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Simply^Ride 05-05-2008 10:28 PM

Mount Hood, Oregon Trip
 
After 7 hours in two planes we finally got to Portland on time and whats even better "Delta didn't loose our boards, like last time". Men what a long trip it really makes you think if it's really worth it, lol joking. The day was excellent, nice clear skies and made a great day for site seeing. We drove to multnomah falls and attempted to climb the mile long hike, but unfortunately my out of shape fat ass gave up mid way, so we never got to get some pictures from the top. I thought I was going to die, and the hike is not even that steep "what a shame".

Later on we drove to the hotel in Welches, got settled and then we headed up to Timberline Lodge to check it out. Men they have so much snow is unbelievable. I can't wait to get some ridding tomorrow. It amazing how it's so hot down here in Welches, but once you get to timberline the wind really blows cold.

I was very impresed with Salt Lake City (well from what I saw from the air and the airport), the city looks great surrounded by mountains in both sides. The amount of snow in the mountains was much more than the one in the rockies, I guess thats because of the extra 200" that they get a year.

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Cool picture with another plane above. Entering the rockies

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Colorado Rockies.

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Salt Lake city from the Air

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SAlt Lake City airport

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Mount Hood, north side.

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Multnomah Falls.

Simply^Ride 05-05-2008 10:54 PM

Day 1. cont...
 
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A little before quitting the hike....

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A nice view from Bridal Veil.

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New setup ready to go.

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Timberline Lodge

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Palmer lift, hopefully they open it.

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The Lodge

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Look at the freaking base, you would have to pile like 4 trucks to reach the top :eek:

Tomorrow I am meeting Snowolf either for a nice day of riding :D. Cant Wait.

nzboardlife 05-06-2008 12:06 AM

Wow! It look brilliant.

I have the same set up :) what length is your agent?

That bridge looks like something out of Rivendale, Lord of the rings.

Jordan 05-06-2008 12:49 AM

I love living in Portland - Glad you had fun on your trip.

Simply^Ride 05-06-2008 09:27 AM

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Originally Posted by nzboardlife (Post 50494)
Wow! It look brilliant.

I have the same set up :) what length is your agent?

It's a 154, todays it's going be the first day I ride it. Ill write later on to see how I like it. My old board was extremely stiff, so soft boards are a new world for me (with the exception on the rentals, that are usually pretty stiff)


Quote:

Originally Posted by nzboardlife (Post 50494)
That bridge looks like something out of Rivendale, Lord of the rings.

Yeah the bridge is unbelievable the force of the water impacting on the rocks is an amazing experience.


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Originally Posted by Jordan (Post 50498)
I love living in Portland - Glad you had fun on your trip.

Oh the trip is just beginning, but yes it was a fun day :)


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Originally Posted by Snowolf
Awesome shots from the plane!

I have tons of shots from the plane but thought it might be boring to post a lot of them. But it was a clear day all the way from Florida to Oregon, so it gave me the opportunity to take a lot of good shots. In addition to that I reserved perfect seats, on the first plane we sat on the right so I could take pictures north of me (rockies and SLC) and on the second plane I sat in the left that way I could pictures of the Salt lake and mt.hood.

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The Salt lake, that lake is huge.

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Thats another one of the north end of the salt lake, it's kind of weird, it looks like a road cuts the lake into two. i am not sure how it works of what is the use of it, but it looks kind of cool.

Simply^Ride 05-06-2008 11:15 PM

2nd Day
 
Our first day riding was a blast, conditions in the lower half of Timberline were on the sticky side but as long as you rode the Magic mile you were good to go. We meet with Snowolf at the hotel and drove up from here, first of all I have to thank him for all the help he has provided us in this trip. Great guy, if any of you ever want to hit hood, Snow is the person to give a call. He took us out of bounds, in what turned out to be some of the best runs that we did all day and pointed out plenty of useful information about Mt.hood and the surrounding areas.

Timberline has some great terrain in the lower half of the mountain, if only it was not that sticky. But over all the resort offers terrain for everyone and crowds that can not be beaten, I think I saw about 100 people skiing/riding total, no lift lines at all :). It's a pity that Palmer was not running considering conditions were good enough for it to run, but mile offered some great terrain to explore.

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Thats Daniel up on top of Mile, we rode out of bounds to see the canyon.

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thats the canyon, I Forgot the name. It had this huge cornices just waiting to fall off.

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Looking up the canyon.

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Thats looking at the top of hood, you can see 3 little dots next to the right of the center peak (they are 3 hickers, pretty scary) The were howling pretty hard up on top the magic mile ride.

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Thats looking down at the Lodge, men that thing is buried by the snow around it.

Overall it was a great experience, Timberline is a solid resort and I bet with good conditions the lower half should offer some great glade runs. Tomorrow should be cooler so conditions are expected to be better, plus Snowolf was nice enough to give our boards a fresh coat of summer wax and that should make riding much more enjoyable.

fainerbainer 05-07-2008 01:06 AM

I'll be up there in the morning. I have the Rome Solution 154 and I love it. I'm still dialing in my bindings and what not with only having one day on it. I'm stoked for tomorrow!

Gustov 05-07-2008 07:56 AM

damn those pics make me jealous. i wish i had enough money to take a trip this summer. only about 7 more months til snowboarding season for me!

MikeFromTheBay 05-07-2008 08:40 AM

Im making a trip up there soon this early summer. So stoked I can hardly wait! Did you hit any of the parks at Timberline?

Simply^Ride 05-07-2008 09:46 AM

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Originally Posted by MikeFromTheBay (Post 50607)
Im making a trip up there soon this early summer. So stoked I can hardly wait! Did you hit any of the parks at Timberline?

Yes we hit the park a couple of times, they have great parks right of the stormin norman lift. Unfortunately I landed a couple times on my neck and now I am paying the price. I am so fucking sore, my whole body hurts, but it's cool you have to feel the pain to play the game. They were also building the park up in palmer for the summer.

Today we are meeting again with Snowolf and Fainerbainer. The temperatures are lower than yesterday so hopefully it froze and conditions should be better than yesterday. They will have the same lifts running it should be fun because we could him some more back country (out of bounds really), although I wish they gave palmer a chance to run, but it doesn't look like it.

The conditions up in hood can change so fast, I have never seen anything like that in my life. One second you see the peak and the next everything is covered with clouds everywhere and visibility drops down to nothing. I am going to have a fun time explaining to my boss the raccoon eyes I got from the sun (I told him that I had school this week and thats why couldn't make it to work, it's not like he needed me anyway), the funny thing is that the sun came out about 30% of the time and I got a really bad sun tan.


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In that picture you can see the terrain park they are building for the summer.


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