Since obtaining its summer operations permit three years ago, Mt. Hood Meadows has continued to expand its list of summer activities and this year is no exception.
Some familiar events will be returning and some new ones have been introduced as well, running from athletic competitions to photography workshops to wine festivals. For the purpose of the sports page, we focused on the athletic competitions. For more information on the other events, head to the Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort website at skihood.com.
Aug. 6: Mind Over Mountain adventure race
Teams or individual competitors will be challenged with physical and mental obstacles along a mountain course that will take creativity and teamwork to overcome. The course is designed to be strenuous for experienced competitors, yet accommodate family teams looking for a fun outing. Team themes and costumes are encouraged. Get a group of your family members or friends together and join us for some challenging fun. There will be social time with live music on the deck along with food and drinks at the conclusion of the race. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check the Mt. Hood Meadows website for updates on course layout and scorekeeping.
Aug. 13: Geocache Dash
Geocaching is a modern-day navigation experience where GPS coordinates and an electronic device are used to find hidden locations. There are geocache apps available that do not require a cell signal for GPS to work. There are many geocache locations on hiking trails and roads surrounding Mt. Hood. For additional information, visit www.geocaching.com.
The Geocache Dash will combine a traditional mountain-style trail race with the strategy and navigation skills of geocaching. Some caches even require completing a puzzle in order to find or open the cache. There will be unique stamps at each location that teams will use to track their progress and score points.
Caches will be placed at varying distances from the base area. The further from the base, the more points will be awarded for finding that cache. Teams will have a limited amount of time to compete. Example: teams may choose to try to find more caches closer to the base area that are awarded fewer points or fewer caches located further away worth more points. Strategy will depend on how fast each cache is found. Remember it is not just how fast you run, but how fast you find and open the cache. Even if another team is at a cache, teams or individuals may still have to solve the puzzle before unlocking the stamp. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Aug. 20: Third Annual Uphill Challenge
The Third Annual Uphill Challenge is an uphill running or walking race beginning in the main parking lot and finishing at the top of Stadium Chairlift for a total of 1.2 miles with 621 feet of elevation gain. Following the finish, competitors will ride the Stadium chairlift back to the base area. Prize money will be awarded for the top man and woman finisher. Following the event, a barbecue will take place on the Paradise Deck. Registration is at 8 a.m. in the main lodge, with the race starting at 10 a.m. Cost is $25 for those 20 and older, $15 for those younger, and $10 for chairlift spectators.