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Idaho Mountain Recreation has held a variety of training seminars on a wide range of topics from outdoor leadership, to wilderness first aid to winter backcountry travel in our first year. We hope to expand the breadth of topics as our membership grows.

Enrollment Deadline for Wilderness First Aid

Please see the October 28-29 posting for details.

Event Date: 
Fri, 10/13/2017 (All day)

Wilderness First Aid

This Wilderness First Aid Course is specifically designed for Idaho Mountain Recreation. This course will be approximately 16 hours divided over Saturday and Sunday.

The Wilderness First Aid Course will meet all requirements outlined by the Wilderness Medical Society for the WFA certification, which will include Patient Assessment and Movement, as well as Managing Major Trauma, Wounds, and Musculoskeletal Injuries. We will also devote time to Common Medical and Environmental Problems, particularly those relevant to year round back country travelers and recreationalists.

While we'll cover the full spectrum of required topics, there will be an emphasis on simple strategies for handling common problems. There will be time for questions and discussion in the highly interactive learning environment. Significant time will also be devoted to hands on practice, scenarios, and case studies to help ingrain knowledge gained during lecture.

The course will be taught by Bill McKnight, a Board Certified Physician Assistant, Fellow of the Wilderness Medical Society and IMR member. Bill has 15 years of clinical experience in emergency and family medicine. He taught Outdoor Emergency Care for the National Ski Patrol as well as WFA and WFR courses for an international medical support and education company before focusing on his own company, Simple Backcountry Medicine, for the last three years.

The cost of the course will be $150 including an extensive first aid kit and materials. The class does not include CPR, which is offered widely in the community.

The class size is limited, with IMR members having preference.

Cost is $150 per person, checks made payable to Idaho Mountain Recreation.

To enroll, email your name, address and telephone number and you will be sent an address for your payment by the October 13th deadline.

Refund policy: You may not get all of your money back if you cancel after the deadline because of non-returnable items purchased by the instructor for the class, unless someone on the wait list can take your place.

Event Date: 
Sat, 10/28/2017 - 8:30am - Sun, 10/29/2017 - 5:00pm
Event Contact: 

Mark Werthmann, idahomountainrec@yahoo.com by Friday October 13

Butterfly Identification Workshop

Attend this optional and free workshop in preparation for the Sunday July 9th butterfly count. This event that is open to the public even if you do not participate in the count.

The workshop is held at Boone Hall (building No. 12 on the campus map) at the College of Idaho, Caldwell. We will meet at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, in the basement of Boone Hall. Download the campus map here:

https://www.collegeofidaho.edu/sites/default/files/CampusMap/CofICampusM...

Directions to the College of Idaho from Boise:

Take I-84 west to Caldwell. Take Exit 29, which is the first of three Caldwell exits. At the stop light, turn left onto Franklin Road and go over the freeway past the Sage Truck Stop where you will veer left after the Best Western and LaQuinta Inn onto 21st Avenue. The campus is about 1/4 mile ahead at the intersection of 21st Avenue and Cleveland Boulevard.

Event Date: 
Sat, 07/08/2017 - 11:45am - 2:30pm
Event Contact: 

RSVP with Dr. Paul Castrovillo, (208) 332-8627 or paul.castrovillo at agri.idaho.gov

Spring Conditioning Hike

Now that our skis are back in the garage it is time to shift our attention towards warm weather activities. Join Scott Arnold on a series of local conditioning hikes intended to ready you for your favorite backpacking destinations. These hikes will take place in late April and run into early June and will allow the participant to build strength, stamina, and enjoy the springtime flora of the Boise foothills.

Water, snacks, sturdy trail footwear, and clothing appropriate to the season and conditions are highly recommended. As these trips will include Class A and B hikes, you can expect that the elevation gain will vary from 500 ft. to about 3,000 ft. Hikes will range from 5 to 12 miles in distance and will require between 3 to 6 hours of walking, depending on the trail selected and the readiness of the participants.

Event Date: 
Sat, 06/17/2017 - 8:00am - 2:00pm
Event Contact: 

Contact Scott Arnold at 385-9243

Spring Conditioning Hike

Now that our skis are back in the garage it is time to shift our attention towards warm weather activities. Join Scott Arnold on a series of local conditioning hikes intended to ready you for your favorite backpacking destinations. These hikes will take place in late April and run into early June and will allow the participant to build strength, stamina, and enjoy the springtime flora of the Boise foothills.

Water, snacks, sturdy trail footwear, and clothing appropriate to the season and conditions are highly recommended. As these trips will include Class A and B hikes, you can expect that the elevation gain will vary from 500 ft. to about 3,000 ft. Hikes will range from 5 to 12 miles in distance and will require between 3 to 6 hours of walking, depending on the trail selected and the readiness of the participants.

Event Date: 
Sat, 05/27/2017 - 8:00am - 2:00pm
Event Contact: 

Contact Scott Arnold at 385-9243

Spring Conditioning Hike

Now that our skis are back in the garage it is time to shift our attention towards warm weather activities. Join Scott Arnold on a series of local conditioning hikes intended to ready you for your favorite backpacking destinations. These hikes will take place in late April and run into early June and will allow the participant to build strength, stamina, and enjoy the springtime flora of the Boise foothills.

Water, snacks, sturdy trail footwear, and clothing appropriate to the season and conditions are highly recommended. As these trips will include Class A and B hikes, you can expect that the elevation gain will vary from 500 ft. to about 3,000 ft. Hikes will range from 5 to 12 miles in distance and will require between 3 to 6 hours of walking, depending on the trail selected and the readiness of the participants.

UPDATE: Start time has been pushed back to 9am due to predictions of overnight rain.

Event Date: 
Sat, 05/06/2017 - 9:00am - 11:00am
Event Contact: 

Contact Scott Arnold at 385-9243

Spring Conditioning Hike

Now that our skis are back in the garage it is time to shift our attention towards warm weather activities. Join Scott Arnold on a series of local conditioning hikes intended to ready you for your favorite backpacking destinations. These hikes will take place in late April and run into early June and will allow the participant to build strength, stamina, and enjoy the springtime flora of the Boise foothills.

Water, snacks, sturdy trail footwear, and clothing appropriate to the season and conditions are highly recommended. As these trips will include Class A and B hikes, you can expect that the elevation gain will vary from 500 ft. to about 3,000 ft. Hikes will range from 5 to 12 miles in distance and will require between 3 to 6 hours of walking, depending on the trail selected and the readiness of the participants.

Event Date: 
Sat, 04/29/2017 - 8:00am - 1:00pm
Event Contact: 

Contact Scott Arnold at 385-9243 for more information.

Ice Axe Self-Arrest Workshop

Join IMR for an overview of basic glacier and snowfield travel skills on Saturday, 22 April 2017 (because Bogus remains open on 15 April this date has been pushed to the 22nd). Participants will have the opportunity to practice ice axe self-arrest, crampon use, and rigging a simple pulley system for a simulated crevasse rescue. This workshop is open to both the novice and to those looking to refresh their glacier travel skills. Bring your glacier gear if you have it, but if you do not there will be opportunity to borrow gear for hands-on practice.

Scott Arnold will host this event. He is currently working on his goal to summit all of the major Cascade Volcanoes. Scott has successfully completed the Crevasse Rescue and Basic Glacier Travel courses offered by Rainier Mountain Guides (RMI). It is suggested that you bring rigid sole hiking boots, water, a snack and of course, clothing appropriate to the weather conditions. If you are interested in participating, please contact Scott for more details on this event.

Event Date: 
Sat, 04/22/2017 - 9:00am - 11:30am
Event Contact: 

Scott Arnold 385-9243

Avalanche Level One Refresher and Companion Rescue Clinic

Keep your skills up to date, the 705 Backcountry Ski Patrol is having two, almost free, classes this weekend. Both classes are this weekend at Soldier Mountain and if you have a Bogus Basin pass you can ski for free on Friday at Soldier Mountain.

Avalanche Level One refresher, $15 for NSP members. If you are not an NSP member you can obtain an Associate Membership for $60. A link to sign up and get more info can be found on our Facebook events page.

https://www.facebook.com/events/705003156342145/

Companion Rescue Clinic, this class is free for all NSP members. An NSP membership or Associate membership is required. More info at our Facebook event page, link below.

https://www.facebook.com/events/604376703097612/

Event Date: 
Sat, 12/17/2016 (All day) - Sun, 12/18/2016 (All day)
Event Contact: 

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.

Potpourri rules: priority is given to IMR trips, then private trips by IMR members if time allows. Bring your presentation on a Windows-compatible DVD, CD, or thumb drive, either just pictures or you can whip up a show-stopping PowerPoint presentation. Please contact Carl (carlhamke at hotmail dot com) ahead of time so we can figure out how much time each presenter gets.

IMR monthly meetings are a way to hear about topics of interest to Idaho outdoor enthusiasts. The meetings are usually held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month and are free and open to the public. (Of course, we shamelessly hope you like what you see and will join the club--but we also don’t pressure you!) We provide outing updates, announcements, and have a 45-minute presentation followed by discussion and/or social time so people have a chance to meet one another.

IMR holds meetings at the MK Nature Center Education Building, (http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/education/mknc) (next to Idaho Fish and Game), 600 South Walnut, Boise, Idaho, from 7-9pm. Meetings are from September through May. In June, July, and August we have potluck picnics.

Event Date: 
Tue, 11/15/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Event Contact: 

Karen 685-0263

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