FAQ’s

MOAC is a non-profit 501c7 organization.  It is an all-volunteer social organization that provides a platform for its members and friends to
organize and participate in outdoor activities and adventures. MOAC Members organize and lead all of their own trips and activities.

  • To facilitate the pursuit of amateur outdoor activities of all types for persons of all skill levels.
  • To provide a structure for public awareness (i.e. safety, conservation, and environmental awareness).
  • To provide an outlet for public service activities.
  • To provide a structure for social networking and community building. MOAC is and shall remain a non-affiliated organization.

Definitely not! MOAC members have a wide variety of outdoor interests. Many join to learn and develop new outdoor skills. There is a wide range of ability levels from beginner to expert and everything in-between.

No way! Just check out the list of typical activities listed on this sheet with the membership application. If it’s “outdoors,” MOAC probably does it!

Portland meetings are held at 7pm on the 1st Wednesday of every month at the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Avenue, Portland (near Northgate Shopping Plaza).

  • Visit the Calendar of Events, an interactive database of MOAC trips and
    events (You need to become a member to view all trip details.)
  • Receive notices of recently-posted events via the Member Forums (i.e.,
    message boards available for members)
  • Come to the monthly meeting and take notes as the trips are planned
  • No.  Many of our events and trips are open to the public. Also, our
    monthly general meeting is ALWAYS open to the public.  Bring a friend
    and check us out either way.
  • Individual Memberships are $20 Annually,
  • Family Memberships are $30 and includes a “Significant Other” and children living at home
  • Monthly emailed newsletter
  • FULL access to www.moac.org, with a packed event calendar, message board forums on all your favorite outdoor topics, and the MOAC library, which is has mountain reviews, backpack reviews and how-to guides
  • priority over non-members on trip sign-up lists
  • discounts from several outdoor equipment stores
  • lots of new friends!
  • voting privileges
  • nifty car decal

Click on the “Join Today!” button on the navigation menu on the left.

In 1989 an individual posted an ad in a local Portland paper for folks to share mountain experiences. About 25 people showed up to that first meeting. After a few informal meetings, a decision was made to form an organization, and find a meeting place. Within a year of that meeting, MOAC had grown to 200 members!

We knew there was a strong need then, and there continues to be now. Our membership hovers around 700-750 adventurous souls, based in Portland.

Since its founding, MOAC has offered monthly newsletters, slide shows and monthly trip planning meetings. MOAC members have led local weekly activities, day and weekend trips and vacation adventures.