6/6 Gorge wind, bike news, and (Click on “Solstice”) Solstice’s Kickstarter Campaign

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 June 6, 2013
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Wind forecast

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
8a-11p 11p-3p 3p-dusk
Stevenson 5-10 10-15 22-25 20-23
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 13-15 17-21 22-25, briefly gusty 17-21
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 13-15 13-15 23-26 gusty 22-25
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 0-5 0-5 gusty 22-25 gusty 22-25
Arlington / Roosevelt 0-5 0-5 22-25 22-25

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We’ll see another windy day in the Gorge today as a weak weather system passing over the Cascades keeps the onshore flow going. The Portland to The Dalles gradient is .08, and that’s a decent start. West wind at 13-16 from Stevenson to Hood River this morning picks up to 18-23 from Stevenson to Doug’s this afternoon. Steadiest wind today will be at Stevenson, with a short-lived burst near Hood River mid-afternoon.

We’ll start with strong, steady west wind tomorrow at 24-28 near Hood River. Then a weak weather system approaches midday, and the steadiest wind will shift to Stevenson. In the afternoon, expect gusty 24-28 at Stevenson and the Doug’s/Lyle section of the river, 20-23 near Hood River, with low twenties further east until late afternoon, when Maryhill and Arlington should join in the fun with short-lived 26-30.

Saturday and Sunday will bring strong, steady west wind in the upper twenties near Hood River. In other wind news, registration for Gorge Groms opens today. This is CGWA’s windsurfing gear club – join for $100 and your kids have access to the CGWA gear. Tonight’s registration is from 3-7pm at the CGWA shed at the Hook. Coming up Saturday: Gorge Cup windsurfing at the Event Site.

The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.

Cycling news

In biking news, tonight is the 4th race in the Gorge Short Track race series. Head on down to Cascade Locks to cheer on our local racers (ME. Cheer for ME!) as they race around the EasyCLIMB trail. Races start at 5:30, and the weather will be great for watching tonight! Also tonight, there’s the Post n’ Pint mountain bike ride leaving Dirty Fingers at 5:30. Complete the ride – it’s about 2 hours – and you’ll earn a pint of beer. This weekend is the Bend Enduro, supposedly very flowy and not-technical, and perfectly rideable by kit-clad Bendies on hardtail 29’ers.

The Mt. Hood Cycling Classic needs volunteers. Visit their website to volunteer.

Other Stuff

My friend Jax was out running last night on the Twin Tunnels and saw momma bear and two little cubs. Be careful out there. Maybe keep your dog and kids on a leash for a while.

Next, Solstice (from way over there in Bingen) has to move, and they’ve found the perfect spot on the HR Waterfront by Pfriem. They need your help: Kick down at the Solstice Kickstarter campaign. A $25 donation gets you a pizza or 5 slices, should the campaign kick in 18 days. Think of it as paying for your pizza in advance. I signed up. You should too. Local crowd-sourcing in action. Let’s do this thing!

Doug Ammons, world-class kayaker and spiritual leader of the whitewater world, gives a talk at Columbia Center for the Arts at 7:30 on Saturday night. You don’t want to miss this talk – Doug’s a fascinating guy. Tickets are $10, and if you were subscribed to the email, you’d have a chance to win!

On a totally different note, Hood River band Sunderland needs your help. They have a chance to open for Weezer, but they need votes. Head to the contest website and vote for them. Then share the link via all your social media sites. You can vote once a day, so let’s help this local band make the big time!

Have an awesome day today!