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7 PM, Wednesday evenings October through April at the Mazama Mountaineering Center (Map to the MMC)

Programs are free and open to the public.

Evening Travel Programs

Welcome to the Mazama 2014-2015 season of evening programs. Our Wednesday Programs begin at 7 p.m., are free and open to Mazamas and the general public. We do appreciate a voluntary contribution at the discretion of each attendee. Thank you for supporting our successful series by your regular attendance.

The Mazamas Program Committee hosts evening slide programs. During the program season, a full description of each show is printed in the Mazama Bulletin and will be posted on this web page. Programs almost always keep to the schedule but there are occasional cancellations and last minute switches. It can be a good idea to contact the Mazama Mountaineering Center at 503-227-2345 to confirm these shows beforehand. Please scroll down this page for more detailed show descriptions.

Program Committee: Nancy Bentley (Co-chair), John Leary (Co-chair), Dyanne Foster, Ben Jones, Sharon Leary and Gail O’Neill.

Skiing North Korea’s Luxury Resort
Wednesday December 17

In 2012, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un dispatched thousands of soldiers into the mountains of the heavily armed Kangwon Province to carry out a bizarre mission: Build the country’s first luxury ski resort. They succeeded, sort of, and in February 2014, Bend resident Tim Neville, a correspondent for Outside magazine and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Travel Section, became one of the first westerners to ski the Masik Ryong resort. Join him on a dark but fascinating journey deep inside the Hermit Kingdom where skiing offers a tiny taste of freedom.

Wednesday December 24

Wednesday December 31

Trekking & Touring High Bhutan
Wednesday January 7

Bhutan, the land of “Gross National Happiness”, is an alluring attraction for out-of-the-way Himalayan excursions. High altitude treks combined with cross-country tours are a main attraction, punctuated by amazing wildlife and exotic birding, visits to ancient Buddhist monasteries and temples, visits to historic and rustic dzongs (each district’s religious/administrative center), drop in on weavers and sellers of colorful silk and woolen fabrics, and enjoy close-up views of traditional farm and livestock based cultures, with yaks and big Tibetan mastiff dogs. Don Messerschmidt and Rusty Brennan-Dubbs, two of the Northwest’s adventure tour and travel leaders, have run several recent trips across Bhutan, and have some tall tales to tell. Featured in this illustrated presentation is a high altitude trek in northeastern Bhutan up close to the Tibet border, and encounters in the forests and alpine communities across the middle mountains of Druk Yul, the Dragon Kingdom.

Mexico Volcanoes: Climbing & Culture
Wednesday January 14

In December 2013 Mike Rudy, Michael Pennington and four other climbers from the Chemeketans out of Salem set out to tackle two high volcanoes in Mexico (La Malinche 14,640’ & Pico de Orizaba 18,490’). In the end it was much more than just a climbing trip. Come hear their stories of climbing with hundreds of locals during the Festival de Guadalupe on La Malinche and tackling Pico de Orizaba, the 3rd highest peak in N. America.

Day Hiking Washington’s Cascades
Wednesday January 21

Come join professional photographer Alan Bauer as he presents the adventure and beauty of the Washington Cascades covered in his work behind the Day Hiking series published by The Mountaineers Books, with a focus on areas covered in the new May 2014 release of the 2nd edition of “Day Hiking-Snoqualmie Region”. With the second edition now covering 135 hikes, of which 52 are new additions, many new ideas and stories are waiting to be shared. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation and Q&A time.

Gorilla Trekking in the Congo & Other Favorite African Safaris
Wednesday January 28

It’s been twenty years since I last looked into the eyes of a gorilla. Although I had experienced the excitement and awe once before I wasn’t quite ready for what I saw when we first approached a family of Western Lowland gorillas in the Republic of Congo. This vast and truly wild region is home to Forest Elephant, Forest Buffalo, Leopard, Bongo, Giant Forest Hog, and Hippopotamus; alongside the greatest density of Western Lowland Gorilla in Africa, the highest numbers of Chimpanzee yet recorded, Colobus monkeys, and other primates. Clouds of spectacular butterflies are characteristic of the region and close to 440 bird species have been recorded here. Learn how to best access the pristine areas of the lesser known of the two Congos, at a time when sustainable tourism is in the foreground. An overview of what has been voted by Outside Magazine as the “Best New Safari” will be presented along with other wild, pristine places to visit in Africa. Program presenter Erica Varga has led people from around the globe on overland safaris across Botswana and into Zimbabwe. She owns Acappella Safaris.

Hiking Japan
Wednesday February 4

Join John & Amy Osaki for a personal odyssey to Japan, where mountains form 75% of the country’s land mass. The Osaki family emigrated from Japan to Hawaii in the late 19th century. During 15 trips to Japan, including three hiking trips in 2014, John has hiked trails on the islands of Hokkaido, Shikoku, and Honshu. Tonight he
presents a photo essay of the wide open landscapes of Hokkaido, characterized by alpine tundra, volcanic peaks, and crater lakes. Hiking in national parks on Hokkaido involves encounters with native bear and fox, and bugling elk. In contrast, trails on Shikoku wind up and down the mountains and along the coast, connecting
remote temples, beneath fall foliage or cascades of spring cherry blossoms. Trail solitude is punctuated by temple bells, chanting pilgrims, and the scent of incense from the temples. In the Japan Alps, rocky ridges climb up to serrated peaks in Chubu Sangaku National Park. Also on Honshu, a hike to the summit of Hakusan, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve protected in a national park, is quite different than experiencing the dawn with the crowds (and a post office) on the 12,389 foot summit of Mt Fuji! Note: John appears in the Shikoku episode of the PBS series Sacred Journeys which is schedule to air on Tuesday December 16 at 9pm

The Cream of the High Sierras
Wednesday February 11

Join Dan Hannon and Cathie Pake, hikers who are not letting age get in their way of hiking the trails. Enjoy lovely photos of the austere landscapes and the grandly colored trees, streams, peaks and meadows from Walker Pass to Bishop Pass. They describe the challenges and the joys of walking 165 miles in 18 days at average elevation over 8000 ft. They will discuss light-weight backpacking, pacing, cooking, dealing with scarce water and will bring samples of home-packaged meals, equipment choices and clothing for 8 -10 days of self-supported hiking. The general rule of lightweight backpacking is about the same as for most other parts of life: The little choices we make add up, and the results are bigger than we might have imagined.

Peru’s Cordillera Blanca and Machu Picchu via Inca Trail
Wednesday Feb 18

The Mazama Expedition Committee provided a climbing grant to Keith Daellenbach and his father Chuck to climb Nevada Pisco Oeste (18,872’) in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca. They climbed high into the range in July 2014 reaching high camp at 16,200’ surrounded by spectacular 6,000m peaks.  While they were ultimately unable to reach the summit, they had a fantastic time exploring the high Andes together. The climb was preceded by an adventure that included Keith’s wife Amy, eight year old son, Micah, and mother, Faye. They hiked four days over a 13,800’ pass on the 24 mile Inca Trail into Machu Picchu, had a home stay in the remote village of Ccamahuara near Cusco with a Peruvian family and explored the Spanish colonial capital, Lima.  By sharing their lives, land, food, and culture, new Peruvian friends taught the Daellenbach family something about themselves they will always treasure.  Viva Peru!

Himalayan Dreams – The Quest For Kumari
Wednesday February 25

Photographer Peter Marbach volunteered on a humanitarian expedition to the remote Himalayan village of Kumari to document the amazing life story of trekking guide Jagat Lama. Jagat’s rise from poverty and his heroic efforts to bring health care, education, and a women’s skills center to his village will be featured in the upcoming film Kumari: The Jagat Lama Story. Marbach will share stories and images of village life in Kumari, the colorful chaos of Kathmandu, the unspeakable beauty of the Himalayas and his own healing journey en route to Everest.
Peter has co-authored five coffee table books and produced several of the iconic Mt Hood Jazz Festival commemorative posters. His work and story of healing was featured on Oregon Field Guide in October 2014.

Yosemite Climber Stewards
Wednesday Mar 4

In September 2014 Adam Baylor, Mazamas Stewardship & Communication Manager, met with a team of Advanced Rock graduates in Yosemite National Park for eight days of climbing and trail work. This program was supported by the Yosemite Conservancy, Park Rangers and Trail Crew. It will be offered again 2015 and is open to all Mazamas whether you climb or hike. This is your chance to give back to the greatest national park on Earth! Join the Climber Stewards for an evening slideshow and storytelling about Yosemite!

Snow Leopards
Wednesday March 11
Tara Meyer

A Winter Ascent: a Multimedia Trip to the Cold
Wednesday March 18

Hudson Henry & Andy Adkins

Mt. Blake
Wednesday March 25
Rebecca Schob

Tibet and Corsica
Wednesday April 1

How do we escape from the tourist experience into a richer encounter with foreign culture? Two Mazama outings - circling the world’s most sacred mountain in Tibet 2013 and scrambling Europe’s hardest trek in Corsica 2014 - threw up major challenges of terrain and weather. Yet the deeper exploration was cultural. In very different landscapes, close-to-the-land traditional communities in Tibet and Corsica are struggling as much with the influx of modernity as with political conquest. Along with spectacular scenery and outdoor adventure, trip leader Eugene Lewins will share both the barriers and the successful encounters the Mazama teams made outside of the tourist bubble.

Mt. St. Helens and the Mt. Margaret Backcountry
Wednesday April 8

From summers at Spirit Lake Boy Scout Camp in the 1950s to guiding climbs, hikes, and backpacks in the 2000s, Joe Whittington has a long history and intimate familiarity with Mt. St. Helens. While St. Helens, the mountain is well known; the surrounding area, especially the Mt. Margaret Backcountry, is a unique and spectacular place. Joe will share photographs, stories and recommendations from his 50+ years of experiencing Mt. St. Helens.

New Hikes In Eastern Oregon
Wednesday April 15

Oregon’s hiking guru, Bill Sullivan, takes us on a slide show tour of a dozen new trails he discovered while researching the new third edition of his book, “100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon.” Discover a colorful badlands on the Owyhee River, a new wilderness with cactus flowers on the John Day, and a viewpoint hike to a ranch at the east end of the Columbia Gorge. We’ll even explore a half a dozen little-known hot springs. As always, Sullivan spices his talk with notes on the geology, wildlife, and history of the land.Sullivan is the author of 17 books about Oregon, including “Oregon Trips & Trails,” “Oregon’s Greatest Natural Disasters,” Hiking Oregon’s History, and the popular “100 Hikes” series. His journal of a 1000-mile hike he took across Oregon in 1985, “Listening for Coyote,” was chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission as one of Oregon’s “100 Books,” the 100 most significant books in the state’s history. He has also written four novels and a collection of short stories, “The Oregon Variations.”