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Mountain Bike Oregon Aug 26-28 2016

Two weeks before the event I got a text from my buddy in Baltimore, MD  ‘MBO… ?’ A quick check of the family calendar, and the rest was history. Met my good friend Mike W from Baltimore at MBO two years ago, last day, while riding the double, Hardesty-Lawler. This year’s itinerary: ATCA Hecklestooth Hardesty map via Thursday: MBO Day ‘minus’ One All good MBO’s start with ‘proper’ hydration, grain-based in fact at Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge, OR.  #traveloakridge Always a great vibe in the pub. Burgers are great too.   What’s that saying? ‘hydrate or die’.Read More

Backcountry Ski North Side Mt Hood

Yesterday was, well, a ‘perfect day’ on the north side of Mt. Hood. The forecast was for 1″ to 3″ of snow, overcast all day, and winds 15 to 20 mph. Upon cresting the upper Hood River valley, I could see that was not the case. In fact, we were going to have a bluebird day. Indeed it was.  Fourth time up the Tilly Jane Trail this season, having not skied it for two years. Making up for some lost time, no doubt. Made it to the stone hut on the Timberline Trail 600 (ele. 6850) for the first timeRead More

early season tracks…

early season conditions exist, but at least there is snow.  A quick jaunt up the south side of Hood yesterday to catch some sun and get a workout in.. #accomplishedthatgoal Since I didn’t bother to ski last year, I’m already at day two.. hope for more.   Tons of folk up on ‘the hill’. Only day three on my #voile Vector BC skis with a fishscale pattern mid-section. Since I have yet to get some skins for these boards, the #dynafit ski crampons were needed. Love the light weight feel of the whole set up. Very responsive. And a dayRead More

Can you feel it? Schnee

Well, after a disastrous year for snow last year, two years in a row, maybe this is the year. Above pix I am experiencing an inversion where that snow was champagne lite whereas the ski area higher up the mountain was closer to cement.