- Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue: The 10 Essentials Presentation
This presentation provides an overview of the Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit (IMSARU) to include what functions the unit performs and the units capabilities. It also introduces and discusses the 10 essentials items that everyone should consider carrying with them whenever traveling. The 10 essentials are primarily for adventures into wilderness areas but some items should be considered whenever traveling away from home. This course will also address things to do to keep yourself from getting lost. As always, this event is free and open to the general public.
- Full Moon Hike! Table Rock Edition
March 8th is a Full Moon, what better way is there to enjoy it than from up at the top of Table Rock? This is a MODERATE/STRENUOUS HIKE with some steep inclines and is set for relaxed pace hikers. Total distance will be about 3 miles round trip and total hike time will be about 1.5 hours. Sunset is at 7:43 p.m. and moonrise is a few minutes earlier at 6:37 p.m. Let's MEET at 6:15 PM at the parking lot behind the Bishops house at 2420 East Old Penitentiary BRING flashlight/headlamp, water, snacks, good hiking shoes, camera, etc. Event will be cancelled in case of rain.
- Perjue Canyon
Early Spring hiking into Perjue Canyon. We will be hiking an out and back route between approximately[masked] miles each way depending on how the group feels, 7-8.4 miles round trip. Elevation change is around 800 ft. This is a moderate hike because of the length. This area is in Little Jack Wilderness and follows Shoofly Creek. As such, there is an abundance of overgrowth including poison ivy and wild roses. You'll want to hike in long pants and sleeves, preferably in something you won't mind if it gets snagged. There are quite a few creek crossing but since we're going so early in the season, they should be easy to cross. There is pretty limited parking and no bathroom at the trailhead. There is a pit toilet not too far from the trailhead at Poison Creek. Please bring water, a lunch, sunscreen, layers, camera and a raincoat. Trail head is roughly 90 minutes from Boise so expect to be home between 3-4 pm.
- Winter trip to the Elkhorns in Eastern Oregon, Anthony Lakes area
Although not quite a winter free-for-all, this event is an opportunity to go play in the wonderland of the Elkhorn mountains in Eastern OR outside of Baker City. Touted for it's amazing powder, the Anthony Lakes alpine ski resort is small but epic. There are groomed Nordic trails for skiing or snowshoeing. My favorite activity there is off trail snowshoeing. Late in the afternoon, we'll dine at the exquisite Geiser Grand Hotel. Those wishing to return to Boise may do so. Anyone wishing to make this a weekend trip is responsible for pre-arranging their overnight accommodations. Winter activity options: snowshoe groomed Nordic trails (beginners/intermediate), snowshoe mountain trails and off-trail (strenuous/advanced), Nordic ski, skate ski, alpine ski. We'll use the Comments section to indicate what activity preference you plan. Hopefully others will join you. I will lead a group off-trail/mountain trail snowshoeing. We'll also use the Comments section to indicate ride sharing opportunities. Those coming back to Boise that evening will need to specify such. Those staying the night will also want to indicate such. Somehow, the ride sharing always works out. Everyone is responsible for their own planning for accommodations, trail or lift tickets, and gear/food. I'll drop several links below to help with planning. I'll coordinate reservations for dinner at the Geiser Grand. You're invited to dine elsewhere, but you need to let me know in advance so that I have accurate dinner counts. I'm charged a fee if there are no-shows for groups greater than 8 - please be respectful of notifying me if you'd like to grab dinner at another fun place in town. Understand that this is a long day trip, but fun! If you're cranky by 9 or 10 p.m. when we're returning to Boise, you want to consider staying overnight for more leisure. Otherwise, any riders with me are welcome to nap on the way home. We'll arrive at the mountain about 10 - 10:30 a.m. local time. We'll plan for dinner back in Baker City around 5 - 5:30 p.m. local time. What you do on the mountain in the interim can be your fancy. Please start conversations with each other to coordinate plans if you identify someone interested in the same winter activity as you. https://anthonylakes.com - tickets can be bought in advance online http://www.geisergrand.com - dinner prices are moderate and always worth the cost from my experience More details will be coordinated with those that RSVP. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to reach me. Driving details: for mountain trail snowshoers, Little Alps parking will be our destination for the trailhead. It is 13 miles up forest road 73 from the intersection of Anthony Lakes Hwy. and Ellis Road. Ellis Road comes over from the North Powder exit off the interstate. For Nordic trail snowshoers or skiers and for alpine skiers, the Anthony Lakes resort parking is 15.5 miles up forest road 73 from the intersection of Anthony Lakes Hwy. and Ellis Road.
- Cervidae Peak - Advanced intermediate hike
This is going to be a strenuous intermediate hike because of elevation change! This hike is 4.5 miles round trip with a 2000 ft elevation gain. Cervidae Peak is the highpoint on a main ridge line near the confluence of Mores Creek and Lucky Peak Reservoir (Middle Fork of the Boise River). It provides an excellent steep, fast scramble in the summer and a nice snow climb in the winter. It's close proximity to Boise (17 miles) makes it a nice quick mountain destination, especially when the bigger peaks are blocked by avalanched roads or closed approaches. The views from the summit are all encompassing and include Shafer Butte, Thorn Creek Butte, Mt. Heinan, Sunset Peak and Pilot Peak. You can create a very long ridge run / hike that would include this high point. Antlers and weather balloons have been found on this ridge. More info on the hike go to: http://www.summitpost.org/cervidae-peak/155243 Directions to trail head: Take Idaho 21 north from Boise past Highland Valley summit. Cross the high bridge near mile marker 18. proceed straight to the turnouts for the West routes. Turn right immediately after the bridge for the SW (park immediately) route and the East Route (Proceed Past Spring Shores) The Plan: Hike the East Route (Class 2) - 1.1 miles past the Spring Shores Marina, climb northwest up the very steep hillside until it joins the main ridge north to the summit in 2 miles with 2000 feet of elevation gain. Bring: Snacks, Camera, water, & gas money for the driver if you're carpooling. Please dress in layers of warm wicking clothes & waterproof hiking boots. As always we should try and carpool as much as possible. This is about an hour drive roundtrip, approximately 55 miles round trip. I think we ALL should share in the expense of gas & graciously give a “minimum” of a few bucks to whoever is doing the driving. If you have any questions call me[masked]. Thanks!
- Mores creek summit snowshoe
Location: Mores Summit (half hour to 45 minutes from Idaho City) Event Description (natural features, educational element, wilderness): Mores Creek summit is a nice area where we can look down towards the valley of Idaho City as well as see other peaks surrounding us. We will be hiking towards a ranger lookout point. The area is surrounded by beautiful wilderness with some wildlife (birds, deer, etc). Level of difficulty: Moderate to strenuous level. 6 miles one way to the lookout. I will most likely be going only halfway to lookout and back. Elevation gain/loss: Start hiking at over 6,000 feet. [masked] feet gain. Distance of ski or snowshoe: roundtrip is around 3-4 hours. Dog friendly (y/n): No Family Friendly (y/n): Kids must have experience snowshoeing (12 and up) and be able to keep up with the group. Fee required (y/n): Not if we park near the trail (there is a parking lot and bathroom). There is no need for a park and ski pass. Cost per person: Option to get lunch afterwards in Idaho City. Offer money for gas if carpooling. Equipment needed (snowshoes, skis, etc.): Snowshoes, snowshoe boots (ie. Sorel’s), ski googles (helps keep wind and snow away), poles, layers of clothing (thermals, fleece, snowpants, water proof pants, etc.), gloves, hat, scarf, water, snacks, 1st Aid Kit, extra pair of socks. If you don’t have equipment, McU and/or Sport’s Authority rents for $20 or less. Anticipated conditions (weather, snow, driving conditions, etc.): The road can get a bit icy from Idaho City. However, I have never had to use chains and will probably depend on how much snow is on the road. However, it’s a good idea to bring chains just in case. Bring a shovel to use in case you get stuck in snow. Where to meet for carpooling: Meet at 10 am and carpool from the Sandy Point parking lot on hwy 21 (outside the gate) Distance to trailhead from carpool location (or from town): 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on road conditions. Bathrooms: At trail head
- 2 day Wilderness First Aid
There is a cost of $195 for the course. https://www.longleafmedical.com/caldwell-wfa-feb20.html About the WFA The 16-hour Wilderness First Aid course is designed to prepare you to respond to medical emergencies, treat injuries and illnesses, and improvise solutions with the items you carry Pre-Requisites and Certification Information Participants must be at least 16 years old to enroll in the course. LWM Wilderness First Aid certifications are valid for two years from the date of successful course completion. Re-certification is achieved by taking another Wilderness First Aid course. Certificate is valid only when held with a current CPR certification. The LWM Wilderness First Aid training meets the American Camp Association 2012 Standards, is an accepted Wilderness First Aid provider of the Boy Scouts of America and is approved by the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board.
- Repeat Performance - Snowshoe Boise Ridge above Horseshoe Bend
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Strenuous but fun deep snow opportunity. We may very well be breaking trail. If the skies are clear, there are beautiful vistas into the Boise basin. If the skies are clouded, the quiet splendor of a snow covered forest is restorative. Travel time about 70 or 80 minutes one way. Short trip to Horseshoe Bend, but the last 13 miles is usually slow on snow covered forest road. This trek is recommended for conditioned individuals, although snowshoe experience is not necessary. Gators and layers are paramount, poles and camera are optional. You may fluctuate from very warm to possibly very cold if there is wind or precipitation. Bring food, water, and a pack with a whistle if you have one, extra gloves, extra socks, sunscreen, lip balm, and maybe Hot Hands & an extra hat. I'll carry one first aid kit and one survival kit. I'll go as far as the group wants, but count on about 3-1/2 hours on the trail. Plan to carpool; parking is very tight. Drivers need to be comfortable on snow and ice with a rig having a fair amount of clearance in case the pull-out where we park is not well plowed. Please plan to compensate your driver with funds, a meal, or drink after. Drivers, please carry an emergency shovel and emergency gear like sand, jumper cables, blanket, etc. We'll meet by 9:30 at the the Winco/Petco parking lot, close to the veterinarian clinic, off State Street near Hwy. 55 in Eagle. I allow a 5 minute grace. I drive a tan Honda Element and can take 3 other people. Possibility of early dinner in/around Eagle when we're back for those interested. Hope to see you!