7:00 pm, Wednesday evenings October through April at the Mazamas Mountaineering Center (Click here for a Map to the MMC)
Welcome to the Mazamas 2013-2014 season of evening programs. Our Wednesday Programs begin at 7 PM, are free and open to Mazamas and the general public. We do appreciate a voluntary contribution at the discretion of each attendee. Thank you for supporting our successful series by your regular attendance.
The Mazamas Program Committee hosts evening slide programs. During the program season, a full description of each show is printed in the Mazama Bulletin and will be posted on this web page. Programs almost always keep to the schedule but there are rare cancellations and last minute switches. It can be a good idea to contact the Mazama Mountaineering Center at 503-227-2345 to confirm these shows beforehand. Please scroll down this page for more detailed show descriptions.
Program Committee: Nancy Bentley (Co-chair), John Leary (Co-chair), Dyanne Foster, Dave Groudle, Sharon Leary, Gail O’Neill, Barbara Russell, Ric Russell and Polly Waller.
NO PROGRAM HOLIDAY
Wednesday November 27
Active Adventures In New Zealand
Wednesday December 4
No country packs more untouched, dramatic and diverse scenery into a small space than New Zealand. About half the size of California, the two islands are filled with fiords, glaciers, rain forest, volcanoes, beech forests and rugged coastlines. An extensive network of hiking and biking trails and almost 1,000 backcountry huts offer overwhelming options for exploration. Susan Saul and friends decided to go with an adventure travel company to get the most out of their nearly month long trip. They hiked, backpacked, snorkeled, kayaked, floated an underground river and mountain biked as they explored the most beautiful, famous and little known places of New Zealand.
Out of the Mist ~ Olympic Wilderness Stories (A Film)
Wednesday December 11
Northwest filmmakers Robert and Kathy Chrestensen will be on hand to introduce the screening of their latest feature film Out of the Mist ~ Olympic Wilderness Stories. It was filmed over several years while hiking and backpacking in some of the Olympics most remote areas and has drawn standing room only crowds. Out of the Mist chronicles the life experiences of Dave Skinner (spent most of his life on the Olympic Peninsula backpacking, climbing peaks, working on trails and doing glacier research for the University of Washington); Harvest Moon (has become an ambassador and historian for the Quinault Indian Nation and the Coast Salish through her popular story-telling and basket-weaving artistry); Dane Burke (backpacked hundreds of miles on multi-day trips exploring some of the most remote off-trail areas in the Olympic Mountains), and Tim McNulty (lived on the Olympic Peninsula for over 40 years, authored several books and essays on natural history, writes and teaches poetry, and speaks out on behalf of wilderness) as they explore, discover and grow to love and respect the great Olympic wilderness. Their stories are inspiring. The scenery is breathtaking. Reviewer Seabury Blair of the Kitsap Sun called the 48-minute film “nothing short of spectacular, especially for anyone who loves the Olympic Mountains and seashore.”
Watch the trailer here: http://www.crestpictures.com/mist
Hiking Utah Slot Canyons
Wednesday December 18
Bob Brievogel presents photos from the Mazama outing last spring that explored southern Utah’s Escalante Grand Staircase, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. You won’t find a more scenic, rugged and remote place to hike than the Escalante region. The Paria River and its tributaries have carved out buttes, mesas and canyons including one of the world’s longest slot canyons, Buckskin Gulch. The Canyons of the Escalante offer some very popular hikes including Peek-A-Boo and Spooky Gulch slot canyons and Coyote Gulch. Zion National Park offers a wide range of hiking opportunities, with something suitable for every age and experience level, during every month of the year. The options are endless.
NO PROGRAM HOLIDAY
Wednesday December 25
NO PROGRAM HOLIDAY
Wednesday January 1
Trekking in the Mustang Region of Nepal
Wednesday January 8
The region of Mustang lies north of the main Himalayan range in the area known as the trans-Himalaya. Called “Lo” by the locals, Mustang was only opened to trekkers in March 1992. The Tibetan influenced area north of Kagbeni is known as Upper Mustang. A vast high valley, arid and dry, it has a barren desert-like appearance similar to the Tibetan Plateau and is characterized by eroded canyons and colorful stratified rock formations. Mustang was once an important route for crossing the Himalaya between Tibet and Nepal, and many of the old salt caravans passed through Mustang. Join Joe Whittington and his group as they trek for twelve days and experience the wonders of the architecture, language, culture and traditions which are almost purely Tibetan in this once-upon-a-time mystical kingdom.
Mountains and Nomads: Climbing, Hiking, and the Cultures of Central Asia
Wednesday January 15
Central Asian cultures are as diverse as the landscape of the region. The five former Soviet Republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are host to many ethnic groups from the Tajiks and Turks to Siberian peoples, whose languages and cultures overlap and diverge, depending on the mountain ranges they inhabit. The remote mountain valleys are still host to the semi-nomadic herdsmen whose families live in yurts during the summer months while they graze their sheep, ride horses and drink fermented mares’ milk as they have for millennia. It is here that the wide-open arid grassland plains of the Asian Steppe, including the fertile Ferghana Valley, dramatically bump into the Tien Shan and Pamir mountains whose peaks soar to over 24,000 feet. These peaks and the big wall climbing in the Karavshin Valley have attracted world class climbers including Alex Lowe, Lynn Hill, Conrad Anchor and Tommy Caldwell, among others Eric Brainich lived in Kyrgyzstan for 4 years and worked, travelled, and climbed throughout the Central Asian ‘stan countries. Join him for this rare adventure with a look at the culture and history of the region along with selected hikes, climbs, and a tour of some of the ancient cities and caravansaries along the Silk Route.
Climbing in Alaska’s Stikine Ice Cap
Wednesday January 22
In August 2013 Katie Mills and her team took a helicopter into the Stikine Ice Cap in Alaska and climbed an elusive “50 Classic”, the East Ridge of the Devil’s Thumb. They will be presenting photos and videos of the climb as well as sharing what they learned from the newly offered Mazamas Alpine Climbing Class and how they prepared to realize this goal.
Trekking In Jordan
Wednesday January 29
Ranked by National Geographic as one of the 15 best hikes in the world, Donovan Pacholl - owner of Embark Adventures & Expeditions - will share his experiences trekking to Petra, the historical and archeological treasure of Jordan. Taking a 50 mile remote Bedouin trail, Pacholl will highlight what it’s like approaching Petra from the backdoor; a unique route to access the ancient Nabatean city. Additionally, he will share pictures and experiences trekking in the desert of Wadi Rum, also known as Valley of the Moon, made famous by T.E. Lawrence in his book Seven Pillars of Wisdom. This talk will also highlight the city of Amman, the Dead Sea, and Mt. Nebo.
Hiking in the Julian Alps of Slovenia
Wednesday February 5
In September of 2012, Dick Meissner and a friend traveled to Slovenia to hike in the Julian Alps. Slovenia is situated in the northwest corner of former Yugoslavia. The Julian Alps border Italy and Austria, and are not as developed as those in Western Europe. We spent 8 nights in the small village of Mojstrana at a B & B. Our hosts wrote the hiking guides for the area. The first few days, we did a couple of short hikes to orient. Then we went up into the higher and more scenic areas of Triglav National Park. On our non-hiking days, we visited Piran, a Venetian city on the Adriatic, and Lake Bled, a beautiful lake situated at the foothills of the Alps.
Chasing Ice – The Movie
Wednesday February 12
Let’s say you already accept the reality of climate change. Or that you don’t. Either way, “Chasing Ice” by Jeff Orlowski is heart-stopping in its coverage of the brave and risky attempt by scientist and National Geographic photographer, James Balog who risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity as he and his team of young adventurers cross the brutal Arctic where “extreme” refers to their efforts almost more than to the ice. They began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to capture a multiyear record of the world’s changing glaciers. These hauntingly beautiful videos – which compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate – are part of the film Chasing Ice. The filmmakers show the changes occurring in the far corners of the Arctic with awe-inspiring images.
As the debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.
Norway Ski Tour in Jotunheimen Mountains
Wednesday February 19
In the spring of 2013, Chuck Daellenbach and his son Keith Daellenbach skied on their Nordic skis over a nearly 60-mile ski circuit tour over the Jotunheimen mountains in the land where skiing was invented – Norway. These peaks, known as the “Home of the Giants”, are the largest concentration of high peaks in Northern Europe and contain all of Norway’s summits over 2,300 meters which are located in a national park. Chuck and Keith skied across frozen lakes, over large alpine glaciers, mountains and through U-shaped glacially carved valleys. They climbed the highest (Galdhøpiggen, 8,101 feet) and second highest (Glittertinden, 8,088 feet) mountains of Norway along the way. On their trip they saw reindeer, ptarmigan, deer, moose, and tracks of wolverine, red fox, and rabbit. While they mostly lodged in well-appointed mountain cottages, that had served as historic summer mountain dairy farms, they did spend one night high in the Jotunheimen, bivouacked in inclement conditions and freezing temperatures, camped out on a glacier containing ice compressed from snow that had fallen on their Nordic ancestors over a century ago. At the end of their tour, they spent time sightseeing in the historic capitol Oslo.
Please join Chuck and Keith in a Nordic adventure that truly is accessible to all cross-country ski enthusiasts who may wish to visit amazing Norway.
A Continental Divide Trail Thru Hike
Wednesday February 26
The 3,100mi Continental Divide Trail is considered one of the most rugged and remote long distance trails in the world. It is the least known and traveled of America’s three longest trails (including the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail) which comprise hiking’s “Triple Crown.” Solo backpacker Erin “Wired” Saver (holds the Mazamas Programs attendance record for her great PCT 2011 show) will be speaking about her 134 day thru hike along the CDT which took her from Mexico to Canada along the spine of North America this past summer. The presentation includes anecdotes, pictures, and videos from Wired’s hike. For a sneak peek, check out her highly followed blog at http://www.walkingwithwired.com where she kept a daily detailed journal of her hike.
Hiking and Touring in Tuscany
Wednesday March 5
Mazamas hike and outing leader Paul Gerald, the author of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland, is leading his third outing to Tuscany and the Italian coast in September 2014. This evening he will share photos and stories of hiking and touring; Italian style. Paul’s trips range from the medieval streets of Florence and Siena to the rolling hills of the Chianti countryside, and from the forested slopes of the Appenine Mountains to the craggy peaks of the Apuane Alps. We’ll also visit the high point of Elba Island and get a glimpse of a 2014 destination, Cinque Terre. Paul’s trips mix in off-the-track cultural and historical sites as well as the world-famous Italian cuisine. See paulgerald.com to find out more
In Celebration of Mountains of the World
Wednesday March 12
John and Amy Osaki return to share their passion for hiking trails in magnificent mountains around the world. Come and enjoy new images from 2013 in Croatia, Iceland, and the Galapagos. Savor a photographic overview of the mountains and the countries that call them back, year after year: Alps, Bulgaria, Pyrenees and Picos, Norway, Ireland, Japan, and Patagonia. Relax and enjoy the program’s finale, a celebration of the world’s mountains featuring their photos set to music. Short slide shows are available for free to you to watch anytime on their website http://www.MountainHikingHolidays.com
First Ascent of the East Ridge of Mount St. Elias
Wednesday March 19
Mount St. Elias at 18,008’ is the second highest peak in the United States, yet it is seldom climbed because of its stormy weather and difficult routes. First climbed in 1897 by the Duke of Abruzzi, it was not climbed again until 1946 when a party including Dee Molinaar made the second ascent. Kurt Wehbring, a member of a 1972 expedition, will narrate a slide show of the first ascent of the difficult East Ridge. The expedition trekked in from the Pacific Ocean 45 miles crossing the vast Malaspina Glacier, the world’s largest Piedmont Glacier, sat out a week-long storm at Base Camp, and then established three high camps on the ridge before summiting. All seven members of the expedition summited and then hiked out following the Duke of Abruzzi’s route to the sea.
Crater Lake: Into the Deep
Wednesday March 26
The Friends of Crater Lake will join us to present a film showcasing Crater Lake National Park. The film “Crater Lake: Into the Deep” is narrated by Peter Coyote, and was produced by Great Divide Production. The film explores the many facets of the park including geology, lake research, history, winter, plant and animal life, park education programs, and the wonder we all feel for this amazing place. The film features state-of-the-art animation showing the eruption and collapse of Mount Mazama, as well as spectacular underwater film footage and gorgeous photography. An original music score and interviews with park staff are also part of this new film. The film was introduced to the park’s visitor center in 2012.
There will be a Q&A session following the film showing facilitated by The Friends of Crater Lake. We hope you’ll join us for this beautiful film showing, highlighting Oregon’s first and only national park.
Around & About Mount Hood:
Exploring the Timberline Trail, Access Trails & Day Hikes
Wednesday April 2
Sonia Buist presents a program about her book, “Around & About Mount Hood”, a pocket-sized hiking guide to the 41-mile Timberline Trail. It is one of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world. We will see gorgeous views of the rugged mountain; it’s alpine meadows carpeted with wildflowers, beautiful streams, glacier-fed rivers and serene forests and hear Sonia’s expert description of the trail that circles the mountain. http://www.mthoodhiking.com
Classic Climbs in Bugaboo Provincial Park
Wednesday April 9
Oregon for the Curious
Wednesday April 16
Author Bill Sullivan takes us on a slide show tour of Oregon’s oddest hiking and travel destinations, from an island sea cave to a forgotten canyon of colored pinnacles. Expect off-the-beaten-path tales of history and geology, as told by the bestselling author of a new short story collection, “The Oregon Variations.”
Sullivan has hiked every trail he could find in the state for his popular “100 Hikes” guidebooks, a series that he updates continually. He has also written four novels and many nonfiction books about Oregon, including “Hiking Oregon’s History,” “Oregon Favorites,” and “The Case of D. B. Cooper’s Parachute.” His journal of a 1000-mile hike he took across Oregon, “Listening for Coyote,” was chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission as one of Oregon’s “100 Books,” the 100 most significant books in the state’s history.