The Mazamas

The Mazamas (pronounced mah zah maz) is a mountaineering club based in Portland, Oregon. The name comes from the Nahuatl word for mountain goat, mazati, which explain the logo above. And not surprisingly, Mount Mazama, the collapsed volcano that formed Oregon’s Crater Lake, is another point of reference for the club’s name.

The cool part: It was founded in July of 1894 on the summit of Mount Hood. Charter members had responded to an advertisement in the Morning Oregonian the previous month announcing a meeting at the summit. 105 men and women showed up and were all considered “founders.”

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3 Responses to The Mazamas

  1. Wes November 28, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    where do you manage to always find such awesome content? can’t get over it

  2. Mazamas Online November 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    The club now has about 3300 members; we put up around 320 climbs per year, twice that many hikes, and a dozen or so overseas outings. We’re the most active climbing club in the Northwest.

  3. Tim Marvin November 30, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    Mazamas is a really great organization. My buddy helps run their avalanche education programs and it is top notch. I have yet to find a group that can compare in access for all members yet still have a solid set of hardcore members.

    Great post!

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