Steve’s been pushing to get the new Whoopdee climb done so he can spend the summer riding and sailing like a normal Hood Riverite. Today’s work party got him one big step closer. A great Sunday morning turnout and ideal weather conditions made quick work of the last uncut stretch between the old climb and the new trailhead.
This new climbing route opened for business officially at 1PM, in time for Blossom Festival week riders to enjoy the great vistas and fields of balsam root in full bloom.
Workers this week included: Jeff Blackman, Don Wiley, Sam Wiley, Connor Dunn, Amy Dunn, Mark Chamley, Stephen Ford, Kani Rowland, Tom Cook, JJ Olsson, Andy Olsson, Jim Mudry, Dave Veenstra, Arthur Babitz, Steve Dunn, Sadie, Cooper, Ringo and Mojo.
This new section starts about a third of the way up the old road climb on the left (south) side. Try it soon while the balsam root and Indian paintbrush are in bloom for full effect. Steve and friends are still working on the bottom section of the climb, which will be north of the old road.
This project is supported by your contributions to HRATS, which have been helping Steve by covering some of his fuel and materials costs. If you like the new route click the “donate” badge to buy Steve some gas.