Australian mountaineer James Cowles has set a new personal best for the Australian Mountaineering Federation (AMPF) in a ride up Mt.
Hood in his quest to make a mark in the Mount Baker area.
The 29-year-old from Sydney was up the North West Ridge in the afternoon.
“It’s been a bit of a dream come true for a lot of people but it’s really hard to do that on a bike,” Mr Cowles said.
“I don’t think I’ve ever ridden up a mountain before so this is a really special experience for me and I’m really grateful for the support from my teammates and the support of the community.”
Mr Cowles and his partner Kate Fisk started their quest to ride Mount Hood in 2015 and this was their first time on a new mountaintop.
They had ridden in the mountains of New Zealand before but it was only this year that they decided to take it up in the area, with the help of friends and family.
“When we first came here we did a bit like a cross-country ski trip so we decided to go up Mount Hood and it was a really fun experience,” Mr Fisk said.
Mr Cowels said the climb up Mount Hootenan was challenging, with a section of the route up to the top of the hill on his bike taking him over the top.
“We were getting close to the summit and it’s a really steep climb and I didn’t really have much time to think about it,” he said.
Mount Hood has been a popular destination for mountain bikers for a number of years, with many people travelling down the route to the South Island to do so.
Mr Fisk was not the only one with a challenge on Mount Hood.
“A couple of mates who are mountain biker friends had come down here and were doing the same thing and I think the only way to go down the trail is to get your foot down on a log so it’s quite a difficult task,” he added.
“The first few times we got to the mountain, we didn’t quite get it.
We were a little bit sore but it got better.”
There’s a little trail but it wasn’t really good and you’d have to climb up it a couple of times to get to the base.
“That’s what really makes it difficult and there’s so many rocks in the path, it’s hard to get down the path and we’re getting sore so we thought we’d give it a go.”
Mount Hood is one of the highest peaks in New Zealand and is often used by mountain bikers to make the trip to the islands.
Mr Paine said it was “pretty amazing” to be up there on a mountain bike and was grateful to the Mount Hood team.
“My experience on Mt Hood has really been a highlight of my year,” he wrote on his Instagram page.
“On this day, it was my first time doing a climb on Mt Hootens top and the best day ever for a mountaineering trip.”
Mr Pagle added he enjoyed the scenery of the mountaintops and was “really happy” to have his gear and skills used on the road.
Topics:mountain-biker,mountains,mount-ashore-6722,mountal-ashina,southeast-2580,sydney-2000,mountmount-heworld,australiaFirst posted February 11, 2021 07:16:35Contact Andrew GurneyMore stories from New Zealand