• Orienteering at Bear Basin-McCall

    Bear basin trailhead


    Fifteen years ago CTOC hosted a national championship meet at Bear Basin just west of McCall. The map has been updated and is once again a top notch orienteering venue. The map was revised using new technology to portray vegetation and trails more accurately. Please join us to walk, jog, run and/or compete on your choice of three levels of challenge. Our sport course is entirely suitable for people with no orienteering experience. The advanced course has the distance and elevation to challenge a well-conditioned runner. You can start any time between 10 and noon on your choice of a course. The courses close at 2 PM. Compasses to loan and free instruction for novice orienteers will be available. For more information about required map RSVP and what to expect please visit http://ctoc-boise.blogspot.com/ .

  • Day trip to the Elkhorns in Eastern Oregon, Anthony Lakes area

    A stunning but strenuous hike - 8.2 miles with a 1,300' elevation gain. The Elkhorn Mountains are like the Sawtooth in their raw granite grandeur. After the hike we'll drive back to Baker City to the Geiser Grand Hotel for dinner. Those wishing to stay the night in the area are welcome to make their own arrangements. The Geiser Grand Hotel (www.geisergrand.com) is an impeccably restored building from the lavish heyday of the rail era – rooms fill up fast. There are also Air BnBs, other hotels, and camping back on the mountain and surrounding area. The trailhead is about 30 minutes past Baker City, Oregon in the Anthony Lakes area. We can call this a road trip because drive time is about 3 hours from Boise to the trailhead. We will be gone all day. Plan on ride-sharing where possible and please share the costs. Before RSVPing for the event, make sure you feel in excellent condition for a hike of this length. I'm counting on at least four hours of hiking, plenty of time for blisters to develop and misery to follow. Also remember that a 1,300' elevation gain gets done several times throughout the hike since the trail goes up and down multiple times along its course. If you're ready, you will be so happy to have discovered this gem of a hike. Bring enough water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. We’ll have lunch on the trail. Count on the possibility of any kind of weather - it can be crazy/marvelous in the mountains! And please no dogs unless your dog returns instantly to your command under all circumstances every time or remains on a leash. I will ask dog owners to fall behind by 15 minutes or return to the trailhead if other hikers are bothered by your dog…I love dogs, but when leading a group hike, I take responsibility for all hiker’s enjoyment. We'll meet by 8:00 a.m. to carpool from the McDonald's/Chevron on Eagle Road next to interstate 84. More details will be coordinated with those that RSVP. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to reach me.

  • Camping in the Elkhorns of Eastern Oregon, Anthony Lakes

    Anthony Lake Campground

    If you plan to camp to extend your visit for the day-trip hiking event into the Elkhorns, here's some helpful information below about the campground and making reservations... PLEASE NOTE that an RSVP to this camping event does not position you for the group hike. You'll need to RSVP for the hike itself. If the hike fills up and you already reserved a camp site, you are welcomed to reach me for inclusion or alternate arrangements. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/wallowa-whitman/recarea/?recid=52199 https://anthonylakes.com/campgrounds This campground is gorgeous, wooded, "primitive" but with vaulted toilettes and potable water.

  • Everest Base Camp: A Guide to Reach the Top of the World Presentation

    Pre-registration required at: https://bit.ly/32V6CW1 Join REI Green Vest Expert Dakotah as he shares his experience planning, preparing, and adventuring on his Everest Base Camp Trek. Dakotah will share information on choosing a guide company, what clothing and gear are necessary, and his conditioning and training regimen. He will offer a day by day breakdown of his trek and share slides and stories from his Everest expedition. Join Dakotah for this inspiring presentation that will have you planning your next adventure.

  • City of Trees Orienteering Club Meet August 4

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    Orienteering on our Gold Rush Map 2 miles northeast of Idaho City on Highway 21. Run, jog, walk or stroll in Boise National Forest. The City of Trees Orienteering Club will host an orienteering event on a classic course(map and compass event) on Sunday August 4 with start times from 9:00AM to 11:00AM. Compasses to loan and free instruction for novice orienteers will be available. For more information about required map RSVP and what to expect please visit http://ctoc-boise.blogspot.com/ .

  • Backpacking Basics Presentation at REI

    Pre-registration required at:https://www.rei.com/events/43586/backpacking-basics/251415 REI will take the mystery out of Backpacking with an overview of planning, preparation and gear. Learn how to choose a pack, select proper clothing and footwear. Plus, we'll give you important notes on trail etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. Let REI help you understand what you need to reach your destination.

  • Backpack thru Iceland 2019

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    Backpacking Sun July 21 - Hotel Accommodations Mon, July 22 through Sun July 28 Monday July 29 We will tour the south coast and take a 3 hour Glacier hike - crampons will be provided by the guide for this adventure. We will have hotel accommodations. Please note: Meals are on our own for the remainder of the trip. There will be stores and restaurants available. Tuesday July 30 - We will head to the Thingvellir National Park. Along the way, we will see several waterfalls and hot springs areas with Geysers. If you been to Yellowstone, it is very similar. Wednesday July 31 - We will finish our guided tour with a hike to a hot springs to soak our tired but happy selves. We will be dropped off in the heart of Reykjavik. Thursday Aug 1 - On your own in Reykjavik. There is so much to see and do, that I wanted to have a full day here. There are several museums, so I could arrange a day tour if people are interested. Otherwise, the only thing included in the trip is the accommodations for Thursday night. July 22 pick up for an 7 day/6 night backpacking trip from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork Valley. This will include hiking to Magni and Modi Volcanoes. Hiking distance is between 7 - 10 miles per day, with elevation between 1500 and 2600 ft although there are two days with very little elevation change. The last day is the most difficult, 10 miles and 2600 ft. If you can manage this, the rest of the trip is easy hiking. We are self-contained, so you will need to bring your full backpack, tent, sleeping bag, etc. I have arranged for a mid-trip resupply to reduce the weight for food, which will be provided by the guide, as the import restriction would make it difficult to bring in enough nutrition for the entire trip. If you are missing gear, this can be rented for an additional cost. My expectations is that people will need to arrive on Sunday July 21st and will leave sometime Friday Aug 2nd. Personally, I plan to leave on Saturday Aug 3 and take an extra day in Reykjavik. We have economy accommodations and will be staying in multi-bed rooms. We will be staying at a popular hostel the last two nights in Reykjavik. I wanted us to be in the heart of Reykjavik, so accommodations are more expensive, but the convenience of being able to walk to our destinations seemed more important. I am very excited by this adventure! Cost is $2700 per person based on a group of 10. I have to provide a $750/per person deposit by Nov 1st to hold our reservation. $70 is non-refundable. The balance of the trip must be remitted by Jun 15th 2019. After May 1st, the deposit is only 50% refundable and after June 15th, the trip cost is non-refundable. Please remember that you need to provide your own meals for the last four days on the tour. I would budget about $50 a day for meals. An option would be to bring some freeze dried meals for these days. You are allowed to import 6.6 lbs. There are other restrictions so if you are interested in this option, let me know. In addition, there is always a risk that the currency exchange will impact the final balance due, so be prepared for a small increase or decrease for the June payment. Also, it would be nice to plan to provide a tip for our guides. Tipping is not expected in Iceland but always appreciated. That being said, if I increase the group size to 12 persons, it will reduce the cost per person to $2400, so I plan to open the trip to 12 persons. So let’s add this up: $750 due Nov 1, 2018 $2000 due Jun 15, 2019 (If we have 12 committed that will be reduced to $1700) Total - $2750 to Karyn Scott-McKinney for the trip With meals and incidentals you should budget for approximately $3000 plus airfare. You must make your own travel arrangements. Let me know what other questions you might have. I will have a planning meeting in November for the group as well as one in the Spring. Looking forward to sharing this adventure with you! Shirley Williamson and Karyn Scott-McKinney

  • The Hiker's Guide Idaho's Sawtooth Country, by guidebook author Scott Marchant

    Pre-registration required at: https://www.rei.com/events/92904/the-hikers-guide-idahos-sawtooth-country-by-scott-marchant/250601 Join Scott Marchant, Boise-based outdoor photographer and guidebook author, for a presentation on his latest book--The Hiker's Guide Idaho's Sawtooth Country. The 232-page book showcases 60 day hikes and backpacking trips in the Sawtooth, White Cloud and Salmon River Mountains, all near the Stanley Basin. Scott will share information and photography on many of the outstanding trails in these areas, including his favorite hikes for wildflowers, backpacking, solitude, early season, view and family hikes.

  • Yurt Maintenance Thu/Fri this WEEK - need 3 volunteers! Free Overnite!

    Tue[masked]: Last minute update! Volunteers will be permitted to stay the night for free, either Thu or Friday nite. What a great way to experience the Yurts! OK! For all of you who have tried but failed to get a chance to experience the Idaho Parks & Rec primitive Yurts, here is a "golden ticket". If you don't mind doing a bit of wood splitting (hydraulic ram provided) and light maintenance, here is your chance! I'm building a team to help me provide volunteer maintenance for this Thursday and Friday. Stargaze Yurt is the highest of the IDPR yurts. It has amazing views. It is located about a 20 minute drive on the far side of Idaho City up towards the summit. I need 3 volunteers to have a fun day "out there"! All you will need to bring is water and a lunch (might be good to have some snacks too!). The plan is to gather at the IDPR office (on Warm Springs down by the Idaho Shakespeare Festival amphitheater) about 8am. We'll take as few cars as possible and return about 4pm. Please sign up and then send me an Email with your phone number so I can call you to talk about the event. It would be great to get 3 helpers for each day. You can double up days if you like but not required. If there are more than 3 hardy souls, I will choose the winning candidates... Steve (in case you need to contact me, decode my phone here: 2Oh8FourOh9Six4One4)

  • Everest Base Camp Trek with REI Adentures Presentation

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    Pre-registration required at: https://www.rei.com/events/92143/everest-base-camp-trek-with-rei-co-op-adventures/243048 Join Tom Reitan as he shares his experiences trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal with REI Co-op Adventures. This trip is a bucket list adventure in the footsteps of legends to an iconic symbol of challenge and adventure.