OMA Climbs and Classes
Avalanche Class: Enroll in the new Climbers Avalanche Awareness course for $50 which is a 50% discount. (OMA membership fee not included, add $25 if you are not yet a member.)
At one time the OMA offered about 4-6 mountaineering classes and 1-2 organized climbs per year. In July 2003 our entire outings program was forced into dormancy for a while, for reasons, which you can read about here. We had hoped to reinstate at least parts of it in a new form, but this has proven difficult. The avalanche class has been reintroduced in the form of a 50% discount on the course offered by the Avalanche Institute on avalanche-center.org. This online approach has proven highly successful so far and does not rely on the use of land owned by the USFS.
The classes and trips were the cornerstone of our ability to connect people as climbing partners. We've also found with trips such as a climb of Three Finger Jack and Washington that nobody really makes a commitment without having to pay a nominal fee. Informally they've never caught on, while running them formally covered equipment costs and made it an event participants looked forward to and found memorable.
When a US Forest Service employee set up his own business on Mt Hood the agency decided they didn't like our competition. They even spent a couple seasons combing the south side climbing route on Mt Hood looking for any OMA climbs, which is amusing because we never did any Mt Hood climbs. Not even one!
Members can still post their own trips on our web site.
Alternatives to OMA Classes
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