Appeal tribune. (Silverton, Or.) 1999-current, February 09, 2022, Page 5, Image 5

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A snowshoer treks toward Bob Thumb Saddle on Mount Washington. PHOTOS BY WILLIAM SULLIVAN/FOR THE REGISTER-GUARD
William Sullivan For The Register-Guard | USA TODAY NETWORK
ne of the most promi-
nent peaks in the Cas-
cade Range has no name,
and due to a legal quirk it
will forever remain officially name-
less. So my wife and I call it “Bob.” h
You’ve seen Bob if you’ve driven over
Santiam or McKenzie Pass. It’s the
6,762-foot craggy thumb sticking up
beside the east face of Mount Wash-
ington. If Mount Washington weren’t
there, Bob would be a center-ring at-
traction instead of an overlooked side-
show. h In an attempt to honor Bob
properly, I once led a fairly disastrous
backpacking trip around him. The
problem was that the steep saddle be-
tween Bob and Mount Washington
proved impassable in summer with
backpacks. So we had to bushwhack
around the larger mountain, too,
which made for several long, thirsty
days through lava. There is no running
water in the Mount Washington
See HIKE, Page 2B
A fisheye view of Mount Washington from a cirque bowl between Bob Thumb and the summit peak to the right.
Initiative would make hunting and fishing illegal
Henry Miller
Guest columnist
At first blush, you might call it a SINA
the times.
Circa the 1960s television and radio
shows, magazines and newspapers oc-
casionally would feature articles, inter-
views and videos featuring Clifford
Prout, the president of The Society for
Indecency to Naked Animals (SINA).
Proselytizing against critters in the
buff, one of its slogans was “a nude
horse is a rude horse.”
I can recall during the 1970s on a
“Best of Carson” special showing high-
lights of the late-night “Johnny Carson
Show,” Prout was featured along with a
horse wearing pants.
SINA, as it turns out, was a sham, and
Prout was in fact Buck Henry, one of the
leading lights of the time in the art of
satire who himself was a willing foil for
Alan Abel, the originator in the late
1950s of the bogus moral crusade.
I reminisce, and digress, only be-
cause there is a faint whiff of SINA in a
current effort in Oregon to get Initiative
Petition 13 (IP 13) for the November bal-
It needs 112,020 signatures by July 8
to qualify.
The caption of the petition features
this synopsis: “Criminalizes injuring/
killing animals, including killing for
food, hunting, fishing; criminalized
most breeding practices.” The full text is
online at 013text.pdf (
According to the “Answering Your
Questions” section at the pro-petition
Yesonip13 web site, “Oregon is a top-
ranking producer of … fruits, nuts, and
See MILLER, Page 2B