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The Mazamas regularly lead travel adventures, both foreign and domestic, that allow our members to experience other cultures, ecosystems, mountain ranges, and the natural world in a safe and affordable manner. Outings are defined as trips that last for five days or more, and may include climbs, hikes, camping, walking tours, kayaking, cycling, etc. Our travel program is commonly referred to as "Outings" and all travel opportunities are available to members and nonmembers.
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:
Want to go on an outing? Great! There are a few steps to complete your application for an upcoming outing.
Look through the list of available outings that can be found in the Upcoming Outings section below. Please be aware of indicators for Participant List Full and/or Alternates List Full, which will indicate that all spots have been filled on an outing and no further applications will be accepted. Also be aware of age and skills requirements specified by the Outing Leader for their specific outing.
As an incentive for Leaders to put in the time and effort to arrange and lead outings, the Leader and Assistant Leader costs may be paid by the participants.
Hiking Glacier National Park
Dates: July 22–28, 2018 *Alternates Only*
Outing Leader: Richard Getgen
Spend a week hiking the trails in America's most beautiful national park: Glacier. Established in 1910, this 1583-square-mile park in northwest Montana offers breathtaking, 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, and we will carpool to the trailheads. The cost of the trip is $220 for members and $280 for nonmembers. KOA offers tent sites, RV hookups, and three types of cabins. Campsite/lodging expenses are not included in the cost.
Contact Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. There will be a pre-outing meeting in the spring for participants to meet and receive additional information.
Hiking in the North Cascades
Dates: August 12–19, 2018 *Alternates Only*
Outing Leader: Larry Solomon
This outing is designed for those who love spectacular mountain vistas and glorious alpine meadows. You'll spend seven nights in fully furnished rustic log cabins surrounded by pristine forests in the foothills of Mt. Baker, where you can almost reach out and touch the Canadian border.
Each day we will carpool from the cabins to enjoy either a B- or C-level hike. The hikes will offer opportunities for wildlife sightings, wildflowers, waterfalls, and grand panoramic views of snowcapped mountains.
Outing cost is dependent on the number of participants, 9 minimum to 12 maximum. Member range is $446 to $333; nonmember range is $516 to $403. The cost includes all fees and lodging. Each participant is responsible for his or her own food. Dinner is available at nearby restaurants.
The signup deadline is May 1, 2018. A deposit of $200 is required upon acceptance of application.
For more information, please contact either Larry Solomon (email@example.com) or co-leader Sherry Bourdin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Trinity Alps High Route Trek
Dates: September 8–14, 2018 *Alternates Only*
Outing Leader: Gary Bishop
Join us as we hike a large portion of northern California's Trinity Alps High Route. This ~35-mile alpine trek circumnavigates the Canyon Creek drainage and includes the summits of up to four named peaks in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. The Trinity Alps are a spectacular and rugged collection of mountains and ridges in the Klamath Mountains of northern California. The high route encompasses largely off-trail hiking and is mostly above treeline. All peaks should be 3rd class or less and will not require any technical gear.
The six to eight participants will need to be in good physical condition and have experience in at least one 50-mile (or greater) trek. We will be traveling light and fast, up to 10 miles per day with daily elevation gains varying from near zero to almost 5000 feet. The terrain will be challenging, with rocks, brush, and scree. The cost of the outing is $266 to $318 (depending on number of participants) and covers all fees and lodging costs. We will be carpooling to the trailhead and staying in a hotel the night before and after the trek. A $100 deposit will be required upon acceptance. Contact the leader Gary Bishop (email@example.com) or assistant Brooke Weeber (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Complete your Application
- Complete the form online (this page) or download and complete the form and mail to the outing leader
- Download, print, complete, and return the Medical Form
Outing Participant Payment
The initial deposit payment must be made to confirm your spot on the outing.
- Online: Once the Outing Leader has approved your application, you will receive a password for this payment form. Complete the payment.
- By Mail: Make checks available to the Mazamas, the amount should reflect the deposit amount for the specific outing, the memo line must indicate the name of the outing. Mail to: Mazama Mountaineering Center, Attention: Outings, 527 SE 43rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97215
Lead an Outing
Not finding any outings list for locations that you are interested in exploring? Perhaps you would like to lead an outing to a specific locale? Certain restrictions apply, but the majority of Mazama members already qualify to be Outing Leaders. The best Outing Leaders have already been to the location that they wish to lead an outing to, and are familiar with the languages, customs, and travel companies that operate there.
Outings are divided into two categories; domestic and international. They must consist of at least five days and include some form of educational benefit for the participants. Typically, outings include activities such as hiking, backpacking, tours, rafting, kayaking, climbing, and exploration of natural environments. Outings can be oriented toward children and families, or focused on more difficult or technical objectives.