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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 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
Family Hiking and Climbing Switzerland & Italy
Join Keith Daellenbach, his wife Amy and their 11-year old son, Micah, on a summer adventure through trip through Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. They climbed Säntis, the highest peak in the Alpstein near Appenzell, Switzerland, hiked in the Lauterbrunnen and Bernese Oberland – the region Keith’s paternal ancestors emigrated from, summited the 13,662 foot ice mountain Breithorn near Zermatt, hiked and climbed hut-to-hut in the Dolomites including a challenging via feratta up Monte Paterno (Paternkofel) near the spectacular Tre Cime (Drei Zinnen), and ended their trip down the boot of Italy by hiking to the crater of Mount Vesuvius before visiting Pompeii. Between mountains, they visited some of Europe’s great cities proving it is possible to make such a trip with an active and adventurous child anything but boring.
Zach Clanton, alpinist and professional photographer, presents four seasons of exploring unnamed and unclimbed granite peaks in Alaska and the Yukon. He'll be showing a slideshow about the logistical nightmare of climbing, flying, bushwhacking, and generally getting in over your head in the great Northland. Editor’s note: you can look at some of Zach’s work here: http://www.zachclantonphotography.com/climb.
Ever Wild: A Lifetime on Mount Adams
For anyone who is intrigued with the Pacific Northwest’s majestic peaks, Ever Wild: A Lifetime on Mount Adams gives a first-time, close-up look at Mount Adams through the lens and adventures of author and photographer. Accompanied by his expert narration, Darryl Lloyd will present some of the 180 color and black-and-white photos, maps, and illustrations from his new book. Through a personal journey, spanning seven decades, Lloyd cemented his place in the sweeping story of Washington state’s Mount Adams. As the foremost authority on this northern Cascades massif, a sometimes overlooked, but never forgotten, hulk of a mountain, Lloyd will share his alpine adventures, along with doses of human history, geography, geology, botany, and a vital call for protection. Growing up on a ranch at the base of Mount Adams, Lloyd devoted his life to learning the mountain, observing the ebb and flow of its glaciers, photographing the play of light, wandering lush meadows and old-growth forests, hiking boulder-strewn slopes and scaling icefalls...and showing the way for those who’ve followed.
Portland Alpine Fest
To Infinity & Beyond: Getting Loopy on Mt. Rainier
All climbers dreams of free, unencumbered movement through the mountains. Professional alpinist Scott Bennett has spent the last decade climbing all over world, always seeking to feel confident in the most remote and rugged places.
In the past few years, Scott has also embraced distance running, first simply for training, but increasingly in combination with long technical routes. A combination of fitness, years of mountain experience, and creative strategy allow Scott to take on bigger and more committing objectives in a fast, free, and fun style.
Join Scott for an evening of photos and stories from some of these adventures. He'll cover remote classics like Mt. Goode or Mt. Olympus in a day, the car-to-car speed records on the North Ridge of Mt Stuart and West Ridge of Forbidden, and ambitious ridge traverses like the Palisades and Evolution in the California Sierra. All these were training and preparation for his grueling, but enlightening, Infinity Loop on Mt Rainier. Over 2.5 days Scott climbed over (twice) and ran all the way around the iconic volcano, learning how big it really is, and just how far his legs could go.
Backpacking the National Parks
Dave Bouchard, a lifelong hiker and backpacker, has completed a backpacking trip in every one of our nation's National Parks which allow backcountry use, some thirty seven in all. This effort, over several years, is described in an presentation which includes many slides of scenery and interesting sights seen along the way. He also shares many anecdotes about experiences on the trail, some "Do's and Don'ts" when considering these kind of hikes, and his observations regarding the most and least rewarding Parks for backpackers to consider. Typically it runs about an hour, depending on questions from the group. It has been given at schools, to retirement groups, and several times as REI Evening Programs.
Ice-Climbing in Rjukan, Norway
Amy Krull and friends will share stories and photos from our February 2018 trip where we spent 5 days in the Rjukan and another four days in the Setesdal valley. With beginner friendly ice crags, easy access multi-pitches and off-season prices we’ll convince you why Norway should be on your list right up with Bozeman, Ouray and the Canadian Rockies
Hiking Oregon's High Desert
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!
The Kings Canyon High Basin Route
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.
For those who are terrified of heights, MOUNTAIN will be a nonstop nightmare. But the big scares are a small price to pay for the awe-inspiring footage, including a nonstop sequence of mountains on all seven continents—breathtaking ranges and snow-capped peaks are seen from above, below, and slopeside. There is additional footage of climbers, skiers, and extreme mountain bikers taking risks that seem beyond outrageous. The mountains are alive with the sound of chamber music as well as Willem Dafoe’s distinctive vocal intonations as a narrator. You’ll be captivated by the spellbinding sight of soaring slabs of craggy stone stabbing into the cloud-draped heavens as filmed by German-born cinematographer Renan Ozturk, a specialist at capturing nature at a considerable height.
The Vast Earthen Sculpture of Southern Utah
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
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.
Trekking in the Ecuadorian Andes and Guatemala
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.
The Classic Inca Trail
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
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.
Backpacking the Berg Lake Trail
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
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.
Trekking in Fiji... Fiji? ... Yes, Fiji
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
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
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.