001
Access Fund "Sharp End Award" goes to Robert Speik in 2000! Listed under "Great Leaders" by the Sierra Club in 2011
Honored with the 2006 Oregon Section American Alpine Club's "Trad Award" for mentoring mountaineers and climbers!
Contributor to "Accidents in North American Mountaineering" for 18 years - 1998 to 2016! Special Mention in ANAM in 2014, 2015 and 2016!
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