Here's your opportunity to learn a little bit more about the Mazama climb leaders who will be leading climbs this summer.

Climb Leader Bios

Wim Aarts

Have done some kayaking, climbing, skimountaineering,hiking, biking, expeditioning, canyoneering and other trashing adventures

Starting in 1988 in the German Alpine Society I started Skimountaineering. Soon ...

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Jesse Applegate

Ultra-runner/private-pilot sees mountain: wants to ski it. Joins the Mazamas, takes a bunch of classes. Mind blown. Climbs all the things. Still hasn't skied that ...

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Scott Auble

Mild-mannered technologist by day – inveterate adventurer all other times.

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Mikey Austin
An avid climber, skier, and member of Portland Mountain Rescue.
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Gary Ballou

I joined the Mazamas in 2008, at an older age than most, having been on a few guided climbs before that. It’s been a good ...

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Tyler Bax

"When climbing, climb."

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Larry Beck

Mazama member since 2006; BCEP grad, 2006 (Bronder/Caldwell); BCEP Assistant, 2009-2012 (Bronder/Caldwell); ICS grad, 2010-11 (Murphy/Weston); ICS instructor, 2011-present; BCEP team co-leader, 2013-present (with Lisa ...

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Gary Bishop

Born and raised in Portland I feel very fortunate to have the wonderful Pacific Northwest in my backyard. I've been a Climb Leader since 2012, ...

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Andrew Bodien

Political Scientist by education, International Trade Consultant by profession, and constantly searching for the perfect pun. I am a denizen of the Pacific Northwest, although ...

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Justin Brady

Mazamas member since 2010, climb leader since 2015. Mazamas instructor in BCEP, ICS, and AR. Favorite summit snack: peanut M&M's. Other interest:photography

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Lisa Brady

I started in the Mazamas in 2009 after moving to PDX from Florida. I enjoy any time out in the backcountry. I have 2 small ...

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Eric Brainich

My passion is climbing on ice and snow and being on a glacier. I've been climbing since 1996 and cut my teeth climbing in the ...

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Jason Breaker

Mazama service: Assist regularly with BCEP, ICS, and Canyoneering; Canyoneering Committee 2017-19; ICS Committee 2016-17; Education Committee 2016-17; Expedition Committee (Chair) 2016-17, 2018-19; Research Committee ...

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Bob Breivogel

I joined Mazamas in 1982, started leading climbs in 1988. Nearly 300 Mazama climb leads, including all the 16 peaks. I also have lead over ...

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Terry Brenneman

Took a mountaineering class at the community college when a few partners and I headed to Tahquitz Rock in So. Cal. Used hip belays to ...

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Richard Bronder

I am originally from the Midwest. My wife and I moved to Vancouver in the late 1980’s because of work. We rented an apartment that ...

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Amy Brose

I enjoy climbing big Cascade peaks, especially glaciers. Lately I've been enjoying backpacking and canyoneering as a nice change of pace.

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George Cummings

I joined the Mazamas in 1960 after attending Basic Climbing School and climbing Mt. St. Helens. In 1963, the Climbing Commitee invited me to be ...

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Howie Davis

I’m a PNW guy though I’ve lived abroad and travel often.

The Mazamas has had a powerful impact on my life. I've developed many ...

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Joe Eberhardt

I enjoy the challenge of climbing. You must be physically fit, maintain your positive attitude, and be technically skilled for the many varied situations that ...

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Alex Fox
  • Climbing since: 2010
  • Climb leader since: 2015
  • I grew up in Michigan and didn't care much for outdoor activities until I moved out here in 2009. Pretty ...
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Nicole Gaines

I got involved with the Mazamas in 2009 after moving to Portland from North Carolina. Though I learned to climb outside the Mazamas, I'm thankful ...

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John Godino

Mazamas member since about 1995, climb leader since about 2002. Mazamas instructor in advanced rock and wilderness navigation. Favorite summit snack: good quality olives. Other ...

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Ellen Gradison

leader since 98

climb on anything

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Amy Graham

Outside of climbing, I enjoy playing tennis, biking, strength training, spending time with family and friends and traveling around the world. I like a good ...

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Karen Graves

When I took BCEP in 2011, my only goal was to fulfill a childhood dream of climbing Mt. Hood. My first climb out of BCEP ...

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Leora Gregory

I climbed my first mountain (Mt. Hood) in 2000, in which one of our party members fell and seriously broke her ankle. Fearing that I ...

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Shane Harlson

I’m a transplant from the Midwest. Came over here for school in 2003, and haven’t left since. I discovered the Mazamas in 2010, and it’s ...

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Morgan Harvey

I grew up in the Northwest and never want to leave. I love all our outdoor options, from Mountain to Forest to Coast and enjoy ...

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Michael Hortsch
  • Volunteer Portland Mountain rescue
  • Climb leader
  • Native portlander

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James Jula

My Mazama journey began in 2005 when I joined to take BCEP so I could start learning how to rock climb. Three busy years of ...

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Jill Kellogg

I grew up in Pac NW and was introduced to the great outdoors early in life. It is my playground and my refuge. But the ...

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Walter Keutel

I grew up in Germany and discovered Oregon in the early 90’s after crisscrossing the US a number of times. After years of stalling and ...

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Chris Kruell

A native Minnesotan, I moved to Portland in the mid-1990s, and like many, quickly became enamored with our natural surroundings of ocean, forest, desert, and ...

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Dirk Lakeman

I am in the process of becoming an "A" climb leader. I am very excited to help new Mazama climbers experience the mountains I love ...

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Sándor Lau

Born in a good mood. I'd rather ski down the mountain. Rarely accused of being shy or taking too few photos. Medium-core outdoor rock climber.

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Andrew Leaf

A native Portlander, I grew up hiking and backpacking around the NW. I caught the climbing bug in 2011 and haven't managed to shake it. ...

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Chris LeDoux

Pronouns: she/her. Mountains make me happy. Especially spending time in them with other people. Rock climbing, skiing, steep snow and ice, and climbing mountains make ...

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Michael Levis

Mazamas member since 2010, climb leader since 2018

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Alex Lockard

"The mountains are calling, and I must go." Those famous words of John Muir's speak to me for sure. I love being outside, traveling, exploring, ...

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Climb Leader Bios

Joshua Lockerby
  • Took Basic School (BCEP) in '83. Became a climb leader in '91.
  • I like to teach/mentor climbers. Other hobbies include photography, astronomy, map making, home improvement. ...
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Linda Mark

I took BCEP in 2006 and was instantly hooked on mountaineering. I followed up with ICS in 2007, Advanced Snow (spring snow module only) in ...

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Bill McLoughlin

Bill has been a climb leader since 2005 and has substantially slowed down.

Behaviorally, Bill unpredictably careens between Gunnery Sgt. Hartman (Full Metal Jacket) ...

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John Meckel

I've been climbing since 1996 and for the past 10 years I've helped out teaching BCEP, ICS, and AR.

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Rico Micallef

I was very active in scouting. My son is an Eagle Scout, I even went to National Jamboree where I volunteered to teach scuba diving. ...

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Daniel Mick

**Note to potential applicants**: The first priority is ensuring fitness and well-balanced experience for the team. You can make this easier for leaders to evaluate ...

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Marc Milobinski

I grew up in Michigan but have lived in Portland since 1996. Outside of climbing I enjoy biking, racing sailboats on the Columbia River, and ...

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Kirk Newgard

"Going to the woods is going home." I love the outdoors. Raised by two Seattle Mountaineers, I have been outside hiking and camping my entire ...

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Andy Nuttbrock

Been active with the Mazama's since I took BCEP in 2014.

Since BCEP I have completed MFA, ICS and AR. I am active with MFA ...

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Andrea Ogston

I use she/her pronouns. I am in the process of becoming a climb leader and am looking forward to giving back to the Mazamas.

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Long Ong

My love for the mountains started after a 28-day hike in the Himalayas in the late 1990s. That deep sense of appreciation for the mountain ...

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Lynne Pedersen

My goal is to create a team atmosphere with collaborative spirit to achieve a common goal of climbing a peak. Highest priority is to return ...

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Joe Petsche
  • BCEP 2013 (Bronder / Caldwell)
  • ICS 2015-16 (Sundling)
  • AR 2017
  • I love the mountains--rock and snow!
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Teresa Redman

I have been active all my life. My father was a Mazama, an adventurer and I learned from him. We explored Canada and he taught ...

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Greg Scott

People often ask me “what is your favorite climb?” I think the assumption is the answer will be something difficult or famous like Rainier or ...

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Marty Scott

Retired CPA, Climb Leader since 1989, 16 peaks recipient. Since joining the Mazamas I have volunteered in many different capacities including coordinating and assisting with ...

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Tim Scott

I climbed South Sister and then joined the Mazamas in 1998. Since then, I've met a lot of great people climbing throughout the PNW, with ...

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George Shay
  • Climbing Since: 1993
  • Mazamas Leader Since: 2009
  • Preferred Pace (1-slow, 5-fast): 3
  • I Like Climbing On: Snow
  • Mazamas Service: BCEP assistant (1995-2009), ICS assistant – occasionally attended, Co-Led ...
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Suresh Singh

Been climbing with the Mazamas for several years. Completed BCEP (2011), ICS (2012), AR (2017).

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Bill Stein

I have been leading climbs and outings since 2018, backpacks and snowshoes since 2016, and hikes for adults and families since 2014. A Mazamas member ...

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John Sterbis

My wife and I moved to Portland in 2012 after living in several Midwest cities and we love it here. In addition to climbing, I ...

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Matthew Sundling

(He/him) I generally tend towards adventure climbing, whether it's a remote peak, route with little available beta, or coming up with some interesting and unusual ...

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Paul Underwood

I began my climbing life in 1990 on a climb of Mt Hood and began leading Mazama climbs in 2006. For me, mountaineering is more ...

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Tracie Weitzman

[She/her] Native Oregonian got bit by the rock climbing bug in 2012 after years of hiking and backpacking. Took BCEP in 2015 to learn snow ...

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Guy Wettstein

I grew up in the Willamette Valley and San Francisco, the best of both worlds. I hadn't done much outdoor activity for many years before ...

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Joe Whittington

I joined the Mazamas in 1978 after climbing Mt. Hood for the first time, and I've been a climb leader since 1991. I have been ...

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Glenn Widener

I have been climbing with Mazamas and leading my own climbs since 1989, leading for the club since 2009. I Love Alpine Rock - the ...

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Ania Wiktorowicz

Born and raised near the Polish Tatra Mountains, the region where many great Polish climbers come from (ask me about it and I will never ...

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Robin Wilcox

She/Her/Hers or They/Them pronouns work well.

I've been climbing for a little over 12 years, but my priorities and acceptable levels of risk changed when ...

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Doug Wilson

I grew up in Alaska and started climbing and skiing in high school. Joined the Mazamas in 1981 and became a leader in 1989. My ...

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Bruce Yatvin

Moved to the Pacific NW in 1993 and found Mt. St. Helens. In 2001 I climbed it and that started my climbing career!

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