If crawling uphill through the mud under cover of barbed wire, leaping over flames, throwing spears, climbing ropes and walls, carrying buckets of gravel and being hurled out of control into a giant mud pit – all with physical penalties for non-completion – sounds appealing, you should consider signing up for next year’s Pac West Spartan Race in Washougal.
When it comes to fishing the Pacific Northwest, Buzz Ramsey is something of a virtuoso, and even though his most recent edition of Outdoor News offers tips to maximizing fall-run salmon fishing success quite a ways downstream of Hood River, at the mouth of the Columbia, his column is relevant and extremely encouraging for the many Gorge-area fishermen and women who excitedly await the arrival of these great fish.
Sallie Ford’s new sound comes from an all-girl rock band. But as far as she can tell, there’s only one thing that’s really changed as far as touring and playing shows with her old band.
River City goes punk Aug. 12; Amber Charms returns Sept. 6; more
The best fruit in the fair is not available to eat.
Rescheduled from two weeks ago due to lack of wind, the Bridge of the Gods Kitefest Blowout race from Stevenson to Hood River will, wind willing, take place Saturday (backup wind day Sunday).
If international acclaim and recent nods in such publications as Sunset Magazine, National Geographic and The New York Times weren’t enough, here’s more proof the Gorge is a desirable place to visit: the upcoming Bridge of the Gods Marathon and the Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim are both filled to capacity.
Music, sponsors and fundraising schedule
Aug. 7 — Families in the Park: Radical Revolution (‘80s genre gems), 6-9 p.m. at Jackson Park, 13th and May Streets, Hood River. Toy Gun Conspiracy open. Fajitas will be served by Eye Openers Lions Club, raising money for sight and hearing. Free concert sponsored by Griffith Motors, Northwest Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Bruce Burton DMD, Lions Eye Openers, Rotary of Hood River.
‘After the Rain’ plays Aug. 16; Kit Garoutte at The Pines; more
With the addition of “Kleeway” – a proposed new trail named after the late Matt Klee – congestion issues on the popular Seven Streams Trail should be greatly alleviated.
Sports slideshow Saturday at Hood River Hostel; Bernie Fagan Soccer Camp runs next week; Youth tennis camps coming up
At Gorge Paddle Challenge, one competitor will be two
Matt and Hunter make a great pair.
The Columbia Gorge Racing Association is gearing up for a busy next few weeks of sailing in Cascade Locks.
Ruins open at Springhouse; more
Van Gogh Days, celebrating the beauty of summer’s signature flower — the sunflower —returns to Rasmussen Farms in the heart of Oregon’s Hood River Valley Aug. 2-3.