Faq/About/Safety

Before we go any further, we wanted to thank the community of Corvallis and Philomath and all of the people involved in this amazing experience including but not limited to:

Siuslaw National Forest, Visit Corvallis,City of Corvallis, City of Philomath, Oregon Department of Transportation, Bureau of Land Management, AFRANA, Heart of the Valley Astronomers, Marys Peak Alliance and more:

Siuslaw National Forest information on the Eclipse

LINK

Questions: info@totaleclipsemaryspeak.com

The people behind this event are:

Mike Ripley (Monroe, Oregon) Oregon Native and outdoor enthusiast. Owner of Mudslinger Events and Oregon Trail Runs which encompass cycling and running adventures. This is a family based business based out of Monroe, Oregon.

Brett Gallagher (Corvallis, Oregon) Cascadia Expeditions focusing on day and multi day river trips and working with the underprivileged youth in our area and state wide for outdoor fun.

Together we plan to protect the natural resources while having an amazing experience for all who attend.

Mudslinger Events LLC DBA Oregon Trail Runs and Cascadia Expeditions are equal opportunity employers under a special use permit with the Siuslaw National Forest Department of Agriculture.

Link to more info about the National Total Eclipse in Oregon.

Etiquette for the Marys Peak Solar Eclipse is something that is subjective, but important to note for the enjoyment of all who attend.

Camping before in Corvallis

Stay on site at the Bus Pickup area for one, two or more days and relax with Best in the West Events who are arranging this.

Schedule of Events (Please keep an eye on this section)

Parking opens 5:30 am Monday August 21st at Brandis Farm just west of the Benton County Fairgrounds.

WE Have 40 Spots remaining as of 8/16/17 first to e-mail info@totaleclipsemaryspeak.com for will call pickup

  • You may Park anytime from 5:30am until 6:45 am. Busses will leave from 6:30 am until 7am the am of the event. The address is 5770 Oak Creek Rd, Corvallis, Oregon 97330
  • Parking Pass for the pickup area is included for the first 250 signed up. Sold out as of August 3rd, 2017
  •  Subsequent registrants will need to bring  $10.00 cash to park for this event from our host parking at Best in the West Events.
    Please bring cash for this fee.
  • You will be notified if you are one of the first 250 people by e-mail and sent a parking pass, wrist bracelet for admittance on the bus and information sheet after August 1st, 2017 by mail. Expect your info to come the week of the 7th.
  • Parking passes and Bracelets for bus entry will be mailed to all participants starting August 1st and until August 14th when registration will be rounded off to the nearest 50 people for final bus rental.

Please note the Bus travel time is 40 Minutes from the pick up area to the top of the Peak.

Photography

While you can look at the Total Eclipse with the naked eye we recommend putting away your camera during the total after one photo to actually enjoy the experience. Something is lost if you have to hold your phone up and I have a feeling a few videos will be posted nationally in much higher resolution that you can capture anyway.

Illegal substances

We know Marijuanna is legal in Oregon, but not on federal land so leave it at home please.

Safety

We have hired for this event Adventure Medics of Bend, Oregon. Most agencies will be stretched beyond limit and with this being fire season please no smoking allowed.

Our glasses all come stamped with the “ISO” icon and have an ISO designation of 12312-2.  These glasses are approved by NASA and are listed on their “approved manufacturers” list.

Respect that everyone has their own way to enjoy the eclipse. To some it is all about the science, to others it will be more spiritual and to most it will just be cool.

– If you must listen to music, wear headphones. Few people will want to hear ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ or ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ or ‘Bad Moon Rising’

– Resist temptation to bang on pots, or drums or sides of cars or other noisemakers like firecrackers.

– Do not use camera flashes, they will not help and they will be distracting to others

– Do not break out the flashlights during totality. People want to experience as much of the darkness as possible. However, if in a urban area, watch to see if streetlights come on!

– Don’t ask to borrow equipment during the eclipse. Make arrangement before it all starts or do without

Safety wise:

– The only time you can look at the eclipse without eye protection is during totality. In the Corvallis area this is from about 10:16 to 10:18

– All other times you must wear eclipse glasses or ISO certified filters.

 

Time Frame for the Total Solar Eclipse 

Animation of a Total Solar Eclipse.

Time Frame for Eclipse

Bus Departure from Brandis Farm 6:30 until 7:00 final bus

Busses will depart when full

Arrive Marys Peak 7:10 until 8:00

Start at 9:04

Totality from 10:17

End 11:37

Busses load with wrist bracelets at 11:00 am for a return trip

Final Bus or last call at 12pm

Return to parking area by 1pm or sooner (Best estimate)

Special notice

While on Marys Peak please pay attention to not wander into any areas that have been marked off as sensitive or dangerous areas. Please take time to visit with the interpreters on site

While on Marys Peak please do not travel into areas that are sectioned off as astronomy areas as the equipment is very expensive and is reserved for those who have made arrangements to be included in this area

Know Before You Go (from the Forest service Website) for the general area including Marys Peak

  • Plan ahead to ensure a safe and fun experience.
  • Viewing the eclipse without proper eyewear (sunglasses won’t cut it) can cause serious and permanent eye damage. Bring solar-eclipse-rated eye protection.
  • Make sure you have the proper supplies and gear.­
  • Expect large crowds. Most lodging is booked. Options for camping are limited.
  • Familiarize yourself with the rules and specific information about the site you are visiting.
  • Cell service may not be available, so plan your route in advance and pack a map.
  • Many roads on public lands are gravel and may require a high-clearance or four-wheel drive vehicle.

Recreate Responsibly

  • Help us protect our lands for all to enjoy.
  • Tread lightly and leave no trace. Leave your site better than you found it.
  • Remove all trash and remember to pack it in, pack it out!
  • To learn more, visit www.lnt.org/learn/7-principles.

Only YOU Can Prevent Wildfires

  • August is peak wildfire season in the Pacific Northwest. A small spark can rapidly become a large fire.
  • Know fire risks and respect fire restrictions, such as campfire bans.
  • Avoid parking or driving on dry grass as your vehicle can spark a wildfire.
  • Vehicles are required to have a shovel and fire extinguisher or gallon of water in many areas.
  • For more information on fire prevention and current fire restrictions, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/siuslaw/fire

Additional Resources