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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, Dave Groudle, Sharon Leary and Gail O’Neill.

Discovery and adventure on the Oregon Desert Trail
Wednesday October 8

Oregon’s high desert features red-rock canyons, mountain vistas, cool rivers and, perhaps best of all, plentiful solitude. Join long-distance hiker Shane Von Schlemp, who this past summer became one of the first to complete a new, roughly 800-mile route across this region called the “Oregon Desert Trail.” .  A project of the Oregon Natural Desert Association , the trail winds from outside Bend through Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Steens Mountain Wilderness and the Owyhee Canyonlands to nearly the Idaho border. Shane will share the moments during his 34 days on the trail that made his heart soar and that tested his spirit through what remains a wild, largely undiscovered part of Oregon. Read about his journey at:

Roped Solo of Zodiac Route on El Capitan Yosemite
Wednesday October 15

Scott Peterson looked up at El Capitan and decided that in the next year he would lose 40 pounds and climb El Capitan. The story covers how he lost the weight and decided to solo climb. Once in Yosemite Scott had to wait out the government shut down before he could climb. On the climb he had to sit through a snow storm for two days and ran out of water before finishing the climb. Many other highlights will be shared about how he succeeded on his first finished route on El Capitan.

Sea Kayaking in B.C.
Wednesday October 22

This program takes us to Haida Gwaii, formerly known as The Queen Charlotte Islands, for two weeks of sea kayaking throughout a wilderness preserve known as Gwaii Haanas.  Bob Wilson andEric Hoem kayaked more than 90 miles throughout this National Park and Marine Reserve.  They explored inlets in search of wildlife; floated narrows and tidal areas to observe marine life; camped at large, often in complete solitude; and enjoyed the softening light at end of day.  In addition to its role as a wilderness preserve, Gwaii Haanas is also an important Heritage Site for the Haida people, who jointly manage the entire National Park.  For Bob and Eric, kayaking across open Pacific waters to reach the ancient Haida village site at SGang Gwaay achieved the primary objectives of their outing.  Here they walked among ancient carved poles, observed the remains of Haida long houses where once entire families lived, and heard stories of the culture that once flourished.

Program Change
An Appalachian Trail Thru Hike
Wednesday October 29

The Appalachian Trail is the most known and traveled of America’s three longest trails (including the Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail) which comprise hiking’s “Triple Crown.” Solo backpacker, Erin Saver (PCT 2011, CDT 2013) will be speaking about her 111 day thru hike along the AT which took her 2,185mi through 14 states from Georgia to Maine this past summer. The presentation includes anecdotes, pictures, and videos from Wired’s hike which completed her personal Triple Crown. For a sneak peek, check out Wired’s highly followed blog at where she kept a daily detailed journal of her hike.

Portland Alpine Festival
Wednesday November 5

Day Hiking the San Juans and Gulf Islands
Wednesday November 12

Day hike the San Juan and Gulf Islands with award winning guidebook author,Craig Romano. Drawing from his new release, Day Hiking The San Juans and Gulf Islands (The Mountaineers Books); Craig will be spotlighting some of the best hiking destinations within the Salish Sea. The San Juans and Gulf Islands are a one-of-a-kind natural landmark. A region divided by two countries, but sharing a common human, cultural and natural history. Yet each island retains its own identity—its own distinct atmosphere. Craig hiked nearly a thousand miles on 28 islands researching this, his 12th book. Encompassing all of the ferry-accessible islands, Craig also includes trails on Anacortes/ Fidalgo Island, Tsawwassen/ Point Roberts, and Victoria/ Saanich Peninsula—the islands’ gateways. Learn about fascinating trails within the new San Juan National Monument and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Discover trails to undeveloped islands, secluded beaches, bays, coves, rugged coastal ledges and magnificent old-growth forests. Explore state and provincial parks, nature preserves, historic sites, lighthouses, hill tops, and open bluffs that burst with wildflowers. Craig looks forward to sharing with you some of his favorite trails and wild places within the San Juan and Gulf islands.

Patagonia on the Cheap- Do´s and Don’ts .
Wednesday November 19

Have you ever thought to travel and trek in distant stunning Patagonia but were hesitant because of the expensive ticket price of most group tours? December 2013 through January 2014, Patricia Matteri, Linda Machtelinckx and Carole Beauclerk journeyed to Patagonia and will share their experiences and photos from Santiago, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina. Their presentation will include two sections: the first, the practical side of independent travel in the region and the second, the beauty of Patagonia in photos. Highlights are Fitzroy, Pucon, Perito Moreno Glacier, Bariloche and, of course, Torres de Paine National Park.

Wednesday November 26

Wednesday December 3
Bob Breivogel

Tibet and Corsica
Wednesday December 10

Eugene Lewins goes to Tibet’s most sacred mountain and Corsica’s hardest long distance trek in Europe. Two outdoor adventures apparently so different, and yet sharing the experience of traditional cultures holding onto their values as they meet the modern world.

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
Michael Pennington

Wednesday January 21
Alan Bauer

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.

Wednesday February 4
John & Amy Osaki

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!

Wednesday February 25

Wednesday Mar 4

Wednesday March 11

Wednesday March 18
Hudson Henry & Andy Adkins

Wednesday March 25

Wednesday April 1

Wednesday April 8

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.”