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Ski Mountaineering

Climbing All Three Sisters in One Day

Editor’s Note: Skier, entrepreneur and dedicated Dad Sherpa Ben McKinley has been getting into all sorts of adventures of late. His latest and most ambitious involves three ski...

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Paddling

The Evolution of Stand Up Paddling in the Gorge and Beyond

On August 20, 2016, if you look out on the Columbia River from Viento State Park, you’re likely to see a dramatic scene — 200 stand up paddleboarders jockeying for position at the...

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Mountain Biking

July 9: Trailgate 2016 Celebrates the Finest Singletrack on Mt Hood

Hood River’s reputation as a mountain bike destination is well deserved given the wide array of riding options available within a 30-mile radius of town. From flowy freeride descents to...

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Paddling

Family Flow Time: The Simple Pleasure of Running Oregon’s Sandy River with Your Kids

Like a lot of hard-core winter sports enthusiasts, I tend to have a hard time when the snow melts. Especially after an especially fine powder season like 2016-17. It can be painful when...

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Mountain Biking

17 Miles of Bliss and Growing: The Rise of Sandy Ridge as an Oregon Mountain Biking Destination

In the damp, shady forest on the western side of Mount Hood, there’s a magical system of trails so perfect it’s almost like it emerged fully formed out of a mountain...

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Ski Mountaineering

7500-foot Vertical Drops, All Day Long

Editor’s Note: You won’t catch me speed-flying any time soon. But I can certainly see the allure of climbing to the top of a huge mountain, jumping off the top, and flying down into the...

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Climbing

“Adventure at a Major League Level”: A Pilgrimage to Chamonix

Editor’s Note: Local climber, boarder and fitness pro Jarod Cogswell got to achieve a lifelong goal this spring when he traveled to Chamonix, France to experience the Alps. The trip...

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Wind and Waves

The Great Flood: The Birth of a Sandbar, and a Wind-Riding Paradise

In the wee hours of November 7, 2006, Mother Nature threw a tantrum on Mount Hood....

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Ski Mountaineering

When the Snow Melts, Start Climbing

Editor’s Note: This Mount Hood adventure took place in May of 2016, but it stands as relevant for any spring season on Mount Hood, where thousands of people climb to the top and ski...

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Ski Mountaineering

The Strange Exhilaration of Climbing up and Skiing Down as Fast as Humanly Possible

Editor’s Note: The Ramshead Randonee is a fledgling event on Mount Hood that is exhausting, exhilarating and a little bit insane: a race up steep slopes normally accessed by...

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