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Outings - Foreign and Domestic Adventure Travel
OUTINGS DISCOVERY NIGHT – MAY 16, 2013
Mazamas Outings enable you to travel to adventurous destinations all over the World. Outings Discovery Nights provide the opportunity to meet with the leaders of open outings to learn more about the outing and decide if it is an appropriate activity for you.
Going on a Mazama Outing
Want to go on an outing? Contact the leader for more information and the forms you will need: an application, a liability release, and a medical information form. Send those forms to the leader and then, upon acceptance for the trip, send payments directly to the Mazamas office with the name of the outing written on your check. If the total cost of the trip is less than $300 please send your payments directly to the Outing leader. Credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard & Discover) can be made at the Mazama Mountaineering Center. (Credit cards are charged an additional 3% fee for Outings. Pay by check and save money!)
Leading an Outing
Is there a place, foreign or domestic, you’d like to go? How about leading a Mazamas outing? Imagine hiking around Mount Hood, through the meadows below Mount Adams, or along the Umpqua Trail. Or how about following llamas from lake to lake in the Wallowas, rafting Hells Canyon, bagging a few peaks in the Olympics - or staying in a luxurious lodge and hiking to new vistas each day?
You can hike, climb, backpack, raft, kayak or do any other “Mazama activity.” You can invite families with small children or you can restrict your group to hardened hikers.
If you’re an Outing leader and logged in as a member you can download the Outing Leader manual here.
Chamonix-Mt. Blanc Climbing Outing
Join us on this Mazama Outing to the birthplace of Alpine Mountaineering, Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France. We’ll be there in peak alpine climbing season for two full weeks. Based at the foot of the Mt. Blanc massif with hundreds of day-trip alpine objectives, this will be a unique opportunity for climbers to fully explore the French Alps and stretch their skills. This will be a strenuous outing with climbing opportunities daily for the duration of the trip. Participants should be Mazamas Intermediate Climbing School graduates or equivalent.
Outing costs will be $1,950 per person ($2,150 for non-members). Costs include all lodging and transportation within the Chamonix-Mt. Blanc area for 14 days (all lifts, gondolas, cog-trains, and cable cars are included). Participants are expected to bring their own personal climbing equipment. Participants will be responsible for transportation to/from Chamonix, France. A deposit of $500 to hold your spot is due by March 15th, 2013.
Hiking Glacier National Park
Spend a week hiking the trails in America’s most-beautiful national park: Glacier. Established in 1910, this 204 square mile park in NW Montana offers breath-taking, rugged landscapes that are rich in wildlife and flora. There will be an assortment of A and B level day-hiking during the five days, led by Richard Getgen and Robert Smith. Wildlife sightings, mountains carved by intense glaciation, alpine lakes, wildflowers, and rushing streams await you. Attention will be given to the history of Glacier, as well as the park’s topographic features, and the flora and fauna we encounter.
The group site will be at KOA in St. Mary’s and we will carpool to the trailheads. The cost of the trip is $130 for members and $165 for non-members. KOA offers tent sites, RV hookup, and three types of cabins. Campsite/lodging expenses are not included in the cost.
Exploring Idaho’s Mountains
Join us on a climbing and backpacking outing to Idaho. One segment will be in Seven Devils wilderness, another in the Sawtooths, and the last at Mt. Borah. Backpacking will be moderate in distance and pace. Climbs will be nontechnical scrambles to class 3 maximum.
Begin with a 3 day backpack into a base camp at Sheep lake in the Seven Devils wilderness, just east of the Wallowas. We may climb He Devil, She Devil, Tower of Babel or other nearby summits. Mazamas pioneered this area many years ago. Next, we will move Stanley and Redfish lake, where we start a 40 mile, seven day loop backpack through the scenic center of the Sawtooth wilderness and around Sawtooth lake itself. Possible climbs may include Mt. Regan and Mt Thompson. Lastly, we move southeast to climb Idaho’s highpoint, Borah peak, as a day trip.
Participants should be able to carry a 40 +/- pound pack, on rough, off-trail terrain, and be comfortable climbing class 3 rock. Dangers include falls, weather, rockfall, and possibly black bears. For a photo preview of the Sawtooths, go to http://breivog.zenfolio.com/p483948971.
Costs range from $119 to $190 with maximum group size of 12 (including leaders). Participants responsible for transportation, camping, hotel, food costs. We will arrange carpools and tent/gear sharing. No climb cards are needed.
Wallowa Mountain Trek ** Full/Alternates Only **
Join us as we hike and climb in the beautiful and scenic Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowa Mountains of NE Oregon. The 6-8 participants will need to be in good physical condition for this up to 70 mile adventure and should have experience in at least one 50+ mile trek and A-level climbing. We will have a flexible schedule dependent on weather, terrain, and team strength. Possible peaks that we will climb include Aneroid, Sentinal, Cusik, Eagle Cap, Matterhorn, and Sacajawea. The pace will vary with up to approximately 10-15 miles per day possible over moderate to difficult terrain. The cost of the outing will be between $90 and $115.
Redwoods Hiking Experience
Join Bob Smith and Marty Hanson for 5 days of hiking in the magnificent Redwood Forest of the Northern California Coast. Daily A and B-Level hikes will take place in Redwood National Park and 3 adjoining California State Parks. Emphasis will be placed on the history of the area, as well as the biological, geological, and cultural diversity that abounds.
The Outing will be based in the Crescent City KOA with carpooling to the trailheads. This beautiful campground, set in a grove of Redwoods, includes cabins, tent sites, and RV hookups. The cost of the outing is $100 per person with a $30 surcharge for non-Mazamas. Participants will make their own lodging/camping arrangements and will be responsible for their own meals.
2013 Yosemite National Park/High Sierra Camping, Hiking and Backpacking
This outing is mainly a car camping and day hiking (from the camp-ground base) trip, with a four day backpack into YNP High Country mixed in. While on the backpack, we will hike to the top of Clouds Rest and Half Dome (via the cable route). For those who have never been to one of our country’s most beautiful national parks, this is a great opportunity.
Costs will range between $250 to $450 per person, depending on the number of participants, not including getting there and back – mainly for outing expenses, camping costs and permit fees. Food costs are also not included. A $100/person deposit will be required to secure a spot.
Yosemite National Park/High Sierra Camping, Hiking & Backpacking
This outing is mainly a car camping and day hiking (from the camp-ground base) trip, with a four-day backpack into Yosemite National Park high country mixed in. While on the backpack, we will hike to the top of Clouds Rest and Half Dome (via the cable route). For those who have never been to one of our country’s most beautiful national parks, this is a great opportunity.
Costs will range between $250 to $450 per person, depending on the number of participants, not including getting there and back—mainly for outing expenses, camping costs and permit fees. Food costs are also not included. A $100/person deposit will be required to secure a spot.
Backpack and Climb in the Trinity Alps
Come spend six days in the spectacular alpine wilderness of the Trinity Alps in northern California, hopefully bagging a few 9,000-foot scramble peaks.
The Trinities are like the Wallowas on steroids, and in September we should have great weather and no bugs. We’ll hike up Canyon Creek to two different camps near gorgeous lakes around 6,000 feet, and on three days we can climb (bring helmets for some Class III rock) or explore, swim, fish, or just lie around.
Join us on an amazing spiritual, cultural, and scenic journey to the most sacred mountain in Asia. The full trip begins in the ancient capital city of Xian, China. In Xian we view the Terra Cotta Warriors and hike up spectacular Hua Shan (Mountain). Then we board the coolest train ever for our trip to Lhasa, Tibet. In Lhasa, we tour the Potala and other famous monasteries, the Jokhang Temple, the Barkhor, and associated sites. From Lhasa we proceed by land cruiser west to Gyantse, Shigatse, Lhatse, and on to western Tibet’s Lake Manasarovar and then to Mount Kailash where we will do a three-day kora or trek around the sacred mountain. From Mount Kailash we’ll return to Lhasa by the scenic southern route through the Himalayas, including a visit to the North Ridge Everest Base Camp and a tour of the Sakya Monastery.
There are two trip options: The entire 21-day China-Tibet trip (Sep 29 – Oct 19) costs appx $4,200-$4,500, or the 16-day Tibet only trip (Oct 4 – 19, begins and ends in Lhasa) costs appx $3,700-$4,000. Airfare is not included. Group size will be 10-15. The deposit is $500.
Trekking in Patagonia
At the southern end of the Earth lies a wide, windswept, wonderful land called Patagonia. Though it’s technically in both Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is a place of its own, a land of calving glaciers, vast lakes, awesome steppes and peaks so jagged and immense they pause the mind and stir the heart. Patagonia calls to the adventure traveler, and mainly to the hiker.
Once in Patagonia, we will spend 2 weeks doing both day hikes, and multi-days hikes both in Chile and Argentina. We’ll day-hike into the mighty range of peaks dominated by Monte Fitz Roy, an 11,020-ft. tower whose sheer face of more than 6,000 feet makes it one of the world’s most challenging climbs. We’ll also catch views of the Continental Ice Field and even walk on the surface of the sprawling Perito Moreno Glacier. In Chile we visit the Torres del Paine National Park. Here lie the famous Towers of Paine. In the park, we’ll hike hut-to-hut for five days along the “W” Circuit (named for its shape), winding in and out of spectacular mountain valleys, past Grey Glacier, and up the spectacular French Valley, surrounded by hanging glaciers and an amphitheater of granite walls and spires.