Get Stoked! Paige Claassen Presentation & Clinic

You may not have heard her name yet, but Paige Claassen is a force to be reckoned with on rock. She's an incredibly accomplished 5.14 professional rock climber, sponsored by CAMP, La Sportiva, Marmot and Maxim Ropes. She got her start on rock in a gym at the age of 9 and never looked back. Training, competing, traveling ... pushing her limits on rock is what she does. She has recently toured the world on the Marmot Lead Now Tour.

Check out a few of her videos below to get stoked! Then come on out to the MMC tonight (May 14, 2014, 8 p.m.) for Paige's Projecting Around the World Presentation. And if you get inspired, there are still a couple of spots left in Paige's Smith Rock clinic on Friday, May 16.

In the first video Paige talks about Smith Rock being one of her favorite places in the world to climb. The second shows some impressive 5.13D climbing in South Africa. Take a look!


What You Missed at the Ram's Head Randonee

by guest blogger Heidi Medema from The Mountain Shop 

You may have seen the plethora of photos and gleeful posts on Facebook following the Ram’s Head Randonee last weekend. If you didn’t make it up to the race, you may even be feeling a little left out.

Don’t worry though, here’s a re-cap so you can live vicariously through those who made it up.

In only the second year of the Ram’s Head Randonee, we are tickled pink by how well the event went! In the race we had a field of almost 50 competitors ranging in skill level from professional athletes to first-timers. Paul Robinson swept the field with a time of 40 minutes and 45 seconds. Close behind him came CAMP athlete Brett Merlin (41 min 22 sec). We also had a super competitive field of female racers (which I was personally stoked to see). First place in the Women’s Open category went to Amy Krull (51 min 42 sec), while Connie Macomber held down the Women’s Masters with a speedy time of 57 minutes and 43 seconds.

For full race results click HERE.

For winning first place Paul took home a pair of Dynafit PDG skis that he had been drooling over all day. My theory behind his blistering time was his burning desire to procure the PDG skis.

For her first place win, we loaded Amy up with a sweet setup from CAMP that included a Zaino Rapid 260 pack, G Compwind gloves, Speed helmet, and an Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody. Each of our category winners also received a full custom tune and wax from the Mountain Shop, as well as a year membership to the American Alpine Club.

Following the race, people migrated indoors to the Alpenstube where they were greeted by a blast of warm air that carried the sweet musical notes of the live band. Race and demo participants also received free beer and food (yes, you read that right).

During set breaks we threw down, and by threw down I mean we tossed a bunch of free stuff into the crowd! People were stoked! And for good reason too. Prizes from the raffle included packs, Mazama courses, jackets, shovels, probes, gift certificates, ski racks, and even a pair of skis.

All in all, the raffle was a blast and a half, but more importantly, some serious funds were raised for the Northwest Avalanche Center. Ram’s Head participants raised over a thousand dollars for this worthy organization! Good work everyone!

The main thing I took away from the Ram’s Head Randonee was an appreciation for this community. Here at the Shop one of our main goals is to support and grow the local outdoors community. That’s part of why I enjoy working here so much. The Ram’s Head brought together an amazing community of people and created a competitive, yet supportive environment. I witnessed pros helping beginners, first timers charging up the hill, and everyone coming together during the after party to laugh and cheer. Looking around the room as I talked into the mic, I couldn’t help but smile. I know that randonee skiing is a fairly new sport in the U.S. but with a community like this behind it, I foresee this sport really taking off in the next few years.

The feelings of support and community were solidified by the host of amazing vendors present that day. The reps from CAMP, Dynafit, Black Diamond, NW Alpine, and La Sportiva were helpful above and beyond the call of duty. BIG thank you to them for their support.

We also owe a big thank you to the Mazama community for your support in making the Ram’s Head such a success. Hopefully we can get even more Mazama members racing next year!

I am so proud of this amazing community that we at the Shop have come to call our friends. To that effect, if anyone who was there has any feedback on the event, we’d love to hear it! Please feel free to email me at Heidi@MountainShop.net.

Thank you, and see you all next year!
(But also, hopefully before the next Ram’s Head Rando) ;-)


AAC Live your Dream Grants

by Ally Imbody, guest blogger

Mazama members Ally Imbody and Jon Skeen are excited to have received an American Alpine Club Live Your Dream grant to climb the Complete Exum Route of the Grand Teton this summer.

They are both currently in the Mazama Advanced Rock program and are thrilled to apply the traditional rock climbing skills they've been honing all spring in the alpine wilderness of Grand Teton National Park on one of the 50 Classic Climbs of North America. Ally and Jon join a long list of Mazamas who have been awarded AAC LYD grants over the years. Here's what you need to know to take advantage of this opportunity in 2015:
  • The purpose of the Live Your Dream grant is to support and promote unforgettable experiences for individual climbers or small teams of all climbing disciplines to achieve new heights and to inspire others. You don't have to be an elite climber or be putting up first ascents in remote locations. You just have to have an achievable climbing goal you're working toward. 
  • The application period opens January 1st and closes March 1st.  Winners will be announced April 15.  All funds must be used within one year of application due date, so your planned climb should be completed by April 15, 2016.
  • Grants are distributed by region, and climbers living in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska are eligible to apply for the Northwest Region grant. However, your planned climb can be anywhere.
  • The grant is funded by The North Face and awards will vary depending on the prospective project, but typically fall in the $200 to $1,000 range.
  • Grants are based on the project’s potential to have a positive impact on the grantee’s life and experience of climbing. Tell a good story, and make sure that you are choosing something that represents a significant progression of your skills but it still realistic. Do your research!
  • The selection committee will consider the individual’s and/or team’s experience level, which must be appropriate for the proposed objective. Be honest- the application is being evaluated by experienced climbers who will be able to tell if you know your stuff. They don't care how rad you are, they just want to know that you're not getting in over your head. 
  • Membership in the American Alpine Club is not required, but for funds to be awarded, membership must be acquired. However, since the AAC and the Mazamas offer discounted joint memberships and are strong supporters of one another's missions, you should hopefully already be a member!

It's never too early to set goals and start planning for next year! Many of the climbs, skill-builders, and courses that you complete over the next year will help you prepare for even bigger adventures the following season. Good luck, and climb high!

Another Mazama team also received a Live Your Dream Grant. Team: Karin Mullendorf, Laura Pigion, and Candi Cook. Location: French Valley Torres del Paine Patagonia Route: Primary Objective: Aleta del Tiburon - The Shark's Fin (1850m). Route Description: 11 pitches, Grade V, 5.9.  Secondary Objective: Eliana's Chapel (Grade IV). Date: January 2015. (Photo of the area from Flickr)


Mazama Video of the Month - Avalanche Rescue Skills

P1090293a from Bob Breivogel on Vimeo.

It's always a good time to brush up on avalanche rescue skills. This video will help bring your avy training skills back to the forefront of your brain.