Posts Tagged ‘Mount Hood’

Fun Day

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Two days ago marks my first time filming any skiing.   That day on Hood in the bright sun made it challenging to near impossible to even see what I was framing half the time…since I couldn’t see my LCD screen with my goggles on and I could barely see the shot through the electronic viewfinder of A7 without my goggles on.  It made for a situation where I wasn’t entirely sure about the shots I scored until I got back home.  The video clips ended up being better than I thought they would as well, above is my debut Alpine Ski film edit.  No tripod was used , so it has that home video natural effect lol.



The interesting thing about it was that I was skiing with Asit Rathod again, the last time I got out to ski with him marked my first day photographing skiing which resulted in another cool set of images which included this shot. It’s always good getting out with good people on great days, but if your feet are cold or hurt…you won’t get far.   I certainly have been enjoying my Intuition Liners inside my Black Diamond Slant ski boots….

A Windy Tour to End 2014

Thursday, January 1st, 2015
Mount Hood from White River Canyon

Mount Hood from White River Canyon



Enjoyed a windy cool day in White River Canyon the other day with a couple buddies.

Despite the cold active wind loading we managed to snake our way along the southwest edge and crossed one covered drainage to a minor moraine  that consisted of a healthy mix of wind-loaded drops, icy wind battered crests with pockets of wind sculpted powder.

I attempted to get one small wind-loaded SW aspect test slope to slide, but it presented with stability for my weight.  The angle was about 34 degrees and above tree line.  Lower down in the trees on a SSW 35 degree slope  I walked or wallowed through the crest of a waist deep sheltered powder slope, the slope had sparse anchors and I could not feel any inconsistencies.

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Mount Hood

Monday, December 8th, 2014

A few days ago after I finished working a shift, I jumped over to Jonsrud Point in Sandy, Oregon for a sunrise that didn’t disappoint.  I finally realized after about a month working out of  the Sandy station that this spot was so close.  When I drove passed it a few weeks ago, I realized this was a go to spot for many local photographers.






Sadly the snow pack this season is still thin and we are all waiting for the snow to really start building up.  Right now, Timberline  only has a 13″ base.   It seems to be the way things are going in recent decades, a trend towards dryness.  But we still do get a good few weather events each season for some quality riding.  That’s one thing I like about capturing a dynamic sunrise such as the one shown here.   It adds a bit of hope as spice to hit the day or season running.  Each day you wake up, you never truly know what’s heading your way.  After a failed attempt to capture the sunset the night before my shift started…the morning my shift ended, we ran a late call which enabled me to leave the station moments before the sky lit up with these amazing colors, vibrant and dynamic….

Summer SolstASS Ultra

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Well, this certainly a delayed post.

I got out and photographed the local Summer SolstASS Ultra on Silver Star Mountain during…naturally the Summer Solstice.

I got to meet some Ultra Running local legends early in the morning: Bob Baker and  Joe Yela.

Joe Yela: Summer SolstASS Master Mind.

Joe Yela: Summer SolstASS Master Mind.

Bob Baker

Bob Baker

The views from Ed’s Trail were a real eye opener!

Mount Hood looking over the East Ridge of Silver Star Mountain.

Mount Hood looking over the East Ridge of Silver Star Mountain.


This ridge depicted in the above was part of the 50K segment.

Looking North was not a disappointment either:


The Sentinals rise in all directions from this place.

The Sentinals rise in all directions from this place.

Here is the final batch of photos from the excellent event under the expanding Ultra Gallery.




Just a little update….

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Been a bit busy the last few months on my other Professional front.

I’ve been working my way through American Medical Response’s Reach and Treat Academy (RAT). Along the way I’ve been carrying my camera.

The first session was class room. So, yeah no pictures. The second however, was Low Elevation Mountaineering on Mount Hood.










The next session was High Elevation Overnight at the Triangle Moraine on Mount Hood.










The most recent session was Land Navigation. This was fun, and just as with most things…even if you’ve been doing something for awhile there’s always things to learn.







Just to give a few extra notes, with the intense media coverage on rescues and some notes out there about costs and such.

As I’ve learned through the recent Clackamas County contract issues and being in the RAT Academy along with being a climber since I was 15.

In a rescue there are a few elements as far as Mount Hood is concerned. Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR), RAT Crew, Military (for Heli), and sometimes Mount Hood Ski Patrol on occasions.

For far as costs go…

PMR is made up of volunteers from the climbing community itself.

The RAT crew, well AMR pays the County as a private company to provide EMS and RAT services to the Clackamas County Community. Cost are paid via actual transport and billed to patient insurance or the patient.

Military, well I pay my taxes. So, the military should be there when needed. It is solid real world application of training for the crews….they aren’t under fire while completing the mission of a Mount Hood Rescue. They’ll be that much better, when they do have to conduct a rescue in a battle field.

[published from my iPhone excuse any errors]