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Training to climb Mt. Hood: Part 1

Ecotrope | June 1, 2011 9:55 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:37 p.m.

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I’ve been climbing mountains like a maniac lately. I think it started with Dog Mountain (2,800 feet). Then I did Table Mountain, Saddle Mountain (3,283 feet) and Neahkahnie (1,600 feet) over the course of the next week. Sure, my hamstrings hated me. But they’re going to thank me soon … when I’m on my way up to the summit of Mount Hood in mid-June.

This weekend, while everyone else I know was grilling burgers and swilling brews, Oregon Field Guide producer Jule Gilfillan and I trudged to the highest point in the Columbia River Gorge – the summit of Mt. Defiance. Defiance is a 4,960-foot brute of a mountain with switchbacks guaranteed to make your calves cringe. Check out the slideshow of our trek below, and stay tuned for more because this Sunday we’re doing Mt. Hood training: Part 2. We’ll be on the mountain with the Mazamas learning how to survive our upcoming climb to 11,240 feet (give or take a few depending on who’s measuring).

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