Trip Report

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If you don’t already, sign-up to receive updates and information from Ski Oregon for some of the best and up-to-date information on ski conditions in the Oregon area. Their website is: www.skioregon.org Check out the latest report from Monday, Dec 5th below! Powder Alert   Good morning skiers and borders. If you haven’t been up riding… Read More »

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How and Where to Capture Local Fall Colors

The seasons are changing and snow is starting to fall in the high country. As a photographer the highlight of this transition is the brilliant color of the fall foliage and looking for fall color influences where I choose to hike at this time of year. The fall colors usually peak in Oregon from mid… Read More »

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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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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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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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Sandy Ridge: Winter Riding

Believe it or not, temps in the low 30′s don’t mean riding at Sandy Ridge is done for the season! Tuesday morning, a hardy crew from the Mountain Shop rolled out of bed at 5am, braved the bone chilling cold, and made the drive out to Sandy for some fall biking. Pulling into a snow covered parking lot we began second guessing… Read More »

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The Adventures of Gradie: Part II

Hi there! It’s me, Gradie the Mountain Shop dog again. Just finished taking my owner for a walk, so I thought I’d finish telling you the story of how I came to Portland. When we last left off, I was getting wind up my nose as we drove away from Joe’s Valley, UT. Now my human and… Read More »

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Post STP Thoughts

Another STP has come and gone. And, man, what a trip! This was my second time riding the Seattle to Portland, so I assumed it would go more smoothly than last year. This time I knew what to expect (see my previous blog, 6 Must-Do’s for the STP), and, in a lot of respects, I was… Read More »

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The Adventures of Gradie: Part I

My name is Gradie, but many of you know me as the Mountain Shop dog. Probably because last time you were in I ran up and asked for pets…or treats…I like treats. My mom said I could have my very own blog series all about my adventures! I like this. Since I am a dog… Read More »

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