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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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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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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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Asit Rathod demonstrates how to shred Mount Hood from the summit, as the photographer below prepares to get buried by heavy snow.

When you are standing on a steep ridge at 11,000-plus feet with your tips over the edge and the green light to hit it first, you really only have one choice about what to do next.

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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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Austin Warren near the fumarole on the south side of Mount Hood. Photo by Robbie Walsh

If you happen to run into Austin Warren on Mount Hood or at the Mazot, ask him about his recent adventure shredding down from the summit last week, because it is one captivating story, and he will be the first to tell you that he is lucky he is still alive.

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Sven Vanekeybus climbing the 2nd-to-last pitch before gaining Cathedral Ridge. Photo by Cameron Brown

Normally the Sunshine route up to the summit of Oregon’s tallest peak is a two day affair. Our plan was to climb it in a single day. We decided to rip off the band aid as usual. It hurt.

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Photo courtesy of Dan Sherwood.

Portland-based professional photographer Dan Sherwood snagged some amazing photos of Tommy Ellingson and friends last summer solstice up on Illumination Saddle, and one of them is up against some strong competition in a National Geographic photo contest.

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Barry Galvin, Chris Pew, Jarod Cogswell and Luke Bradford on Mount Hood. Photo by Asit Rathod

“Dude, take off your pants!”

I'm not sure how this became a substitution for 'Cheese' before taking a photo with Mr. Chris Pew but we sure laugh like little kids at it.

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Kjell Sporseen died Sunday in a speed-flying accident. Photos courtesy of the Sporseen family.

Kjell Sporseen died Sunday, November 30 in a speed-flying accident in the Columbia River Gorge.

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