Fred Noble, Portland adrenaline sports legend, dies after battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (photos)


By Terry Richard |  Email the author | Follow on Twitter Posted on on May 03, 2014 at 2:32 PM Read original article & view slideshow » Fred Noble, a longtime Portland high-adrenaline adventure sports legend, died Thursday at his home after a long battle with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease). …

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Fred Noble & Ski to Defeat ALS

Story Published: Apr 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM PDT

It’s been two years since his diagnosis with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), but Fred Noble isn’t letting the fatal diagnosis slow him down.   He’s a been ziplining, heli-skiing, and rock climbing—all in the past year!  But his biggest challenge is just ahead: Fred is challenging people to help him raise money for “Ski to Defeat ALS.”  He’s trying to raise $50,000 before this weekend’s event and you can help by making a donation.

  • Ski to Defeat ALS
  • Saturday, April 13, 10am to 5pm
  • Mt. Hood Meadows

To make a donation to Fred’s team, click here. For more information on services provided by the Oregon and SW Washington Chapter of The ALS Association, visit their website.

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Living with Lou Gehrig’s Disease


Article on Fred in AM Northwest — Published: Thursday, March 8, 2012. Read original article »

Longtime Portland resident and famed adventurer Fred Noble has cheated death many times in more than 50 years of dangerous and extreme backcountry skiing, paragliding, mountain climbing and wind surfing. At age 74, Noble now finds himself in a fight for his life after being diagnosed in December with ALS, the fatal neurodegenerative muscular disease best known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Fred joined us today along with Lance Christian, the Executive Director of the ALS Association’s Oregon and SW Washington Chapter to tell us about their upcoming event Ski to Defeat ALS.

Ski to Defeat ALS is a team and individual skiing and snowboarding event to be hosted at Mt. Hood Meadows on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Participants engage in competitions for most dollars raised and for most vertical feet skied or ridden. For more information about the event, visit

About ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that slowly robs a person of the ability to walk, speak, swallow and, eventually, breathe. With no known cause or cure, a person can expect to live typically 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis. ALS has no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries –– and in only 10 percent of cases there is a family history of ALS. Today, there are approximately 30,000 people in the US living with ALS and 5,600 people in the US are diagnosed every year. At any given time, there are an estimated 500 families living with ALS in Oregon and Southwest Washington.



Noble Adventures

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Fred featured in the SandyPost — on Jan 25, 2012, updated Jan 25, 2012 by Lisa K. Anderson Famous for involvement in extreme sports, Fred Noble finds his next journey raising awareness about ALS He traces his fingers over a map with 85 pushpins that mark the countries he’s visited …

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Fred’s Next Big Adventure


Fred on Mt. Hood Meadows Blog — 1/5/2012 1:08:00 AM by Meadows Team in Connection, Overcoming Inertia, Media Center

Fred Noble skied Mt. Hood Wednesday – for what was probably his 2000th time. He’s been skiing for more than five decades. He was a featured skier in some early Warren Miller films. He’s traveled around the world and escaped death a number of times. Now he’s taking on his next big adventure – ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The disease is advancing, and is affecting his legs. Last year Fred skied as a “four tracker” using two “outriggers” – poles with skis on the bottom of them as crutches, along with his skis. This season, Fred will use a bi-ski – a seat mounted on skis that can be maneuvered by leaning.

Fred donated his outriggers to the Meadows adaptive sports program, for other four trackers to use. And Fred took several runs Wednesday.

Ski to Defeat ALS LogoFred is the honorary chairman of the “Ski to Defeat ALS” coming up April 14. It’s a vertical challenge event at Meadows – you can register online, get some pledges, take some runs and meet Fred. And raise money for the Oregon and SW Washington Chapter of ALS. For more information on the event, to make a pledge or to organize a team, visit the Ski to Defeat ALS website.

Make A Hero logoFred was also featured at the Make A Hero movie premier of “The Movement” which appeared in Portland in November. Meadows is supporting the Make A Hero foundation with a special lift ticket offer. You can purchase the discount lift ticket from Make a Hero – and they receive the proceeds, which are designated to be donated back to Oregon adaptive sports organizations, and the local ALS chapter. You can purchase the lift ticket from

Check out the coverage on KATU of Fred’s day on the slopes.

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