130th Anniversary Dinner and Benefit Event
Wednesday, September 25, 2024 | 5:30–9 p.m.
Irving Street Studio (907 NW Irving St., Portland)

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It's the Mazama event of the year! Join us for a festive reception, family-style dinner, stories from the trail, and a special appeal as we celebrate the power of the mountains to inspire belonging, enrich communities, and uncover our shared humanity together.

As part of this fundraiser event, guests will have the opportunity to raise their paddles to show their support for the Mazamas and secure a bright and vibrant future for generations to come.

Alpinist, author, and podcast host Christian Beckwith caps the evening with an inspiring keynote address that gives context to our past, present, and future.

Larry Beck, emcee

Christian Beckwith, keynote speaker
Host of the AAC's hit podcast "Ninety-Pound Rucksack"

Dress code: Campfire to Cocktail – come as you are

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Tickets, Tables & Sponsorships

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What's included in my ticket?

This fundraiser event is a celebration of all things Mazamas: our legacy, our members and community, and our future. All proceeds, including the cost of tickets, directly support our mission, programs, and activities. Your ticket includes:

  • Drinks
  • Passed hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and dessert
  • Member-driven entertainment, including stories, speeches, and film
  • Chance to purchase raffle tickets and win great prizes
  • Keynote address
  • The opportunity to raise your paddle in support of the Mazamas, ensuring a bright and vibrant future for generations to come!
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Tickets & Tables

Table for 10: $1,500
Regular Ticket: $150
Access Ticket: $85*

*We have made a limited number of Access Tickets available for supporters that are unable to cover the cost of a full-price ticket. Thank you for helping us honor our commitment to inclusion and access by reserving Access Tickets for those who need them most.

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Event Sponsorship

Event sponsors and their guests will enjoy an unforgettable evening of inspired stories, while supporting the brightest possible future for all those who love and protect the mountains.

Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

Thanks to our Event Sponsors!

About Ninety-Pound Rucksack

Hosted by veteran alpinist and climbing historian Christian Beckwith, Ninety-Pound Rucksack is a podcast about the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division and the dawn of America’s ca. $1T outdoor recreation industry. 

The 10th was an unprecedented unit of World War II climbers and skiers who trained for more than two years in the Colorado Rockies to fight the Axis powers in extreme cold and mountainous terrain. Not only did the Division’s insertion into the war catalyze Germany’s surrender; post-war, its veterans developed ski areas across America, started companies like NOLS and Nike and electrified the fields of conservation and wilderness education.

Informed by an advisory board of the Division’s foremost experts, Ninety-Pound Rucksack examines the stories that made the unit famous as well as those history has forgotten. Equal parts real-time research, intimate conversation and revelatory journalism, the podcast illuminates the transformative power of the mountains to forge a collective identity among the mountain troops—and to ignite a passion for the outdoors that reshaped American society in the process.

About Christian Beckwith

Christian Beckwith began climbing in Wales in 1990, was lured to the Tetons by an article on alpine rock climbing in 1993 and has called Jackson home ever since. He started The Wayward Mountaineers, a local climbing organization that published The Mountain Yodel, in 1994, which led to his first real job, as editor of The American Alpine Journal. He is the founding editor of Alpinist Magazine, coordinated the development of The Teton Boulder Park and started the Town Pump summertime bouldering series. In 2013, he launched the conservation organization SHIFT. His climbing has taken him to Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Tibet, Alaska and across North America, Asia and Europe, but these days he feeds the rat most often in the peaks above and around the Hole, where he lives with his wife and daughter.