Mazamas - Your Adventure Starts Here

When and Where

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.



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!


Connecting the Spots: Snow Leopards in Tajikistan
Wednesday March 11

In the summer of 2014 Tara Meyer of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies traveled to an area in western Tajikistan, little-known to the western world, to conduct her master’s research on snow leopards. Not only did Tara and her team document snow leopards for the first time in the region using camera traps and DNA, but they explored a rugged and beautiful mountain range rich with plant life, sweet mountain springs, hot springs and wildlife. Join Tara on March 11th as she shares her research, photos and stories from her travels searching for the “ghost cat” in Tajikistan’s Hissar Range.


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

Join Hudson Henry & Andy Adkins for a sneak peek of the film “An American Ascent.” This award winning documentary chronicles the first African American team to take on Denali: North America’s highest peak.


Wake Up!
Wednesday March 25

The Ruth Gorge of Alaska is home to a plethora of classic lines and stunning peaks—the names of which you’ll quickly learn and chant quietly to yourself as you fly in awe over them for the first time. When you set your sights on this landscape it inspires a strong reaction; be it a sense of belonging or intimidation, you’re humbled to be in it’s presence.
Rebecca Schob  and Brad Farra tackled a ice and snow line on Mt. Wake last April. Join them March—- and hear tales of thin alpine ice conditions, sugar snow wallowing, crevasse self-rescue and more, all squashed into less than 45 hours from landing on the glacier back to Talkeetna, AK.


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.”