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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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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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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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Ski Mountaineering

Crockatt’s Crazy Crevasse Caper

Editor’s Note: As you may have heard, Mount Hood skier, climber, photographer and real estate pro Dale Crockatt is paralyzed from the ribs down as the result of a battle with cancer....

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Ski Mountaineering

Here are the Alpine Touring Steps You’ll Want to Visualize and Rehearse BEFORE You Ski from the Summit for the First Time

The last thing you want to be doing when you are on top of an 11,000-foot mountain preparing to ski from the summit for the first time is to be futzing around with your bindings in a...

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Ski Mountaineering

A Weekend on Mount Hood, with Visions of Newton Headwall, Wy’East Face, Sandy Headwall and Leuthold Couloir

Editor’s Note: Norwegian-born John Loseth is the President of Cascade Ski Club and one of the most experienced ski mountaineers on Mount Hood. Here is his account of a weekend attempting...

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Ski Mountaineering

The Terror and Exhilaration of the First Summit

When you are standing on a steep ridge at 11,000-plus feet with your tips over the edge and the green light to hit it first, you really only have one choice about what to do next....

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Ski Mountaineering

A 15-hour Day up Mount Hood’s Sunshine Route

Normally the Sunshine route up to the summit of Oregon’s tallest peak is a two day affair. Our plan was to climb it in a single day. We decided to rip off the band aid as usual. It hurt....

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