Climbing with the Mazamas

The Mazamas offers a variety of mountaineering and rock climbing activities. Most of our climbs take place between May 1 – November 1. 

Climb Schedule, 4/22/18Microsoft Excel Document | 95.5 KB

View all of the upcoming climbs on our calendar. Download an MS Excel version of the calendar using the link to the right. Please note, this is a static version of the schedule. 

Climb FAQs

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When will the climb application process open?

Each climb has its registration open date prominently displayed. The majority of climbs follow this system:

  • Start Date before 5/20: Open date 4/16
  • Start Date 5/20–6/19: Open date 4/23
  • Start Date 6/20–7/19: Open date 4/30
  • Start Date after 7/20: Open date 5/7

Please make note of it as you review the climb schedule and plan accordingly. *while many climbs adhere to this schedule, not all do. Please check the calendar and plan accordingly.

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How to Contact a Climb Leader

Currently, leader email addresses are not appearing on our website. You can go here to find a full list. 

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Are climb slots first come first served?

No. The climb leader sets a number of applicants they are willing to review for any given climb, as well as a number of climbers for their climb. The system will accept applicants until the max number of applicants set by the climb leader is reached. The climb leader will then review their applicants and select their climb team.

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I want to climb Mt. Hood. Should I just apply to all of the Mt. Hood climbs?

No!

Applying for multiple climbs on the same mountain (especially on the same route) is highly discouraged. If you apply for multiple climbs of the same mountain, a leader may be less likely to accept you.

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How do I find climbs on the calendar?

Click on the calendar link at the top of any page to go to the main Mazama calendar. This calendar is sortable in a variety of ways. To view all climbs, apply the Climb filter. Once the filter is applied, you will only see upcoming climbs on the calendar. You can then add additional filters by clicking on the Add Filter button. Filters include: Place (i.e. Mt. Hood), Leader, Grade, Grad Preference, and more. The calendar defaults to a 3-month view, and can be customized by you. If you scroll down this page you will find a video on how to use the calendar. 

Link to the calendar with Climb filter applied.

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I only want to go on a climb with my friend/partner. How can I indicate this preference?

At this time we do not have a simple way for you indicated this preference. However, we are working on a new feature that will allow you to make these requests. Until then, you can include a note in your bio in your profile that you only want to be on a climb if your friend/partner is also accepted.

You may also send a brief email to the climb leader, such as "I have just applied for your XYZ climb. I would love the opportunity to go on this climb, and I wanted to let you know that my friend/partner ____ also applied and we only want to be on the climb if we are both accepted." 

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When am I charged for a climb?

When you apply for a climb you are required to enter a credit card number. Our system will "ping" your credit card to ensure that is chargeable card, but you are not charged unless you are accepted onto the climb. If you are accepted onto the climb your credit card is immediately charged

Please only apply for climbs you intend to participate in if accepted. To be very specific, applying for a climb means that if the leader accepts the application you are on the climb. You do not get the option to "accept" a spot on the climb. If accepted, you are on the climb and your card is charged, and our refund policy is then in effect. 

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What is the cancellation/refund policy?

Our cancellation policy remains unchanged. If you are accepted onto a climb and the climb is canceled, your credit card will be refunded within 7–10 days. If you are accepted onto a climb and you withdraw/cancel, you will not receive a refund.

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My Mazama profile doesn't Include all of my training badges. How do I add them?

Review your profile and then review all of the badges offered at mazamas.org/badges. Then click “Request a Badge” and apply for any of the badges that are missing from your profile. We will have them added to your profile within a week!

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How do I share my climb/training experience with my leader without a climb card?

Your profile will be shared with your leader when you apply. Your profile is a combination of your training with the Mazamas, your outside training, and other details you choose to share. The Bio field and Climb History field are both rich text fields.

When you complete your profile on the website, we recommend using the space titled "Climb History Outside of the Mazamas" as the location for your climb resume. You can do this in several ways. 1: create a bulleted list of your complete climb and climbing education history. 2: create a climb resume that lives on the internet (a Google Doc, a PDF that is located on Dropbox). Include the link to that climb resume in this area.

Curious how that would work? Check out the videos and directions below.

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Can I attach a climb resume to my profile?

No! There are security reasons why you cannot upload your own file to the Mazama website.

Instead, we recommend creating your climb resume either in something like Google Docs, or in a PDF that you upload to a web location such as Dropbox. You can then include a link to your climb resume in the Climb History section of your profile. 

See video below for details.

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How should I choose which climbs to apply for?

This is entirely up to you! You can view the calendar by location, by grade, by leader, and more. So you need to decide which climbs you are most interested in and what climbs you are qualified for! If you are new to climbing or to the Mazamas, check our our beginner climbs page. If you are interested in climbing Mt. Hood, check out our Mt. Hood FAQ page.

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I applied for two climbs on the same day and got accepted on both, what should I do?

We DO NOT recommend applying for more climbs than you can physically attend in order to up your chances of getting on to a climb, and if you do so you do so at your own risk. If you are accepted onto multiple climbs on the same date, you will need to cancel from one of the climbs. You will not be refunded for a climb when you choose to cancel.

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What should I do with my old climb cards?

Unused climb cards, or climb cards for climbs that were canceled by the leader, are redeemable for cash or credit. By May 1, 2018 we should have a credit system in place on our site where you would be able to turn in your old cards and we could apply a credit to your website account that you could then use for other Mazama activities.

If you prefer to get a refund, you can mail your unused cards to the Mazama Mountaineering Center, Attention: Climb Card Refund, 527 SE 43rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97215. Make sure to include your name, email address, physical address, and phone number. We will send you a refund check within 2–4 weeks.

You may also make a donation to the Mazamas in the form of climb cards. Follow the same process above, but label your envelope, Attention: Climb Card Donation.

Climb Grades

Mt. St. Helens Climbing Photo: Geoff Lesch-Wragge
A Level Climbs

A Level Climbs: May require off-trail hiking, ice axe and crampon use on moderately steep slopes, and self-arrest. (examples: Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams)

Mt. Hood Old Chute Photo: Brooke Weeber
B Level Climbs

B Level Climbs—Same as "A" level, as well as glacier travel, and roped climbing. (examples: Mt. Hood South Side, Middle Sister)

North Cascades Climbing Photo: Kevin Clark
C Level Climbs

C Level Climbs—Same as "B" level, as well as crevasse rescue skills, belaying, rappelling, and low 5th class rock climbing. (examples: Mt. Rainier, Emmons Glacier, Mt. Washington (OR))

Ridge Climbing
D Level Climbs

Same as "C" level except on steep snow slopes, glacier travel and crevasse rescue, self-arrest, belaying, rappelling and 5th class rock climbing. (examples: Mt. Stuart, West Ridge)

Here are some helpful videos to walk you through the climb application process in video format, including how to filter the Mazama calendar, how to create a climb "resume," and more.

Climb History/Resume

 

Reviewing the Mazama Calendar

 

Applying for Climbs

 

Application Directions

We recommend completing steps 1 through 3 prior to the time you want to apply for a climb. That way, all you'll need to do is hit the Apply button and enter your credit card information when you are ready to apply.

  1. Create user account on our website.
  2. Complete your profile (required fields: name, birthdate, email address, bio, climbing history, type and frequency of physical activity, mobile phone, full address; medical conditions, if you carry any medications, and medications carried, purpose of medication; emergency contact name, phone, and relationship.)
  3. If you want to add a link to your climb resume, you may do so. Over time, all of your activity history with the Mazamas will be captured on your profile, but until then, you might want to share your past history with your potential climb leader. Here's a template you could use. If you decided to do this, you may include this link in your Climb History Outside of the Mazamas field, by utilizing the link option. Review Climb Resume Video on this page.
  4. Sign the Liability Waiver. Go to your Dashboard and click on Liability Waiver. Review and sign.
  5. Find a climb you are interested in and qualified for on the Calendar.
  6. If you have already completed steps 1 through 4 and meet the badge requirements (see badge requirements below), the Apply button will be active once the Registration Open Date is within the appropriate timeframe.
  7. Click on Apply.
  8. Enter your credit card information.
  9. You will now see the message Awaiting Approval below the credit card step. You will also receive an email that your application has been submitted. (Please note: Your credit card is only charged if you are accepted; at this stage, the 3rd party payment processor simply pings your card to see if it is an active card, but no charge or authorization is made).
  10. If you go to your Dashboard, on the left hand side of your desktop screen, you will see your Upcoming Activities. There is a section called Applied. You will see the climb you just applied for in this area.

When the leader updates your status, if you are:

  • Accepted you will receive an email indicating you are accepted and your credit card will be charged (immediately upon acceptance).
  • Wait Listed you will receive an email indicating you are wait listed (If you are wait listed, and a space becomes available, you will be given the opportunity to accept the spot before your credit card is charged).
  • Not Accepted you will receive an email indicating you were not accepted.

 

Climb Grades

A/B = beginner, B/C = intermediate, C/D = intermediate/advanced

A—May require off-trail hiking, ice axe and crampon use on moderately steep slopes, and self-arrest.

B—Same as "A" level, as well as glacier travel, and roped climbing.

C—Same as "B" level, as well as crevasse rescue skills, belaying, rappelling, and low 5th class rock climbing.

D—Same as "C" level except on steep snow slopes, glacier travel and crevasse rescue, self-arrest, belaying, rappelling and 5th class rock climbing.

E—This code is no longer used. Please review the Activity notes for a description of the required self-sufficiency of a route.

Climb Pace

Climb Pace ranges from I to IV.

Grade I: Slowest

Grade IV: Fastest

Grades II & III: Somewhere in the middle

These grades are not tied to a certain MPH as miles per hour does not translate well to a climb environment. A brisk pace, Grade IV, might only move at 1 mile per hour if the terrain is very steep and technical. 

If you have questions about the potential speed of the climb, please contact the climb leader.