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Portland Mazama Basic Climb School - still open


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I just learned from a reliable source that - for the first time in years - the Mazama Basic Climbing School still has 60-80 open slots in the class of 2003. Last year, 300 applicants tried for 250 seats; this year it's undersubscribed. this is a beginner's school, no climbing experience needed. emphasis on safe and comprehensive climb prep.


I took this intensive 6-week course 5 years ago after moving to the NW, and found it to be very good for learning the basic skills, gear requirements, and fitness to climb cascade volcanoes. yes, the class includes columbia gorge training hikes, so you get in shape (think spring training for attaining beach weight) as a bonus. Expect to meet a pile of fit outdoorsy yet diverse folks both as classmates and instructors.


The class begins March 31 and means committing $295, 6 consecutive Monday lectures and 6 weekend days of field sessions/training hikes. Details and application at http://www.mazamas.org/education/bcep_info.php

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