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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, Ben Jones, Sharon Leary and Gail O’Neill.

New Zealand Trail and the Oregon Trail
Wednesday January 28

To make his film “New Zealand Trail,”  Sandor Lau  a film student and Fulbright scholar, walked 500km alone from Auckland to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s geographic and spiritual tip. This black comedy road trip documentary records the stories of backpackers from around the world, organic farmers, hostel owners, tour operators, Maori communities, and the filmmaker himself. On his journey Sandor discovers how much a toothbrush handle weighs, why we spend our lives walking backwards, and the true distance to home.
We will also see a series of short clips from his project in development, “Sandor’s Oregon Trail.”

Continue the conversation with the Young Mazamas over a pint at the Horsebrass Pub afterwards. We’ll meet in front of the Mazamas Mountaineering Center after Sandor’s presentation and we’ll walk over together.

Sizzle reel here:

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!

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

Hudson Henry & Andy Adkins

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.”