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Hiking and Mountaineering - Class B


Up to 8-12 miles round trip and/or up to 2500 ft. elevation gain. Moderate to strenuous physical activity. Some prior experience is beneficial.

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.

Explore Hole in the Ground and Birch Creek Historic Ranch

This trip, led by Friends of the Owyhee, includes camping at Birch Creek with exploration at Hole in the Ground and Jordan Craters.

Fall in the Owyhee! The weather changes rapidly, so be prepared for snow, rain, thunderstorms, high wind, high heat, and sun. Also please note: There is no dependable cell phone coverage in this area – folks should plan accordingly.

Participants are responsible for:

•Their own food/food preparation and water (5-7 gallons recommended per person) for 2 nights and 2 full days

•Camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow)

•Camping chair

•Transportation to and from the trip – High clearance & 4WD vehicles recommended. All vehicles need to have a FULL spare tire (no donuts), tow strap and fix-a- flat/plug kit

•Sturdy off-trail ankle-high boots, gaiters, waterproof pants and coat, comfortable hiking clothes and layers.

•Sun Screen/Bug Spray

•Water Shoes/Sandals you can hike in if needed.

•Day Pack

Provided by Friends of the Owyhee: A table, a sun/rain tarp, a basic first aid kit, and a satellite SPOT beacon for emergency communication.

Friday October 7th: Meet at 5pm near Marsing (about a 45 minute drive from Boise) and convoy together to the camp site at Birch Creek. If you are going to be later than the 5 pm meet- up time please let your trip leader know by email (owyheefriends@gmail.com) or Phone (541-212- 1907).

Saturday October 8th: Leave camp at 9am and head to Hole in the Ground Ranch. We will be doing some exploration and possibly of historical sites here along with exploring this area. We will also have Bill Crowell with us and he will speak to us on the history of the Ranch. On are way back to camp we will stop at Jordan Craters to explore.

Sunday October 9th: We will take our time packing camp and explore the historic Birch Creek Ranch and I will have some History to share about it. We will have one stop on are way out. Once we get back to the Hwy 95 we will be going our own ways home.

Group Size: limited to 12 people including kids and, because of the remoteness, nobody under 7 years of age.

Event Date: 
Fri, 10/07/2016 - 4:00pm - Sun, 10/09/2016 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Contact trip leader Tim Davis (Friends of the Owyhee) owyheefriends@gmail.com to RSVP and get directions to Friday's meeting place near Marsing.

Lucky Peak

For some people, a hike up Lucky Peak is a long-term, perhaps a life-time, goal. For others, it’s a springtime tune-up hike. The advantage of a Lucky Peak hike is you can often turn back safely, even solo. It’s a road with no traffic on it (most of the year). I am not advocating solo hiking but if you have inadvertently gotten in over your head, and the rest of the hikers really want to continue, the ability to safely hike back takes some of the pressure off others to return with you.

Having said that, if you cannot hike Table Rock twice in an afternoon, you should not go on this hike. (In other words, once is not enough.) You should not embark on a hike you know you cannot complete. Not only does it add to the risk to you, but it adds to the risk to your fellow hikers (irrespective of the previous paragraph about turning back safely). Additionally, as your body starts to tire, you will slow down, likely slowing the pace of the rest of the group. (We all have social needs.)

The plan this Saturday afternoon is to depart from the Hwy 21 trailhead (Wildlife Management Area). Plan for it to last all afternoon. Bring at least 3 quarts of water. For those of you who are not challenged by this hike, a great training technique is to bring bottles of extra water to add weight to your pack, emptying these bottles should you find the pack overloaded. For those of you who like numbers, it will be about six miles round trip and two thousand feet of gain.

Call me if interested and we will talk about the hike.

Event Date: 
Sat, 05/14/2016 - 1:00am - 11:00pm
Event Contact: 

Mark 208-608-4562

White Clouds Backpack

Join us in a semi-exploratory backpack trip in the spectacular White Cloud Mountains. While most of the trip follows a trail, pack light: we will cross at least two steep off-trail passes as we circumnavigate Castle Peak with some side exploration of high alpine lakes. The trailhead is about a 3.5 hour drive from Boise and it is accessible to passenger cars. No dogs, please.

Event Date: 
Thu, 09/17/2015 - 6:00am - Sun, 09/20/2015 - 10:00pm
Event Contact: 

Contact Carl or Judi to sign up 208-859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com

High Desert Hikes

Join us for hikes in the scenic Gooding City of Rocks and Little City of Rocks. We'll leave town early on Friday and hike, car camp, hike on Saturday, and return to town Saturday night. We'll likely cover less than 10 rugged miles each day, all off-trail in sagebrush and basalt boulders, through canyons and past petroglyphs. Participants must have sturdy hiking boots, gaiters, and bug dope. No dogs, please. The trailheads are accessible to cars and are about a 2.5 hour drive from Boise.

Event Date: 
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 7:00am - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Contact Carl or Judi to sign up, (208) 859-2503 or jsteciak @ hotmail dot com

Foothills Hike

Join me on the last day of winter for a walk in the Foothills to search for signs of spring. No dogs, please.

Event Date: 
Fri, 03/20/2015 - 8:00am - 11:00am
Event Contact: 

Judi (jsteciak at hotmail dot com)

Idaho High Desert Hikes

Join us in exploring Idaho's high desert as it extends along the crescent of the Snake River plain. We'll leave Boise early Friday morning, drive to an eastern extension of the Craters of the Moon, hike, and car camp nearby. Saturday we'll continue east to explore lava tubes and buttes, and car camp. Sunday we'll have time for another hike and return to Boise. The hikes are short but slow due to walking over uneven and rough lava. We'll drive as far as ~300 miles from Boise. The trip is limited to four participants unless another driver with a high clearance 4WD vehicle signs up. You'll need a tent, pad and probably a winter rated sleeping bag for car camping, plus day hiking gear for colder temperatures. No dogs, please.

Event Date: 
Fri, 11/28/2014 - 7:00am - Sun, 11/30/2014 - 9:00pm
Event Contact: 

Contact Carl or Judi (208-859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com) to sign up.

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