Mount St. Helens scientist gets honor

January 2, 2011 

Peter Frenzen, a scientist who has spent the bulk of his career studying and teaching at Mount St. Helens, was honored by the Forest Service last week at the annual National Association of Interpretation meeting in Las Vegas.

Frenzen was given the Gifford Pinchot Award for Excellence in Interpretation and Conservation Education for his efforts in developing exhibits and educational programs about Mount St. Helens.

“A special place like Mount St. Helens deserves the best, and we have it in Peter,” said Gifford Pinchot National Forest supervisor Janine Clayton in a prepared statement. “We are really happy to have his contribution recognized at a national level.”

Frenzen helped develop a series of new movies and exhibits that will be used at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument starting in 2011.

“It has been my good fortune to work alongside an amazing group of scientists and educators in one of nature’s truly amazing laboratories and classrooms,” Frenzen said.


Crystal Mountain is letting military members ski for half price on Tuesday. Lift tickets are regularly $65. Participants must show a military or Department of Defense identification card to get the discount. Crystal Hotels is also offering half price lodging for military employees. The ski area is also planning similar Military Appreciation Days for Feb. 9, March 11 and April 3.


Tacoma’s Evergreen Wanderers Volkssport Club is offering a rare opportunity to participate in a cross-country ski and snowshoe volkssport event on Jan. 8-9 in Cle Elum

The club will host 10-kilometer ski or snowshoe routes on the Iron Horse Trail along Tilman Creek and the Cle Elum and Yakima Rivers. The event starts at the Iron Horse Inn in Cle Elum. Participants must supply their own equipment.

There is no charge to participate in the event, but there is a $3 fee to earn credit toward volkssport awards. “This is the only ski and snowshoe event (in the state) that I know of,” said club President Chuck Repik. Repik is widely credited with introducing volkssport to Washington.

He staged the state’s first Volksmarch at Fort Lewis in 1982 and founded the state’s first volkssport club, the Evergreen Wanderers, later that same year. Today there are 31 clubs in Washington including 14 in the South Sound area.

Volkssports, a German term meaning “sports of the people,” are noncompetitive walking, biking, swimming and cross-country skiing events open to anybody regardless of age or fitness level. Participants can earn credit at each event toward patches, pins and certificates.

For more information on the Cle Elum event call 253-582-7474 or e-mail


Gray Line is offering shuttle service to Crystal Mountain for $44 or $89 including lift ticket. The bus services run from Gig Harbor, Tacoma and Olympia. For more information visit or call 800-544-0739.

For the third year, Seattle Ski Shuttle is offering service from West Seattle to the Summit at Snoqualmie for night skiing on Tuesday and Thursday night for $30 (or $65 including lift ticket). The shuttle offers transportation to the Summit on Saturdays and Sundays for $35 (plus a $5 discount on lift tickets). The shuttle also visits Crystal ($40 plus $5 off lift tickets) on weekdays. For more information visit

Notes – The implementation of the new barbless hook rule on the Columbia River has been postponed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife because of difference between Washington and Oregon rules in the same areas. The rule was supposed to take effect Jan. 1. …The New Year razor clam dig ends today at Twin Harbors. The beach is open to clamming from noon to midnight. … A sport clam dig started Saturday at Belfair State Park. ... The recreational winter crabbing season ends at sunset tonight and crabbers will have until Feb. 1 to report winter catches. … January is the last month to submit public comment on Mount Rainier National Park’s proposal to increase climbing permit fees from $35 to $43-$58.

Craig Hill: 253-597-8497 Blog.thenewstribuncom/adventure

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