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A Canyoneering Adventure, Airs Jan. 31, 2010


Join the OREGON FIELD GUIDE crew as they follow a group of canyoneers rappelling down hidden waterfalls and climbing through steep, remote canyons in search of adventure. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, January 28 at 8:30pm (repeat broadcasts Sunday, January 31 at 2:30am and 6:30pm). Also see why commercial fishermen deliberately abandon valuable nets on the ocean bottom and what it takes to recover them, and explore the meaning behind ancient rock art.

Canyoneering - The first time the FIELD GUIDE crew tried to join a group of canyoneers for an adventure, the rain was coming down at the rate of about an inch an hour and the water was roaring down the streams. Not the kind of weather you want when you’re rappelling through a waterfall and hiking down creeks and steep rock faces. Several months later, with better weather, they tried again, this time hiking dense forest in search of a hidden creek. Emerging at the top of a high waterfall, the next step was an exciting rappel right through rushing water into the canyon below. When they made it down — and pulled the rope — there was no going back and the group was committed to finding a way out.

Ocean Net Recovery - Once rival industries, the Oregon fishing fleet and cable companies have formed a unique partnership to help protect some high-value assets on the sea floor. Together they developed a plan to make sure fishing nets — the number one threat to delicate undersea fiber optic lines carrying millions of calls and Internet connections around the world — don’t snag these communication links, potentially causing millions of dollars in damage. In the past, fishermen were prohibited from fishing in areas where there were undersea cables, but this cooperative approach has changed all that. If a fishing boat snags near a cable, they don’t yank on their lines, but call in to report their position. If they’re too close to a fiber optic line, the cable company directs them to cut their net loose, harvest and all. The fishermen know they’ll be reimbursed and comply. Later, an effort to recover the valuable abandoned net is undertaken. FIELD GUIDE boards a trawler 46 miles off the coast to search for one abandoned net. It’s like looking for a needle in a bobbing wet haystack.

Rock Art - Carved into a rock face above the Columbia River, She Who Watches is probably this region’s most famous example of Native American rock art. Archeologists surmise it was created around 1650 and think maybe it represented a chaperone into the afterlife as disease decimated the tribes living in this area 500 years ago. It is estimated that there are over 250,000 images carved and painted on a 10-mile stretch along the Columbia Gorge. Elders from Columbia River tribes are sharing information with archeologists to better understand the meaning behind these figures.

Video clips of the stories featured on FIELD GUIDE can be viewed online immediately following the broadcast at www.opb.org/programs/ofg/

FIELD GUIDE repeats Sundays at 1:30am and 6:30pm. Videos of the stories featured on FIELD GUIDE can be viewed online immediately following the broadcast at www.opb.org/programs/ofg/. You can watch entire FIELD GUIDE broadcasts at watch.opb.org.

About OREGON FIELD GUIDE
In its 21st season, OREGON FIELD GUIDE remains a valuable source of information about outdoor recreation, ecological issues, natural resources and travel destinations. OREGON FIELD GUIDE airs Thursday evenings at 8:30pm on the television stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting and repeats on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm. In the Mountain Time zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9:30pm Thursdays, and at 7:30pm Sundays.

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