April 29, 2011
This post is part of a series that spotlights Adventure Cycling's corporate supporters. These companies support our mission and programs and do some cool stuff of their own. We decided to ask them some questions and, as a result, have learned a few interesting things about our supporters that we'd like to share with you. The answers below are direct from the companies. We hope that this gives you the chance to get to know them a little better, too.
Adventure Cycling: Tell us a little bit about your company.
James and Don: Cascade Huts partners with the US Forest Service to manage huts in the Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon. The huts provide bicyclists, snowshoers, and backcountry skiers from around the world a convenient and affordable way to enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Adventure Cycling: Talk about what services or products you provide for bicycle travelers.
James and Don: We currently operate three huts in the Mt Hood National Forest and offer a three-day, four-night, 137-mile Mt. Hood Loop bike trip. This epic ride circumnavigates Oregon’s iconic mountain along backcountry forest roads, with stunning views and thrilling singletrack options. Our huts are fully stocked with supplies and provisions to lighten your load and allow you to focus on the fun.
Adventure Cycling: Why do you support Adventure Cycling through corporate membership?
James and Don: Adventure Cycling, through its advocacy efforts and riding resources, provides opportunities for bicyclists to have memorable lifetime experiences. Cascade Huts is trying to do the same, so it just makes sense.
Adventure Cycling: What are your five favorite cycling related things right now?
James and Don: You can’t prepare for epic trips if you don’t have safe and convenient facilities to ride where you live, so it’s fantastic to see what’s happening in urban areas.
1. Bike lanes now connect the White House to the Capitol in Washington, DC!
2. The Gateway Green project in Portland, Oregon. A 35 acre swath of land surround by a freeway interchange is being turned into a recreational jewel.
3. Bike sharing programs, which open up an entire transportation network and you don’t even have to own a bike – see Washington, DC and Paris.
4. The I-5 Colonnade Mountain Bike Park in Seattle, Washington, transformed a dead space under a freeway into prime technical mountain bike trails in the heart of the city.
When it’s time to get out of the city it’s great to see the partnership going on between bike advocates and public lands to build new facilities.
5. The Sandy Ridge Trail. A fantastic new trail less than an hour from Portland
Adventure Cycling: What is your favorite service or program that Adventure Cycling offers?
James and Don: The route network and maps, which help bicyclists create their own adventures.
Adventure Cycling: If your headquarters staff could relocate to any place in the world, where would they choose?
James and Don: Government Camp, Oregon, is a perfect nexus for summer and winter activities at the base of Mt. Hood. It’s a small town with friendly people, great beer and food, and easy access to hiking, biking, camping, and skiing.
Adventure Cycling: Have any of your staff ridden Adventure Cycling’s mapped routes? If so, which ones?
James and Don: Segments near Mt. Hood, in the Columbia River Gorge, along the Oregon Coast, and the Continental Divide in Colorado and Wyoming.
Adventure Cycling: Is there anything else about your company that you really want to share with our readers?
James and Don: We are continuing to work with the US Forest Service to place more huts and create more multi-day bike trips in one of the most beautiful areas of the world. Be sure to check our website and become a friend on our Facebook page so you can be the first to hear about the routes as they become available!
Thanks to James and Don for taking some time to share their company with us! Cascade Huts is offering a special for our readers. Their huts on the Mt Hood Loop can host up to eight visitors at a time. If reservations are made for six riders, the seventh and eighth can ride for free! Simply mention Adventure Cycling when making your reservation.
MEMBERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS is typically posted every other Friday by Amy Corbin, Membership and Marketing Coordinator. Membership Highlights spotlights the various benefits of membership,our accomplishments thanks to member support, and even interviews with some of our most passionate and dedicated members, both individual and organizational.