What are Evening Travel Programs?

The Mazamas offers a robust Evening Travel Program from mid-October through April every year at the Mazama 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!

2019–20 Mazama Evening Travel Programs

America's Triple Crown Trails
October 16 at 7 p.m.
America's Triple Crown Trails

Join us to hear Barney Scout Mann as he tells the remarkable tale and photographs from Pete L. Parsons, who was the first through hiker of the Continental Divide Trail in 1924. Scout, the author of several books and articles on the Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail, and himself a "Triple Crowner," will enthrall you with Pete's story, photographs, and diaries of this early adventurer. The collection of Pete Parson's effects will be added to the Mazama's archive for further use and study.

Barney Scout Mann

Barney Scout Mann is well respected in the hiking and mountaineering community having served on the boards of both the Pacific Crest Trail Association and the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, and now as the President of the Partnership for the National Trails System. Many members may also know Scout from his hosting of hundreds of hikers every spring at his own home in southern California as hikers start their quest of through-hiking the PCT.

Japanese Climb of Mt. Fuji
October 23 at 7 p.m.

In August 2018, Keith Daellenbach and his pre-teen son, Micah, went on an adventure to Japan. There they hiked through the northern Japanese Alps, enjoying a high mountain onsen on their hut to hut journey. They sea kayaked on the Seto Inland Sea and swam in its warm waters. Along the way, they visited cultural treasures like Takayama, Hiroshima, and Kyoto. Before returning to Tōkyō, they climbed to the summit of Mount Fuji via a southern approach and traversed down the mountain’s northern side. It was a father-son tour they will not forget and they hope you can join them for this presentation on the Land of the Rising Sun.

7 Summits of the Moon
October 30 at 7 p.m.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be a Space tourist of the 22nd century! Join Bob McGown, MSci, on a scientific adventure tour of the mountains of the solar system. Some of the mountain ranges of the Moon are named after ranges on Earth; Bob will show us the parallels and possibilities. Geological mysteries are being uncovered by rovers on the Moon and Mars by the Chinese, Russians, and Americans, like the mystical wall on Miranda, the K-2 of Mars, which already has climbing routes proposed by planetary geologists from the University of Washington. Some of these solar system routes may be climbed by astronauts and droids. If humanity establishes an off-world city on Mars, our descendants will likely explore the mountains, caves, and oceans of other worlds.

America's Great Mountain Trails
November 6 at 7 p.m.

In this stunning slide show, award-winning author and photographer Tim Palmer will take us on a tour of the most spectacular and revealing mountain hikes in America. His stunning photos tell stories of trail walking adventures spanning five decades, from Katahdin to Olympus, from Denali to El Yunque. Tim is eager to field questions about his adventures and will have copies of his books available for purchase. Tim is the recipient of the National Outdoor Book Award, the Communicator of the Year Award from the National Wildlife Federation, the Ansel Adams Photography Award from the Sierra Club, and other honors. He lives in Port Orford, Oregon. www.timpalmer.org

Portland Alpine Fest 2019!

Expedition Unknown
November 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Buy Tickets to Expedition Unknown here.

In the spirit of true exploration, Katie Mills, Nick Pappas, and Wojtek and Amy Pagacz flew into an unknown valley in the Nahanni National Park Reserve of the Northwest Territories of Canada with no photos no maps and no information other than a youtube video flyover correlated to Google Earth. The weather was terrible, the rock was even worse, but despite the adversity some hard won first ascents were had. Come hear and see about the mountains they did and didn't climb in the surreal incredible valley they were the first to explore. This expedition was funded by the 2018 Mazamas Bob Wilson Grant.

Buy Tickets to Expedition Unknown here.

Oregon's Unique High Desert
November 20 at 7 p.m.
Oregon's Unique High Desert

Join photographer, Jim Davis, for a visual tour through the jaw-dropping wild country of Oregon's high desert. Pictographs dating back thousands of years. Sweeping views of landscapes that have looked the same for centuries. Dark night skies filled with endless stars. All these qualities and more give Oregon’s high desert a unique timeless quality you won’t find anywhere else in Oregon – or in many other places worldwide. Oregon Natural Desert Association presents these landscapes in their Wild Desert Calendar each year. You'll be able to leave with a calendar and inspiration to take part in the work to protect these incredible lands and waters.

No Program: November 27

Exploring Peru and Bolivia, Amazon to the Andes
December 4 at 7 p.m.

In May of 2019, Mazama members Sue Brickey and Rick Pope joined a small guided group to South America led by Active Adventures. In addition to visiting Cuzco and Machu Picchu, they trekked through the Lares Valley seeing only local people along the way. Mountain biking in the Sacred Valley led past ancient ruins and a wildlife refuge. Two days were spent in the Amazonian basin exploring the rich diversity of wildlife, then it was back to 12,000 feet and the shores of Lake Titicaca. Both the Peruvian and Bolivian sides were visited by motor boat, reed boat, kayak and on foot. 

A short flight led to the Uyuni desert, the largest salt flat in the world where local salt production was observed and unique cactus islands awaited. A final stop in La Paz, plus a hike at 16,000 feet on nearby peak Huayna Potosí, rounded out the trip. 

5 Months, 5 Continents, 2,500 Miles: As Viewed from a Bicycle Seat
December 11 at 7 p.m.

From his earliest working days, Francis Halpin envisioned taking an extended around the world trip when he retired. As he approached retirement, he melded this dream with another: to bicycle the great rivers of Europe from source to confluence. Francis retired from the Bonneville Power Administration in January of 2018 (hence the river theme) and lived out his dream July through December of that year. Most of his bicycle miles were put on in Europe. In late September the weather turned for the worse and Francis headed south to the friendlier climes of Morocco, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, and Hawaii; he bicycled in most of these locales but also got in a little hiking. He returned home to Portland in time for Christmas, dream trip accomplished.

Scrambling High Peaks in the Wallowas
December 18 at 7 p.m.

The Wallowas. Where else in Oregon can you scramble up eight mountains over 9,000’ in eight days? In August 2019, a Mazama Outing led by Bill Stein and Eugene Lewins took five folks on an epic backpacking loop and a couple of day trips to visit a landscape replete with wildflowers, berries, and views of Oregon’s Alps. Mountains climbed included Aneroid, Matterhorn, and Sacajawea. This presentation by Bill Stein and Emily Carpenter will share dramatic stories of the adventure along with images of rock formations, smoke clouds, wildlife, and more.

December 25: No Program

January 1: No Program

Bullet Trains, Baseball, and Buddhism
January 8 at 7 p.m.

Join Thomas McCormack as he shares stories from his travels in the Chugoku and Kansai region of SW Japan. He will begin with a major league baseball game in Fukuoka and a bullet train ride along the Inland Sea to the Aioi Bridge (ground zero) in Hiroshima, followed by another dash past fields of green rice at 180 mph to famous temples and gardens in Kyoto—Higashi Honganji, Tofukuji, Kiyomizu-dera, Koetsuji, and Eikando. A 45-degree cogwheel train up Mt. Hiei to the historic Enryakuji complex, then south into the heart of Kansai and the towering Buddha at Todaiji in Nara, and a walk past men fishing the Uji River to Koshoji and Byodoin. Finally, a return to the north edge of Kyoto to sit in the lotus posture all day long at Seitaian hermitage in Gentaku.

Cycling the Jordan Trail
Cycling the Jordan Trail
January 15 at 7 p.m.

Join us for a bikepacking adventure in the Middle East! In March 2019, ultrarunners Dana Katz and Heather McGrath traveled to Jordan to complete the 400-mile Jordan Trail. They returned with tales of incredible hospitality, cultural immersion, and super fun biking.

Thorangla: The Way To Real Mukthinath
January 22 at 7 p.m.

Deepa Chetty and Ananda Vardhana will be presenting their adventure in the Manang Valley and beyond. Despite various setbacks, they would vanquish fear of altitude and make it to one of the highest passes in Nepal.

Bikes, Boats, and Boots in SE Asia
Bikes, Boats, and Boots in SE Asia
January 29 at 7 p.m.

Bangkok was the beginning of a bike adventure for John Leary and friends, through three of Southeast Asia's most fascinating countries; Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam. Traveling Southeast Asia by bike is the best way. Once you get away from those busy highways, the back lanes and dirt tracks open and offer gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside and local village life. Out in the sunshine riding through paddy fields, fruit plantations, alongside rivers and lakes you are rewarded with an altogether more intimate travel experience than catching the stuffy bus. It is surprisingly easy to access remote areas barely touched by tourism. In rural Thailand, curious locals welcomed us as we biked picturesque rural roads and trails through remote villages. In Cambodia, we found it fun and liberating riding mostly on dirt roads where stunned local children were delighted by sweaty tourists trudging along a rutted, dusty track. We saw Siem Reap and the world's largest temple complex the stunning Angkor Wat, sailed across Southeast Asia's largest lake, the Tonle Sap, visited Phnom Penh and “The Killing Fields”, the Irrawaddy River Dolphins, beautiful beaches, many, many temples and markets and rode into Viet Nam to experience the wonderful, watery world of the Mekong Delta and much more.

Traversing the Wind River High Route
February 5 at 7 p.m.

“The Wind River High Route is in our opinion, mile for mile, the finest non-technical Alpine route in North America.” -Alan Dixon, Don Wilson

Gary Lawton, from The Mountain Shop, competed the route in September 2018 and agrees completely—“This was some of the best days I have spent in the mountains in a long time.” The route closely follows the continental divide for approximately 80 miles, more than half of which is off trail. The route crosses nine passes, between 11,500 and 12,000 feet, has sections of 3rd class scrambling, and one glacier crossing. 

We Go Up: A History of Mountaineering and the Mazamas
February 12 at 7 p.m.

Mathew Brock presents a glass lantern slide show that will speak broadly on the history of the Mazamas, mountaineering, and outdoor recreation in the Pacific Northwest. Using hand-colored slides from the 1920s and an original contemporary narration, the program will look back at over 125 years of history, dating back to before the founding of the Mazamas in 1894. The presentation is a collaboration between the Mazamas and the Oregon Historical Society and is hosted by Mathew Brock, Library & Historical Collections Manager at the Mazamas and Matthew Cowan, Archivist for Photography and Moving Images at the Oregon Historical Society.

The Magic of Madagascar
February 19 at 7 p.m.

Join us for a multimedia adventure in Madagascar! Ron Bekey and Ramona Holmes will share their adventures from a 3-week tour of this large, isolated island in Fall of 2018. Travel by foot, car and boat to remote areas of the island and take a close look at unusual animals like lemurs, chameleons and zebu. Visit the fascinating baobabs, experience local music and dancing, and explore caves, canyons and amazing rock formations. Learn about the challenges of the Malagasy people and the environmental issues they face.

Capturing the Moments with Vaqas Malik
February 26 at 7 p.m.

Join Vaqas Malik for a not-so technical review of some of his outdoor and climbing photos. This program will touch base some of the technical details from photographer's perspective but mostly it will be about sharing the background of some of his story telling images.    

Sándor's Oregon Trail: The Barlow Road
March 4 at 7 p.m.

Writer, filmmaker, and raconteur, Sándor Lau, walks the most perilous path pioneers faced in the 2,000 miles of their journey from Missouri to Oregon in feature documentary film, Sándor’s Oregon Trail: The Barlow Road.  On his journey, Sándor meets cultural descendants of early pioneers living their history in new ways. He also learns from Native Americans who belonged to this land long before there was an Oregon Trail, and learns the lessons of their traditions and resilience. Sándor Lau walks all 120 miles of the treacherous Barlow Road south of Mt. Hood, over the White River, Devil’s Backbone and jagged rock teeth of Laurel Hill to reach the Willamette Valley. Walking in the footsteps of the pioneers, and of native people, Sándor learns black powder shooting, cast iron cooking, tomahawk throwing, powwow dancing, Coyote legends, huckleberry picking, salmon fishing, wagon packing, and basket making—and finds the center of the universe in the middle of nowhere.

Hiking Norway's Far North
March 11 at 7 p.m.

Mazamas John and Amy Osaki, owners of Mountain Hiking Holidays Will take us above the Arctic Circle in Norway, where sheer cliffs rise abruptly from deep, twisting fjords; and colorful, picturesque seaside villages nestle below jagged mountain ranges. Hike the Lyngen Alps near Tromso, to Segla (the "sail") on Senja island, and in the glorious Lofoten islands where arcs of brilliant white sand and turquoise shallows add a hint of the tropics to Arctic beaches! Our 2019 Hiking Norway's Far North trip sold out, and we return in July 2020 with another MHH group. www.mountainhikingholidays.com

Où est la Bibliothèque?
March 18 at 7 p.m.

Rick Bombaci will tell stories about three classic hikes in Europe:  The Scottish Highlands, the Tour du Mont Blanc in the French Alps, and the Pyrenees. He claims he was looking for a good library.

A Six Continent Rock Sampler
March 25 at 7 p.m.
A Six Continent Rock Climbing Sampler

For the past decade, Radek and Shirley Chalupa have been traveling to some far flung places around the globe in search of multi-pitch adventures in unique and interesting settings. Join them for a slide show that will highlight a set of climbing venues spread across the six inhabited continents:  from a long chalk ridge in the English Channel to some remote granite walls in the Chukotka Okrug of the Russian Far East; from the karst towers rising out of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam to urban climbing above Rio de Janeiro; from a Mexican monolith to the rarely trodden walls of the Western Cape in South Africa.

Six Long Weekends in Washington
April 1 at 7 p.m.

The summertime formula: high country snowmelt plus summer vacation time equals awesome long weekend backpacking trips! Mazama member Darrin Gunkel shares photos and advice for long weekends in classic mountain scenery north of the Columbia. Get primed for your summer trip(s) with stunning images of Glacier Peak Meadows, Big and Little Beaver Creeks in North Cascades National Park; the Tatoosh Wilderness, the Duckabush River in Olympic National Park, and more.  (You may be inspired to take a whole week!)

New Hikes in NW Oregon
April 8 at 7 p.m.

Bill Sullivan, Oregon’s hiking guru takes us on an illustrated tour of a dozen new hikes he discovered while researching the just-released fifth edition of his book, “100 Hikes in NW Oregon & SW Washington.” Come discover a new waterfall trail near Hood River, an overlooked wildflower hike on the permit-free side of Mt. Adams, and a new kids’ hike along the Columbia River near Portland. Along the way get the latest news about fire-damaged trails in the Columbia Gorge, as well as anecdotes about history, wildflowers, and more.