Meeting Trips

Boulder-White Cloud Wilderness Management for Hikers and Backpackers

Excursions into the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains after Labor Day offer opportunities for solitude in a gorgeous landscape. Protection by Wilderness designation means changes from prior policies that affect hikers and backpackers. A recreation resource manager from the USFS will discuss the Wilderness boundaries and how changes will impact your trip planning and backcountry camping practices. Get psyched for an insiders view and how you can minimize degradation of fragile alpine ecosystems.

Late Summer and Fall Hikes Close to Boise

Once again Boise resident Scott Marchant has outdone himself with a meticulously researched hiking guide for the greater Boise area. Some hikes are close to town, others require a one-to-two hour drive, and all have detailed directions. Each is rated: distance, cumulative elevation gain, difficulty, approximate hiking time, etc.. Scott also categorizes the top ten hikes for kids, views, wildflowers, aerobic effort, ... something for everyone! In his presentation, he will focus on his favorite destinations for late summer and fall.

A Vistual Tour Through Red Rock Country

IMR member Paul Dawson has a keen interest in outdoor adventures and photography. He will present his outstanding images from his latest hiking and photo expedition to red rock country in Utah, including Arches National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Kodachrome State Park, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante Wilderness. Slot canyons, waterfalls, hoodoos... be inspired to plan your own trip into the desert.

Time and location: 7 pm at the Trophy Room, Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters, 600 South Walnut Street, Boise, Idaho. Park at rear of building.

Mount Baker Mountaineering

What do you do when you turn 50? Commit to a climbing project that includes all of the major Cascade Volcanoes, that's what. IMR member Scott Arnold has been chipping away at his goal for the last six years and he is looking forward to sharing his experience on Mt. Baker with you. In his presentation, Scott will offer a few of his pictures from the climb, provide route information, teach a few basic knots useful to mountaineers, and he will bring some of the gear that you might want to have on hand when you make your attempt on this Cascade giant.

Avalanche Awareness

Join a member of the 705 Backcountry Ski Patrol for an overview of avalanche risk assessment skills. Folks with prior trailing will appreciate the review. Skiers and snowshoers new to winter backcountry exploration will get a glimpse of the essentials and learn about local classes.

Time and location: 7 pm at the Trophy Room at the Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters, 600 South Walnut, Boise, Idaho, from 7-9 pm. Park behind the building (on the east side).

Death Valley

IMR member Earl Brace has hiked Death Valley every February for decades. Come hear his presentation on what keeps bringing him back each year to the lowest point in the continental USA: a land of extreme drought and heat with amazing contrasts created by vast drifts of wildflowers, hidden lush oases, and mining detritus left by early prospectors.

Time and location: 7 pm at the Trophy Room, Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters, 600 South Walnut Street, Boise, Idaho. Park at rear of building.

Hiking Hut-to-Hut in Europe

Travel the Walker's Haute Route from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland! Join IMR member Deb Rose as she presents her two-week self-guided backpacking experience on one of Switzerland's most famous hiking tours. The Walker's Haute Route covers 120+miles with 40,000' of ascent, 33,000' of descent, and passes as high as 9800'. It's a tough and spectacular walk through remote mountains and iconic Swiss villages. Deb will present the route and its scenery, tips on where to stay, and how to tailor the trip for different hiking abilities.

Linking Idaho's 12,000-foot Peaks on Foot

Every peak bagger in Idaho knows about our nine mountains above 12,000 feet in elevation (the 12ers). A number of folks have ascended them. Using a vehicle shuttle, in 2014 one team climbed each one in less than a day and a half. Last September Kelly Lance, an endurance trail runner from Pocatello, summited them all in one enormous self-propelled effort.

IMR Picture Potpourri

Our November meeting will be the ever popular Picture Potpourri. Trip leaders and participants will showcase pictures from various trips that were done since last November. Come and see what you missed out on (or enjoyed!) and glean advice and ideas for future trips.

Hikes near McCall and Cascade

Scott Marchant has published several well-researched hiking guidebooks and is excited to announce the completion of his newest: The Hiker's Guide McCall & Cascade (2nd Edition). The 240-page guidebook showcases 65 of the greatest walking adventures in the mountains near McCall, New Meadows, Cascade and Stolle Meadows. In the 2nd edition of the guidebook you will find twenty-one new hikes, different options for hikes found in the 1st edition, improved USGS-based maps and color photography.