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The Mozamas

The Mazamas: Following is our report for the fiscal year starting October 1, 1990: The Banquet Committee staged the 98th Annual Mazama Banquet at the Airport Holiday Inn, attended by 240 people on November 2. Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Christine Mackert, supervised the traditional passing of the Sholes ice axe from Lis Cooper to Ray Sheldon, our new president. The Climbing Committee presented 34 awards, and the Trail Trips Committee presented 11, including the Hardesty Cup to Don Fournier. Elinor Levin received the Montague Cup for her contribution to conservation, and Jeff Thomas was recognized by the Margaret Griffin Redman Cup for outstanding literary work on his Oregon High, a new climbing guide to the Oregon Cascades. Jim Whittaker, the first American to ascend Mount Everest, was declared an honorary member of the Mazamas. Scott Woolums highlighted the evening with slides of awe-inspiring western scenery by himself and Galen Rowell.

The 12-member Climbing Committee ran 283 scheduled mountain climbs and 26 summer rock climbs. The Basic Climbing School returned to Whitaker Middle School in northeast Portland with enrollment of 270 students. Rock sessions were staged at Horsethief Butte in the Columbia River Gorge, and snow-practice sessions at Mount Hood. Forty students entered Intermediate School and 23 Advanced School.

Mike DeLaune chaired the Expedition Committee, which extends Mazama climbing to distant ranges and other continents. It encourages and trains climbers in expedition techniques; assists non-Mazama expeditions through endorsement, sponsorship and funding; and promotes Mazamas as a world-class climbing organization to those outside the club. In November the committee brought Galen Rowell to Portland with his highly acclaimed Mountain Light photography seminar. This highly successful event drew 170 participants and netted $4,000 to help support expedition climbing. In January, Edwin Bembaum presented his Sacred Mountains of the World show to an audience of 165. In February, the Executive Council approved a committee recommendation for endorsement, sponsorship and funding to the 1991 Mazama Ecuador Expedition, which left Portland in December, 1991 for attempts on six Ecuadorean summits. The fifth annual Mazamas Expeditions Biathlon, held in April, drew 242 individuals and 30 teams to net $3,100 for the Expedition Reserve Account.

The 19 members of the Climb Explorer Post 936, under Mazama supervision, attended a snow bivouac at Mount Hood, rock practice at Horsethief Butte, nine mountain climbs and an outing to Smith Rocks. Four members attended the Mazama outing to the Tetons. The post’s only girl, Amy Martens, was consistent in attendance and one of the toughest members.

The Nordic Committee continued to focus its activity on the annual Nordic Ski School, which drew 250 participants. This year the Nordic Committee was able to complement its ski school training with ski tours in February and March. Ski Mountaineering became an official program this year.

The Outing Committee sponsored eight events, with hiking and backpacking the most popular. There were two of these in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and one in Grand Teton National Park. A group of 44 climbers andhikers were in the Banff/Jasper area of Canada, where Mount Athabaska, Mount Temple, Castle Mountain and Crowfoot were climbed. In Europe smaller groups hiked and climbed in Norway, Austria’s Dachstein Alps, the Swiss Alps (with climbs of the Matterhorn, Breithorn, Jungfrau and Mönch), and a group of six skiers found lots of snow at Chamonix and Les Menuires, France, in March.

The Trail Trips Committee scheduled 306 diverse events, including Tuesday evening street rambles, A, B and C hikes each weekend, Wednesday hikes, snowshoe hikes and clinics, backpacks, snow bivouacs, car camps and work trips. A total of 3646 participated. The Trail Tending program was initiated to train new work-trip leaders and interface with government agencies in a long established practice of maintaining trails.

The Conservation Committee keeps the club alert on policies of the U.S. Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and our National Parks. Developing federal interest in sustained forest yield, soil conservation and other new policies has been heartening, though slow to be implemented. Development of the management plan for the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area has been another area of key interest. The club made a modest donation to the Public Forest Foundation, whose professional foresters have assumed leadership roles in educating federal land managers in less destructive forestry practices. We have also continued to work with the Friends of Mount Hood in expressing disapproval of the development of a destination resort proposed by Mount Hood Meadows on U.S.F.S. land.

Jack Grauer, Past President