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Christof Teuscher competing in the 200K Swiss Irontrail race. Photo by Alpha Foto

800 miles in 17 days, on foot, through the Oregon Desert. Unsupported. In August.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Christof Teuscher competing in the 200K Swiss Irontrail race. Photo by Alpha Foto

Christof Teuscher, the outrageous Portland-based endurance athlete who recently climbed Mount Adams and Mount Hood and ran the distance between them, was forced to abandon a radical attempt to run and speed-hike the Oregon Desert Trail.

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Christof Teuscher faces some daunting stairs en route from Mt. Adams to Mt. Hood. Photos courtesty of Christof Teuscher

Think about these numbers for a moment. 158 miles. 39,764 feet of elevation gain. 64 hours and 48 minutes, from beginning to end.

Who is Christof Teuscher? And how did he climb Mount Adams, run to Mount Hood and then climb Hood - all in one superhuman journey?

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ortovoxWhen your 490-dollar avalanche transceiver turns out to fail in precisely the conditions when it is needed most, at the very least you deserve a free repair.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of the ORTOVOX S1+ Avalanche Transceiver after concluding that the device can fail to transmit a discoverable signal during an emergency situation, even as the unit appears to be powered on and functioning properly.

The whole point of the ORTOVOX 1+ and other transceivers is to serve as a beacon to help people find skiers and climbers buried in avalanches. Transceivers are considered required equipment for out-of-bounds skiing and snowboarding in areas of avalanche danger.

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How exactly did this happen? Photo courtesy of Dale Crockatt

Editor's Note: As you may have heard, Mount Hood skier, climber, photographer and real estate pro Dale Crockatt is paralyzed from the ribs down as the result of a battle with cancer. Here is a story Dale originally wrote by typewriter in 1991, during his prime as a pioneer of high-consequence ski mountaineering on Mount Hood. It tells the story of his 11th ascent of Mt. Hood in 17 days, a day when things nearly went very, very wrong.

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Zach Carbo, flying.

Editor’s Note: If you’ve seen someone leap off the summit of Mount Hood and fly, chances are pretty good it was Zach Carbo. Zach is an accomplished skydiver and B.A.S.E. jumper with over 400 jumps from buildings, antennas, bridges, cliffs, dams and nuclear cooling towers. Here are his thoughts on the recent B.A.S.E. jumping deaths of extreme athletes Dean Potter and Graham Hunt.

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If the author looks exhausted in the picture, that's because he is.

The night before we left on the trip we sat around the fire pit at my house, drinking beers with my wife and some friends. Sifting through Facebook out of sheer sad habit, I stumbled across a rare gem: An article entitled “Why Girls Love the Dad Bod”. It explained to the uninitiated among us, “The dad bod says ‘I go to the gym occasionally, but I also enjoy drinking heavily on the weekends and eating eight slices of pizza at a time.’” We had a good laugh and I felt vindicated. Though I am a dedicated endurance athlete, my small beer gut persists no matter how lean and strong I get.

It doesn’t take a calculator to add up the cumulative pounds of body fat on all the climbers who have summited Yosemite’s El Capitan. The answer is six. Five of them on me, and the other one divided between everyone else who has climbed in its 57-year history of ascent.

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Best to have your gear issues figured out before you carve that first turn from the summit. The skier is Geoff Mihalko.

The last thing you want to be doing when you are on top of an 11,000-foot mountain preparing to ski from the summit for the first time is to be futzing around with your bindings in a near-panic. I know this because that is exactly what I found myself doing atop West Crater Rim on Mount Hood the first time I dropped in from the summit, and that was not an experience I would recommend to anyone.

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The view of Mount Adams from the summit of Mount Hood. Photo by John Loseth

Editor’s Note: Norwegian-born John Loseth is the President of Cascade Ski Club and one of the most experienced ski mountaineers on Mount Hood. Here is his account of a weekend attempting to ski several of the most challenging lines on the upper mountain, in less-than-ideal conditions.

Last weekend turned out to be perhaps the best climbing weekend of the season: two beautiful days with blue skies and no wind to speak off. I wasn't going to let a weekend like this get away without spending time above 11,000 feet on the roof of Oregon.

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Portland Mountain Rescue volunteers monitor a Mt. Hood fumarole for toxic gases. Photo by Jan-Erik Maas

The peak of the Mt. Hood climbing season is here, and conditions have been stellar. But anyone heading up for the summit this spring should be fully aware of the risks posed by falling rocks and ice, large crowds of fellow climbers, and several ominously positioned fumaroles containing toxic volcanic gases.

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