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 2015-2016 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:  John Leary (Chair), Dyanne Foster, Ben Jones, Sharon Leary and Nancy Bentley.

Welcome back to the Wednesday Evening Programs!

Wednesday OCT 7
Join Zachary Brown, (PhD, Stanford University) as he narrates last summer’s adventure trekking up the Pacific Northwest Coast. Through photos and stories, Zach will describe the joys and travails of his 4-month, 2300-mile solo hiking/kayaking journey from Stanford University to Alaska. The goal of this wild trip north? Spread the word about Inian Islands Institute, the field school he is founding on a remote and beautiful island in his Alaskan homeland, dedicated to education, research, and sustainability.

Mt. Hood Art
Wednesday OCT 14
EIS is excited to present an evening of time-based art created in response to land management in Mount Hood National Forest. Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a collaborative multimedia project that seeks to bring attention to land management issues on public lands by bringing dancers, visual artists, writers, sound artists, and musicians to visit areas threatened by logging and development. We seek to increase public awareness for protection of wild lands and engagement with environmental activism within the Portland arts community. EIS is reimagining and redefining the form, scope and potential impact of an environmental impact statement through artist research and response. Through this process EIS will create spaces for expression and conversation around ecological, social and political issues central to public land management on Mt. Hood. Our presentation will include music, video, performance, and dance. Featured artists will include Lisa Schonberg & Secret Drum Band, Heather Treadway, Sidony O’Neal, Danielle Ross and Alison Clarys.

Selected Classic Backpacking Trips in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest:  Teton Crest Trail, Titcomb and Indian Basins, Cirque of the Towers
Wednesday OCT 21
The Bridger-Teton National Forest is the third largest National Forest outside of Alaska. It stretches from Yellowstone National Park, along the eastern boundary of Grand Teton National Park where it splits into an inverted “V” shape. The eastern split rides along the western slope of the Continental Divide to the southern end of the Wind River Range and includes the Bridger Wilderness home to 7 of the 10 largest glaciers in the lower 48. The western split also extends southward and includes the Salt River Range and the Wyoming Range mountains near the Idaho border.The stunning landscapes in this National Forest range from mountain meadows to timbered slopes to high alpine plateaus and include hundreds of high alpine lakes, glacial cirques and wide sweeping valleys. While Gannett Peak at Peak 13,804 ft is the highest summit in Wyoming, another forty named mountains rise above 12,000 ft. Images from three popular backpacking trips will be shared as well as some practical information that may be helpful to those considering their own treks in this beautiful National Forest.  PaulaWetzsteon will be this evening’s virtual guide.

The Hayduke Trail
Wednesday OCT 28
The Hayduke Trail is an extremely challenging, 800-mile backcountry route through some of the most rugged and breathtaking landscapes on earth. Located entirely on public land, the trail links six of the National Parks on the Colorado Plateau in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona with the lesser known, but equally splendid, lands in between them. Encompassed in the route are Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks as well as Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and numerous National Forests, BLM Districts, Primitive Areas, Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas. The Hayduke Trail is not intended to be the easiest or most direct route through this incredibly varied terrain, but is rather meant to showcase the stunning Redrock Wilderness of the American Southwest.”  Come along on this journey with Erin “Wired” Saver who has hiked over 10,000 miles of long distance trails and enjoys sharing her hikes through her daily blogs.

Wednesday NOV 4
Peter Marbach/

The Mountains Will Wait For You
Wednesday NOV 11
Please join Portland filmmaker, Fred Schwoebel, for a screening of his documentary “The Mountains Will Wait For You.”  The film returns the audience to the sanity of a less frenzied world and a moment in time when people were inspired by one woman to write from their hearts about personal wilderness experiences in letters crafted with the same attention to detail that guides the sculptor’s hand.  With the narration of music legend Johnny Cash setting the woodsy tone for the film, pulses slow, breathing calms, and director Fred Schwoebel begins taking us on a journey back to the last decade of the 20th Century, transporting the audience to a rustic, eclectically decorated cabin poised on the shore of a small lake in upstate New York, at the very edge of the ancient Adirondack mountains.  There we are introduced to the last of a generation of wilderness prophets, the late Grace Hudowalski (1906-2004), who built a life and a movement of wilderness stewardship around the mountains into which she was born, a wilderness through which she guided countless mountain climbers, the 46ers, a following she singlehandedly nurtured through decades of personal correspondence. The film is a tribute to Grace who said “If it’s worth climbing, it’s worth writing about.”
Fred will be holding a Q and A after the film and share how the documentary was instrumental in renaming one of the Adirondack high peaks to honor Grace.

Portland Alpine Festival
Nepal Reflections  $12 at the door
Wednesday NOV 18
Stuck on Annapurna after a massive 7.8 earthquake rocked Nepal, Scott Rogers and his team of climbers made their way back down to lower altitudes to help with the immediate relief needs of the many villages effected by the disaster. From helping distribute food and build temporary shelters, to joining in a massive project delivering 65 tons of food over a 17,000 foot pass, Scott witnessed first-hand both the good and the bad of the aid industry, as well as the sheer determination and resiliency of the Nepalese people. He will share stories and footage of the earthquake, the rebuilding process, and describe how the raw human interaction left a remarkable and lasting effect on his life. Scott is an adventure photographer and athlete who has been featured as a contributing photographer for numerous publications, including the New York Times and Outside magazine. In 2013, his work received a Sports Emmy Nomination for Best Camerawork.

Wednesday NOV 25

Wednesday DEC 2
Ashley Michael Karitis 

The Oregon Trail
Wednesday DEC 9
Sandor Lau

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
Wednesday DEC 17
Director/Producer Lydia B Smith 

Wednesday DEC 23

Wednesday DEC 30

Great Divide Trail
Wednesday JAN 6  
Erin “Wired” Saver

Kilimanjaro: A Route Less Taken
Wednesday JAN 13
Paul Steger 

The Salmonberry Trail – Linking the Valley to the Coast
Wednesday JAN 20
The Salmonberry Trail is the name for the rails-to-trails project between Banks and Tillamook along the old Salmonberry Railroad. This is an opportunity to convert the no-longer functional portions of rail line to a trail and adding a trail adjacent to the viable sections of rail. This unique 86-mile recreational opportunity, steeped in history, natural beauty and adventure, can connect urban and rural Oregon – the Portland area to the Coast – while tapping into a wide network of existing recreation trail and facilities, educational opportunities and heritage sites.The project is now under full steam. A master concept plan has been completed, a leadership coalition has been formed, and fundraising is under way. Mike Cafferata, District Forester for the Forest Grove District of the Oregon Department of Forestry though which a portion of the railroad passes, will provide photos of the project, a current status report, and plans for the future of this exciting project.

Wildlife Photos
Wednesday JAN 27
Alan Bauer  

Hiking Norway’s Western Fjordland
Wednesday FEB 3
Eric Hoem

History of the Mount Hood National Forest and its Lookouts
Wednesday FEB 10
The Mount Hood National Forest is an outdoor playground for millions of hikers, skiers, climbers, and other recreationists, but it also has a long and fascinating history. Local author Cheryl Hill will highlight several interesting stories from the forest’s past and talk about the history of its lookouts. She will also talk about her favorite lookout hikes and give you a few tips for staying in a lookout cabin. Cheryl is a librarian, lookout enthusiast, and history buff, and is the author of two books in Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series: Mount Hood National Forest and the forthcoming Fire Lookouts of Oregon.

Safari through Southern Africa: 
An Exploration of Namibia, Botswana, & Zambia

Wednesday February 17
Southern Africa hosts some of the world’s most unique places, for example, the Skeleton Coast and Namib Desert of Namibia, the Okavango Delta of Botswana, Victoria Falls of Zambia/Zimbabwe and the Cape Town region. Join Erica Varga of Acappella Safaris for an exploration of southern Africa.  Key features and areas of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia will be highlighted as well as best ways to combine travel among those countries.

Wednesday Feb 24

Wednesday MAR 2

Hiking Options
Wednesday MAR 9
Richard Getgen

Camino de Santiago
Wednesday MAR 16
Linda Prinsen and Nicole Peltz

Portugal’s Rota Vicentina
Wednesday MAR 23
Kate Harbour


101 Hikes in the Majestic Mount Jefferson Region
Wednesday APR 6
Matt Reeder

Wednesday APR 13
Bill Sullivan