7th Pacific Crest Trail Days are this weekend in Cascade Locks

The 7th annual Pacific Crest Trail Days returns to Cascade Locks Sept. 6-8 with a full lineup of activities in store based out of the event headquarters on Thunder Island. The three-day event celebrates the 2,663-mile trail stretching from the U.S. border with Mexico to the border with Canada along the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges. The free event includes three days of classes, gear exhibitions, food and music, presentations and more, as well as free camping on Thunder Island the first two nights.

New to the lineup of activities this year is the PCT Days disc golf tournament at the recently completed 18-hole Locks Approach course at the east end of town. The $40 tournament fee includes three discs, a shirt and three raffle tickets for the product/gear raffle taking place at 5 p.m. Sept. 7. Register for the tournament by sending an email to: registrationonline@4discgolf.com or contact daniel@discvango.com.

Sept. 6 activities run from noon-11 p.m. and are highlighted by an 8 p.m. showing of a John Muir Trail documentary “Mile … Mile and a Half.” A full day of activities is in store for Sept. 7 starting with a 9 a.m. check-in for the disc golf tournament, which starts at 10:30 a.m. Classes will run throughout the day, and outdoor recreation products will be on display from 10 a.m. -5 p.m., with a raffle and silent auction set for 5 p.m. At 8:30 p.m. a DJ will kick-off the 2013 PCT Days party, which runs until 11 p.m. Sunday’s activities include another round of disc golf and the Next Adventure Ring of Fire and Awards Ceremony at 2 p.m.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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