We know our readers pick up the weekly to read their horoscopes and see what's going on in town this weekend, but did you know the EW can also predict the future? Last year, EW's sometime outdoors columnist James Johnston wrote a cover story describing what to do if you get lost in the woods. SURVIVAL 101 How not to die in western Oregon. Michelle Page and Daphne Gabrieli cheerfully offered to be our Lost cover models.
Both women are enthusiastic hikers as is Matt Watkins, Page's boyfriend who accompanied us on our photo shoot that just happened to take place on a rare snowy January weekend in Eugene.
It turns out our cover photo was a little prescient. Page, Watkins and two of their friends found themselves in trouble while hiking in the snow yesterday and in need of a little Search and Rescue. Despite an incorrect local TV news lead-in that Page says incorrectly identified them as "completely unprepared," the hikers according to Page came through the ordeal unscathed because they were actually quite prepared.
Page says the group set out to snowshoe to Fuji Shelter, at 3pm "thinking we still had a good four and a half hours of daylight and plenty of time to get to the shelter."
She writes, "We were carrying plenty of gear. We had plenty of food and water, winter rated synthetic bags and sleeping pads, emergency blanket, first aid kit, map and compass, etc. I had just left the tent behind because we were heading up to a shelter that we thought was only a short hike away."
Page, Watkins and their friends Callyan Casteel and Sean Robert Ward, snowshoed for several hours with their three dogs (the dogs weren't identified in the press release, but having met them, I can tell you that at least two of them, Chola and Otis, are avid hikers as well).
The hike took longer than they thought, Page says, and it was slow and exhausting to make their way through several feet of fresh snow. The group got worried around 7:30pm, when the sun began to set with no sign of the shelter. But at that point Page says they had gone so far that turning around and heading back would be too exhausting. "We decided to keep pushing ahead, and knew that we would have to build an emergency shelter if we couldn't find it," she writes.
At 9pm, they found the sign for the shelter, but couldn't find the shelter, which as it turns out was covered in several feet of snow. They called Johnston who tried to help them by giving directions via cell phone from the sign, but between the dark and the snow, they couldn't find the wooden hut that had the shelter and stove they needed to get warm.
We're all naked underneath our clothes, or so the saying goes, but this week it's Barbie and Ken without their clothes on the cover of the EW. If the naked doll bottoms are banned from your neighborhood newsstands, be sure to let us know. Mainly because I'm curious. I mean, it's Barbie. You HAVE to take her clothes off in order to get her out of her "Nurse Barbie" outfit and into her "Cheerleader Barbie" outfit.
I came across, in the course of my research on nudity, one interesting fact that didn't make it into the article â€” it appears that June 21 is naked hiking day. You honor the solstice "skyclad" or something like that. I also found at least one nude hiker blogger, who also happens to be from the Northwest. Warning: If you didn't like naked Barbie, you really won't like this. He doesn't just hike in the nude, he takes pictures of himself.
If you plan to naked hike, you can go here for some top 10 tips on how to romp through the woods in your alltogether. The advice to put vaseline between your thighs was interesting, but I was perplexed by this advice: "... since clearcuts afford less than ideal scenery, you are not likely to meet any other hikers. I have many times been able to hike and ride my mountain bike nude all day long in clearcuts and only rarely have met anyone out there."
Ok, but who wants to hike a clearcut? Clearcuts are UGLY. But now I am wondering how often Eugene's tree-huggers are running into nude hikers and bikers when they go out to document a clearcut?
But the question is: Where do the denizens of Lane County like to go when they get naked? We hear tell there is a good naked swimming hole out Fall Creek, but never got directions (also it's been kind of overcast, and not prime naked-person weather). So please do tell all.