Spring Splitboarding Oregon
This was the year we both turned 40. We’d met six years earlier in the Columbia Gorge, so we set out Westward from our home in the Tetons to celebrate. Our plan was simple: Sky to Sea. Hike or skin Mount Adams, ride down. Cycle to the put in of the White Salmon. Raft the Middle White Salmon to the Columbia. We knew we’d have to walk or ride parts of the Lower White Salmon to make it to the Columbia, but we were just going for it and seeing how it goes. It was late May, and we know that Spring conditions in the Cascades can mean anything from corn to cement. Halfway through Idaho, we checked with the Mt. Adams Ranger Station and they reported extreme avalanche conditions, no permits were being issued at that time. Toby looked at me, passing signs for upcoming turnoffs to Portland or Payette…”Ever been to Bend or Crater Lake?”. No, I had not. I Googled “Bend”. Mount Bachelor was still open. I checked conditions, they still had snow. He swung a hard left.