Mt Hood NF – Right Gully

I climbed the right gully on the  on Thursday Feb 25th with Anastasia. This was my 1st time on the route and I was pretty stoked to get the route in such good conditions. We left Tilly Jane trail head just after midnight and made decent time given the deep […]

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ISPO Show Review

ISPO, the huge international sports show in Munich, Germany has always been on my must-see list. I finally got the chance to attend this monster show, with 80,000 other attendees, two weeks ago. Located at the east end of the main east/west bahn line, in a remodeled former airport, Messe […]


Reid Headwall Trip Report

Reid Headwall Trip Report and Reflection- November 30th 2015 One day after Oleg and Alex’s Reid climb, and one day before I heard about the ice avy they narrowly escaped, the death on Mt Jefferson and the death of my good friend Adam in the Washington Cascades, my wife and […]

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The jaw-dropping benefits of cross-country skiing

Researchers in Sweden and at Ball State University, in Indiana, assembled two remarkable groups of octogenarian men. All of the volunteers were healthy, lived independently and were capable of completing a vigorous exercise test to exhaustion. The difference was that one group was composed of lifelong cross-country skiers who trained […]


To An Athlete Dying Young and Tyler Heilman

The time you won your town the race We chaired you through the market-place; Man and boy stood cheering by, And home we brought you shoulder-high. To-day, the road all runners come, Shoulder-high we bring you home, And set you at your threshold down, Townsman of a stiller town. (the […]

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Dynafit offers free update for 11/12 Radical Heels

We received a press release regarding a problem with 2011/12  Dynafit bindings in the RADICAL series, including RADICAL ST, RADICAL FT, and SPEED RADICAL. Although the problem has been know about for some time, in the backcountry skiing community, and doesn’t effect the descending release ability of the heel piece, […]


La Sportiva Core High Gore-Tex Boot Review

They’re a little weird looking, out of the box, and the first day on your feet. Rubber galoshes or reptile skin comes to mind. But, the La Sportiva Core High GTX hiking boots are really a giant step forward in hiking boot technology. I had the pleasure of wearing them […]

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The Way I Work: Yvon Chouinard, Excerpts from the founder of Patagonia

Patagonia’s founder still loves to blaze a trail. He takes copious time off, lets employees manage themselves, and tells customers not to buy his products. Here are some excerpts we enjoyed from Yvon’s chat with Inc. I spend very little time working on the clothing lines these days. They are […]


OMC Staff Recommends Caution in the Hills After Mt. Hood Climbing Accident

With a record low snow pack this spring season, combined with an early arrival of temperatures more reminiscent of August than mid-June, the climbing window for safe and enjoyable ascents in the High Cascades may be drawing to an early close. Deep runnels have recently been experienced in remnant snow […]