Is the gorge still getting more crowded ?

Is the gorge still getting more crowded ?

Post by Henrik Klagg » Wed, 04 Mar 1992 22:02:45


As it says. Any reasonably good spot that got discovered in Europe is
flooded by people all-year round now. I wonder if the same happens to
the gorge ?

Cheers, Henrik
IBM Research

 
 
 

Is the gorge still getting more crowded ?

Post by Ken Berg » Thu, 05 Mar 1992 06:35:26

Quote:

>As it says. Any reasonably good spot that got discovered in Europe is
>flooded by people all-year round now. I wonder if the same happens to
>the gorge ?

Its all relative.  When we get "pan Gorge" conditions where it is
windy at every sailing location from Cascade Locks to Rosevelt, the
crowds can spread out.  That's the best case senerio.

The worst is when the only place with steady 5.0 conditions are
Swell/Hatch. This happens A LOT later in the summer as prevailing
wind conditions weaken.
On these days it becomes a zoo and I usually go Mt.
Bike riding or some other alternative.

Crowds are also obviously dependant on time of year.  The past
couple of years, I have been starting to notice the crowds earlier
and earlier in the month of May.  June through August is peak crowd
sessions at their best.  Sailing early or late (yeah) in the day helps.  

But year round?  No the Gorge is not crowded year round.  I feel
fortunate to be able to enjoy the Gorge in the early spring  (like
right now !) and late fall.  I especially like September.

Ken

 
 
 

Is the gorge still getting more crowded ?

Post by Bob Keh » Fri, 06 Mar 1992 07:31:44

Quote:

> As it says. Any reasonably good spot that got discovered in Europe is
> flooded by people all-year round now. I wonder if the same happens to
> the gorge ?

My brother, Jim Kehoe, is a member of a very small group of people who
"founded" the Gorge way back in the mid-70's.  For several years now, he
has lamented about the over-crowding that has occurred up there.  It
actually drove him to purchase a portion of property elsewhere on the
Columbia, far-removed from the Hood River area, from which he can still
experience "oneness" with the wind.  Sorry, I'm sworn to secrecy as to
the location.

I often harass him about his "missed" opportunity in not acquiring real
estate in the Hood River area during those pioneering days.

Jim's the guy with the gray 4Runner carrying the Oregon plate "AEOLUS"
(or is it AEOLIS?).