Join us for this month’s Old St. Francis History Pub: The Hood River Crag Rats and The Cloud Cap Inn.
On August 3, 1926 Andy Anderson, a Hood River lumber store manager, invited around 20 local young men to his home for the purpose of establishing an organization to promote mountaineering and skiing. The Hood River Crag Rats were formed that afternoon and became the first U.S. mountain rescue organization west of the Mississippi.
Wooden ice axes and hemp rope have given way to GPS devices and helicopters, but searching for and rescuing people on Mt. Hood and in the Columbia Gorge have remained much the same for over 80 years. The program, featuring tales of harrowing rescues, will chronicle the early and current Crag Rats and their relationship with the historic Cloud Cap Inn. Speaker Don Pattison is a second-generation Crag Rat and works in the outdoor industry; Bill Pattison is a Crag Rat and 4th generation Oregonian.