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Oregon Section
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From the north-facing routes on Mt. Hood, through some of the most scenic backcountry skiing in the Sisters and out to the hardest climbing routes in America at Smith Rock, the Oregon Section has some of the best climbing terrain in the country. Add to that the great cragging near Portland, including Beacon Rock, and you have a complete range of experiences from ice climbing, trad climbing and urban bolt clipping.


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Contact & Volunteer

It's easy to get in touch with your Section Chairs, Regional Coordinator, or the Club.

Email your Oregon Section Co-Chairs at oregon@americanalpineclub.org

Email Northwest Regional Coordinator Eddie Espinosa at eespinosa@americanalpineclub.org

Email the Club's offices in Golden at info@americanalpineclub.org

Give the Club a call at (303) 384-0110

Check out the Northwest Region Volunteer Wall of Fame

Oregon Section Co-Chairs

Preston Corless
- I got into climbing fifteen years ago after moving to Portland. Through climbing I've made a lot of friends and broadened my horizons. Our avocation has taken me on adventures near and far, including the Himalayas, Alaska, Mexico, South American and the Alps. I'm lucky to call Portland home - with easy access to so many great climbing spots and a thriving community.

Ally Imbody grew up a military brat without a lot of exposure tothe outdoors until moving to California for college about ten years ago. Now she's making up for lost time. She settled down in Portland after a short stop in Bozeman, MT and along stinit in Washington D.C. which helped her realize how much she she wanted to be back onthe West Coast. Looking to learn the ropes and meet like-minded people, she joined the AAC and local climbing partner organization the Mazamas, fell inlove withalpinism, and has been trying to learn as much as possible ever since. In a few short years she has climbed around the U.S., Mexico, Vietnam, and the Alps, and loves travelling to new places and climbing the classics. Ally works as an international development consultant and is slowly finishing up a PhD in environmental policy analysis. Her research focuses on how recreational users like climbers value the outdoor and are motivated to support political action to protect the places they love. A proud recipient of and AAC Live Your Dream Grant in 2014, she is stoked to be able to give back to the Club and encourage more people take advantage of all that membership offers.

Graham Zimmerman
Twenty-nine year old male.
Heavy coffee drinker.
Sporter of Moustache
Totally crazy about alpinism and the experiences, challenges and relationships that come from it.

Born in New Zealand, raised in the Northwest. After being exposed to alpine terrain in the Cascades he moved back to NZ where he cut his teeth in the Southern Alps and became a strong part of the Kiwi climbing community. Then, after graduating from university in 2007 he moved back to the states and has been focused on climbing as it applies to alpinism ever since. This has taken him on expeditions in the Himalaya, Karakoram, Pamirs Andes and the Alaska Range as well as all over the lower 48 and Canada where he has opened many new routes on rock, ice and snow.

These days he's based in Bend where he is falling more in love with volcanic rock climbing all the time.


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