Each year Columbus Council has more boating schools with five this year plus many roll sessions for kayakers. There is Basic Canoe School to develop skills in basic canoe handling and safety with emphasis on learning the different paddle strokes on still water. River Canoe School teaches paddling skills on moving water, including river canoeing techniques and river reading, canoe safety, and the basics of leading a canoe trip. Red Cross Whitewater Clinic is similar to AYH River Canoe School with more emphasis on first aid and safety. Closed Boat School (given twice, spring and summer) is for potential kayakers and other closed boaters at both novice and intermediate levels.
An extensive report by John Krietzburg relates the surveying of Sand Cave to find that it is connected to Tygart's Cave. This is just one of the many cave exploring trips that Columbus Council has undertaken to the benefit of all cavers.
COMPUTER MAILING LIST
The old system of keeping a membership rooster on index cards with an addressograph plate was changed to a computer system in early 1981. And instead of taking the cover of each Buckeye Hosteler and stamping the addressograph plate on it; simply to make labels that could be put on by many people was a revolution.
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
The best cross country skiing is available in Lake Placid New York. Naturally the Columbus bunch planned a trip to here to enjoy two days of beautiful trail skiing with just the right amount of snow.
After many years of having the monthly membership meeting at Center Of Science & Industry the Council moved to the First Unitarian Church at 93 West Weisheimer Road.
CYCLING UNDER YOUR OWN POWER
The Council hired Ohio State University photography department to make a bicycling film showing the fun of every type of bicycling. The cost of production was about $12,000 and with a sale price of $200 the cost of production was nearly recouped in just a few years. The editorial board from AYH included Diane Cattran, Dick Seebode and Ed Honton. Their efforts made sure that the film showed only the correct and safe way to bicycle.
Under the leadership of A.M. Lendacki a major campaign was launched to find and license home hostels along all the new cross state bike route. Under her guidance the Council chartered about a dozen new home hostels.
SCHROCK ROAD BIKEWAY
The bicyclists in the Council came out in great numbers to support placing a five foot bicycle lane on each side of Schrock Road from Busch Boulevard near Worthington to State Street in Westerville. This facility is to be built when Schrock Road is widened to four lanes. The final design will even have an interchange type system at the entrance to Sharon Woods Metro Park so that those bicyclist on the south side of Schrock Road can cross under without motor vehicle traffic.
The series of rides in preparation for the Paris-Brest-Paris event are know as randonneurs (french term referring to a long distance specialist). Dick Seebode organized rides for 200 kilometers in 14 hours, 300 Km in 24 hours, 400 Km in 27 hours, 600 Km in 40 hours and 1000 Km in 72 hours. These rides must be completed in order and are required to be a participant in P-B-P.
The Council purchased a used 15 passenger Dodge Maxi-Van for use on trips. This was to allow members who did not own motor vehicles to lead trips and as a supplemental vehicle for boating trips, sag wagon on bike trips and like uses.
The newest hostel in the Columbus Councils chain was opened at Caesar Creek in December. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources leased this old house to the Council. It has a common room, small dining area, large kitchen and two dormitory rooms on the second floor. A new signed bike route was planned from OSU campus to the hostel, an 85 mile ride.