Rooster notes: wind was at E at 40 mph, water was at 40 F, air was at 45 F. I rigged 85L/4.2 m2 at the beginning, which was way too much. Rigged 3.7 and that was just perfect. The cold was not a problem at all. I was actually toasty in the 5.5/4/3 and a rash guard underneath. The main issue was (as expected), the hands. The Glacier gloves were warm but wearing them just killed my forearms. I think I could have done with open palm gloves. The Gorge winter crowd was there in full today (Trudy, Larry and others), it was great to ride with them!
Oh, and the icing on the cake was a snowboarding session in the afternoon! Good times ;)
|Rooster firing up. Picture by Trudy|
|More Rooster. Thanks Trudy!|
|Mt. Hood in the afternoon|
|Above the clouds|