According to Phillip Elden, one of the most enjoyable experiences of his life was joining the mountaineering group Mazama. Since becoming a member of the organization, Phillip Elden has embraced the responsibility of sharing information that benefits residents and visitors alike. In this interview, Phillip Elden provides a summary of all the programs and services offered by the program.
A Gathering of Experts: It’s great to have you here this afternoon. Thank you so much for joining us.
Phillip Elden: You are certainly welcome. I’m thrilled to share our mission with the audience.
A Gathering of Experts: How does someone become a member of Mazamas?
Phillip Elden: In order to be a member, an applicant must accomplish, and provide proof of, three different tasks.
A Gathering of Experts: What if photographic proof isn’t available?
Phillip Elden: If proof of your climb isn’t available, a well-detailed story works just fine. Then, you’ll simply complete the application.
A Gathering of Experts: What else is required for membership?
Phillip Elden: An application form should be submitted along with application fee and the first year’s membership dues.
A Gathering of Experts: What glaciated peaks count towards the membership?
Phillip Elden: In Oregon, individuals can climb one of seven mountains in order to qualify for Mazama membership. They are Mt. Thielsen, Broken Top, South, Middle and North Sister, Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood.
A Gathering of Experts: Are there qualifying mountains in other states?
Phillip Elden: Actually, yes. In Washington, climbing Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier also qualifies an applicant, as well as many other glaciated peaks in the North Cascades.
A Gathering of Experts: How about the California peaks?
Phillip Elden: In California, Mt. Shasta and many other peaks found within the central Sierra will count.
A Gathering of Experts: Which of the peaks is easiest to scale?
Phillip Elden: Typically, Mt. St. Helens and South Sisters have proven to be the easiest once the snow has melted.
A Gathering of Experts: Besides climbing, what is the main mission of Mazamas?
Phillip Elden: The organization regularly advocates for the preservation and restoration of the region’s ecosystems.
A Gathering of Experts: What specific agendas does the Mazamas organization promote?
Phillip Elden: The Mazamas advances the cause of mountaineering by embracing the core activities of climbing and hiking while raising awareness about environmental projects.
A Gathering of Experts: How do the Mazamas ensure safety comes first?
Phillip Elden: It’s our main responsibility through all of our activities, most notably our educational programs. Our supporting elements include membership training and safety management courses.
A Gathering of Experts: Are these positions paid or non-paid?
Phillip Elden: Volunteers serve as the impetus for all of our activities. Teamwork, collaboration, and generosity of spirit are the essence of who we are.
A Gathering of Experts: How can a local community utilize the services of Mazamas?
Phillip Elden: Our organization is trusted by the community in all matters related to mountaineering. We provide vital information and a significant amount of insight.
A Gathering of Experts: This information will be very beneficial to our readers. Thanks so much for sharing.
Phillip Elden: No problem. I love the opportunity to share information about the Mazamas and how we help the community.
In addition to being a longtime member of the Mazamas, Phillip Elden is a president and proud advocate for Native Oregon. Phillip Elden and his wife Cindi currently reside in Cottage Grove.