What are Evening Travel Programs?

The Mazamas offers a robust Evening Travel Program from mid-October through April every year at the Mazamas Mountaineering Center (527 SE 43rd Avenue, Portland, Ore) and at Mazama Lodge in the summer. Programs are free and open to the general public, though we appreciate voluntary contributions at the discretion of each attendee. Carpooling, public transportation, biking, and walking to the MMC are encouraged!

2018-2019 Mazama Evening Travel Programs

Inquisition of the Arrigetch
March 13 at 7 p.m.
Inspection of the Arrigetch

In 2016 Katie Mills, Nick Pappas, and Todd Torres used their Bob Wilson Grant to travel to the far reaches of northern Alaska seeking the unclimbed rock of one of the last great climbing wildernesses, the Arrigetch Peaks. They journeyed through taiga, tundra, bogs, and unstable rock glaciers braving hordes of mosquitoes and the constant threat of grizzly bears with three weeks of supplies on their backs.  The team was rewarded with spectacular new climbing routes never before touched by human hands. This area is most often backpacked, not climbed, so those interested in finding more about hiking the area will enjoy the presentation as well. Please join Katie and her team as they discuss the spectacular highs and the crushing lows of this challenging once in a lifetime trip. This is a repeat presentation from the 2016 Portland Alpine Fest.


Returning to Off the Beaten Trail
Wednesday March 20
Returning to Off the Beaten Trail

Author and Mazama hike leader, Matt Reeder, has spent the past several years researching and writing his guidebooks Off the Beaten Trail, 101 Hikes in the Majestic Mount Jefferson Region, and PDX Hiking 365. In this presentation Matt will return to his first book, Off the Beaten Trail, to detail the changes to some of his favorite obscure hikes. Fires, closures, and washouts have combined to close quite a few of the originally listed hikes, necessitating the creation of a second edition. He will detail some of the new additions, among them a former lookout site near Mt. Hood with an exceptional view, a legendary lost trail in the Gorge, a wildflower-spangled ridge near Dufur, and a spectacular series of meadows on the flanks of Mt. Adams. Plan on a fun night full of photos and talk of obscure hikes! Books will be available for purchase after the talk.


Trekking in Fiji... Fiji? ... Yes, Fiji
Trekking the Highlands of Fiji
March 27 at 7 p.m.

Join Carole Beauclerk for a unique journey into the interior highlands of Fiji, climbing the country's highest peak, hiking through grasslands, cooling off at waterfalls and rivers, and staying in traditional villages, where certain protocols need to be followed, and each night ends with a kava ceremony. While trekking is in its infancy in Fiji, one can be assured of magnificent scenery and nature plus the warm hospitality of its people and some destinations to relax after this arduous but rewarding 5 day trek. Carole will give travel, trekking, and cultural advice.


Owyhee River Journal
April 3 at 7 p.m.
Owyhee River Journal

Bonnie Olin will show us what makes this region so unique, and what you can do to help preserve this remarkable landscape. The movie features a 2006 expedition into Deep Creek and the East Fork of the Owyhee. The slideshow features the entire river corridor from Nevada to the Owyhee Reservoir. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period and book signing.


New Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades
April 10 at 7 p.m.
New Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades

Bill Sullivan takes us on a visual tour of new and little-known trails he is featuring in the new edition of his guidebook, New Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades , along with updates about the trails that have changed due to recent fires in the Mt. Jefferson and Three Sisters areas. Expect stunning, overlooked wildflower hikes, waterfall trails, and a secret hot springs, all in the area between Salem and Bend.