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By Nate G.
From Fayetteville, AR
Dec 14, 2013

I'll be in the Portland area Dec 20-24. What would you climb? Would you ski or hike or bike or boulder? Where would you ski, hike, bike, or boulder? And suggestions appreciated. Thanks in advance for the info.


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By Micah Klesick
From Vancouver, WA
Dec 15, 2013

Depends on what you like doing more, and the weather.
Here's a list of gorge climbing areas. Columbia Gorge Climbs
Hamilton Boulders is pretty good in the afternoon on a dry day. Rat caves is dry year around. Broughtons dries out pretty quickly in the sun. Mordor Wall at ozone can be climbed most of the year if its not raining.


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By Amy Abunai
From Portland, OR
Dec 19, 2013
Finished the last pitch of Commie Pinkos for a summit shot

Portland weather tends to be wet year-round, minus a couple months in the summer. And even if it's not raining a lot of crags are moist and damp, either from being near the Columbia Gorge, or it raining the couple days prior. If you have transportation I would recommend going to Smith Rock near Terrebonne, Oregon. There's a chance of snow and it can get pretty cold but it tends to be dry.

I would ski. Ski Bowl is your cheapest option but check the snow conditions before you go, it's lower on the mountain so depending on the snow level it can be dirty if there's not enough. But it's steep and deep when there's enough. Timberline has been nicknamed "Flatline" but the terrain is still fun but the weather a little unpredictable. It's not uncommon for the highest lift, Palmer, to be closed due to low visibility. But if you want to be a super dirtbag you can hitch from the bottom of the hill to Timberline and back down to Government Camp via the Glade Trail. If the snow is sticky, bring a skiier with you, hitting the flats will make it slow.

Carver is a good place to boulder, very close to Portland. It's privately owned so you have to go through one of the local rock gyms to purchase a pass ($8) and sign a liability form. Fun rocks, but again, likely to be wet.

A fun route for biking is the Old Historic Columbia River Highway, parallel to I-84 and some good hills and good views.

Oregon has a lot to offer, I hope you find what you're looking for!


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By Amy Abunai
From Portland, OR
Dec 19, 2013
Finished the last pitch of Commie Pinkos for a summit shot

Oh and if you do go hiking, check out 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Portland. Hamilton Mountain, Table Mountain, and not really a hike, but Bagby Hotsprings are my favorite.


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By Morrismc
From Raleigh, N.C.
Dec 24, 2013
Just below the summit of Timewave Zero at El Potrero Chico

Unless things have changed significantly since I was there last week the skiing is in pretty poor shape. While there's "snow" on mount hood it's pretty icy and dicey after weeks of sitting in the sun and getting above freezing.

Timberline and Meadows provide the best terrain. I don't even think Ski Bowl's open right now due to lack of snow.

Go for a hike in forest park!

And I agree with Amy Smith or Trout creek on the east side of the cascades this time of year.


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