Mt. Washington’s distinctive pinnacle challenges even the best of climbers. FIELD GUIDE joins a team of Oregon State University students in training as mountain guides as they attempt to safely ascend and descend its 7,794 feet. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, September 30 at 8:30pm to take this treacherous but beautiful climb. Also meet a man who helps protect salmon on the Umpqua River and learn more than you ever wanted to know about slugs.

Mt. Washington Climb — Mt. Washington is a “shield” volcano that was once a shapely cone. During the last Ice Age, it was torn apart by glaciers, which left behind a sloping sea of tiny rocks and loose boulders and unsure footing. Two OSU students and their instructor work their way along narrow ledges and up sheer cliffs while trying to avoid *falling rock. It’s a dangerous climb but at the top they’re rewarded by a 360-degree view, a geology lesson and bragging rights.

Fish Watcher — It’s known as the “dynamite hole,” a beautiful pool on the Umpqua Creek that poachers used to dynamite. The shock killed masses of steelhead that gathered there before continuing up the river to spawn and threatened to destroy the steelhead runs that made the Umpqua River famous. We meet a man whose office is an Airstream trailer and creek-side workbench beside the hole. He’s spent 12 hours a day, nine months of the year for the last nine years protecting these beautiful fish. 

Slugs — Slip, slide and slime along with an Oregon icon: the slug. Meet a woman who doesn’t mind their slime and invites them to dine in her beautiful garden. And find out how this gastropod serves as an important role in the environment.

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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 Sundays at 1:30am and 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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