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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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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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Zach Carbo, super stoked to be flying down Brevent in the Alps.

Editor’s Note: You won’t catch me speed-flying any time soon. But I can certainly see the allure of climbing to the top of a huge mountain, jumping off the top, and flying down into the valley with a pair of skis underfoot just in case you see some fresh snow to hit. That’s what Zach Carbo does, on Mt. Hood, in Alaska, and as of last spring, in the Alps. I sat down with Zach the other day to learn more about his trip to Chamonix, where you can ride a gondola up to 12 and a half thousand feet and fly the high country all day long. I asked Zach to tell me about one of his best flights, and he insisted on two:

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Beauty and terror on top of Oregon. Photos by Jason Murray

Would you climb a mountain with Donald Trump? Me neither... but I did climb Mount Hood with a Donald Trump impersonator, with winds gusting 50 miles an hour in exactly the wrong direction.

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Gliding to the finish after the ups and downs of Randonee racing.

Editor's Note: The Ramshead Randonee is a fledgling event on Mount Hood that is exhausting, exhilarating and a little bit insane: a race up steep slopes normally accessed by chairlift, and then straight down, rewarding fitness, courage and strategy. It is also a fundraiser for the Northwest Avalanche Center, a worthy organization that does a fine job of reporting on alpine conditions for the mountain community. Mt. Hood freeride coach, ski mountaineer and entrepreneur Ben McKinley competed in the 2016 Ramshead Randonee at Mt. Hood Meadows, and he files this report:

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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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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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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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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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