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Rick "Oz" Oswald in his natural habitat, one week before his death. Photos by Grant Myrdal

Not long after he was run off Mount Hood, Rick “Oz” Oswald set out to hitch-hike from Oregon to Jackson Hole. Or maybe it was Utah. Accounts vary in legends, and Oz, who died in an avalanche last month on the mountain he worked and skied for 35 years, was definitely legendary.

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Bill Johnson was brash, bold and very, very fast.

The late, great downhill racer Bill Johnson will be honored Saturday, March 19 at Skibowl with a memorial celebration and the dedication of a ski trail to the first American male ski racer to win an Olympic gold medal.

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The doctor is in.

Long before Timothy Mineo became a foot and ankle doctor, he was a skier. He started skiing at the age of three, competed at the University of Colorado, got into summer freeskiing on the glaciers of British Columbia in the early days of terrain parks, and ski-bummed his way from Copper Mountain to Lake Tahoe in between college and medical school. In fact, it was a pair of ski injuries, along with his experience working as a ski-boot-fitter in Tahoe, that convinced him to pursue medicine and to specialize in feet and ankles.

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Mike Heffernan shredding Mount Hood. Photo by Randy Boverman.

This is a story about a ski buddy of mine who has Parkinson’s, and about a motorcycle trip he recently took that meant a lot to him. It’s a story about what it’s like to get Parkinson’s when you are young, what that disease takes away, and how people adapt and keep moving, sometimes in surprising ways. It is also a story about the importance of community.

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Harris Dusenbery (left) reminisces with fellow 10th Mountain Division vets. Photo by Christina Nicolaidis

Editor's Note: Harris Dusenbery died at the age of 101 on October 4, 2015 after a long life of many adventures. Shred Hood was fortunate to interview him and hear his stories before he passed.

Ask Harris Dusenbery whether he ever expected to live to be 101 years old, and he smiles.

"I never thought I would make it this long," he says. "I was wondering whether I would reach the year 2000."

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Dale Crockatt out enjoying the mountain he loved. Photo courtesy of Sandi Strader

The Mount Hood community is mourning the loss of skier, climber, photographer, real estate pro and family man Dale Crockatt, who died from cancer at the age of 57 on Sunday, July 19, 2015.

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Lisa Moulding's warm spirit and infectious smile will be remembered. Photo by Sean Jacks.

Mount Hood lost one of its great spirits on Thursday, May 21, 2015, as the popular and always positive Mazot server Lisa Moulding died from cancer at the age of 34.

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dan-beckerDan Becker knows all about the connection between Mount Hood, the legendary 10th Mountain Division of World War II and the American ski industry.

To a certain extent, it was the background story behind his childhood on the mountain, as the son of two proud veterans of the 10th.

It can get a little confusing when he talks about his dads, because he calls each of them Dad.

Both his dads were mountain guys, each exceptional in his own way. But they were very different people, with very different life experiences.

His biological father was Barney Becker, an accomplished skier and racer who coached the Lewis and Clark Ski Team, served as the seventh president of the Schnee Vogeli Ski Club, and was honored by the Skiyente Ski Club as Mount Hood’s second-ever King Winter in 1957.

His stepfather was Russ McJury, a legendary mountaineer who made four first ascents on Mount Hood, built the first chairlift on the Upper Bowl at Skibowl, and climbed major mountains all over the American West.

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Lisa Moulding at the Mazot. Photos by Sean Jacks

Editor's Note: As some of you already know, Lisa Moulding, the popular 34-year-old server at the on-mountain Mazot Eatery at Mt. Hood Meadows, has been diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer. The mountain community is rallying behind her and raising money to help Lisa through the ordeal she faces. Cancer survivor and Mount Hood regular Dan Kneip offers this personal story about Lisa, from his perspective. Dan and Lisa's friend Sean Jacks contributed the photos.

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buzz-bowmanBuzz Bowman has served with the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol since 1946, making him the longest-serving ski patroller in the United States.

And he doesn't appear to be slowing down much. At 85 years old, Bowman is still strong enough to ski a black diamond run and load a sled onto a chairlift. He goes into work at Bowman’s Hillsdale Pharmacy every day, and he helps out on the mountain as often as he can manage — although the lack of snow this season has definitely slowed ski patrol operations, along with everything else on Mount Hood.

Buzz was honored as Mount Hood’s King Winter in 2007 for his years of service to the all-volunteer Mt. Hood Ski Patrol, which was founded in 1937 with the opening of Timberline Lodge and still has nearly 300 volunteer members in its ranks. He also was honored by Jeff Kohnstamm and Timberline management when they named the black diamond run Buzz Cut after him.

Ever since we launched shredhood.org, people have been suggesting a story about Buzz. Well, I finally got the chance to meet up with him last week at his pharmacy, and we had a nice chat about his life and times on and off of Mount Hood.

Here's the transcript of our conversation:

So where did you get your name? Buzz Bowman - That is the perfect astronaut name.

Well, it was a good name to have when I was flying airplanes too. My real name is Harrison. But that’s kind of a big name for a little guy, so they shortened it down to Buzz over the years. They called me Buster when I was a little guy because at that time Buster Keaton was very popular in the movies. Somehow it got shortened to Buzz over the years.

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