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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
Hiking Oregon's High Desert
December 12 at 7 p.m.
Eastern Oregon is home to dark night skies, deep river canyons, abundant wildlife, hot springs, and spectacular geology. Join us to learn where to hike in Oregon's high desert, from the rugged Owyhee Canyonlands to the stunning John Day River Basin. Oregon Natural Desert Association's Corinne Handelman will give hiking suggestions and tips to find adventure in Oregon's desert lands for each month of the year. You'll also have a chance to purchase ONDA's 2019 Wild Desert Calendar, filled with photos to inspire your next desert adventure!
Celebrate 50 Years of Run Wild and Free
Friday, Decemeber 14
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the 30th Anniversary of the Omnibus Oregon Wild and Scenic Rivers Act with two films by Pacific Rivers and director Shane Anderson: Run Wild Run Free and Salmon without Rivers. The first is a history of the origins of the 1968 Act and the passionate and courageous people who demanded protection for free-flowing and wild rivers. The film also highlights the current campaigns for rivers, many in the Northwest, which still need protection. The second film features Washington’s Skokomish River, which has been so altered by the exploitation of natural resources that wild salmon have to cross roads to find home. Greg Heller, Executive Director of Pacific Rivers, will be there to discuss the films and answer questions. Admission is $5 (cash only) at the door with all proceeds donated to Pacific Rivers.
Sponsored by the Mazama Conservation Committee.
Cycling The Great Divide
December 19 at 7 p.m.
The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route follows 2800 miles of mostly gravel roads through remote areas of the Rocky Mountains from Banff to the Antelope Wells NM. It’s an adventure of a lifetime. Jeff Hawkins will share bits on route history, bike selection, training, stories and photos of the constantly changing vistas from Canada to Mexico.
An Exploratory Adventure to the Cordillera Real in Bolivia
January 9 at 7 p.m.
Stable weather. Easy access. Rich Culture. Big adventure. Join Ethan Berman and Brian Houle, Mazamas Alpine Adventure Grant recipients, as they share tales from a month spent exploring Bolivia’s Cordillera Real during summer 2018. In addition to stories of first ascents, they will give you the down low on why Bolivia is the most overlooked place for big mountain climbing on the planet.
The Kings Canyon High Basin Route
January 16 at 7 p.m.
Enjoy off-trail adventure? David Burdick takes you on one of his favorite backpacking trips; a California Off trail adventure: the Kings Canyon High Basin Route. David and hiking partner, Brian Larson, travel along California’s Kings National Park in the High Sierras for over 130 miles, 82 of which is off-trail travel with 40,000 ft. elevation gain and loss, averaging 725 vertical feet of change per mile. View a teaser trailer at https://youtu.be/-p2oPyK7jSE.
The Vast Earthen Sculpture of Southern Utah
January 23 at 7 p.m.
John Leary and friends experienced a desert paradise of bizarre landscapes, fiery colors, soaring sandstone arches, balanced rocks, crimson colored hoodoos, steep red cliffs, towering spires, deep chasms and narrow, squeezy slot canyons as they hiked and backpacked in Bryce Canyon NP, Zion NP, Arches NP, Coyote Gulch, Spooky, Peek-a-Boo and Brimstone slots, The Wave and Buckskin Gulch.
Across Spain with a Toddler: A Family Trek of the Camino
January 30 at 7 p.m.
The Camino is the European, Medieval version of a thru-hike. Part spiritual pilgrimage, part walk through history, pure chose-your-own adventure, this month-long trek has the power to satiate anyone’s inner wanderlust. Join Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser as she shares tips and tricks for planning a Camino excursion as well as tales (fails) and reflections from embarking on the venture with a toddler.
The Classic Inca Trail
February 13 at 7 p.m.
The Inca Road system, also known as the Camino Inca, spanned Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chili and Argentina and is estimated to have had nearly 25,000 miles of trails. How did a twenty-six mile stretch of this vast system of trails come to be known as, “The Classic Inca Trail?” It is because this trek ends at Machu Picchu which is a World Heritage site and bucket list destination for travelers the world over. This four-day, three-night hike crosses passes at 13800, 13000, and 12000 ft., winds through several environments including a cloud forest and alpine tundra, has spectacular views and passes near and through numerous Incan ruins. Paula Wetzsteon will share her experiences while hiking this trail, some of the history of the area and offer tips for those interested in going on this remarkable hike.
DIY Dolomites - Trekking Italy’s Alta Via 1
February 20 at 7 p.m.
Alta Via 1, one of Europe’s classic hut-to-hut treks, winds 75 miles though Italy’s dramatic Dolomites. Join Bruce Melzer for photos and tips for putting together your trip though some of Italy’s most magnificent mountains.
Trekking in the Ecuadorian Andes and Guatemala
February 27 at 7 p.m.
Donovan Pacholl, owner of Embark Exploration Co, and Tad Bradley of the Kushini Collection, will co-present a discussion on both exploring and trekking in Guatemala and Ecuador. Pacholl recently returned from a jungle adventure in which he hauled his wife and children on a 40 mile trek between Antigua and Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Bradley will discuss Ecuador, it’s mountains and trekking routes. The presentation will also highlight a recent expedition by many Mazamas that climbed Cotopaxi at 19,347 ft.
Backpacking the Berg Lake Trail
March 6 at 7 p.m.
The world-renowned back-country trail is located in Mt. Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia just west of Jasper National Park. The trail provides some of the most stunning and varied scenery in the province. Highlights include, old-growth cedar forests, glacial-blue rivers, the Valley of a Thousand Falls and crashing glaciers. Join Sarah Miller and friends as they follow the Robson River 23 km to Berg Lake at the base of Mt. Robson—the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Sarah will also provide helpful hints and ideas to those inspired to take this magical and life-affirming trek!
Inquisition of the Arrigetch
March 13 at 7 p.m.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
The calendar below shows you the upcoming evening travel programs. Click on the program name to get more information.