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Trip Report: Ollalie Lake Resort

Over Father’s day weekend my daughter, wife and I made a special trip to a rather remote mountain lake to do the activities my dad and I did virtually every Father’s Day. Ollalie Lake Resort proved to be the perfect setting, located due north of Mount Jefferson. You start to realize just how special the… Read More »

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Trip Report: Johannesburg by Preston Corless

The first ascent party (in 1938) called the mountain Elsbeth, but the name Johannesburg precedes this by a few years. Johannesberg would mean Johann’s mountain, while –burg connotes an ancient or medieval fortress or walled town. Whatever the name, this mountain is just plain bad-ass. What you see, looking up at the North side of… Read More »

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Gear Review: LaSportiva Bushido

As an ultralight, long distance hiker, I have long used trail running shoes as my main mode of transportation on the trail. On the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2012, and on the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) in 2105, I used the Brooks Cascadia. Currently I own a pair of the Cascadia 10′s, and love… Read More »

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The Science of Snow

Who am I, and why do I care about snow? It was via the love of quiet and a deep serenity that comes with the snow filled woods that brought me into the world of backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. Backcountry was a natural extension of cross country forays in the winter landscape, ventures made… Read More »

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Shop Parnter: Kaf Adventures

We are delighted to announce an addition to the Mountain Shop network: Kaf Adventures!     An education focused guide service based in Seattle, Kaf has now launched an Oregon program based here in Portland. Founded in an alternative approach to guiding that focuses on the education of their clients, Kaf offers learning based opportunities in many… Read More »

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Gear Review: OR Helium II

It’s that time of year when the snow is melting, spring showers have arrived, and we all want to be outdoors all the time. A spring must-have for your apparel arsenal is the Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket. Weighing in at just 6.5 ounces it is one of the lightest, waterproof jackets on the market, making… Read More »

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Fat Tires in the Dalles Mountains

Guest blogger, Jocelyn Gaudi, reports on her fat bike trip in early March. Jocelyn is a member of the Komorebi Cycling Team, a women’s cycling team dedicated to wandering in the right direction. On the second Saturday in March, a couple hundred cyclists gathered out front of the Holsteins Coffee in downtown The Dalles, Oregon…. Read More »

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Bike & Hike on St Helens

We’ve had a less than stellar winter. But for every bad situation there is a silver lining! Lack of snow made for a unique opportunity to complete a loop hike on the east side of Mt St Helens in early March. The road to Lava Canyon is closed, as it normally is this time of… Read More »

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When Thru Hikers Get Together: The Cascade Winter Ruck

The 2nd Annual Winter Ruck of the American Long Distance Hikers Association was held in Cascade Locks on Saturday. About 140 people, including me, Shutterbug (also known as Gary), to enjoy a day of clinics, learning, and comradery. I set up a Mountain Shop booth to highlight our selection of lightweight backpacks, hiking shoes, and… Read More »

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Remembering Dasan

Today people lucky enough to have known him are gathering to remember the short, but full life of Dasan Marshall. In honor of this, we wanted to share one of our fondest memories of Dasan with those who love him. This story is from Jeremy Rooper, longtime friend of Dasan. “I got to know Dasan… Read More »

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The Gift of Safety

Do you love someone who loves the outdoors? Give them the gift of safety with a satellite communication device! And now is the perfect time to do so. Both inReach and SPOT are offering special Christmas deals. These devices allow your loved one to send a message, letting you know that they are safe on… Read More »

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Big Nordic News!

Here at the Mountain Shop we love Nordic skiing. It’s fun. It’s a great cardio workout. It’s a great activity for the whole family. Nordic skiing is downright exhilarating! So, we were especially happy to hear about the new updates at the Meadows Nordic Center. Here is their press release with the good news:  … Read More »

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