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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.

Gifted with a clear day. From Bachelor looking North to the  Cascades , The Sisters, Mount Hood, Mt. St. Helens. Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainer.

Gifted with a clear day. From Bachelor looking North to the Cascades, The Sisters, Mount Hood, Mt. St. Helens. Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainer.

Looking South, Toby like a boss. Mt. McLoughlin and Mt Shasta in the

Looking South, Toby like a boss. Mt. McLoughlin and Mt Shasta in the

The ground was still cold, and camping was pretty chilly.

The ground was still cold, and camping was pretty chilly.

Did a little tour up Mt. Tumalo, with Rosa, who we had rescued just a couple months earlier. The Sisters in the background.

Did a little tour up Mt. Tumalo, with Rosa, who we had rescued just a couple months earlier. The Sisters in the background.

Snow conditions around Crater Lake were pretty crap, but the view was beautiful. So, not so much downhill riding, but super enjoyable circumnavigating the lake on skins.

Snow conditions around Crater Lake were pretty crap, but the view was beautiful. So, not so much downhill riding, but super enjoyable circumnavigating the lake on skins.

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