Thank you for your interest in Mazama Activities*! Inherent in the mission of the Mazamas, “Inspiring everyone to love and protect the mountains,” is making a commitment to better serve a more diverse outdoor recreational community in Oregon and beyond. Part of our current strategic plan is to research and develop pilot programs to increase the accessibility and relevance of the Mazama programs so we can better meet our mission. We are offering financial aid towards our activity programs to allow people to participate who would not be able to do so without financial assistance. 

Last year, we launched a financial aid program to support climbers with limited financial means. We learned that we fell far short of providing a helpful and accessible program (click here for an anonymous report on the feedback we received).

This year, we are launching a no-questions-asked Sliding Scale program for up to 6 climbs per person per year. Simply fill out our online application, and we'll adjust the final cost of the climbs you apply for to meet your budget*. We've launched this program for the 2021 climb season, but please consider sharing feedback on the new process at any time by clicking the link above.

*Do not fill out the Sliding Scale form until registration has opened and you have applied for a climb. Otherwise, we will not be able to adjust your payment amount.

Contact the Mazamas at or 503-227-2345 if you have any questions. 

*This program only applies to Mazama climbs.

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As we begin this new year, please consider giving someone a life-changing opportunity through a donation towards the Mazama Scholarship Fund. The Mazama Scholarship Fund supports diverse programming at the Mazamas, and allows us to offer educational outdoor experiences to everyone in our community. Scholarships are granted across all of our education and youth programs, and cover partial or full tuition for classes. We rely on generous donors like you to make this important programming possible. Please help us create opportunities to inspire everyone to love and protect the mountains and donate today!

“I am so fortunate to have received a scholarship to help me attend the course BCEP. Because of the scholarship I was able to take a class that introduced me to mountaineering and rock climbing, which previously I had no experience. Without the scholarship, I would not have been able to participate in the BCEP course. The BCEP class has expanded my knowledge and helped me to share that knowledge with others. I love to share with the community what I have learned and introduce them to mountaineering and the Mazamas. I have shared with family and friends the many classes and instruction that Mazamas offers. I cannot say thank you enough to all those that have contributed to the scholarship fund, it has given me and others the opportunity that we may not have otherwise been financially able to do. I am forever changed by this scholarship and able to experience the outdoors like I never have before.”

—2019 Scholarship Recipient

“Without the scholarship I received I would never have been able to afford BCEP. The financial assistance I received allowed me to gain access to a level of understanding of the mountains and practical skills that have opened up enormous possibilities for me. I have since participated in MFA again with a scholarship, become a Mazamas Hike Leader to give back, and plan to apply for a scholarship for ICS in order that I may gain the skills to eventually climb lead myself, all to give back to a community that has embraced me. The thought that a cost prohibitive situation would have cut me out of the Mazamas altogether is a dark one. Without this continued assistance there are many others like me who would be unable to reach their full potential as mountaineers, stewards of the wilderness, and just all around good people.”

—2019 Scholarship Recipient