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Outings - Foreign and Domestic Adventure Travel
The Mazamas regularly lead outings, both foreign and domestic. An outing, defined as a trip of five days or more, may be sea kayaking in Baja, hiking on the Rogue River trail, or tramping the trails in Italy’s Dolomites. Outings are open to members and non-members. Outing descriptions are listed below and in the monthly Bulletin. As a service to our members, we are providing links to the following organizations that may also offer trips of interest at their member rates: The Mountaineers-www.mountaineers.org, Colorado Mountain Club, Appalachian Mountain Club. Please contact us at the Mazama Mountaineering Center if you have any further questions.
Going on a Mazama Outing
Want to go on an outing? Contact the leader for more information and when you are ready to go, fill out the application form online. Most outings require a deposit on application; full payment may be made after formal acceptance by the outing leader.
Make a payment: Once you have been accepted on an outing, payments may be made here. Please note: A password is required to access the form, which your leader will provide.
After the outing: Tell us how we did. After your outing, please fill out an outing evaluation form (.pdf file) and mail it in to the Mazama Mountaineering Center (527 S.E. 43rd AVE | Portland, OR 97215).
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.
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.
Join us as we explore the Big Island of Hawaii. Our itinerary will include summit attempts on Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea as well as exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the City of Refuge, Waimanu Valley and other cultural and historical areas of interest on the island. The 6-8 participants will need to be in good physical condition and should have experience in at least one 12,000’ or higher peak. We will have a somewhat flexible schedule dependent on weather and team interests. We will be staying in hotel/rental home and National Park cabins, as well as tent camping. The cost of the outing will be between $930 and $1235 and excludes airfare.
Lodging is in a very desirable location close to Central Park. Hike Central Park and visit sites of interest all over Manhattan, Hudson River, East River, and Long Islandvia Ramble and occasional ferry or subway. It is time that New York City learned who the Mazamas are! NYC will seem a lot smaller once it is rambled! Initial registration fee has 3 tiers which include Mazamas fees
Take a week in Western North Carolina as we explore the spectacular Appalachian scenery along with learning about the mountain culture of the area. The hikes will be “B” level—7-8 miles and elevation up to 2000ft with options for tougher “B” hikes up to 3000 ft with up to 10 miles. The typical pace will be leisurely so we can enjoy the beauty of the oldest mountains in North America, at least two sections of the Appalachian Trail as well as favorite trails of the Outing Leader who led hikes in the area for eight years.
We will have time in the evenings to enjoy the arts, crafts, and music of the area or simply hang out at the Creekside Lodge with its indoor swimming pool, fire pits, micro-fridges, and other amenities. We will take a break Wednesday to visit Asheville, NC, or other places in the area. The Outing cost is $380 and includes all lodging and fees. Participants are responsible for their meals, airline cost, and car rental.
Maximum 26 participants. Deposit of $100 due by Feb. 15, 2014. For more information and an application, contact the Outing Leader or Assistant Leader.
We will spend the first two full days in La Paz (elevation 12,000 feet), to acclimatize and explore the ancient Tiahuanaco and Inca Culture. Then we fly south and join a 4X4 overland tour for the next four days. Expect a land like no other: giant salt flats, lagoons filled with flamingos, pumice plains, Boiling mud pots and ancient plants among some of the oldest on the planet. We first visit the Uyuni de Salar, an ancient sea that has evaporated leaving the world’s largest salt flat. Then we head to the high desert of southern Bolivia, near the Chilean border. This area is a refuge for Andean animals including Vicuna and Flamingos. The land is a stark contrast between colorful lagoons and the volcanic desert landscape.
Return to La Paz by air, spending the night at our hotel. The following day we fly east to a small airstrip in the borderlands between the Amazon and the Pampas. We will spend four days exploring both the true jungle and the borderlands, much by dugout canoe. Expect to see all manner of animals such as Alligators, Caymen, and many monkeys. With luck, we might even see a puma in the jungle and Pink river dolphins when on the water.
Fly back to La Paz for another two days prior to departing for home.
Cost is $2400-$3000 depending on size. Most in country costs are included. Minimum of 6 people are needed.
This outing will consist of alpine climbing, rock climbing, via ferrata (self-belayed on existing anchors and cables with specialized leashes or kits), hiking, mountain biking and exploring. Group size will be limited to 12 people. Minimum group size is 5.
Flying into Milan on Saturday (May 31) and Sunday (June 1), we will rent two box vans and drive to Arco to spend 3 nights exploring the heart of Italy’s sport climbing mecca. Arco also offers sailing and wind surfing on Lake Garda plus mountain biking in the hills above the lake. From there we will drive to the quaint little town of Antermoia with the objective of climbing a fairly easy via ferrata up the Sass de Putia. Then we move on to our primary base camp of the trip in Cortina d’Ampezzo (home of the 1956 winter Olympics) - this is a major base of operations opening up access to some of the coolest terrain in the Dolomites including Tre Cima de Lavaredo, Tofana di Rozes and Cinque Torre. Next up is Canazei where we can access the highest peak in the Dolomites, The Marmolada, as well as the famous Sassonger and other climbing around Corvara and Colfusco. Finally, we will head back to Milan via Lake Como.
This outing will potentially include climbing of all levels; rock climbing of all grades, all day multi-pitch routes, via ferrata levels from 1 to 5, spectacular trails for hiking and biking plus waterfalls and plenty of amazing scenery. In addition to all of that, the area is steeped in history surrounding World War I and the mountain war that took place between Austria and Italy. We will tour a museum dedicated to the mountain war as well as explore hidden outposts and see relics of the past while we walk in the footsteps of the soldiers that lived and fought in these jagged mountains.
With multiple hike and climb leaders, we will be able to utilize our two rental vehicles as well as busses and lifts in each town so that members of the group will have plenty of options to split up and choose daily activities. For more information, contact the outing leaders. informational meeting about the Dolomites trip on Thursday, Nov., 21 at 7 p.m. at the MMC. We will have, pictures, books, accomodations, itinerary and destinations to discuss. It will be a great opportunity for anyone interested in going on the trip to find our more about it.
Seeking a long-distance hike with spectacular scenery, culture and typically great summer weather?
The GR20, “One of the top trails in the world” according to outdoor writer Paddy Dillon, winds 125 miles along the crest of the island of Corsica. This is not a plod-along-with-mind-on-something-else kind of a trail, but a rocky and varying high route with scrambling options and both alpine and ocean views. Using a local company as outfitters, we will carry only day packs and sleep in refuges or set tents, enjoying simple local cuisine at group meals. 16 days of hiking, with the longest day being 13 miles and 3,300ft ascent, and highest altitude 7,300ft. We will hike from south to north, leaving the climactic Cirque de la Solitude for the second week, and enjoying the best light for photography.
The island of Corsica, administered as part of France but with its own unique culture, makes a destination both accessibly western-European and yet exotically Mediterranean. Trip leader speaks French and both leader and assistant have led European tours and hiked long-distance trails. Group size 8 to 10, outing costs $3,000 plus airfare, $500 deposit. Find more information, including a complete itinerary here.
Nestled near the border of Switzerland, Italy, and France, lays the birthplace of alpine mountaineering, Chamonix France. We’ll be there in peak alpine climbing season for 2 full weeks. Based at the foot of the Mt Blanc Massif with hundreds of day trip objectives on snow, ice, and rock, this will be a unique opportunity for climbers to explore the alps and stretch their skills. This will be a strenuous outing with climbing opportunities daily for the duration of the trip. Participants should be Mazama Intermediate climbing school graduates or equivalent. Participants should also have a good fitness level as a large portion of the alpine climbs start at 11,000 feet.
Info Night: Tuesday November 19th at 6:30pm at the MMC
On this outing we will sample three kinds of fantastic Italian hikes – mountains, coast, and rolling hill country – while mixing in off-the-beaten-track touring and amazing meals.
We meet in Florence to get settled, then head to the walled city of Lucca, of our base for three days of hiking in and around the Apuane Alps, one of the world’s great sources of marble. From Lucca, it’s out to the coast, where we spend two full days walking to all five villages of the legendary Cinque Terre. We then head into the magical Chianti hill country, where we spend several days hiking to medieval villages, monasteries, wineries, and other sites. Many meals will be in private homes, arranged by our guide Silvio, a lifelong Tuscan.