What we're about

Adventurous Young Mazamas (AYM) offers outdoor activities year-round targeted to younger adults in their 20s & 30s and anyone who is young at heart. All activities are open EVERYONE eighteen and over who can safely participate in our events.

We're part of the Mazamas, a 501(c)(3) mountaineering nonprofit based in Portland. Events are also posted to our facebook (http://fb.me/aymazamas). You can find a complete list of upcoming activities at http://mazamas.org/AYM. We offer adventures including camping, backpacking, cycling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and social events that relate to the outdoors.

No firearms, alcohol, smoking, vaping, or drugs are allowed on the trail at our events. Unless the leader of an event has specifically designated the event as a pet-friendly one, we do not allow pets.

We do charge small fees for most of our events. Fees go toward direct event costs and the services Mazamas provides including insurance, Meetup fees, facilities and support for events and leader training, and emergency assistance. We carpool to most outdoor events and expect passengers to contribute to the cost of transportation and any parking passes. Standard Mazamas rate is 10 cents/person/mile though contributions are at the discretion of drivers.

Leaders are volunteers and do not receive any portion of event fees. All AYM leaders have first aid and CPR training and have been vetted by our committee for their skills and experience. Participants must follow the instructions of leaders in order to protect group safety. Leaders reserve the right to exclude participants who are not adequately prepared or behave in ways that cause others discomfort or danger. We are always looking for new leaders! The first step to becoming one is to attend our events and talk to your leader about it.

Please treat other participants with respect and consideration. Many of our events have more people wishing to participate than we can accommodate. Please only RSVP yes if you are committed to attending. If you say you are coming and do not, or cancel at the last minute, you may be preventing others from participating. Participants who demonstrate a history of no-shows or last minute cancellations without good cause may be removed from the group.

Meetup provides a platform for strangers to become friends through shared interests and activities. Part of building trust and friendship starts with using an identifiable profile picture of yourself so people know who you are and we can find each other, especially when meeting the first time. Leaders may choose not to allow participation by people who do not have a clearly identifiable picture.

This is a group to meet friends for outdoor adventures, not a dating site. Anyone who sends inappropriate messages or causes others to feel uncomfortable or unsafe may be removed from the group.

On social media, please follow us on Facebook (http://fb.me/aymazamas), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/aympdx/), and Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/14109245@N08/) where you can also see many pictures from our events.

Becoming an official Mazamas member is different from being a member of our Meetup group. To become a Mazamas member you must summit a qualifying glaciated peak and pay an annual membership fee. Mazamas member benefits include discounts on event fees, discounts at many Portland-area outdoor retailers, and subscription to the Mazama Bulletin published monthly.

Upcoming events (3)

Tuesday, January 29 - Pub Night: Hopworks Urban Brewery

Hopworks Urban Brewery

The end of January is typically seen as one of the least interesting times of the year, so why not liven things up with a trip to one of southeast Portland's most beloved breweries! Join us for January's pub night, at Hopworks Urban Brewery on SE Powell BLVD. We'll have loads of fun things to talk about, from urban adventures to snow conditions up on the mountain to our upcoming Winter Weekend. We can't wait to see you there!

Basic Climbing Education Program (BCEP) Info Night

Mazamas Mountaineering Center

Mazamas Basic Climbing Education Program (BCEP) teaches introductory mountaineering skills for basic mountaineering and outdoor rock climbing. The course lasts most of March and April. http://mazamas.org/BCEP Admission last year was competitive. Mazama members will be provided the first opportunity to apply, followed by people who attend BCEP Info Night in person. This year, scholarships are available to less advantaged students. Mazamas Mountaineering Center (MMC) will be packed with hundreds of people, only a few of whom are with AYM. It will be hard to find other people from AYM there so please make sure you have an identifiable picture of yourself and say hi to people. If we have enough interest we can get refreshments at the Horse Brass afterward!

AYM: Winter Weekend 2019

Mazama Lodge

Welcome to Winter Weekend 2019! This is our flagship event of the year and usually sells out way in advance. For more information on past events, please review our 2018 prospectus for your reference: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SomOwA3sl8N-lbAhBYeouD_5a8-iScs36pjymgQXy0Q/edit?usp=sharing. This is for your reference only. We may have changes for the 2019 event. To register for this year’s event go to https://mazamas.org/activity/instance/3645/ Join Adventurous Young Mazamas for two nights in front of the fireplace at historic Mazama Lodge in Government Camp and two days of snowy adventures on the mountain. We'll have snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the day and hot catered breakfasts and dinners, board games, yoga, crafts, sledding and more in the evenings. We can accommodate your dietary needs. We will not have kegs as we have in the past, so we can stay in compliance with OLCC rules. Anyone 21 and over is welcome to BYO and please bring something to share. Leaders reserve right to ask anyone behaving disrespectfully or dangerously to leave. Yet again we will be offering introduction to alpine touring/backcountry skiing/splitboarding. You must register for this in advance via a link in the prospectus. After you pay for registration and are accepted for the event you will receive a carpooling link and a complete prospectus with detailed directions to the Lodge. You must bring your own skis, snowshoes and other equipment. The Prospectus, which you will receive once registered on the Mazamas site, has details on where to rent. Note, we do have 2 activities that will require separate registration information, a backcountry ski event on Saturday and a cross-country ski lesson at Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center on Sunday. Bring your slippers, shoes are not allowed in the upstairs of the lodge. Also no food is allowed in the sleeping areas. There are hot showers, electricity and WiFi on site. We are looking for a certified yoga instructor among attendees for Saturday evening yoga. Please message Rachel if you are interested. Like all Mazamas events, no firearms, drugs, or pets are allowed. No alcohol or other substances will be allowed on or before the trail. Exact day trips will only be announced the evening before based on weather, conditions and participant demand. If you have a question that has not been answered by the prospectus, ask using the comments on Meetup. Someone else may have the same question. Or feel free to message the hosts or email [masked]. NOTE, if you can no longer attend the event, remove yourself on the Mazamas website and email [masked]. Tickets are NOT transferable. We will have a waitlist on the Mazama website and will want to let people waiting know they can attend as soon as possible. The cost will be $100 for Mazama members and $120 for non-members. Register here: https://mazamas.org/activity/instance/3645/ By registering, you are agreeing to the conditions of AYM (https://www.meetup.com/Adventurous-Young-Mazamas), and Mazamas (https://mazamas.org/pdf/forms/lr_waiver_single.pdf).

Past events (514)

Backpack: Clear Lake Lookout

Gateway Transit Center, Parking Garage, SE corner, Ground Floor

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