Oregon Section

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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Meet Your Section Chairs:

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. After graduating 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.

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. After graduating 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.

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.

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 joined the AAC when she moved to Portland 4 years ago and fell in love with alpinism. She has climbed around the U.S., Mexico, Vietnam, and the Alps, and loves traveling to new places to explore. A proud recipient of and AAC Live Your Dream Grant to climb the Grand Teton 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.

Ally Imbody joined the AAC when she moved to Portland 4 years ago and fell in love with alpinism. She has climbed around the U.S., Mexico, Vietnam, and the Alps, and loves traveling to new places to explore. A proud recipient of and AAC Live Your Dream Grant to climb the Grand Teton 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.

Banner photo: AAC member Luke Humphrey