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 (Bend Chapter) Thirty 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 (Bend Chapter)

Thirty 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.

Matt Carter (Portland Chapter) Matt Carter joins the Oregon section in a new role as Education Chair. Matt has been climbing since Boy Scouts, mostly in the Pacific NW, with trips to Yosemite, Joshua Tree, the Andes, Alps, Pennines, Pyrenees, and Kilimanjaro. He brings his experience as a Mazamas climb leader for 20 years, including as lead organizer and instructor for the Mazamas Advanced Rock Program and Basic Climbing Education Program, with a focus on organizing field sessions to maximize student retention and engagement of volunteer assistants. Matt has trained with certified guides in the US and France and with mountain clubs such as the Mazamas, Mountaineers, and the Boealps. His teaching style is to build skills in a way the re-enforces those already learned, via collaborator leadership and strong team building. Matt will be working closely with the AAC Education team to ensure that the current international and national climbing guidelines and standards are available to Oregon climbers, and organizing educational programs to help members advance their skills.   

Matt Carter (Portland Chapter)

Matt Carter joins the Oregon section in a new role as Education Chair. Matt has been climbing since Boy Scouts, mostly in the Pacific NW, with trips to Yosemite, Joshua Tree, the Andes, Alps, Pennines, Pyrenees, and Kilimanjaro. He brings his experience as a Mazamas climb leader for 20 years, including as lead organizer and instructor for the Mazamas Advanced Rock Program and Basic Climbing Education Program, with a focus on organizing field sessions to maximize student retention and engagement of volunteer assistants. Matt has trained with certified guides in the US and France and with mountain clubs such as the Mazamas, Mountaineers, and the Boealps. His teaching style is to build skills in a way the re-enforces those already learned, via collaborator leadership and strong team building. Matt will be working closely with the AAC Education team to ensure that the current international and national climbing guidelines and standards are available to Oregon climbers, and organizing educational programs to help members advance their skills. 

 

Ally Imbody (Portland Chapter)  Ally Imbody started climbing in 2013 after moving to Portland from Washington, DC. The plan was to leave Beltway politics far behind, but she soon got involved in local conservation efforts and remains a passionate advocate for public lands. Over her relatively short climbing career she has climbed rock, ice, and alpine routes all around the U.S. and across five continents, combining climbing and work trips whenever she can. Ally is also an active volunteer and instructor with the Mazamas, and one of the lead organizers of the Portland Alpine Festival. A proud recipient of an AAC Live Your Dream Grant to climb the Grand Teton Direct Exum route in 2014, she is stoked to be able to give back to the AAC and encourage more people, especially new climbers, to take advantage of all that membership offers.

Ally Imbody (Portland Chapter) 

Ally Imbody started climbing in 2013 after moving to Portland from Washington, DC. The plan was to leave Beltway politics far behind, but she soon got involved in local conservation efforts and remains a passionate advocate for public lands. Over her relatively short climbing career she has climbed rock, ice, and alpine routes all around the U.S. and across five continents, combining climbing and work trips whenever she can. Ally is also an active volunteer and instructor with the Mazamas, and one of the lead organizers of the Portland Alpine Festival. A proud recipient of an AAC Live Your Dream Grant to climb the Grand Teton Direct Exum route in 2014, she is stoked to be able to give back to the AAC and encourage more people, especially new climbers, to take advantage of all that membership offers.


Banner photo: AAC member Luke Humphrey