Newcomers invited to compete; free kiddie race part of the action
The 12th-annual Double Cross returns to Hood River Valley High School next weekend for two days of cyclecross racing action that is expected to draw between 400 and 500 competitors from across the Northwest.
Varsity girls started season Tuesday, look to improve on last year’s 7-5 CRC record
The Hood River Valley Eagles varsity volleyball team has something to draw on this year that it doesn’t usually have much of: height. With a couple girls at or above the 6-foot mark and several others not far down the measuring stick, head coach Scott Walker says this year’s lineup is the tallest he has had in his eight years with the team.
Hood River Valley High School cross country jump-started its fall running season Thursday evening at the Wilsonville Night Race. As a 3K instead of the regular 5K distance, the race is a good opportunity for teams to measure their early season speeds, called “date-pace,” to base workouts on as they prepare for the regular season.
Trying not to jinx the team before the season gets started, Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer coach Jaime Rivera stopped short of estimating how well he expects the team to do, but says with excitement that this year’s squad has the right ingredients to turn quite a few heads.
It’s hard to believe August is over already. These last couple weeks of cool weather and rain really put a damper on what is arguably the Gorge’s finest month for enjoying the great outdoors and cooling off in the many great bodies of water that surround us.
Fishing is a way of life for Gabe Cunningham. Surrounded by water, he is happy to call a place like Hood River home and has found satisfaction in spending his youth along the shorelines of some of the Northwest’s best rivers, lakes and streams. But as the Hood River Valley High School sophomore matures, so does his perception of favorite local fishing rivers like the Hood, Klickitat and Deschutes.
Upbeat. That’s the attitude Hood River Valley High School cross country coach Kristen Uhler has about the upcoming running season, and although the longtime coach and avid runner is well-known for her think-positive, be-positive outlook, she has a lot more than simple optimism to back her expectations of an outstanding next few months.
The Hood River Aquatic Center has a long and vibrant history as the county’s public swimming pool, dating back to its pre-remodel seasonal days when it was lined with 10-foot-high green fencing and the Summer Swim Bus picked-up and dropped-off full loads of kids from as far away as Parkdale to spend the day lounging around in the sunshine and helping lifeguards get good use out of their whistles.
While the bulk of local attention and resources are focused on the Government Flats Complex burning just east of Hood River County, three smaller fires this week serve as a unambiguous reminder of just how precarious fire danger remains throughout the region. Crews doused a pair of fires along Herman Creek Road, one on Wednesday and another on Thursday, before they got out of hand, and Thursday afternoon firefighters responded to a lightning-struck snag that caught fire and began burning the ground around it. Both were extinguished quickly, thanks in large part to quick responses from nearby agencies and relatively high humidity and low winds that kept fire behavior subdued.
Kerbox, Wylde are overall champions
Several epic battles ensued this weekend in what is already being hailed a very successful third-annual NAISH Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge. Starting Saturday with the distance race, relatively light wind meant paddlers’ endurance was truly put to the test in the six-mile upriver grind from Viento State Park to Hood River. Wind picked up on Sunday for course racing in front of the Hood River Waterfront Park, and again paddlers were pushed to their limits, as half of the diamond-shaped course faced straight upwind.
While not considered remote by most standards, Rainy Lake is out of the way enough that the chances of having the lake to yourself on any given day are pretty good. From Hood River, Rainy is about an hour’s drive from downtown and is one of several lakes oriented in a north-south line stretching between Mount Defiance to the north and Mount Hood to the south. Black, Rainy and North lakes are all accessible from the same Forest Service Road 2820, or Dead Point Road, which can be reached either from Kingsley Reservoir or Dee. Not far to the south geographically, but accessed from different roads are Whatum and Scout lakes, and beyond those are Lost Lake and Bull Run Lake.
Fed by springs percolating up from the base of Mount Adams, the White Salmon River remains a steady flow and chilling temperature throughout the year, making this Wild and Scenic waterway an excellent option to cool-off on the hottest summer days. In this, our fifth of an eight-part series on great local places to cool off in August, we take a ride down the White Salmon on a giant blue inflatable raft with one of several guide services that run the river.
Columbia Gorge Racing Association hosts global event
Like a colony of fire ants chasing one another in well-orchestrated lines and patterns, a massive fleet of racers with nearly identical boats and bright red patterned sails have been tacking and jibing in front of Cascade Locks all week during the 2013 Tasar World Championships.
The Hood River Waterfront Park will be abuzz with activity this weekend as athletes, both local and from around the world, compete in the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge
With his brand of selfless dedication to Hood River’s young athletes, former middle school track program head coach Steve Wrye left big shoes to fill as he departed this summer on an around-the-world sailing trip. Before leaving, however, he managed to convince a world-class athlete and trainer to take over his role as mentor and coach to the incoming field of several dozen young runners from Hood River and Wy’east Middle Schools.
Hood River Yacht Club held its annual Double Damned race Saturday and was met with variable but constant winds, a solid fleet of competitors and only slightly nerve-wracking threats of thunder and lightning boiling in the clouds overhead.
With a deep-green, slow-moving swimming hole shimmering in the afternoon sunlight, the Hood River at Tucker Bridge has long been one of the best swimming holes on the river anywhere between the Punchbowl in Dee and the old Powerdale Dam powerhouse just outside downtown Hood River.
Community Education soccer program serves 250 kids in summer season thanks largely to volunteer coaches
Hood River County Community Educations’ summer recreational soccer league wrapped up Wednesday afternoon with one final hurrah of the season at Westside Elementary School.
Big Winds youth stand up paddle program trains hard, and early
It’s barely daylight on a Thursday in the middle of August, and instead of lying comfortably in bed as the summer sun climbs over the horizon, 30 teenagers are getting started with their third morning workout of the week.
A quick dip in the Columbia at Koberg Beach State Recreation Area is perfect for those hot summer evenings when you get off work and want to cool off and enjoy the last hour of sunshine but don’t have the time or energy to venture far off the beaten path.
Gorge-based team will join NPSL’s 2014 season
SO Samba FC has a lot of work to do between now and next spring, but the newly formed, Hood River-based team is aiming to make an impression in the 2014 National Premiere Soccer League season. NPSL is a nationwide league of semi-pro adult men teams divided into Northeast, South, Midwest and West regions, with a regional season running from the spring through early summer before a national championship tournament.
‘Global Sessions’ uses recreation to break the ice in networking events
With the mantra of building relationships and growing business through recreation, Global Sessions co-founders Aaron Sales and Matt Sweeting are holding the first of what they hope will be many multi-faceted business, networking and recreation-based retreats this weekend in Hood River.
Angie Adkins will teach – and learn – in Abu Dhabi
Hood River Middle School teacher Angie Adkins is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, and for the 46-year-old mother of two, the timing “feels just right” to pack up, move to a distant corner of the world and begin a new chapter of her life story.
The windiest July in decades benefits many Hood River businesses
Although an official record of this type is hard to qualify, July 2013 will go down in the boardhead recordbooks as one of the windiest months the Gorge has seen since the invention of epoxy resin and neoprene.
Bridge of the Gods contest thrills crowd, highlights up-and-coming Gorge talent
$260,000 project is on schedule and should be finished by mid-September
For area tennis players, the timing couldn’t be worse to have the city’s only public courts torn up and unusable, but for those who have played on the ever-cracking concrete surface of the May Street courts (Tsuruta Courts) over the years, another month of waiting, or playing elsewhere, will be well worth the sacrifice.
Peterson, Poor win weekend races; Fiona Wylde leads series
In what organizers and longtime competitors agree is one of the windiest races in the Gorge Cup’s long history, more than 30 windsurfers put their skills, and gear, to the test over the weekend at the Hood River Event Site. Saturday’s action included gusts into the 40-mph range, and Sunday into the upper 30s, giving racers in the summer-long series a true taste of what nuclear Gorge conditions can dish out.
Parker Kennedy has been making great strides toward the goal of becoming one of the top young decathletes in the country. While many of his friends were kicking back and relaxing in the first weeks of summer vacation, the Hood River Valley High School sophomore was busy competing in, and winning, the USA Track and Field state and regional championships.
Summer sunshine: check. Strong wind: check. Classic Gorge swell: check. Large audience: check. Lineup of competitors excited to huck, flip, jump and jibe around the river for bragging rights and prize money: check.
This week’s event features freestyle, Gorge style and big air contests
In an effort to “revive the stoke” in the Gorge as a world-class locale for windsurfing contests, the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association and the American Windsurfing Tour are teaming up this week to put on Freestyle Frenzy. The two-day event has a wind window of July 17-21 and will be held on the first two windy days within that range at the Hatchery (Spring Creek Fish Hatchery, 4 miles west of the bridge on Highway 14).
New technology allows for contest to see who can jump the highest
Over-calculating one’s own athletic feats is a common phenomenon in extreme sports, and in the Gorge, there are few better examples of this than with the sport of kiteboarding.
Imagine lying face down in the river, fully conscious but unable to move, aware of people around you but unsure if they’ll be able to flip you over before the last breath burning in your lungs expires and you drown.
Hood River’s 9/10 girls win district tournament to advance to next level
Hood River Little League’s four All-Star teams returned from Bend after several days of sunny summer ball in Central Oregon during the annual District 5 tournament.
This week’s Eagle Youth Soccer Camp brought about 80 kids to Westside Elementery School for five full days of skills developement, scrimmages, fun and games.
Action sports company settles into new waterfront location
DaKine employees are happily settling in to their new 25,000-square-foot company headquarters, and the move from their aged Columbia Street location to a recently completed Hood River Waterfront building is a welcome change for the current staff nearly 50 who will call the office home.
The Hood River Saddle Club hosted a Mountain Trail clinic over the weekend that drew riders from as far away as Seattle to participate in clinics and a friendly competition at the club’s 10-acre facility.
The seventh-annual Maryhill Festival of Speed kicks off Wednesday and Thursday with practice runs, continues Friday and Saturday with elimination heats and climaxes Sunday with street luge finals and the 2013 Downhill Skateboarding International Downhill Federation World Cup.
Mt. Hood Cycling Classic ends on high
“With mixed emotions” is how Chad Sperry describes Sunday’s successful end to the 11th and final Mt. Hood Cycling Classic.
The tale of the deteriorating tennis courts will soon see a happy ending.
Racing action starts Friday in last of event’s history
After 10 years of entertaining spectators with high-speed racing action and attracting competitors from around the world to experience some of the most grueling and scenic stages in the nation, the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic will ride into the sunset Sunday evening. And as a fitting end to the 11-year history of the event, Sunday’s final stage will put riders through what has become famous as one of the most brutal but spectacular race courses in America — the Three Summits Road Race.
Hood River Little League’s boys majors regular season concludes Saturday with the annual league championships at the ballfields behind St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Hood River 5-6, 7-8 grade boys win VooDoo Invitational Tournament
Hood River’s youth lacrosse continues to turn heads this season as teams representing the program compete and defeat bigger and more seasoned teams from across the state. The most recent example of the local lacrosse momentum is two first-place finishes last weekend at the VooDoo Invitational Lacrosse Tournament at Portland’s Buckman Fields.