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Covered in ice in a whiteout, awaiting rescue.

Editor’s Note: Like a lot of Mt. Hood aficionados, I consider Asit Rathod a mentor. So I was more than slightly surprised to receive a Twitter message from KGW News Friday, March 11, asking me to verify that the climber being rescued on Mt. Hood was Asit Rathod. I had just posted a news flash about an unidentified climber stuck on the mountain without proper gear. It never occurred to me that this climber might be a friend, much less Asit.

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Jarod Cogswell in Chamonix: "I chose this image because it was the best day I had ever experienced in the mountains."

Editor's Note: Local climber, boarder and fitness pro Jarod Cogswell got to achieve a lifelong goal this spring when he traveled to Chamonix, France to experience the Alps. The trip was a life changer, as he explains in comments recorded  in sync with the video he created on the plane ride home.

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Trailgate is all about bringing together the singletrack community to celebrate and improve local trails. Photos courtesy of 44 Trails

Hood River’s reputation as a mountain bike destination is well deserved given the wide array of riding options available within a 30-mile radius of town. From flowy freeride descents to forested singletrack routes, the Hood River area has it all and July 9 marks the date of the second annual TRAILGATE Event to celebrate the area’s single biggest network of forested singletrack known as 44 Trails.

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Flat-calm water for kayak fishing in Scappoose Bay.

I have always liked the idea of fishing. The idea, that is. The reality of fishing, not so much.

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The Columbia River Gorge has some of the finest windsurfing in the world, as Ingrid Larouche demonstrates. Photos by Grant Myrdal

If you spend as much time up on Mount Hood in winter as I do you probably know a few Columbia River Gorge wind hounds. They share a lot in common with powder hounds: that passion for intensity, the need for speed, a serious obsession with weather conditions. In fact, they may be even more obsessed with wind than we are with snow—and that's saying something.

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Teacup Nordic grooms trails for both skate skiing and classic cross country technique.

It's a blue bird day at Teacup Lake Nordic area and the sun lights up the snowy peak of nearby Mt. Hood. I push off on a crust of perfectly groomed Nordic track on my classic skis, trying to catch up with my friend Kelly, who’s sprinting ahead of me on skate skis.

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Asit Rathod and friends, enjoying the summit of Mount Hood. Ian Bristow is on the ridge with Brian Ellsworth. Asit is in red, skiing down, while Shawn Hokkanen, Carlos Martinez and Blake McCoy wait their turns. Photos by Richard Hallman

Asit Rathod knows Mount Hood.

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Powder piling up in PR.

Sometimes the snow is so sweet in the Private Reserve and Heather Canyon that you just have to get a taste of the Upper Bowl on the way home.

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Whether you prefer tele turns or skate-skiing, you have free-heel options on Mount Hood.

Cross country skiers will be hitting the trails all around Mount Hood this week to enjoy the fresh snow and winter temperatures.

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This patroller is having WAY too much fun. Pics by Grant Myrdal

A year ago Grant Myrdal was suffering from snow withdrawals. This year his voice is hoarse from all the powder whoops, shooting skiers and snowboarders shredding the powder with great joy.

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