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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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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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The Columbia River Gorge has some of the finest windsurfing in the world. Photos by Grant Myrdal

If you spend much time on Mount Hood you've probably run into Grant Myrdal at some point, and chances are pretty good that he's got a photo of you somewhere in his archives. A few years ago Grant expanded his action photography gig into the Columbia River Gorge, largely because so many of his friends and customers who spend their winters shredding Hood also spend their summers shredding the Gorge.

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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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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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Jeff Albright rides a tasty wave in Baja en route to victory. Photo by Clark Bradley Merritt

Jeff Albright broke through to the top of the podium in Baja California this August, taking first place in both the masters and amateur divisions at the Punta San Carlos competition of the American Windsurfing Tour.

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Ben McKinley's climbing partner David Marchi, getting after it.

Editor's Note: Skier, entrepreneur and dedicated Dad Sherpa Ben McKinley has been getting into all sorts of adventures of late. His latest and most ambitious involves three ski summits in one day, in beautiful Central Oregon. He shares lessons learned and an excellent video documenting an intense journey.

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As Jeff Albright demonstrates, SUP is not necessarily a placid sport. GoPro photo by Jeff Albright

On August 20, 2016, if you look out on the Columbia River from Viento State Park, you’re likely to see a dramatic scene — 200 stand up paddleboarders jockeying for position at the starting line of the Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge.

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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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Paddling the Sandy with your children is easy, safe and fun.

Like a lot of hard-core winter sports enthusiasts, I tend to have a hard time when the snow melts. Especially after an especially fine powder season like 2016-17. It can be painful when that waist-deep snow melts down into slush. Except those H2O molecules you’ve been riding aren’t really gone.

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