A 5 am start from Portland landed us at the snowdrifts blocking Forest Road 4080 and hiking by 7:30. I was joined by a skier who shall remain nameless, and Ryan, a Next Adventure gear guru. We set out up the dry road for a couple of miles, hiking in ski boots, until we reached snowline near the Wiki Creek Shelter. Shortly thereafter, we were skinning through nicely shaded forests until the timberline and Suksdorf ridge.
Well folks, here's the final video for the Beaver State Fling 2012. Next Adventure would like to thank all the volunteers that help made it possible. Special thanks go out to Jeff Hagerty and Jeff Mittl for once again heading up a great event. It's an event we're all proud to have on our doorstep, and we love seeing grow each year. Check Out the video!
Put one more BSF in the bank for the Next Adventure Flight Crew! The 4TH stop of the PDGA national tour elites series has came and gone...in short, It's kind of a big deal for us golfers here in Oregon. Now in its 8TH year the Beaver has become the areas Premier event. Drawing nearly 300 professional and amateur golfers to compete for big cash prizes, and the glory of winning it all along the winding banks of the Clackamas river at Milo McIver state park.
If you've never competed in an adventure race, this would be a great place to start. Each year X-Dog Events puts together an impressive scramble that equally tests the endurance, speed, and stability of the finest athletes while still entertaining and challenging even the occasional jogger. This year Elias Stucky and I participated in the event as Next Adventure representatives and we both left with scratches on our legs, sand in our shoes, and huge smiles on our faces.
Rochelle Comeaux and Elias Stucky at X-Dog's Mt. Hood Scramble
The race begins near the entrance to the picturesque and expansive White River canyon just South of Mt. Hood. Racers run on sand and loose gravel toward...
Nolan and I accompanied by a couple friends took the six hour drive to Leavenworth, late Father's Day. We drove through Icicle Canyon, arriving at the Forrestland parking lot at the ungodly hour of 3 a.m. We then set up camp; very happy that our Mountain Safety Research tent (the Elbow Room 2 person) only requires a couple minutes to set up. With four pieces, it takes little to no brain power - lucky for us. After doing some star gazing we wondered up to the boulders to check out what was on the next day's busy agenda.
An awesome feeling overcomes me whenever I stand at the base of a big wall. All at once, I will feel excitement, nervousness, fear, and giddiness as I mentally prepare myself for a long climb. Maybe it is because the next 2,000 feet or so is a mystery. Recently, I found myself feeling all of those emotions again, and boy what a feeling it was!
I gave Mt. Rainier a try this last week but was turned around about 1,000 vertical feet from the summit, due to my climbing partner being overcome by altitude sickness. All in all, it was still a great trip and climb, and we even got a few thousand vertical feet of good shredding in!
Ben Mayberry hiked 4250 miles across America last year, and now he's got his sights set on an even more epic adventure, and could use your help. Outside Magazine is holding a contest for an Outside Adventure Grant, and Ben is one of the finalists with his "Trekking the West" proposal. Check out his trip plan and help him win by visiting http://facebook.com/outsidemagazine and click on the "Outside Adventure Grant" application to vote.
Ben found the voting process a little difficult to find and navigate, so more instructions can be found in the caption of the cover photo at http://facebook.com/benjamin.o.mayberry
Voting runs until June 17th and anyone can vote once per day.