Acknowledgement and Assumption of Risk, Release and Indemnification:
The Mazamas has existed as an outdoor organization for over a century. Mazama activity leaders are
volunteers and not professional guides. Accidents resulting in serious injury or death do occur in
outdoor activities. Mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing and
other outdoor activities are dangerous. I accept the risks of such activities, and I undertake them on
my own responsibility.
Before participating on a Mazama activity, I will know and understand the activity and the hazards and will judge for myself if I have the skills and knowledge to safely participate. If I do go, I will remain
constantly alert for dangers to myself and others and will fully participate as a safe team member. In consideration of permission to participate extended to me, I hereby agree, without limitation, to hold
harmless, indemnify and discharge the Mazamas, (by which reference I intend to include) their agents,
officers, employees and the trip leaders of any and all liability, claims and causes of action that may arise
on account of any negligent act or failure to act during my participation in or traveling to or from any
Mazama activity, and by specific example to include without limitation:
1. I acknowledge that mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing
and other outdoor activities entail known and unanticipated risks that may result in physical or
emotional trauma, injury, paralysis or death; or damage to my property or that of third parties.
Although the Mazamas has taken reasonable steps to provide me with adequate training,
equipment and qualified volunteers, I understand that such risks simply cannot be eliminated
without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the activity.
The risks include but are not limited to: the hazards of traveling in uneven mountainous terrain
and slips and falls, hazardous driving conditions; being struck by rock fall, icefall, or other objects
dislodged or thrown from above; the use of climbing ropes and equipment; the forces of nature
including lightning, weather changes, whiteout conditions and avalanche; the risk of falling off of
a rock, mountain or into a crevasse; of getting lost or benighted; the risk of exposure to insect
bites; the risk of altitude and cold including hypothermia, frostbite, acute mountain sickness,
cerebral and pulmonary edema; the risk of falling off a trail, crashing while biking or skiing and
equipment failure, negligent acts of party members, my own inadequate physical condition; and
the physical exertion associated with this activity.
The Mazamas strives for safety but is not infallible and risk is inherent in this activity. The
Mazamas may be unaware of my fitness or ability or that of other participants. The Mazamas may
misjudge the weather or other environmental conditions. The Mazamas may give incomplete
warnings or instructions, and equipment being used may malfunction. I acknowledge that
engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different from other
activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant to insure my own safety. I acknowledge
that the Mazamas has been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands
of this activity and the risks, hazards, and dangers associated with it.
2. I expressly agree and promise to accept and assume all the risks of this activity. My
participation in this activity is purely voluntary, and I elect to participate in spite of the risks of
injury and death known and unknown.
3. I hereby voluntarily release, forever discharge and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the
Mazamas from any and all claims, demands or causes of action that are in any way connected
with my participation in this activity or my use of Mazama equipment or facilities including any
such claims that allege negligent acts or omissions of the Mazamas.
4. It is the purpose and intention of this agreement to prevent me or anyone on my behalf from
asserting a claim against the Mazamas for its negligence. I agree to this and acknowledge that
purpose. Should the Mazamas or anyone acting on its behalf be required to incur attorney’s fees
and costs to enforce this agreement or to defend a claim made by me or on my behalf or that of
my estate, I agree to indemnify and hold them harmless of all such fees and costs.
5. I certify that I have adequate insurance to cover any injury or damage I may cause or suffer while
participating in this activity, and, if I do not, that I agree to bear the costs of such injury or
damage myself. I further certify that I am willing to assume the risks of any medical or physical
conditions I may have. In case of accident, illness or other incapacity, I understand that I must pay
my own medical and evacuation expenses, whether or not authorized by me.
6. I understand that the Mazamas may contract with independent contractors to provide services on
the trip, including transportation, travel services and guide services. I understand that the
Mazamas has no control over and accepts no responsibility for the actions of any independent
contractor involved in providing services on the trip/activity. I agree not to make a claim against
the Mazamas regarding its selection of independent contractors or their performance or
negligence of such independent contractors.
The laws of the State of Oregon will govern this agreement, and I consent to the jurisdiction and venue
of the federal and state courts sitting in Portland, Oregon. If there is a dispute between the parties relating
to this document, the party substantially prevailing will be entitled to recover all costs and expenses of
any subsequent proceedings (including trial, appellate, and arbitration proceedings), including the
attorney fees incurred therein.
By signing this document, I acknowledge that if anyone is hurt or property is damaged during my
participation in this activity, I have waived my right to maintain a lawsuit against the Mazamas on
the basis of any claim from which I have released them herein. I have had sufficient opportunity to read
this entire document. If any part of this agreement is deemed unenforceable, the remaining parts shall be
given full affect to the extent possible. I have read both pages of this agreement, I understand this
agreement and I agree to be bound by its terms.
Parent’s or Guardian’s Indemnification
In consideration of minor listed on the above registration form, hereby refered to as "Minor", being
permitted by the Mazamas to participate in its activity and to use its equipment and facilities, as the
parent or guardian of minor, I hereby give my permission for minor to participate in the foregoing and
further agree, individually and on behalf of minor, to the terms of the above and to indemnify and hold
harmless the Mazamas from any and all claims that are brought by or on behalf of the minor, which are
in any way connected with such participation or use by minor.