|

November 11, 2020 / Comments (21)

130 Years of Ingenuity on Mount Hood

parking-immemorial

Not long after the first pioneers found their way to the Cascade Range, they started dreaming up ways to climb – and ski – Mount Hood. It’s a rich tradition of ingenuity that continues to this day. This timeline should give you an appreciation for the rich history associated with Oregon’s tallest mountain.

700,000 BC: Volcanic eruptions form the Cascade Range and the mountain called Wy’East by the Klickitat people.

1792 AD: Mount Hood is named after British Admiral Samuel Hood, who never set foot on the mountain.

1889: Cloud Cap Inn opens on the north side of Mount Hood.

1890: The Langille brothers ski the north face of Mount Hood to Cloud Cap Inn.

1894: 100 people climb Mount Hood together and form the alpine club Mazamas.

1899: Oliver Yocum builds the first hotel in Government Camp.

1903: Three Mazamas shred Hood wearing 10-foot wooden skis and carrying nine-foot balancing poles.

1905: Tourists visiting Portland for the Lewis and Clark Exhibit sign up for $5 guided tours to the peak of Mount Hood.

1914: First solo car trip up to Government Camp.

1915: Climbers build a fire lookout at the mountain’s peak.

1926: Plan to connect Cooper Spur to the summit with a cable tramway are rejected.

1926: State begins plowing Highway 26 regularly in winter.

1927: Snow clubs form on Mount Hood.

1928: Summit opens as first ski resort on Mount Hood.

1928: The Mutorpor ski jumping hill makes its debut.

1931: Andre Roch, Hjalmar Hvam and Arne Stene summit on skis.

1933: Fire lookout at the peak is torn down.

1935: Works Progress Administration announces plan to build Timberline Lodge.

1936: Timberline foreman Ira Davidson invents the modern Snow Cat.

1937: FDR travels to Oregon for the dedication of Timberline Lodge.

1937: Russ McJury and Joe Leuthold (pictured below, photo courtesy of Daniel Becker) complete the first ascent of the Sandy Glacier Headwall.

russ-mcjury-joe-leuthod

 

1937: Hjalmar Hvam invents the modern ski binding after injuring himself on Mount Hood.

1938: The Timberline Trail is completed.

1939: Magic Mile opens, the first chairlift on Mount Hood and the longest ski lift in North America at the time.

1939: Olympic Trials take place on Mount Hood.

1942-1945: Skiers and climbers from Mount Hood and other mountains train and serve with distinction with the 10th Mountain Division.

1946: Women are  allowed into the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol.

1947: Ty Kearney climbs to the summit with bike parts, assembles them and rides the peak.

sky-way-tram-mount-hood

1947: Ski-Way Tram developed to connect Government Camp and Timberline.

1949: Multorpor Lodge is completed.

1951: Ski-Way Tram completed connecting Government Camp to Timberline.

1953: Criticized as unreliable, expensive and slow, the Ski-Way Tram closes after just two years of operations; investors eat losses.

1955: Timberline Lodge gets its power shut off for failure to pay the bills.

1957: A 29-year-old social worker from New York, Richard L. Kohnstamm,  rescues Timberline from bankruptcy, forms RLK Inc. and takes over Timberline’s Forest Service Lease.

1958: Helicopter piloted by W.C. Hartley lands on Mount Hood summit.

1961: Tram towers are removed from the mountainside.

1962: Mount Hood National Forest visitors top 3 million.

1964: SkiBowl and Multorpor merge.

1966: Forest Service grants permit for a major new Mount Hood resort to Franklin Drake of Portland.

1966: SkiBowl installs lights for night skiing.

1968: Mt. Hood Meadows opens.

1976: The population of Metro Portland hits 1 million.

1977: Timber companies harvest 500 million board feet of timber from Mount Hood National Forest, at the height of the industry.

1978: Palmer Lift opens, launching the summer training industry on Mount Hood.

1981: Film and TV director Boris Sagal (The Twilight Zone) steps out of a helicopter at Timberline Lodge and is killed by the rotor blades.

1984: Sandy Union High School graduate and Mount Hood racer Bill Johnson wins the first U.S.  Olympic gold in the men’s downhill.

1986: Alan Pennington and John Smolich, climbers who helped save Silcox Hut, die in an avalanche on K2.

1986: Difficult search and rescue process leads to the development of the Mount Hood Mountain Locator Unit.

1987: Kirk Hanna, son of Oregon car wash king Daniel Hanna, buys SkiBowl out of bankruptcy.

1988: Snowboarding champ Craig Windell buys the run-down Shamrock Hotel on Highway 26 and starts Windell’s Camp, training programs for hot young snowboarders and freeskiers.

1992: Jeff Kohnstamm takes leadership of RLK at Timberline.

2004: Dan Howitt climbs from Timberline to Summit in 1:57 with his dog Caddis.

2006: Matthew Drake takes over as president of Meadows.

2007: Timberline builds the Jefferson Flood chairlift.

2010: Freeski star Sammy Carlson lands the first triple rodeo at a jump built at Timberline.

2012: Meadows installs an advanced rfid lift pass and tracking system.

2013: Ski Patrol celebrates its 75th anniversary.

2016: Olympic downhill gold medalist Bill Johnson dies in Gresham. Skibowl later changes the name of its classic Dogleg run to Bill’s Gold.

2018: Scientists discover significant fault lines on the north and south flanks of Mount Hood, capable of producing a massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

2020: COVID-19 health concerns prompt all three major Mount Hood resorts to close for the season. Timberline pioneers a strategy to hold resort skiing safely during a pandemic, with no major outbreaks during the busy summer season.

Sources:

The Oregonian

On Mount Hood, by Jon Bell

Mount Hood: A Complete History, by Jack Grauer

Timberline Lodge: A Love Story, edited by Jon Tullis

Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum

Mt. Hood Ski Patrol

Timberline

Skibowl

Mt. Hood Meadows

Last modified: November 11, 2020

21 Responses to :
130 Years of Ingenuity on Mount Hood

  1. atomy123.cn says:

    Hello there, You’ve done a fantastic job. I’ll definitely digg it and for my part
    suggest to my friends. I’m sure they’ll be benefited from this website.

    My blog post atomy123.cn

  2. Some times its a pain in the ass to read what website owners wrote but this web site is rattling user friendly!

    Feel free to surf to my homepage http://www.fotosombra.com.br/agenda/userinfo.php?uid=154567

  3. Some genuinely nice and utilitarian information on this site, also I believe the layout contains
    good features.

    Feel free to visit my webpage :: anapa-alrosa.com.ru

  4. Wow, this article is nice, my younger sister is analyzing such things,
    thus I am going to convey her.

    My blog post – http://www.helpformommies.com

  5. You made some really good points there.
    I checked on the net to learn more about the issue and found most people will go along with your
    views on this site.

    Here is my web-site … http://www.quickregister.info

  6. I was curious if you ever considered changing the
    page layout of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of
    content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot
    of text for only having one or 2 images. Maybe you could space
    it out better?

    Here is my site: http://www.usafreeclassifieds.org

  7. I simply couldn’t go away your web site prior to
    suggesting that I extremely loved the standard info a person supply for
    your visitors? Is gonna be back incessantly in order to check out new posts

    Also visit my website argonautsofwi.com

  8. Nona says:

    I always used to read article in news papers but now as I am a user of web therefore from now I am using net for content, thanks to web.

  9. ajenako says:

    Thanks for every other informative website. Where else may just I am getting that type of info written in such a perfect manner?
    I’ve a challenge that I’m simply now operating on, and I
    have been at the glance out for such information.

  10. Remarkable! Its really amazing article, I have got much clear idea on the topic of from this article.

    Also visit my web-site – http://phoenix.askmeclassifieds.com

  11. We’re a bunch of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
    Your web site provided us with valuable info to work on. You’ve done an impressive process and our entire neighborhood will likely
    be grateful to you.

    Have a look at my web-site … turbomaxturbos.com

  12. Awesome! Its in fact amazing article, I have got much clear idea on the topic of from this paragraph.

    Here is my homepage :: http://adolx.com/user/profile/246924

  13. Hi, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility
    issues. When I look at your blog site in Firefox, it looks fine but when opening in Internet
    Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted
    to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, excellent blog!

    Feel free to visit my web-site: id test ntc33

  14. aaa1188apk says:

    I am regular visitor, how are you everybody?

    This piece of writing posted at this site is actually pleasant.

    Feel free to visit my web site; aaa1188apk

  15. I always spent my half an hour to read this webpage’s
    articles or reviews every day along with a mug of coffee.

    Have a look at my web-site: calibet ios download

  16. Your mode of explaining all in this article is really nice,
    all can effortlessly understand it, Thanks a lot.

    Look at my web blog; joker1888 download

  17. Phoebe says:

    Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your site,
    how could i subscribe for a blog website? The account aided me a acceptable
    deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear concept

  18. turkce says:

    Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic blog article. Really thank you! Awesome. Vita Kristian Uuge

  19. amateur says:

    we like to honor numerous other internet websites on the web, even though they arent linked to us, by linking to them. Beneath are some webpages really worth checking out Claresta Graig Majka

  20. watch says:

    Pretty! This was a really wonderful article. Thanks for providing this info. Rafa Spike Jose

  21. 123movies says:

    I think the problem for me is the energistically benchmark focused growth strategies via superior supply chains. Compellingly reintermediate mission-critical potentialities whereas cross functional scenarios. Phosfluorescently re-engineer distributed processes without standardized supply chains. Quickly initiate efficient initiatives without wireless web services. Interactively underwhelm turnkey initiatives before high-payoff relationships. Jenda Florian Horatio

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.